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Noel Gallagher says the only downside of cycling is "the f***ing helmet"

High Flying Birds frontman rides four times a week

Noel Gallagher goes out cycling four times a week. The rock star says he mostly rides off road near his home in Petersfield in Hampshire and that the only downside is “the fucking helmet.”

Speaking on Matt Morgan's Funny How? podcast, he said: "A few years ago I was going to the gym every day and was always knackered."

Explaining the change in tack, he said: "I go out on the bike four days a week. I'm 53 now so it's not good to work out a lot, you're ticking over.

"I can do two days in a row and have the third day off. I go uphill off-roading. I'm going 25k in an hour-and-a-half, it's on country roads, there's nobody on them.

"The only downside of the bike is the fucking helmet but what are you gonna do?"

 

On another episode of the podcast, he said he didn’t like the look of himself in a cycling helmet: “I look like a… I don’t know what I look like. So I wear a motorbike helmet.”

Gallagher is of course not a driver, having famously never passed his test.

He bought a £110,000 1967 Jaguar in the 1990s, planning to pass his test before the car was delivered but abandoned his lessons after going out just once.

“Sometimes I do think I quite fancy it,” he said. “And then other times I just think it’d be a ball ache getting anywhere because now I’ve got to fucking drive.”

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FluffyKittenofT... replied to Blackthorne | 3 years ago
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Utterly standard response from a helmet-pusher who has no answer. Construct a thinly-veiled wish-fulfilment fantasy of something violent happening to whoever disgreed with them. Your type (power-worshippers) do that all the time and don't realise how much you are giving away about your character when you do.

Also - why do you assume I don't wear a helmet, and why do you assume I would slip and fall on a high-speed downhill? Round here it's mostly motorists who go too fast downhill and hit lampposts (and walls and traffic lights), I've seen the aftermath repeatedly (one one occasion saw it happen right in front of me, though it was an oncoming car they drove into, not a lamppost). Why not have a word with them instead?

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Rich_cb replied to Blackthorne | 3 years ago
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Don't waste your time with Burt.

I've still not quite decided whether he truly doesn't understand the most basic principles of scientific research or if his apparent ignorance is actually another aspect of his pathological dishonesty.

Keep an eye on his posts, his lies are so frequent and so obvious it's almost funny.

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mdavidford replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago
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Rich_cb wrote:

Don't waste your time with Burt.

Seems a little rich, coming from someone who appears to be totally obsessed with him.

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eburtthebike replied to mdavidford | 3 years ago
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mdavidford wrote:
Rich_cb wrote:

Don't waste your time with Burt.

Seems a little rich, coming from someone who appears to be totally obsessed with him.

Yeah, I'm undecided whether to be flattered or to report him, but on the whole, I think he just deserves our sympathy and understanding.

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Rich_cb replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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I deliberately used the exact same phrase you used to interject in a discussion I was having on this forum.

I'll continue to point out your lies.

Maybe one day you'll have enough self respect to stop repeating them.

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Rich_cb replied to mdavidford | 3 years ago
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I'd like his dishonesty to be recognised a bit more widely on this forum.

As such I'll point it out whenever I see it.

If he stops posting lies I'll happily go back to ignoring him.

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PRSboy replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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eburtthebike wrote:

"The only downside of the bike is the fucking helmet but what are you gonna do?"

Read the research and don't bother with a helmet; show that you aren't just another sheep being brainwashed into something so the machine can make more money.   It's nothing to do with your safety and everything to do with making faceless corporations billions.

cyclehelmets.org

I can just imagine Noel Gallagher checking into Road.cc forum...

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eburtthebike replied to PRSboy | 3 years ago
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PRSboy wrote:
eburtthebike wrote:

"The only downside of the bike is the fucking helmet but what are you gonna do?"

Read the research and don't bother with a helmet; show that you aren't just another sheep being brainwashed into something so the machine can make more money.   It's nothing to do with your safety and everything to do with making faceless corporations billions.

cyclehelmets.org

I can just imagine Noel Gallagher checking into Road.cc forum...

Entirely possible; he does ride a bike.

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nicmason replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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I've hit my head very hard twice on the ground coming off bicycles.

Once no helmet. knocked out, trip in an ambulance, concussion several weeks off work (Im self employed so not great ,got some back on the drivers insurance).

Once with helmet . Head landed exactly the same spot, scratched head , went home had a shower. One day off work.

