I posted a thread awhile back about getting to ride with my big brother, who had just taken up the sport and was using an 80's bike. When we rode together he complained about his seat and, coincidentally, I had an extra Serfas RX with me which I gave him for his older bike. He offered to pay but I told him I would give it to him if he would just start wearing a helmet, and to get down to WalMart and get one the next time he was in town. Even though the roads he rides are very, very remote and almost no traffic, I just wanted him to know he needed it.
I got an email from him. Last week he was on one of his rides (he's now up to 40 miles) and went to turn around at the out-and-back point on a deserted blacktop. He said he's not sure what happened but the tires came out from under him....bruised shoulder...skinned knuckles, and his head bounced off the pavement....BREAKING THE HELMET without even giving him a headache.
So...here's to the bike helmet.