Put Your Head Into It

Cycling is Fantastic Fun ...But Wear the Right Safety Equipment Cycling is Fantastic Fun ...But Wear the Right Safety Equipment

It was one of those cool, crystal clear Autumn days. Perfect for cycling, until....

A Perfect Day, Until...

It was one of those days that can only be described as perfect. Crystal blue sky. Quiet country roads. A cool breeze hinting that Autumn was near. The perfect day for cycling with my wife.

We had recently purchased a new, lightweight road bike for her, and had been enjoying many miles of riding together and getting fit.

After riding about 5 miles that day, I pedaled ahead of her a short distance when I heard a crunch behind me that sounded like an empty soda can being crushed. My first thought was that she had run over one, but I realized that there hadn't been one lying in the road. A quick glance back I knew that the remainder of our perfect day would be spent in the emergency room.

Her foot had slipped off the pedal and into the front wheel spokes. And that was all it took to send her over the handlebars, landing squarely on her head and face. Helping her to the side of the road, blood spilling from her nose and mouth, I could see that the front of her helmet was crushed and in pieces. Judging by the mark on her forehead left by the helmet, the helmet likely saved her life.

After a few months of healing, and a few bike repairs, my wife was back in the saddle riding harder than ever! And, of course, sporting a brand new helmet.

Cycling is fantastic fun and has tremendous health benefits. Yet, as with any fitness activity, the right safety equipment is a must! So before your next ride, go to your local bike shop and get a good fitting helmet... And put your head into it!

Brian DeLay

Brian DeLay is an airline pilot living in the Midwest with his wife and three children. As an avid runner and cyclist he has completed numerous half-marathons, marathons, and cycling "century" rides, and serves as the race director for the Run for the Ridge 5K. His favorite activities are those he shares with his family. Visit Brian on Google+

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