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Cycles & Helmets
Dan Hussey's note reminded me of the virtues of helmets when 2-
wheeling. I've done my share of bumping thru wheat fields in Eastern
Washington (nothing more challenging) but even for THAT, I wore a
helmet. On the road, I wouldn't have taken money to NOT wear
it....no force could make me be that dumb.
It was 1966 - and when I was hit from behind while turning off
into my (out in the country) driveway, my shorty (helf-helmet) saved
my life. since I was hit at 40+ MPH, I flew about 30 feet thru the
air, "browned out" until impact. My left leg required bone grafts, a
six inch steel plate and six months in a cast to recover. If that
helmet wasn't on my bean, everything would have been moot. I'd
either be a virtual rutebaga or the nutrient source for some daisies.
I still have that shorty helmet. It has a strip of paint scrubbed
off from front to back about 3/4" wide...and to this day, if someone
tells me helmets won't save ones' life, I will stand there smiling
and consider them to be (at best) sadly confused and self-deluding.
List friends, if you ride a 2-wheeler, enjoy yourselves, stay VERY
alret, and wear a helmet even when you're on nice, soft dirt! I'd
like to keep you around.
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