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    So far everything is going great with the trikes including the helmet. My Son always expects to wear the helmet and if we stop I leave the helmet on his seat. He always points to it because he understands he needs to put it on before sitting on the trike. I am so relieved that it is not an issue and does not seem to hinder his enjoyment of riding. It probably helps that Mom and Dad wear helmets also.
    What is better than getting your heart rate up and saddle time?

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    For an inexperienced rider, for dangerous situations (off-road, off-camber corners, slippery surfaces), or for an especially tippy trike (rearward weight distribution on a tadpole or forward weight distribution on a delta, and/or high center of gravity), I'd recommend a helmet on a trike.

    That said, I usually don't wear one on my tadpole. (I definitely do when I'm on a bike, though.)
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    I just got back into biking with a bent trike. I never wore a helmet when I rode thirty years ago, but I wear one now. My reasons are as follows-- 1) safety, obviously. I've seen the debates about the relative effectiveness of helmets, but I figure a spill that results in my noggin making contact with the pavement will have the effect at least mitigated by the presence of a helmet. 2) it's not a burden-- maybe I'm the exception, but I don't even notice it when it's on, so why not wear one? 3) it's yellow, so adds to my visibility. 4) it gives me at least the appearance of prudence. If I'm ever involved in an accident with a car, it can't be argued that my lack of a helmet is evidence of my apparent overall carelessness. I also have a flag and am considering adding a second one. 5) it does not give me a sense of overconfidence. I'm much more concerned about what the impact from the rear from an inattentive driver will do to the rest of my body to be lulled into a false sense of security that wearing a helmet might give me. 6) it serves as a good example to others. The more brain injuries we can prevent, the lower my insurance rates (and yours) will be. 7) it looks cool, or at least I think so! It tells people that I'm serious about this biking thing.
    I'll think of something clever to put here later...

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    you can take this with a grain of salt if you wish but a few weeks back I had a crash on my Catrike 700 and I believe my helmet saved me from serious head trauma or maybe even my life. I went into a corner probably 20 mph or so and there was sand on the road. The bike drifted sideways and once it found solid pavement it catapulted me off of it. I taco'd the wheel, rear derailluer hanger and a few other small parts. I am not a fast rider by any stretch and rarely get over 22-23 mph even on downhills. I was most certainly pleased that I had my helmet on that night.
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