This story is dedicated to all you "Heros" out there.

Mar 31, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
How many times in your whole life have you heard someone say “make sure you wear your helmet "? Well I know it has been countless times for me, and I can guarantee you this, it would have paid off. To me, wearing a helmet wasn’t a chore, but more of a "fashion statement". Only the hardcore kids don’t wear their helmets, only the true daredevils don’t wear them, well guess what people, even daredevils screw up. When is the last time you saw Sam Hill race Oceana with no helmet? When’s the last time you saw Kyle Strait have a Crankworx run with no skid lid on? Never, so why should it be any different with you? It shouldn’t, and that’s the thing. All the kids out there now a days are presuming that in order to be real, true bikers, you have to defy the rules, don’t wear armor, don’t wear any helmets or anything, well people, here’s something for all of you, its a story of my misfortune, and hopefully it will help you guys realize that wearing a helmet shouldn’t be a "fashion statement", it should be an honor.It was an excellent Sunday; sun was shining, bright white, fluffy clouds in the sky, surrounded by baby blue skies. I was at the local mountain cleanup, doing my cleaning thing. Really, whenever it comes to these mountain maintenance days, I always end up building a new line instead of maintaining a different one. I figure that if you just fix the line that’s already wrecked its going to get ruined again, so why not make a new line for fun? Well, for those kids that were there they would know what trail I'm talking about, but incase you don’t, we were working on a trail called Hidden Pleasures, up on Vedder Mountain. There is a really fun section right near the start of the trail that consists of a drop, into another smaller drop, into an open section with nothing on it but a few little humps. I noticed there was an old line still cut into the mountain that would be excellent for a step down line. So, after very little thought about it I decided to start building this line. The day progressed, and a pal I know showed up with his bike. After working on the line for a while, and pampering it up a bit, it was looking like it was ready to be hit. Now, let’s remember what this story is generally based around, "Wearing your helmet". Now, this was a really bad idea on my behalf, and I know it now, but it’s all good when it’s all said and done. My buddy was talking about hitting up the new line, and he decided to. His run went fine, perfect amount of speed, perfect transition, it was smooth. After hiking back up he handed me his bike and told me to hit it up, so I decided to shred it. Once again, not wearing a helmet, only gloves. I proceeded to hit it once, fine, twice not as smooth, a little bit of a whip, but not bad. I was trying to dial my speed for it. The 4th time I hit it, disaster struck. I came flying into it way too fast, I hit tranny, but then proceeded to loose control. I got spat off the bike, face first into the dirt, and the bike went tumbling into the trees. I was jumbled pretty badly; my brain was like "I just lost at Jenga". A rough landing for me, but what can you do, accidents happen. And guess what everyone that saw the wipe out asked me “why weren’t you wearing a helmet?", and "because I was just testing the jump" didn’t cut it.

Later that day, after walking down from the cleanup, I was at home, all bored thinking about what to do. Now I recently gained myself a BMX bike from my roommate. I’m not very good at BMX'ing, but I know what I’m doing enough to be able to ride it around town fine. So I decided to waste some time I was going to hop on it, and go for a ride around. No intentions of hitting anything or riding up/down anything, just for a pedal. I got myself down town to the court house when I noticed that the stairs there were looking like they could be easily bunny hopped up. Totally ignoring the fact I had no helmet on I took 2-3 pedal strokes to ensure I had enough speed to make it to the top of the stairs smooth’ like. Well guess what people; it never works out how it was planned. I jumped as hard, as high, and as far as I could, and only made it to the 5th stair up. And, to no surprise, there was 6 stairs. My front tire dove into the gap between the 5th and 6th stair.

