Yes always, started wearing one when I was about 14, when I started getting into mountain biking, im normally pretty good, very rarely come off, but there is always the exception. Went off one day, was about 16 with my biker mates, just a few hundred yards down the road from my mum and dads house my mate (at the time) deceided to cut in front of me, he was on the road, I was on the path. I hit him doing about 20mph, went straight over the top, flew for literally 3 meters and landed on my head, with helmet on luckily on tarmac. I broke the helmet in two, right down the middle and had a headache for 3 days after. Im convinced the piece of polystyrene saved me. I now look at helmets as seatbelts, I wont ride in a car not wearing a seatbelt, anywhere.
Shame, he was riding his dads Marin at the time and it bent the RST forks well out of shape, he then blamed it all on me!
Giant MCM Team 99'
Muddy Fox Alu Comp 95'
Pace RC200 F6
Always out of breath and trying to loose the lard!