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.
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.