The rest of this I don’t remember, but I will create something that would be about right from what I have heard. My face had a 15km/h impact with the pavement of the courthouse steps, and then I proceeded to skid forward for about 3 feet or so. I put a huge scrape on my head, about an inch long cut on the back of my ear, my earring was embedded in my ear, I pulled all the muscles in my right arm from impact/sliding on it, and my neck muscles are all pulled too. I was then forced into a seizure from the impact/concussion. How did I get to the hospital? I don’t know who called the ambulance? No clue. I recall waking up in the ambulance for a few seconds, to the driver asking me if I knew where I was, what day it was, what the month was, and things like that. I don’t recall at all what my answers were to him. I then woke up a bit later in the hospital, in bed number 2, to a nurse tucking me in. The first question they asked me “were you wearing a helmet?" and guess how dumb I felt telling them "no, I wasn’t planning on jumping my bike at all, I was just going for a leisurely ride". The following are some pictures that I took on my roommate's laptop when I got home from the hospital.

That is what they sent me home from the hospital looking like.

That is what they sent me home from the hospital looking like.


Then later on while I was cleaning my dome of all the blood, dried blood, gravel, puss, things like that, is when I noticed that my ear had a huge cut on it, and my earring was embedded in my ear. I was then rushed back to the hospital via the "red rocket" to get my ear fixed. When I entered the operating room the first thing the guy asked me was “were you wearing a helmet?". Trust me people, it sounds even dumber the second time. I had to get my earring surgically removed, and 5 stitches put in the back of my ear to fix the hole.


Currently I am sitting here typing this and my head is leaking out some form of yellow/white liquid out, soaking the bandages they wrapped around it.

The gash on top of my head from scraping on the pavement was the worst I think.

The gash on top of my head from scraping on the pavement was the worst I think.


So people, this is me reaching out to you guys and girls. Not wearing a lid is simply NOT worth the possible outcome. It won't make you cool or even a better rider to leave your lid behind for "just this time". You don't see the pros in the big leagues competing in Crankworx, the Sea Otter Classic or anything like that without wearing a helmet. Just think about this story , and remember , accidents happen, and things like this happen as well. So now it’s sunny outside, a bit overcast, but still nice enough to ride, and I am sitting in my room writing a story about how dumb I am for doing that. And the doctors have also said, NO BIKES FOR 30 DAYS! So, it’s up to you whether or not you want to look like me, but I would suggest not following in my footsteps.

The outcome was a concussion, 5 stitches in the back of my ear, a 45$ piercing wasted, along with a 39$ earring, and a bunch of lost riding time/dignity, and 3 days of lost wages. So if that’s something you would like to strive for, have at it, but I wouldn’t suggest it, because it A) it hurts like hell and B) is not "dare devilish" at all.

Ride lots and ride safe,

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102 Comments

  • 6 0
 september 19th 2000 I was riding my bike to work. something i did everymorning it was a cool morning and I was wearing long pants, a sweatshirt (i was living in calgary at the time) and a helmet. I was almost to work when i was hit from behind by a driver doing about 55 km/h to 65 kh/h. i did the crash test dummy into the windshield ... my head hit about where the driver would have been sitting ... i do not remember anything from that day or sometime before or after. I broke my collar bone, some ribs and my leg. if it was not for the $30 bell helmet i was wearing i would not be sitting here today. now even when i ride to the corner store i wear a helmet. would be an idiot not to.

