Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Central Wisconsin
Bikes: TerrraTrike Tour II 24 speed
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.