I went riding without my helmet one night, even after my best friend’s dad had reminded me to take it. I declared it my “Celebrate my health insurance day.” Seriously, I did!! I did not know what would happen late that night.
We went to a party and were quite toasty riding back. My bike and my friend’s bike got tangled, we both fell and I didn’t do a good job protecting my head.
I went to bed without great concern but woke up with the usual pain of a concussion. Went to the ER that afternoon – it was a concussion.
The experience taught me and when I fell approximately 2 weeks later due to wet pavement and front wheel brake usage, my helmet saved me from a second concussion that would have been dangerous as close as it was to the first one.
I have not ridden much without a helmet after this incident and don’t intend to. I like it now. Keeps me warm in the winter.