Yes. I know. Helmets make sense. They are practical. They prevent your brain from falling out when you hit the ground and a car drives over your skull. But can we just say for one minute " A helmet doesn't really go with this outfit!" Yep, that's right I went there. Lets just face it, there are not a lot of outfits that really go with helmets. Maybe a traffic cop outfit? but that would be it.
Let me clarify though. I am not a cyclist. At all. I hate cyclists (sorry). They are rude, obnoxious, temporary citizens who put their lives in my hands. They try to dominate the road making it impossible to pass them, therefore everyone is stuck going at 30k because they want to be seen to be cycling. The 'MAMIL' (Middle Aged Man In Lyca) is usually the main offender, though some women too are guilty of the crime.
Don't get me wrong. I love riding bikes! Bike riding is fantastic. Riding bikes and cycling are two different things entirely. I like riding retro bikes, in a dress with my front basket filled with picnic goods. I do not like donning Lycra and pumping the pedals on the main (crap) roads of NZ, risking my life.
So in this sense I say no to helmets.
Though, I am a mother so I also say yes to helmets on children. Because children, though cute are silly and pretty much guaranteed to hurt themselves.
Amour also by Lisette (Mariana is still on holiday):
Cycle helmets are incredible. The difference they make when it comes to head trauma is remarkable. And head trauma is not fun. Imagine being severely brain damaged. I don't really want to. It's not nice to think about.
When Palmerston North mother Rebecca Oaten's son Aaron was hit by a car whilst riding his bike to school, he was left severely brain damaged. The doctors in charge of his case stated at the time, that if he had been wearing a cycle helmet "he almost certainly would not have suffered brain damage". After her son's accident, Oaten campaigned hard for the need for cycle helmets to be made compulsory by law. By 1994, she got her wish and non-helmet wearing became an offence. If you get caught without a helmet on your noggin, you can be made to pay a $55.00 infringement fee. So wear your helmet.
If you enjoy mountain biking you should also wear your helmet. Why? Cus, well can you really rip down that path fearlessly if you know you could maim your brain on a big stick? Well I couldn't.
As well as keeping your brain safe, cycle helmets prevent your family members from spending their lives spoon feeding you apple sauce and changing your adult diapers. So next time you want to look 'cool' on your bike, think of your loved ones. Do you really want your kids wiping poo off your bum? Well, it seems kind of karmic doesn't it?
If you think helmets are geeky, check out this vid on 'invisible cycle helmets' below.