I hope your story will wake some of these younger kids up and get a helmet on them. thanks a lot.
  • 1 0
 man, that's a pretty good article you'e right...helmets rule, and if you just want to look cool, go to a fashion parade....this is about having fun enjoiying bu safely.... i hope you get better soon and thax for the articl, it whortsitso much tu read!!!
  • 1 0
 yup definetely wearing a helmet always.. i always feel embarassed when an amulance drive by and they can clearly see me.. i always think to myself.. they are going to be PISSED if they have to scoop up my brains later...
  • 0 0
 Yo "Zeek" good job on the story. Really dug it. An a good lesson for all out there. Glad that it only was that and hope you heal fast. Here is a personal lesson of mine...when racing, try to wear a full face, even when it's hot, or you want to be cool. A nice photo of how I learned my lesson www.pinkbike.com/photo/7429
  • 0 0
 right on brotha
  • 0 0
 lol thats a bit of a genralisation "All the kids out there now a days are presuming that in order to be real, true bikers, you have to defy the rules, don’t wear armor, don’t wear any helmets or anything,". A majority of people i ride with wear helmets and we are all in our early/ mid teens
  • 0 0
 yea man get well soon. unlucky you weren't wearing your helmet, but i can see from your article that you believe it wasnt quite luck. I was wearing a lid here www.pinkbike.com/photo/938205, so i simply learned to wear a full face. Better a pisspot than nothing, but fullfaces happen to be very effective. Thanks for the article too man
  • 0 0
 Dude at least its only 30 days it could have been worse. Last year I hit a jump and lost my balance and banged the back of my head. I WAS wearing my helmet. The doctor said that's what saved my butt. THANK GOD. My son asked me the other day why I don't wear my helmet when we're riding around the house doing the jumps I built. Now he won't have to ask anymore. Thanks for the lesson.. Maybe I'm too old and stubborn. Get well soon.....
  • 0 0
 i'm sorry you had to learn the hard way like myself Frown
i wish you the best during your recovery.

i never wore shin pads for the longest time, i hated them.
then my buddy gave me his used set, and i still never wore them. until one day. hittin' some dj around the corner.

i was no-foot midair and landed with only the left foot on the pedals, and the right pedal smoked my shin and i ended up doing alot of damage that could have been avoided.

g'luck.
  • 0 0
 Word. happy to hear you are ok. too many kids go out and ride w/o skid lids. I am going to print your letter and post it up in my shop for the kids that come in thinking they are all that and don't need a helmet.
Peace my brotha, glad to hear know you can roll 26 deep still rather than 6-feet deep.
  • 0 0
 great job on the story, I had a similar to little worst/better.
The better was, I had little facial damage,
The worst, I broke my skull 5 inches long along the rear back. Had blood builtup and inflation to the brain, can't tell how close in numerous times I went to dying from the swelling to the brain. I survived but now have sudden balance lost, major migrain with partial vision lost bout once or twice a year. This happen when I was 14. I'm 25 now and not yet recovered from this, ...if I ever do...
I wear a helmet all the time, I recommend people to do as well and would never let someone talk me out of it.
My last crash was this past august, did a 10 foot drop and overshot, landed head first. My full face helmet got scratched to hell, but ended up with only a cut on my nose from the top of the helmet, a cut kidney and nerve damage to the neck. Now if I didn't had my helmet. This would have probably been my final call.
  • 0 0
 Great article man...that sucks about the lost wages and such, but seeing pics like that ought to convince some of the kids out there to start wearing their lids. two years ago racing in Spokane, I saw a guy's face get messed up cuz he was only wearing a DJ lid instead of a fullface. heal up fast, and next time, wear the lid...lol.
  • 0 0
 I must be a retard, because wearing a helmet was never a fashion statement for me. I dont care if I look like someone from the special olympics when I wear a helmet. I believe the kind of riding I do, I could get very hurt. I am dumb enough as it is. Say nothing about having a horrific crash and spilling what brains I have left on the side of the trail, or road. Broken bones and busted bodies all suck, but what happens when you have a crash that leaves you a vegtable, when it all could have been avoided by wearing a brain bucket. Keep 'er real.
  • 0 0
 hey I bet your glad you gave yourself that fancy hair cut the night before eh holmes? don't worry man I think you look pretty cute as a monster and hey you know what chicks dig it!! scars that make no other girl look at you that is !!!! get better brother I'm heading out for a ride without my helmet!
  • 0 0
 i learnt my lesson a really hard way, although this didnt happen to me i now always wear a top if the line mx helmet (not showing off but thier the safest). this is how it happened

i was at the local DH track with my friend, we were riding for a while when he decided to hit a 12ft drop. when he hit it first he didnt clear it and he fell so he tryed it a second time, the second time he gunned it and went at full speed, he cleared the landing which had a rock garden at the bottom, when he landed he was bucked of the bike and he was thrown straight onto the rocks at around 27mph according to his bike computer, he smashed his temple on a flat slab of granite, he went into seizures and brain fliud came out his cut, when he got to hospital he actuly died for 2 minutes on the operating table but they saved him, nowadays (2 years after the accident) he has minor brain damage, i still hang out with him but now he cant ride his bike due to balance loss from the accident, he forgets loads of stuff, he cant hold a proper convorsation with people and worst was he was just about to get sponsored by some small english company who i forget,

