Hello All,

I'm admittedly new to the community, but Julie H. told me this group is amazingly diverse and very (hopefully) willing to offer their honest opinions on issues in the Cycling community.

Here's a little background. I'm a reporter from RedEye, and I'm looking into what seems to be a more controversial issue than most people thing: Actually wearing a helmet. I've heard from some great people on both sides, but in the interest of a balanced perspective, I would love to hear from some folks who choose NOT to wear a helmet. I've seen some people say it's a vanity/comfort issue, and others who question the effectiveness of the practice.

Whatever the case, I would be very interested to hear your opinions on the issue. I can be reached most quickly at mswasko@tribune.com. Also, if you have comments you'd like to post in the thread, I will be watching.

Thank you all very much for your help.

mick

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I used to wear a helmet everytime I went snowboarding and skateboarding, and then most of the time I went biking.  Then I hit my head twice, both times wearing a helmet and both times it did nothing but give me worse whiplash.  I probably should wear one still but don't because I feel I am more cautious without one, have a better field of vision, and feel I can protect my own head by tucking into my chest.  I'm starting to shop for them though because I don't believe those are good enough reasons anymore.

"Wear the Helmet, It beats the Alternative."

I wear my helmet.

I think that everyone should wear a helmet because it helps to protect your head if there's an accident. But, I also feel that adults should decide for themselves whether to wear a helmet or not.

Hey, it's your head/life.

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