Helmets are for people who can't ride.
There, I've said it. Bring out the torches and pitchforks.
Now then, someone eventually says it.
I've been reading this thread and chose not to comment but there have been quite a few posts where people have hinted at similar. ie I'm good on a bike so I won't come off. I consider myself a competent to good city centre cyclist and ride through a very busy city which is currently in a dreadful mess with roadworks, temporary road surface, diversions and so on.
I still have a few close scrapes due to drivers not paying attention and coming out of junctions etc. I've been lucky but I'm not cocky enough to think my skill on a bike will protect me if I'm sideswiped or worse by a motor vehicle. A friend had a bad fall last year from having to pull across to avoid a bus moving towards him without signalling. He got his wheel stuck in a tram line and hit the ground hard, knocked himself out, fractured his eyesocket above his eye. He's is a good rider who commutes across town every day and the same when he is in London where he spends 50% of his time. He wears a helmet now.
That wasn't down to lack of skill.
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