Wear Your Helmet…..I’m Not Asking

Wearing your helmet while riding your bike is not an option in my mind. After today’s events it should not be an option for anybody that reads this blog or is a member of my family or a member of your family.  What happened you might be asking yourself.

The simple answer is I went down on my bike today.  My schedule called for a 5 hour ride today and I had planned to get in 1-2 hours on my trainer before picking up my buddy Curtis for the remaining time.  Curtis and I have ridden this route countless times together and I’ve ridden it more than that on my own.  Nothing has ever happened, outside of a flat tire, while riding this route and that is probably the first problem.  I have been going over the events of today in my head over and over and the first thought I had was that I got too comfortable on my ride.

Curtis and I set out and were cruising along and talking and laughing.  My legs felt great and Curtis who is typically 1-2 mph slower than I was holding the pace.  We had ridden for an hour and 15 minutes when it happened.  It is me going down and going down hard.  Nothing jumped out at me.  There were no dead animals in the road.  There was no car.  I just got my tire caught on the side of the road and could not get it back as it went into the gravel.  I went down and slid back to the left and toward the road.

As I came to a stop I looked up and I saw Curtis landing on his head.  I lay there checking my body to make sure all was functional and noticed that Curtis was grabbing his head and grunting.  I finally got the bike off of me and ran over to him.  His helmet was cocked to one side and pressed tight against his head.  I unclipped it and was able to get his helmet off and he immediately said:  I broke my shoulder.  Curtis is a Doctor and when he said that I knew he was in bad shape.

We were fortunate enough to wreck right in front of Hal’s business and we had ourselves a ride back to our car which was about 25 miles away.  After we were dropped off I took Curtis to the hospital and I checked into the Emergency Room myself.  Karen wanted me to get checked out to make sure all was well, but I felt fine.  Bruised ego and concern over Curtis were the only things bothering me.  That is until they started cleaning my wounds.  Man did that hurt like a mother.  I could have bitten through a tree trunk.

The point of this story is to warn you to wear your helmet when riding.  I was fortunate to slide and not bounce on my head like Curtis, whose helmet is broken. I fear the thought of what would have happened had Curtis not been wearing his helmet.  I know he is in the market for a new one and even though I only slide on my shoulder and hip I will be getting a new helmet as well as I believe that I smacked the back of my head against the pavement.

Please, please, please wear your helmet when you are out riding.  I may even start to wear it on the trainer.


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  1. Jon says:

    Ouch Jason! Sorry to hear you guys crashed. Hope the recovery for both of you goes fast! Rest up!
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    • Jen says:

      How scary, Jason – I’m happy to hear that you are OK and I’ll be thinking of Curtis and a speedy recovery as well.

      Thanks for the helmet reminder. Such small insurance that can save your life.
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  2. Julie says:

    So scary! I would say most of my close calls have been riding too close to the edge and almost going into the gravel, although being stuck in a one foot area between a car to my left and a city bus to my right yesterday was quite the scary moment.

    I don’t understand people who DON’T wear helmets! Especially riding in town, but as you’ve just shown, it can be just as dangerous on a nice “safe” ride as well!

  3. Mike Ransick says:

    Glad you are ok. Hope Curtis was wrong about his diagnosis and can back on the bike sooner.

  4. Glad you are ok. I’ve ended two rides in the ER and many recommended that I have the carbon on the bike, especially the front fork, checked out. If there is a microfracture in the fork it could be not so pretty.

  5. Crashes are scary. And sometimes they just happen. Glad you are ok and hope your friend heals quickly.

    Agree with TRS, have the bike checked.
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  6. Jeff Irvin says:

    Sorry this happened to you guys – it sucks, and sucks bad.

    Luckily neither of you were hurt worse!

    Had did Curtis fair at the hospital?

    Take care of the wounds and stay out of the pool a few days and +3 on getting the bike (especially the fork) checked out.
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  7. Marlene says:

    This horrifies me but I’m glad you put it out there – sooo important to remember to wear a helmet and stay cautious on the road, no matter how comfortable the route is. Glad you are okay, buddy. I hope Curtis has a full & fast recovery.

  8. Mandy says:

    I am just so glad you are ok! I asked for a new helmet for my birthday!

  9. Courtney says:

    oh my goodness, glad you both are doing better and that your buddy heals quickly. yes perfect example of why people should always wear helmets. this situation could have been a lot worse!
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  10. Julie says:

    Wow so glad you are both ok! Makes my little road rash from falling over this weekend look like nothing. Your right wearing a helmet is not an option!
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  11. So glad that you’re OK! Thank you for the reminder that bike safety is something you live every day!
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  12. Chuck says:

    Glad you are both ok!! Is El Diablo suffering as well?
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  13. Matt Oravec says:

    Damn man! Glad you are ok from this, how is Curtis’ shoulder?

    Yeah, I went out for a ride and after being on my trainer so much I didn’t think to wear my helmet, I was three houses down on my way out, hit the breaks and rode back. It’s not a question of “should I wear” it is a statement of, “where is my helmet” haha.

    Yeah, I get comfy and screw up… ask Kevin or Heather hahahah.
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  14. Like I said on FB, I’m so glad you guys were alright! It sucks that your friend broke his shoulder, but like you said, it could have been so much worse if he wasn’t wearing his helmet! I just don’t understand why people don’t wear them?!
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  15. DAMN!! So glad you are okay and that it was not worse. A good reminder to us all!
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  16. lindsay says:

    scary! glad you are both ok though! i am laughing a little at the site of you wearing your helmet on the trainer ;)
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  17. BDD says:

    I am glad you are ok. I went down in the middle of March, cracked my the foam in my helemt in half, I am ok, but I was shaken for a bit, we take this chance everytime when we ride, its just a matter of when it will happen, Sadly we all will go down, I just pray when it happens, everyone is ok

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