and all this happened just because he didnt wear a helmet,
i never will forget the image of brain fliud coming out of the hole in his head, this hapened when we were 15 and now his life has been turned to shiti learnt my lesson a really hard way, although this didnt happen to me i now always wear a top if the line mx helmet (not showing off but thier the safest). this is how it happened

i was at the local DH track with my friend, we were riding for a while when he decided to hit a 12ft drop. when he hit it first he didnt clear it and he fell so he tryed it a second time, the second time he gunned it and went at full speed, he cleared the landing which had a rock garden at the bottom, when he landed he was bucked of the bike and he was thrown straight onto the rocks at around 27mph according to his bike computer, he smashed his temple on a flat slab of granite, he went into seizures and brain fliud came out his cut, when he got to hospital he actuly died for 2 minutes on the operating table but they saved him, mowadays (2 years after the accident) he has minor brain damage, i still visit him but now he cant ride his bike due to balance loss from the accident, he forgets loads of stuff, he cant hold a proper convorsation with people and worst was he was just about to get sponsored by some small english company who i forget,

and all this happened just because he didnt wear a helmet,
i never will forget the image of brain fliud coming out of the hole in his head, this hapened when we were 15 and now his life has been turned to shit
  • 0 0
 hhaha nice repeat there i actualy read it twice Razz
  • 0 0
 Good to hear you’re alright man,
too many times ive hear horror stories of not wearing a helmet...
If it wasnt for helmets, personally I would be dead or a veg right now, luckily I only went into come for 4 days.... not that thats good, but better if I wasnt wearing one.
Anyways... great article, and get better dude,
And… WEAR YOUR HELMETS PEOPLE!!!!!
Cheers
  • 0 0
 Zeek that's not even the least bit funny man. I'm 28 now and been riding since I was 5 years old and had some major crashes and a few broken knuckles but nothing that bad. Went riding with a friend a long time ago, all I remember is seeing him try some kind of Evil Kneivel manuever that resulted in him being RIGHT upside down in the air for what seemed like forever only to land DIRECTLY on his back. I thought he was dead when he hit the ground, he hit the dirt so hard his reflectors exploded from the impact. Called ambulance, ended up having major concussion with memory loss, collapsed lung, broken vertebrae which now causes him to limp, bruised liver and kidneys and internal bleeding all from one little jump. I'll give you the same advice a close friend gave me after I had my first major crash. Feeling a breeze through your hair is ok when it's windy outside, not knowing what a breeze is anymore could happen if you don't wear your safety shit bro. Words of wisdom from a man that has broken EVERY bone in his body I'm sure. Take care and get well soon, remember, scars and bones may heal but your pride will be forever tarnished and your friends will never let you live it down because they love you no matter what you do we hope :-P
  • 0 0
 ya always where a helmet, the pros set realy good examples too,like in nwd the countless times zinc is wearing nothing but his regular clothes.and for some reason it only takes one guy and alot of kids think its cool to not use a helmet.
  • 0 0
 Thanks for posting the story man, too bad it happens everyday to differnet people.

From the money side of things: you might have "wasted" the price of a piercing and a few other bucks, but all that work that you had done - from the ambulance ride to the surgery - probably cost the health care system thousands of bucks. I'm not trying to say anything bad about you in particular, but i think that its worthwhile saying that it costs a mint when someone gets hurt. If you were paralysed or in a coma instead of just bleeding, it would end of costing health care hundreds of thousands of dollars in the long run. All because someone didn't feel like wearing a helmet. For the kids out there that think that going to the hospital is free, think again - when you get to be 18 and have to pay your health care premiums, you will be pissed at the people who are wasting money, because it comes RIGHT OUT OF YOUR POCKET, and its NOT cheap.

