George Riches wrote:kwackers wrote:For situations like these I have a sticker on my motorcycle helmet that reads: "If you find this helmet with a head in it, leave it alone, call an ambulance".
Many years ago, when I rode motorcycles, I read that it wasn't a good idea to put anything on a motorcycle helmet as it might increase the friction between the helmet and the road surface.
Over the years I've fallen off many different motorcycles many times, worst I ever get is a scrape on the paint. Given the speeds then a motorcycle helmet probably offers some protection against a glancing blow on a kerb etc. It's never happened to me and up to now the most likely scenario when falling off one is that nothing much happens...
I suspect the likelihood of 'nothing much happening' is somewhat greater on a bicycle. Chuck in the relatively low speeds and I struggle to conceive of a scenario where I'm likely to bang my head - at least in a way that the narrow degree of protection offered by the helmet is of any use.
OTOH, whilst I'm not convinced that wearing a helmet on my bicycle makes me take more risks, I'm absolutely convinced of that fact on a motorcycle. Throw in some leathers and armour and I know for a fact that the side walls of my tyres will see more tarmac than usual.