I wear one.
#1 - I prefer a helmet to greasy sunscreen on my face / hair part by a long shot, and that shit does burn if you're light skinned and cycling several times a week in the summer. It shades your eyes a bit too, if you don't have sunglasses handy.
#2 - Falling onto bare pavement already sucks a lot.It doesn't need to be potentially fatal. Even if you avoid every random rock, bolt, and tire retread out there, bike parts might fail on you at any time.
#3 - I'm more worried about bad drivers noticing and avoiding me than total strangers judging my appearance.
I definitely don't agree with laws requiring helmets, because it basically creates a law for some of the people. The reality that many low-income earners commute to their jobs on a bike and are not going to bother buying a fucking helmet in that situation. Cops aren't going to stop and fine them for that, nor should they.
But I do think parents would be crazy not to require their kid to wear one, and if you are over 25, I think it's probably time to realize that you don't look cool on a bike anyway.
Nah. But I don't bike on the road with any regularity. My bicycling is mostly confined to dirt trails in the nearby park/woods.
I do wear a helmet for skiing, though. Two reasons: 1. people are perpetually pulling down the chairlift safety bar too fast and whacking me in the back of the head with it. 2. I ski fast. When I fall, I slide a long ways before I stop.
I was unaware so many people didn't think helmets were effective. This is from an pro-helmet site, but it addresses most of the complaints I've heard here.
And if your argument is "I've never used a helmet and I'm just fine", you should think about all the statements you aren't hearing from people who didn't wear helmets and had different results.
Yes, absolutely. I ride in NYC and a helmet is essential, bike path or not.
It just takes one accident to damage your brain and forever impact your life. I wouldn't ride in a car without a seat belt even if there was light to no traffic, and I wouldn't ride a bike without a helmet.
Bikers who point to traffic, bike lanes, or the "safety" of the roads they ride miss the point. The majority of the time the rider is at fault in an accident or can directly influence the amount of danger they put themselves in. Patrick's accident was an example, it wasn't traffic or pedestrians that got in his way, it was a pothole.
Arms, legs, and backs get stronger with riding and become less susceptible to injury, but your skull and brain don't get extra padding.
I know there's a lot of debate over the effectiveness of helmets although I would question the agenda of any pro- or anti-helmet study. But if I can do something as menial as wearing a helmet to protect my brain, I will do it.