MY taxes pay for YOUR brain - so wear a helemt!
  • 0 0
 A-FUKIN-MEN
  • 0 0
 G123, perhaps you have made a mistake in your life. sure, you may not have gotten hurt.. but imagine you did.. im certain that you wouldnt think twice about using MY tax dollars to pay for YOUR brain.. and the sad part is, you make it sound like you are the only person in canada paying taxes. hahah. WELCOME TO REALITY BUDDY. better empty your pockets.. i think im gonna go ride with no helmet.
  • 0 0
 Great article, too bad you had to learn the hard way. Everyone knows helmets are a good thing but it won't do any good if it's not fitted and done up properly. Seem's simple but a lot of people think it's cool to ride around in their skid lid with the strap hanging, you may as well just ear a foam hat when you ride, at least that will help soak up the blood after you crack your head open.
  • 0 0
 f*ckin truthful man theyve saved e on countlss times of even small bails and i get that feeling saying "hell im glad i had a lid on" these days helmets are even mad so they look cool so more kids will weaar them not like the ones even 10 years ago more ppl should wear them there made to help you not the company so GET A LID........ hope for a good recovery keep on riden!!
  • 0 0
 nipptizzle - you missed the point buddy. the fact is that i've been riding and crashing for MANY years now, plenty more than most ppl on these boards. I've been hurt pretty badly and also have seen lots of other guys get hurt. I don't wish it on anyone. But the REALITY is that I have always worn atleast a helmet and usually shin pads and a belt for when i get out to rip. I've had 3 concussions from riding, twice wearing a fullface, and once with an xc helmet before fullfaces were available. I broke one helmet into 3 clean pieces. I will admit, my fair share of trips to the hospital when it was needed. More broken bones than I care to remember, stitches, all the usual stuff. I know what it's like to get hurt and hurt badly. I don't feel that I have made any mistake at all - that kind of thing comes with riding. The POINT is that I took the precautions that were reasonable and smart, and made a point to protect myself from what was bound to happen. If I didn't wear a helmet on some of those crashes, I might not be typing this now but sucking apple juice through a tube. The POINT was that people don't think of their responsibility when they go out and ride - getting hurt costs more than just what it puts you out of pocket at the time. A lot more. I ride hard and I know what it costs when I crash, it just seems like a lot of people think that it's their right to do whatever the fuck they please. Think about it for a minute there junior, maybe you should wake up to fukin REALITY. You go out and ride with no helmet tough guy - have fun picking rocks out of the scabs all across your face. I'll be out there rippin and enjoying a few cold brews after the ride, sucka. Healing vibes to Zeek, tough crash man. You'll be back in no time.
  • 0 0
 Ahah. Ya man two weeks ago I bailed just doing a little hip ive done a hundred times before. I got a concussion and couldnt remember a thing that happened, I couldnt remember even hitting the jump till a few hours after. My friends even said I was trying to talk to a rock about my pants being ripped (which I just sewed that day and actually werent ripped at all). I only had a half-lid on because its all i can really afford. But man i saw the chunk taken out of the brim above my right eyebrow and i tried to imagine what it wouldve done to my face. I also received a sweet hole in my right cheek (facial) and a face full of "jam".
  • 0 0
 It's a legal requirement to wear a helmet on public roads in New Zealand, and all the bike parks tend to back this up with a "no helment = no ride" policy. When I first arrived in NZ I thought this was a bit harsh, working against my personal freedom etc... Anyway, this is now a policy that I totally support. Quite simply it removes the temptation for everyone, and the is no longer a bravado based fashion statement to be made.

