Irrational and Inconsistent

I have been riding motorcycles for over twenty years.  I always wear a helmet.  I have never had an accident. (OK,  in my first year of riding,  I dropped the bike once, on loose gravel, starting up from a stop sign, turning right.  I don’t count that.  I didn’t say, I never dropped the bike!)  I am well aware of the danger of head injuries caused when a persons head comes into contact with pavement, even at relatively low rates of speed.  I know people who have died, and others who have sustained serious injury, because they were not wearing a helmet.  I do not want to join those statistics.

I recently started riding a bicycle around town.  My town is rather small, about two miles square, and you can get anywhere in town on a bike, pretty quickly.  I have also started to include bicycling as a part of my exercise routine. 

I had never wore a helmet on a bicycle. 

That is irrational and inconsistent.

I can wipe out on a bicycle, just like I could have an accident on a motorcycle.  The sidewalk or the pavement are equally hard, and as I said earlier, you don’t have to be going very fast. 

I grew up riding bicycles without a helmet.  It has never been a problem. 

After it is a problem, it is too late to don the helmet. 

Sigh…

Yesterday, for the first time I wore a bicycle helmet while riding.  I plan to make it a habit.  I really don’t want to be irrational and inconsistent.

I really, really, don’t want a head injury caused by thinking it couldn’t happen to me.

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5 Responses to “Irrational and Inconsistent”

  1. Suzanne Says:

    So did this just occur to you one day or did someone say something? 🙂

  2. LisaB Says:

    Is it a good thing or a bad thing to find oneself struggling to fight the urge to make an ornery bald joke comment in response to this, something about there being more cusioning between the head and the pavement when younger as compared to these days…? (Sorry, just couldn’t resist! Must be hanging around Steve and Ed too much!)

    It does seem deceivingly safer on a bicycle than a motorbike, yet almost everybody I know who’s ridden a bike has wiped out at some point (some more so than others) yet, thankfully, most people I know who ride motorcycles have been fortunate enough to mostly just ever have a close call or few. Motorbike accidents tend to be more severe, but bicycle accidents seem to be more frequent so why do we find ourselves fighting the urge to consider a helmet important so often? (I’m not even sure where my bike helmet is anymore or if I even still have it.) It must be the vanity thing. Nobody wants to have helmet hair…oh wait!…I better stop here before another bald joke comes out…I know and am close to way too many folks who are follically challenged, it could come back to haunt me!

  3. Pastor Curt Says:

    Suzanne, I have been thinking about it for a long time. It became more vivid to me when I was out in the country going down a fairly steep hill at a pretty good pace. I had made the decision that the next time out I was going to wear a helmet, and then a friend at the fitness center, who rides a lot, suggested that I wear one. It was confirmation to me that it was the right thing to do. Actually, it was on that ride that I realized that I was being irrational and inconsitent in not wearing a helmet on the bicycle.

    Lisa, Vanity is not a sufficient reason to not wear a helmet, and I certainly am not concerned about helmet hair!

  4. Gloria Says:

    The things I find out by reading you blog 🙂 Now I might not recognize you when I see you go by on the bike 🙂

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