I'll take the helmet option.

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Hirsute replied to nicmason | 3 years ago
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What are the odds of having an accident in the same place twice ?

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brooksby replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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hirsute wrote:

What are the odds of having an accident in the same place twice ?

I think the correct response is, "Cool story, bro"

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nicmason replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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and my correct response is . arsehole.  Channeling my inner Gallagher there f___wit.

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brooksby replied to nicmason | 3 years ago
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nicmason wrote:

and my correct response is . arsehole.  Channeling my inner Gallagher there f___wit.

I do so enjoy the elevated and rarefied levels of conversation and discourse we enjoy here at road.cc

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eburtthebike replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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brooksby wrote:
nicmason wrote:

and my correct response is . arsehole.  Channeling my inner Gallagher there f___wit.

I do so enjoy the elevated and rarefied levels of conversation and discourse we enjoy here at road.cc

Those who don't have the data, intelligence or logic to argue their case can only resort to abuse.

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nicmason replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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lol. same spot on my head. left side temple fwiw

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eburtthebike replied to nicmason | 3 years ago
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nicmason wrote:

I've hit my head very hard twice on the ground coming off bicycles.

Once no helmet. knocked out, trip in an ambulance, concussion several weeks off work (Im self employed so not great ,got some back on the drivers insurance).

Once with helmet . Head landed exactly the same spot, scratched head , went home had a shower. One day off work.

I'll take the helmet option.

The plural of anecdote is not data.  Your story is totally unverifiable and impossible; you got the same driver in the same vehicle to knock you off in exactly the same place at exactly the same speed and you landed in exactly the same place?  Delusional.

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nicmason replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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same spot on my head. 

I like how people on here  like to throw the shit and have a hissy fit when it comes back. 

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brooksby replied to nicmason | 3 years ago
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"hissy fit"? - as burt said, it had just seemed unlikely that you'd hit your head on the same spot and in the same place under the same conditions, twice.  And I think that "Cool story, bro" is the current 'down with the kids' response to a story which you think is unlikely.  Glad to withdraw that, if I'd misunderstood what you were saying.

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Nagai74 replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Personal choice, to wear one or not, but to me it's natural selection.

I chucked the bike down the road on Sunday, 26.4 mph, hit some gravel. My left leg, arm and hip are pretty bruised and full of gravel rash, my head has a few small cuts from gravel that went into the vents, but if I hadn't been wearing my helmet, I'd be in a much bigger mess than I am now.

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Hirsute replied to Nagai74 | 3 years ago
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Might be wiser to scan ahead, moderate your speed in case of gravel. Lucky you didn't fracture your leg, arm, hip. Risk compensation?

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Nagai74 replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago
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Rider error, plain and simple. I'm old enough to know that I was at fault, so I'm not looking to blame anyone else.

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0-0 | 3 years ago
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Noel, get a helmet that doesn't interfere with your lustrous barnet and has a cut out for your mono brow.
Problem solved  1

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HBomb1 replied to 0-0 | 3 years ago
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if i had a face like Noel i'd wear a full face helmet & not just on the bike.! 

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Philh68 replied to HBomb1 | 3 years ago
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I always thought the problem with Oasis was two f**king helmets, known as Noel and Liam.

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Rome73 replied to HBomb1 | 3 years ago
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He hasn't aged well has he.

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eburtthebike replied to Rome73 | 3 years ago
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Lukas wrote:

He hasn't aged well has he.

Reminds me of what Buddy Rich said about Keith Richard's extremely lined face when Richard's claimed that it was just laugh lines "Ain't nothing that funny."

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wtjs replied to eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Reminds me of what Buddy Rich said about Keith Richard's extremely lined face when Richard's claimed that it was just laugh lines "Ain't nothing that funny."

Brillant! I'm going to store that one away!

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Dingaling | 3 years ago
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Well then Noel, don't wear one. Simple really.

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brooksby | 3 years ago
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Amen, brother!

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OldRidgeback | 3 years ago
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If he's riding trails on an MTB he'd be better off with full face lid for MTB/BMX racing. They look like MX lids but are lighter and have better airflow, so they don't get as hot. I have both.

A full face is a requirement for BMX racing and comes in useful for the occasional spill. If you don't come off once in a while when you're on a BMX track or and MTB trail, you aren't riding hard enough.

I very rarely wear a lid for riding on the road.

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