So you got your first bike, and now you need a nice little helmet to protect your dome.
I at least hope that that is what you are thinking as some people think that you will be just fine without one.
Don’t think that way.
I don’t care what anyone says or how much you think you are never going to get into a bike accident, but I want you to change the way you think.
I mean, do you really think someone gets a bike and plans on getting into an accident?
Of course not, and that is because accidents are exactly that.
And being that a bike is sitting on two wheels with no motor but the ability to go over 20 MPH, things can get very dangerous, especially if you don’t plan on using a helmet.
Why a Helmet?
Because you NEED it.
Whether it is the law in your area or not, your life is a lot more important than whatever reason you have for thinking you don’t need one.
There are so many bike accidents that you probably never hear of but do know that they happen a lot more than you think.
And if you don’t believe me, maybe these stats might just open your eyes.
Just like motorcycles, bicycle accidents end fatally, and no one ever expects them to happen.
The main thing you need to understand, though, is the fact that most of those accidents could have been prevented if the rider was simply wearing a helmet.
Picking a Helmet
I can tell you that I absolutely look funny in a bike helmet, but I didn’t let that bother me.
You need to embrace the fact that a helmet is necessary and get one that you actually like, as there are thousands of them to choose from.
Helmets range anywhere from $20 – $100 +, but they all do the same thing.
They protect your head.
It doesn’t matter if you go for an el-cheapo helmet or if you go for one of them expensive fancy ones.
They will all do the same job.
Some might be lighter, a lot more comfortable, or come with some other special features, but at the end of the day, you need to go with what works best for you.
If you only have $20 to your name, then hey, get the $20 helmet and call it a day.
If you feel you look like an alien in one, then go for something that makes you look like Lance Armstrong.
Whatever the case may be, get one.
Helmets Take A Lot of Getting Used to
Putting on a bike helmet and riding around for the first time can be weird and uncomfortable for most (if not all) of you, but that’s just how it is.
If you’ve ever used any kind of helmet in your life, you know exactly what I mean.
Just like when I had to put on an Army bucket for the first time, I had the same headache, and I was constantly having to adjust it for over a week.
But just like how a bike helmet works, you will eventually get used to it.
So don’t take it off while you are riding because you don’t like the way it feels, but rather keep it on and let your head adjust to this thing that once never existed.
It doesn’t matter how old or experienced you are, a helmet is absolutely necessary.
For something that can be purchased for less than $20, there is no reason why you shouldn’t get one.
Safety is always first, and the same thing goes for bikers.
Enjoy the awesomeness of biking but do it in the safest way possible.
Not to say that you should get some knee and elbow pads, but at the bare minimum, cover that head of yours with a nice helmet.
I hope this post gives you a better understanding of what a helmet is for, and please remember that there are people who think you should wear it more than you think.
Thanks for reading, and happy biking!