Considering that the brain is the consistency of soft butter (eeek…) and any blow to the head can jostle it against the skull, not to mention that the skull is not indestructible itself, I decided that today, before my ride, I would dig out the old bike helmet. This is also part of my heightened awareness campaign.
The thing is so awfully uncomfortable that I went to the internet to see if I could figure out a better adjustment. Of course there were many good tutorials there, but I still couldn’t quite be satisfied. This is my helmet.
Amidst all the instructions on knob turning, strap shortening and pad fitting I discovered my helmet is the simple version – no knobs, no stabilizing strap, no pads. Pretty much no protection. I wore it anyway, just in case it might ward off a falling tree limb or something. It makes me look like a serious biker, kind of. Lol. I will be putting a new one on my Amazon wish list.
Here are some more of my rules for sharing the roadway with whatever is out there.
- Always assume you are invisible to everyone
especially cars driven by the very young or very old. Everyone.
- Signal your intentions clearly, especially when there is someone who needs to know.
- Always know who is behind you – use your mirror.
- Aim for intersections with stoplights to cross busy roads.
- If there are two or more cars waiting to do something at an intersection, stop, feet on the ground and wait it out.
- Wear a helmet, don’t wear floppy things that will get caught in gears or wheels.
- Check tire pressure and brakes before starting out.
Can you think of more? I need all the help I can get.