Thursday, November 20, 2008

PSA - Helmets save lives.

Helmets are fine.
Helmets are good.
They help your head
when you go boom.


I took a tumble on my bike this week commuting into work. I was not going very fast but I felt my head hit the ground hard. And once it hit all I could think about was "I am so thankful I am wearing a helmet." I picked myself up, put the chain back on my bike and finished going into work. Sorry for the slightly blurry photo. Once I got to work, I checked my helmet and saw the crack through the helmet. There was a nice dent and scrape on the shell of the helmet to show right where I hit.

I stopped by REI on my ride home and got a new helmet. And reading the instruction manual, they suggest that the materials in helmets do degrade with time so replace your helmet every few years. mine was a number of years old and still worked just fine for the low speeds I was going.

I have just a couple of very minor bruises on my knee, my elbow and possibly my dignity. I have reported the bad pavement area to the local authorities and hope to see it fixed and soon. And my bike is just fine.

This ends this public service announcement.


rpd said...

New Bike. First Commute. First Crash.

What's next?

PuddleThumper said...

Hmmm. Not first commute and not first crash. Life continues...

Enniferjay said...

Glad you're okay. I always wear a helmet because if I actually hurt myself without one I'd feel so stupid!

Andy said...

Sometimes I feel that I should wear a helmet when walking the Brown Dog.