I just spent a week in what is probably the most bicycle-riding city in all of the western world- Amsterdam. I swear there must have been 50 bikes for every one car on the road in that town. Millions of them. So dense that we actually had a hard time finding a place to lock our rented bikes to downtown. Amsterdammers ride everywhere, all year round. Anyway, my second day I noticed something: no one, I mean absolutely NO ONE was wearing a helmet. Literally, I saw none, zero. The point: we are sissies in the US. Scared into buying all kinds of crap. And here ends my rant. Thank you for listening.