Why You Want To Wear A Helmet When Riding A Bicycle

There was a time when I thought it was completely unnecessary to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle.  I learned the hard way that I was wrong.

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One day I was riding along.  I had my fast bike and I was petaling pretty hard.   I purposely bought a bike with larger tires so it could take the urban abuse of streets and sidewalks and curbs.

I even thought I was clever to have wide tires that wouldn’t get stuck in the city transit lines that were all over the street.   What I didn’t realize is that some of those channels were wider than others.  

I was petaling along pretty fast, when my front wheel must have – I say must have because it happened so fast I cannot be sure – gotten stuck in one of those lines.    It ‘must have’ twisted the front wheel and it threw me to the ground hard.    HARD!.

I always imagined that I would have time to put my arms out to break a fall if I were to have one on a bicycle.  This is a fallacy.  Maybe at very, very low speeds, but not when you are moving briskly.   

I had no chance to put my arms out at all.  I didn’t even know I was falling until I woke up in a daze.  My head ‘must have’ hit the ground straight on the side.   I had a concussion.  I didn’t know where I was or even who I was for 10 or 20 minutes.   I had a vague idea of which way was home.  Everything looked strange and foreign to me.   I had to ask my wife if she was my wife because I wasn’t sure.   That’s how bad a hit to the head can get.

Moral of the story – Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.   Brain trauma is something you want to avoid at all costs.  Period.  End of story.  Share this with others if you think it will help them to wake up.  

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