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Saturday
Dec092006

And this was with a Helmet!


The abrasion on my head was actually caused by the helmet though a cotton bandana that I was wearing underneath. (See my previous post.)

I am convinced without the helmet it would have been instant death. As it is I have a hairline scull fracture, and the day it happened I had a big ol’ knot on my head the size of a tennis ball.


Being old, old skool, having first started riding in the 1950s when nobody wore head protection, though the 1970s when we wore the token “leather hairnet;” it was only this year when I started riding again did I use a helmet for the first time.

Most serious roadies wear a helmet these days, but parents need to get their kids to wear them too. Don’t buy a bike for your child without buying a helmet and making them use it every time? Okay, so I fell on my head a few times as a kid and survived, but the big difference was, we didn’t build make shift ramps and try to jump over shit. Plus of course traffic is so much worse now.

And what about our motorcycling brothers; the State of South Carolina does not have a motorcycle helmet law. I know, it is a personal choice and I shouldn’t even go there, (I'm in enough bleedin' trouble.) but when that SUV pulled in front of me, it could have just as easily been a motorcycle going a hella'va lot faster than I was.

I want to thank everyone for their kind comments and well wishes, they sure are appreciated. In addition to all the comments posted on my last blog, I have received many personal emails.

Reader Comments (7)

Get well soon
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter Steve
Dave, I hope you make a full and speedy recovery, and get back out on the bike soon! I posted a link to your blog in the Road Cycling Forum on BF, to let people know that "one of our own" had been injured. You are such a treasure to us, take care and get well soon!
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter Kathy
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I saw the link to your story on BF. I'm a long time fan of your work.
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter mollusk
heal fast dave. glad you're gonna be ok.
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter john
Dave, very sorry to hear about your accident and I hope you all the best for a speedy recovery. Condsider yourself very fortunate that your OK judging from the licks your helmet took! See you at the Bikeforums!
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter Jay (G_Sup on the forums)
Hello Dave,

I worked at Two Wheel Transit Authority in Huntington Beach, California, during the mid-1980s. I always admired your frames even though I never bought one. I still remember a custom Dave Moulton that was white with a Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Gruppo. It was one of the most beautiful bicycles that I have ever seen.

I am very glad to hear that you came out of the accident relatively unscathed. Rest and heal quickly.
December 10, 2006 | Unregistered Commenter Cleave

I swear by helmets.
Once upon a rainy day, I took a turn too sharp and the back wheel let go too fast to recover. The fall resulted in the impact of the hard shell helmet on the pavement.
I have no doubt that without a helmet I would have been hurt bad.

For the sake of the health of your brain, please do wear a helmet.
Also, be careful on wet pavement and thanks for your wonderful blog.

August 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterewkeane
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