Made a big investment in my commuter bike last week. The 10+ year old converted mountain bike is quite worn and the chain had started to slip on the sprockets. That's a no-no when you're climbing the abundant hills in Boone, so I had my landlord's shop - Magic Cycles - do the repair work. I came away with new sprockets from and rear, new chain, and even new crank arms, which came with the front chainring component set.
After I picked up my bike, I packed everything away in the panniers and took a walk through downtown Boone. In a rare moment of poor decision making, I opted to ride my bike back through town and left my helmet in the pannier. A slow 4-block excursion, yet dangerous nonetheless on the narrow streets with heavy traffic.
I then noted a posted sign: A Boone city ordinance requires that all cyclists wear helmets while riding. I had not only made a bad decision, I had broken the law! Then I started to process the mandatory helmet requirement; this has been a raging debate in the motorcycle community for decades.
"Let those who ride decide." That's the mantra of the anti-helmet crowd. So what's your take on local government mandating helmet use for bicyclists? Personal preference or not?
I opt for my brain bucket each and every day...but you may have a different opinion.