Greetings everyone. This is my first post and it is all about wearing a helmet.
Two summers ago I rode the Oregon Coast Trail by myself as my first tour. With too much gear on my LHT I worked hard. The first day I went down just through the first tunnel headed south after hitting the curb on a narrow bridge. The bike and I landed in the middle of the road. Luckily, I had on my stoutest Specialized helmet and got right up. Thankfully, there was no traffic for five miles from either direction. I had no more falls and had a fabulous trip of 400 miles solo.
I planned to start from Seattle this summer and add some mileage. Not this year.
Well, since I had a serious wreck a month ago without a helmet, I am off of work, healing a broken collar bone, five broken ribs, and some head trauma. I was coming down a hill near a campground where I was car camping on my old Stump Jumper. The ride up was slow, and the ride down was fun at 20+ mph. Unfortunately there was no speed limit or road bump sign on the road, so I became airborne when hitting it.
Had I had a helmet on, my head injuries would not be as severe. Considering I had ridden 72 miles a few days before on my road bike with proper Lycra, jacket, and helmet, not having a helmet was a poor idea. I will always wear one from here forward.
So, if you don't always wear a helmet, consider what might go wrong physically and mentally.
I wish you all safe, fun, and rewarding riding.