Here we go again, The Bric is pissed.
I had a rather funny thing happen to me recently while riding along one of the local paved multi-use trails in town with my son. You need to know that he is well trained in the need to wear a helmet and will not get onto his bike without one. Anyways, he is clipping along on his push bike, having a blast, I'm riding slowly behind him, both of us with our trusty lids on. Along comes another rider from the opposite direction. I recognize him right away, he was my family doctor when I was a little kid. He is a well known local cyclist as well who use to ride from his home in Simcoe to his practice in the next town. He is not wearing a fucking helmet.
My son stops dead in his tracks, looks back at me, then at the doctor coming out way, points at him and says "Daddy, he no wearing no helmet on his head". The doctor hears this all go down and passes us with a nonchalant look on his face. I laugh a bit and reply "He sure don't". Then I start thinking about it. My two year old son knows more about protecting your brain than a fucking PhD holding emergency room doc. Aren't these the guys that should be promoting safety?
And just because you don't have a PhD does not mean that YOU get off either. Nothing steams me up more than watching mom/dad unit riding without a helmet with child unit. That kid is going to learn that it is ok to not wear your helmet. Put your fucking lid on!
The excuses, I hear them all the time. "It messes with my hair", "its hot", "waaa waaa waaa". I'll take a bad hair day over eating all my meals through a straw the rest of my life. At least your hair will look good while you breathe with the assistance of an artificial respirator plugged into your neck.
Here are a few facts taken from the helmets.org website to get your juices flowing.
NO FUCKING EXCUSES! Wear your helmet, teach your kids helmet safety, set an example. Don't want to wear a helmet? Sounds about as smart as trying to stop a moving train with your best Superman pose.
I suppose I shouldn't get so worked up over it though. If you don't have two brain cells to spark together to heat up enough intelligent though to actually put a helmet on, chances are there is nothing in your empty void of a skull cavity worth protecting. Another form of natural selection I guess.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.