Confessions of a Helmet Pusher
If you ever want to get a rise out of many cyclists, just mention helmets. Should cyclists be required to wear a helmet, or should they be allowed to ride helmet-free.
Came across a really interesting ‘blog entry a couple days ago:
On Losing My Helmet
It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but, I used to be a helmet pusher. I absolutely would not ride without one. I absolutely did not want my wife riding without one. I positively did not want YOU riding without one.
Last fall, my wife Rachel told me that sometimes it just takes the fun out of riding. I didn’t admit to anything, but conceded that it would be OK occasionally, for her. Then one day we were riding out by Blue Mountain, on a perfect, warm day, on a perfect, winding road by the river, and I did the unthinkable. I took off my helmet. I rode. I didn’t suffer even minor brain damage. A car passed, but I survived. Worse yet, I had the helmet lashed under the saddle, in plain sight! Everyone knows a helmet doesn’t do any good unless it’s on your head, right? Right?