Last month, a bad patch of road threw me off my road bike.
I was wearing a regular, normal (Specialized-brand) helmet. I realize now that road-bike helmets do a decent job of protecting the skull and brain, but do a lousy job of protecting the facial area. I suffered a broken jaw, broken nose, facial lacerations requiring stitches and two broken teeth.
As I've been recuperating, my attention is turning to my future in bicycling. Will I have one? Even though I realize the risk is miniscule, I can't afford a 'repeat' of what just happened to me...yet I now realize that we all ride somewhat at the mercy of those who take care of our roads and bridges.
Ideally, I would like to find a bicycle helmet with SOME level of face protection. I don't want to go "the whole hog" and get a full-face helmet targeted to BMX and Mountain Bike customers. I was thinking of a regular road-bike helmet, but with a simple grille around the mouth/nose area.
(Think about the helmets you see in the NFL for kickers or punters). I have not found anything along these lines. Does anyone have any ideas or sources for such a helmet?