Well it didnt quite save my life today but it did save me from a nasty hit to the head.Yep it's for safety reasons and is enforced by the police. $75 fine if caught not wearing one.
There has been quite a few stories from cyclists of 'my helmet saved my life' though.
It becomes so ingrained that you dont really think think about the loss of freedom issue. I guess you dont miss what you dont know.
The irony is not lost on me that 11hrs after I typed the above quote I had an accident on my way home from work on my bicycle.
Basically the left hand brake lever unit came unattached from the handle bar and swung down into the spokes of the front wheel. Next thing I know I'm going over the bars and, after attempting to break my fall with left arm, I land head first on the road. Luckily the helmet absorbed a lot of the blow followed by my forehead and then other protruding facial features to a lesser extent.
I'm not overly concerned about the facial grazing, there's no modeling shoots looming, but I have fractured my left wrist and will be in a cast for 4 weeks. Far from ideal given my job as an engineer. I've not long rung my boss...
So with out wanting to preach too much I do suggest that you'all keep a lid on when out there on two wheels of any description .
I'm just mighty pleased I had mine on today. :dizzy: