My only excuses are -- that I've lasted this long; I ride not too rocky trails; and I once heard that the sort of crashes where they help [ie fairly minor] the body kind of takes care of itself anyway, while in major crashes, a polystyrene toupe won't help much anyway.
Sounds from your later posts like you're coming around to the idea of a helmet. I don't want to sound like a helmet evangelist (if that doesn't sound seedy
) but that little bit of polystyrene can definitely do a lot if you're wearing it properly!
A helmet is never going to make you invincible against the worst that can happen, but I hit the deck with a fair bit of momentum and the helmet stayed in one piece. I was doing close to 20mph standing up on the pedals accelerating away from a junction and I managed to release one of my SPDs. My foot went straight between the suspension fork leg and the wheel, with the sole gripping the spokes. The bike just stopped dead, bent the bottom of the fork steerer back, and I did a Superman over the front. Helmet made a hell of a noise when it hit the road and once I started sliding (lycra on a wet road
) the buckle on the chin strap pulled itself apart.
I felt like a prize idiot, as there were lots of witnesses, and I no doubt looked soft as the proverbial when I cried as they tried to scrub all of the dirt and grit out of my chin at the hospital, but at least the helmet did its job and I could ride away from the scene looking like a hero (strictly in my own mind !) rather than being scooped into the back of an ambulance.
What can I say, but definitely buy one and aim to never test it out!
1993 Dyna-Tech MT4 frame with Shimano Deore XT/DX components.
2008 Orange Prestige S