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Liberal bicycle commuter, political junkie, policy junkie, free thinker, I've got too many titles. All in all I'll leave it with a quote from the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minn. "Politics is not about big money and power games, it's about the improvment of peoples lives."


March 22, 2006

Lid or Lidless?

Matt Seaton wrote a quick article on bike helmets, to wear or not to wear. I myself wear a helmet 98% of the time. Do I like helmets, no I hate them. I hate the strap and I hate the feeling of the thing on my head. I wear a helmet because I hit my head on cement many years back (not crashing on a bike) and to this day I can not believe that it did not kill me or at the least "gork" me forever. I hit so hard that I puked and was "not well" for a while. I never want to have that feeling again.

The second reason I wear a helmet is because I ride on the street every day and many things are out of my control. I'm confident that I can handle the streets but I don't feel the same way about motorists. Motorists can wipe you out, so in my opinion a helmet is a rather good idea to protect yourself from people in death boxes.

Helmets suck, I'll be the first one to say it but I will say this, it's better than being a vegetable until I croak. Actually whenever I get the wild hair to go "lidless" I try to think about the idea of being hooked up to a machine for the rest of my life. Yeah yeah I know live a little, take some risks. I already did that in my late teens and early twenties, I did things that would make most freak and call me a bold faced liar. As a result I'm fine with the helmet thing, don't like them but it's better than the alternative I guess.


Comments on "Lid or Lidless?"


Blogger 3p0 said ... (3/24/2006 3:46 PM) : 

I love my new lid, actually I loved my old lid a lot, but the new one is top notch,

if you spend some dough, get a really top end helmet, you actually start liking to wear your lid.

customize it up, get one that fits really well.

spend the dough, 129 for an E-2 or a Zen,

you can really drop some coin on a roady helmet I think the giro animas is like 180,

but man, it feals soooo good,

and you sticker it up, get a good color you like, paint some graphics on it. oh snap, you'll love wearing it.

I do.


Blogger Bicycle Commuter Mike said ... (3/24/2006 5:59 PM) : 

Yeah I know you are for sure fairly right. I've got a couple helmets one is mid-range and the other is high end. the mid-range one I sent off several years ago and had a street rod pen striper do it up and it is super cool but I still hate helmets.

The truth of the matter is this, for a helmet to be effective your stap does actually have to fit fairly snug. I've read a few stories of helmets "popping off" in a bad crash because the strap was not tight enough even though the person thought otherwise.

I'll never like helmets no matter what but I will always wear them because I don't want my head to end up looking like a plate of Italian cuisine.

Your point is well taken though, you can do a few things to get them jazzed up.



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