Got a call from the wife of a good friend this morning. He was traininfg for an upcoming triathalon and suffered a horrendous crash. It was a single bike accident - no vehicles involved - as he apparently hit a deep crack in the road, catching his front wheel and throwing him off the bike. He was wearing his bike helmet (don't know what brand/type) as always, but he is now in the regional med center ICU in critical condition with severe head injury and swelling of the brain. Doctors are "guardedly optimistic" that he'll survive, tho nothing has been said of his coming thru this w/o any disabling effects.
This prompted me to check out an article in last months "Bicycling" concerning bike helmets and their effectiveness. The gist of the article was that standards for helmets are too low and that although most decent helmets will protect a person from being killed, very few are designed to prevent concussions. New "MIPS"-type helmets are being marketed now by a few companies (Scott and POC, maybe others) and these are designed to provide more protection against concussions. Reading that, I called my local bike shop, to ask if they had any of the MIPS-type helmets. Yep, they did. Went right over this afternoon, tried one on and after checking fit, etc, bought it. I got a POC Trabec Race model.
It wasn't cheap - about $200 - but it's a better alternative to what happened to my friend and his head. Hope I never have to "test" my new helmet, but you just never know, it may come in handy some fine day.