Why won’t people wear bicycle helmets?
With the warmer weather we’ve had lately, I’ve noticed a definite uptick in the number of commuters the last two weeks (when it’s been dry). A lot of them look like they’ve not done it much, but God bless them, at least they’re out there giving it a shot. I know this is stereotyping on my part, but what gives them away is the combination of a slow speed, a mountain bike, a backpack, and unfortunately, often no helmet.
I don’t understand that. I don’t really know any seasoned cyclist who would consider riding without a “lid”. They’re such a simple step that provides basic head protection that there is really no excuse for not wearing one. On a practical note, I’ve broken two of them with my head inside over the years. In both cases, they saved me from a nasty bump on the head that could have been a serious injury.
All you need is an inexpensive helmet that is either ANSI or Snell Foundation approved. You can buy them at Wally World for about 20 bucks, or you can shell out mega-dollars for a top-of-the-line racing helmet. The thing is….whether you pay $20 or $200, they all provide the same amount of protection. What you get for the extra money are lightness, coolness, easier adjustments, and aerodynamics. My contention is that most cyclists really won’t benefit from spending a lot of money on a helmet, so unless you’ve just got money to burn and you’re into the “uber equipment” thing, you can get a reasonable helmet at a reasonabe price that will do the job just fine.
I’ve been using the Giro Indicator pictured above for four years now. I’m on my second one, as the first developed a crack after two years. It’s a decent all-round helmet that can be had for under $40 at my LBS or on-line. In addition, Giro offers a no-questions asked replacement policy should you break one of their helmets. Just take it in to any dealer and get a nice discount on a new one.
So with that said…..ALL YOU NEW COMMUTERS OUT THERE, GO GET A HELMET AND PUT IT ON YOUR HEAD!
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