Dr. Hutch: Why I won't be watching any more cyclists' helmet camera videos

Avoid the new genre of helmet-cam disaster movies, says the Doc. They may record reality but they have an unnerving power to distort your sense of risk for good

I’ve decided I’m going to stop watching YouTube videos of bad traffic-related things happening to bike riders, shot by their helmet cameras. They’re beginning to exert a hold over me that’s not helpful.

That’s not to say that I think there’s anything wrong with people posting them; on occasion, law-breaking idiots have been tracked down and some form of retribution has been visited upon them.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine