Bike helmets are awesome

I made a post on the cycling forums website about this and just thought I'd stick it in my blog here as well. 
 

Yesterday I was awakened from what felt like a lifetime of sleep, rolled onto a stretcher thing, given a neck brace, then brought up into an ambulance.  I don't know what happened and I only know where abouts it happened because they told me, but apparently I crashed and was just laying unconscious there.  My bike is all good except the wheels need to be straightened, the fenders unbent, and the handlebar tape on both sides has been ripped.  My new raincoat is wrecked, so is the hoody I had on underneath, and my sunglasses are still somewhere out there in little pieces I'm sure.  My helmet has a nice wide dent and a crack on the side.  It'd probably take a large rock smashed down onto a helmet to do that...  Now imagine if that was my skull.  Luckily my helmet took the impact, and all I've got is a swollen and scraped up face, bruised and cut up shoulder, cut up knees, and some cuts on my hands (even though I was wearing thick winter gloves).  So to anybody too cool to wear a helmet, you're a dumbass.  Put a helmet on and tighten up the strap.  You may think you're safe, but everybody has an accident at some point, and dude I can't even remember where exactly I was let alone what I did wrong to crash like that.  So if you're thinking you don't need a helmet, and that if you're ever about to crash you'll just magically save yourself, well guess what you only learn you had an accident after the fact, and without a helmet you'll probably either not wake up to discover this fact or you'll wake up with a skull full of mush.  


PS:  ambulance people rock!

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Posted by JoelTGM

I made a post on the cycling forums website about this and just thought I'd stick it in my blog here as well. 
 

Yesterday I was awakened from what felt like a lifetime of sleep, rolled onto a stretcher thing, given a neck brace, then brought up into an ambulance.  I don't know what happened and I only know where abouts it happened because they told me, but apparently I crashed and was just laying unconscious there.  My bike is all good except the wheels need to be straightened, the fenders unbent, and the handlebar tape on both sides has been ripped.  My new raincoat is wrecked, so is the hoody I had on underneath, and my sunglasses are still somewhere out there in little pieces I'm sure.  My helmet has a nice wide dent and a crack on the side.  It'd probably take a large rock smashed down onto a helmet to do that...  Now imagine if that was my skull.  Luckily my helmet took the impact, and all I've got is a swollen and scraped up face, bruised and cut up shoulder, cut up knees, and some cuts on my hands (even though I was wearing thick winter gloves).  So to anybody too cool to wear a helmet, you're a dumbass.  Put a helmet on and tighten up the strap.  You may think you're safe, but everybody has an accident at some point, and dude I can't even remember where exactly I was let alone what I did wrong to crash like that.  So if you're thinking you don't need a helmet, and that if you're ever about to crash you'll just magically save yourself, well guess what you only learn you had an accident after the fact, and without a helmet you'll probably either not wake up to discover this fact or you'll wake up with a skull full of mush.  


PS:  ambulance people rock!

Posted by RandomInternetUser

Glad you're alright, dude.

Posted by MonetaryDread

Thanks for the blog post. I just recently picked up a helmet for snowboarding after a close call in the terrain park.

Posted by crusader8463

See! Exercise will kill ya! I'm just being safe.

Posted by beej

Yeah I got hit by a truck a while back, cracked the shit out of my helmet but I'm glad that I was wearing one. 

Posted by Parabole

Are elbow/knee pads cool too? I go overboard.

Posted by JoelTGM
@Parabole said:
" Are elbow/knee pads cool too? I go overboard. "
if you're a mountain biker sure, but on a road bike that's probably gonna screw with your performance and make you sweat like crazy and give you nasty rashes.  and all they are for is to prevent minor scrapes.
Posted by KarlPilkington

Duder, you would have died. 
 
Has your life changed, are you free?

Posted by GeekDown

I ride my bike almost everyday and I haven't worn a helmet since I was 12 years old. I know it's dumb and if I get into an accident like you did, I'm fucked. I will still not wear a helmet and I can't really explain why, just that I refuse to be seen in public with a huge fucking helmet on me. Still glad you're okay though.

Posted by JoelTGM
@GeekDown said:
" I ride my bike almost everyday and I haven't worn a helmet since I was 12 years old. I know it's dumb and if I get into an accident like you did, I'm fucked. I will still not wear a helmet and I can't really explain why, just that I refuse to be seen in public with a huge fucking helmet on me. Still glad you're okay though. "
for sure man I understand that, but you can look at it another way, no matter what sport it is, wearing the proper gear like a helmet just makes you look more professional.  in some cases, like time trial cyclists with their aerodynamic helmets, it just looks badass.  I dunno, I guess I've become that guy now always reminding everyone to wear a helmet lol.  ugh.