Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bike commuting concession to the Planner Guy

Not trying to make a helmet statement; just honoring a request from my beloved.
Out of deference to my husband, I have been wearing my helmet somewhat religiously.   And by that, I mean whenever I am going to pedaling on city streets rather than the multiuse paths.


Since he has started his job in Phoenix, it gives Bob some false comfort to think that I am safer wearing a helmet.  So I wear it because I promised him that I would.  I've had this Nutcase helmet for about three years.  It still looks pretty good.

In short and sleeveless but still quite hot under than helmet.
But like the rest of the country, Flagstaff is suffering from unseasonably hot temperatures, and I am sweating under my helmet and my hair is a complete mess when I remove it.  My haircut is fairly low maintenance and, with a little fluffing, eventually recovers from helmet head, but still. . . .Sometimes I'm tempted to just leave my helmet on when I arrive at my destination because I'm so stressed out about helmet head.  Some people look really cute in their helmet but I'm just not one of those people.  Oh, well, at least I'm not having to wear the helmet in high humidity and heat!  I'm going to be testing a helmet cooling spray over the next month for Commute by Bike.  I have serious doubts but I'll let you know.

8 comments:

Marsha said...

I used to be like you. I hated wearing my helmet. Then one day I took a small fall while avoiding a kid chasing her runaway puppy. I was going slow, but I fell to the side and slammed the pavement with my head. In a few moments I dusted myself off and rode home. Only there did I discover the damage (significant) to my poor helmet. Yep, I had a bruise on the side of my head that hit. My husband lectured me, but the sight of that damaged helmet was all the lesson I needed. Now I always wear a helmet. Helmet hair is ugly, but the stitches and scar would have been uglier...

Jimio said...

Can they even make a helmet that is safe. I know up to a point nothing will help you but it seems most of these bike helmets are just made out of flimsey materials. At least if your head hits the ground or a car it should at least try to protect you.

She Rides a Bike said...

Jimio, I really think Nutcase probably offers one of the best helmets around. I've dropped my helmet many times over the last few years and nary a crack in it. It's heavier than most others I've used and fits quite well on my head. No slipping or sliding around.

Ken Harris said...

I wear one for the same reason. The wife wants me to, and we'd like our five-year-old daughter to wear one as well. The only falls I've taken are on the mountain bike trail, but you never know.

She Rides a Bike said...

My only significant bike accident was on a mountain bike on a fast trail in Louisville Kentucky's Cherokee Park. I flipped my bike going down hill and flew over the handlebars. My only injury was to my ego but I did have on a Giro helmet. The incident pretty much cured me of trail riding forever since my life flew before my eyes as I sailed over the handlebars.

She Rides a Bike said...

My only significant bike accident was on a mountain bike on a fast trail in Louisville Kentucky's Cherokee Park. I flipped my bike going down hill and flew over the handlebars. My only injury was to my ego but I did have on a Giro helmet. The incident pretty much cured me of trail riding forever since my life flew before my eyes as I sailed over the handlebars.

Rachel said...

I'm with the hubby on this one. Brain injuries are very serious, and you can get one from a surprisingly small bump.

You can try the more traditional bike helmet if you feel like you need some extra venting.

Wilma said...

I am not wearing my Nutcase helmet this summer; instead, I'm wearing a Giro helmet, fitted with a Treadley Helmet Hat that I ordered from Australia. The ventilation is much better, and the shade provided for my eyes and neck are very welcome. I'm more comfortable than I would be with no head covering. I still deal with helmet hair, but have discovered that even cycling with no helmet at all leaves my hair messy/sweaty after just a few miles. Heat and humidity are a challenge with or without helmet protection!