Surprisingly, there are still people out there, including adults, that don’t wear bike helmets. They either don’t know how unsafe it is to ride without one or they don’t know how sexy it is to ride with one.

I for one am going to look hot now that I added this “You’d Look Hotter In a Helmet” sticker to my helmet:

red helmet with safety is sexy sticker

Want to look hotter too? It’s simple – wear a helmet!

Thanks to the Safety Is Sexy campaign for providing the stickers!

Learn more about looking hot by wearing a helmet: Safety Is Sexy

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  1. Yes, the right helmets do make you stand out. However, everyone has their own right to wear to not to wear it and I don’t really like the idea of someone enforcing their views on others. For instance, I think in European countries like Italy for example, you’d find many cyclists on the road out on their bikes with a simple cycling cap. The correlation between deaths and wearing helmets might be somewhat convincing, so I don’t believe there’s a substitute for common sense and safety. As long as no one enforces anything its cool.

  2. GREAT slogan. As a public health geek i too think helmets are sexy but i never thought to call it that! I definitely remember when I was 13/14 and there was a new law in NJ that kids under 14 had to wear helmets. It wasn’t cool to wear when one at the time (I definitely didn’t learn how to ride a bike with one!). It’s great how things have changed to where you look dumb if you’re not wearing one. And, when i’m driving, people without helmets freak me out.

  3. Yeah with all these $250 helmets full of carbon fiber, your kit isn’t complete without one!

  4. Sexy? Hardly. Personally, I don’t find insecure people, driven by fear, to be sexy. People who don’t bother investigating the science of bike helmets and who choose instead to spout off mantras provided by the helmet lobbyists are not sexy. They are sad and scary and dangerous for the future of urban cycling.

  5. @Mikael

    I might not be a scientist, but my head has been saved from numerous smacks on the concrete thanks to my helmets. That is all the research I need to convince me that it’s a good idea to keep wearing my helmet.

    But if you print some “You’d look hotter with brain damage” stickers, I’ll check those out.

  6. As far as I’m concerned, helmets are a personal choice. As shown by Audrey, many drivers tend to “freak out” when seeing cyclists without helmets, and actually give them more room than if said cyclist was helmetless. Unless you’re smashing your face into the ground more often than you’re getting buzzed by cars, maybe going without a helmet is a better choice (or perhaps in that instance, choosing a new activity would be in your best interest).

    Helmet laws suck, the attitudes of people wearing this sticker suck, the “Safety is Sexy” campaign sucks, and (as previously stated) people pushing their views onto others sucks.

    Surprisingly, upon reading this article, this adult is now more spiteful toward helmet activists than he was before!!

    Seriously, if you want to wear a helmet, please do. Wear a DOT approved one, for all I care. I’m surprised many of these helmet advocates don’t. After all, safety is sexy!!! Either way, stop telling me to wear a helmet, and stop telling me it’s cool….it’s my head, not yours.

  7. @Joseph

    I don’t think the Safety is Sexy campaign is aimed at you, because you are obviously set in your ways and would prefer the convenience of a brain injury to the inconvenience of wearing a helmet.

    However, there are some people that would like to wear a helmet, but they don’t, simply because some people say helmets aren’t cool. So this is a way for people to get together and show how cool helmets can be. They’re just illustrating a point, not enforcing a helmet law.

    No one is forcing you to visit these websites, either. I doubt that someone put a gun to your head and said, “visit these websites that talk about bike helmets or I’ll shoot you.”

    But yes, helmets are a personal choice. (Unless you’re racing, in which case going without a helmet disqualifies you.) So you can continue to not wear a helmet, and I’ll continue to wear one. Sounds like a simple solution 🙂

    P.S. This helmet article from Ron (who commented previously) is a great read.

  8. I may have been a little rash in typing out that previous post. Suggesting that not wearing a helmet is safer than not wearing one was a little out of line. Some of my comments were also a little misplaced and inappropriate. My apologies.

    I actually do wear a helmet, and quite regularly. I wear them in situations where I feel like it’s necessary…places like riding 12 foot deep concrete bowls, trails with 30 foot hits, and racing scenarios. I’m not just some kook who doesn’t wear helmets because I think they look dumb. I’ve hit my head hard enough with and without a helmet enough times to know that it hurts less with a helmet on. I don’t wear a helmet where I don’t feel threatened…like cruising down the road.

    I honestly think people should invest more time in learning how to fall instead of thinking a helmet is the ultimate solution to bicycle safety. I’ve seen a fair number of experienced cyclists eat it and break wrists and collerbones just because they’re not familiar with how to tuck and roll. When you only crash 3 or 4 times a year, sticking your arms out probably seems like a good idea. Start crashing 3 or 4 times a day and you might learn differently.

    Obviously you can’t practice getting smoked by a truck at 40mph(not that I think it’d help much anyway if you could). Concerning cycling deaths, I’m assuming that vehicles are probably involved most of the time. In these scenarios, cautious riding is just as effective as a good helmet. Instead of hauling balls through the intersection trying to stay at your lactic threshold (or whatever the pros are into this week), just take an extra second to look both ways and double check that your buddy in his F-250 isn’t trying to run the red light.

    I’d be very interested to see an article analyzing the statistical safety of helmets, as opposed to an article revealing the statistical manipulations of anti-helmet supporters. Perhaps a professional one, without stories meant to tug at parents’ heartstrings (although I do actually think parents should make children wear their helmets…I know my parents did for me…I just don’t think that an article like that is appropriate for a story of that nature, especially when they seem to criticize the “anti-helmet propaganda” quite a bit).

    Either way, I’ll never mock or criticize someone for wearing a helmet…I just hope they’ll do the same for me if my head happens to be bare.

    Sorry for getting a little carried away, but I hope this clarifies my stance a little.

  9. @Joseph

    I totally agree with this comment. I would say I wear my helmet in the same situations as you, and I highly advocate crashing practice! It seems we’re on the same page. (It must have been the “this sucks, that sucks, you suck” that threw me off. 😉 )

    Skilled riding and crashing is definitely the best strategy. I’ve become pretty good at staying safe around car doors, aggressive drivers, etc., but you know what really keeps me wearing a helmet? Deer! They’re so unpredictable and can pop out of nowhere when you’re flying down a 40mph descent in the woods!

    But statistically speaking, in my life at least, I’ve had worse injuries from walking around or doing “safe” activities than I have had from cycling. I’d be better off wearing full protective gear when I’m not on my bike!

    Maybe one day we’ll get a good, unbiased article with real statistics, but I’m not getting my hopes up, because there probably isn’t enough controversy (or money to be made) with that.

  10. Helmet is most important part is cycling or motorbike riding. You share the looking fabulous helmet. I like your hotter helmet. Thanks a lot for this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate it very much!

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