Let’s hear it for helmets
So by now I’m sure everyone has read the story and seen the photo of Ryan Lipscomb, holding his smashed Giro helmet. Seems he managed to get his head under a truck, and it got run over. Normally, that’s not something you’d walk away from. But Ryan somehow managed to suffer only a concussion and some soreness. Personally, I’m a bit skeptical, as the helmet seems awfully flat for having had a head inside when it was run over. But that doesn’t matter at this point.
Giro makes great helmets, and they couldn’t buy this kind of publicity for a million bucks. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see this show up in one of their ad campaigns. But more importantly, it gets the message out that helmets can save you from more serious injury. Hopefully, this will get a few more cyclists to remember to put a lid on it.
Helmets may look dorky to some, but I prefer dorky to learning the alphabet again.
As a young man I had long hair and decided and it was much cooler to be helmetless. My hair blowing in the breeze and all that shat. The day I decided I should wear it I managed to pull a header on concrete. I remember my helmet bouncing off the concrete. I don’t know what made me wear it that day, but a helmet is much cooler than a skull fracture. Even if I don’t need it, it says “I’m a cyclist, and you wish you were too.”
I just picked up a new helmet. The guy at the LBS tried to tell me one I was trying on looked good on me. I said something along the lines of, “Thanks, but you do know that everyone looks pretty silly in these.”
Hey, we having matching MTB helmets for our tandem, Skate/BMX helmets for our beach cruisers, and we had matching full face helmets for our BMX race bikes. Of course, we have matching motorcycle helmets (and jackets) too. The missus and I, we look good in helmets. 😉