Personally, I make the choice to wear a helmet for commuting through London. No matter how good a rider you are – whether you ride brakeless or not – sometimes you’ll never be able to avoid that car door opening or little old lady stepping off the curb.
But for some reason I don’t feel the need to wear a helmet at the weekend. It’s stupid. I know. The risks are the same, the traffic is just as bad and the drivers just as dangerous. I don’t know if it’s because I feel I’m riding more leisurely or that “hey! it’s the weekend” and I deserve to feel the wind through my (very short) hair.
And what about FGFS? Surely falling off is part of doing tricks. So hitting your head is almost inevitable. I know – a helmet may not have made a difference in Corey’s case. But stairsets and gaps are getting bigger in fixed gear – and from those heights, if your head hits the ground before the rest of you – well, that’s going to be pretty serious.
So why don’t a lot of people wear helmets? Is it because they don’t look cool? Is it because a lot of sponsored riders in videos don’t wear them? Should they be setting a better example? I don’t know.
This isn’t a lecture as that would be hypocritical, and there are loads of blogs and websites arguing the pros and cons of wearing a helmet. I definitely don’t think it should be compulsory to wear one, the choice should come from the rider. So, on that note… do you?
Heal up soon Corey.