To learn more about the importance of wearing a helmet and to keep up with current head protection technology, please visit the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
Despite our nagging, members of many stunt, BMX, and mountain racing teams and other professional riders, bike messengers and athletes may appear, ride or race without helmets. We don't think it's a good idea, but they are experienced, professional cyclists and they know the risks. They are also adults, so we respect their right to choose. Despite the intransigence of these riders, we strongly advocate the use of helmets on every ride. Wearing a helmet is perhaps your single best defense against a major medical catastrophe while riding, so buckle up!