I imagine that this government interference must have saved a fair few heads over the years.
  • 0 0
 yah, around here it's a law to wear a helmet, well...not completely. you don't HAVE to be wearing it, as long as you have it with you..like, hanging off the handle bars of your bike...(what is it gonna do there? i dont know) But if the police see you not wearing a helmet and you don't have one with you, you get fined. I think the whole having it with you thing is a stupid one, i think you should just have to wear it. The only people around here that like it are people with full face helmets because they can hang them off their bars when they're just cruising
  • 0 0
 i think they do the hangin of the bar thing cuz it stops any complications like if the police see u with no helmet wen u've just hopped on ur bike an ain't even striked ur pedals yet they can't fine u
  • 0 0
 I will not ride with anyone that does not wear a helmet... And if I am going on a ride where my tires will be leaving the ground, I will wear my full face....


Also to quote your last paragraph

"The outcome was a concussion, 5 stitches in the back of my ear, a 45$ piercing wasted, along with a 39$ earring, and a bunch of lost riding time/dignity, and 3 days of lost wages. So if that’s something you would like to strive for, have at it, but I wouldn’t suggest it, because it A) it hurts like hell and B) is not "dare devilish" at all."

Your lucky to be alive let alone in a wheelchair, my brother spent a month in a comma laying in ICU. He has since recovered, but has both physical and mental damage... no he isn't a vegetable but lacks concentration skills and tends to have large mood swings...He also has no peripheral vision... He was wearing a helmet, one of those penis cap roady helmets

I think the only way to minimize your risk is to be properly prepared for the risk level you are taking... even if you have taken the jump a 1000 times... always wear your gear
  • 0 0
 i always where my helmet for think just like this. i landed on my head/ shoulder. and got away with only a dislocated shoulder a cracked rib and torn leggaments. the doctor said if i wasnt wearing a helmet i would have been in sick kids hospital with more serious injuries. so i always wear my helmet. and i think that this post is a very good one well written. i hope you have a very fast recovery as i did. and hope you rip and shred harder before but this time with your helmet on even if its just a leisurly ride.
  • 0 0
 Ok people,
this isnt a claim to fame. I am Zeek, i wrote the article.
I think what i was trying to get out of this article, and to address to you people is that everyone is thinking just because they can ride a 2 wheeler dosent mean that shit cant happen. Im not saying im pro, but i know how to ride a bike, and i over estimated my skills. It just goes out to show that dont ASSUME the fact that you can do the jump, assume the fact that shit happens, and you could end up on your face, and where are you going to be if that happens? my story wasent supposed to scare people into wearing a lid, its all your own desicions, it was supposed to address the fact that people now and days more than ever are getting lazy.
  • 0 0
 Helmets suck more than head wounds Ride your bike and be glad you can Most people die early from not riding a bike Guy got hit by a car here last year. He wasn't wearing a crash helmet. Papers were full of this, not the fact that the car he fell in front of took his head clean off.
  • 0 0
 Yo Zeek first I want to say get well soon, second is thanks for posting this. I ride dirt and street and for street I don't were a helmet(stupid)I also dh fr and always were a helmet. Why do most street riders choose to not rock helmets, I ride NYC alot and nobody weres a helmet. Anybody who's rididn NYC knows the cabs, cars, and box trucks can take you out, plus the spots are no joke. The tuff guy image of not wereing a helmet is played the f*ck out! I'm wereing my helmet for all types of riding from now on. Thanks again Zeek, I think your post will make alot of people start rockn there helmets.. One..
  • 0 0
 Props to Zeek/Spoiled_Goods. For having the balls to admit he made a mistake! 90 percent of us have been there to one extent or another, and most live to tell the tale and advise others to wear their lid. Be it cross country or DH/Freeride we all owe it to ourselves and our friends and familys to ride safe, enjoy our sport/fun times. But most of all come back safe to ride another day. Get well Zeek, and to anyone else out there recovering from doing what they and we all love!
  • 0 0
 Pretty much the same here, I used to wear a bandana, because a helmet didn't "look cool". A broken pair of forks, a face/forehead plant,6 hours of emergency plastic surgery on my face, (the plastic surgeon " I stopped counting" stitches around 200, got boring"), and 4 months off the bike with physical therapy! I still ride everyday with Bell helmets,Troy Lee helmets Giro helmets, Arai helmets, now I've exchanged medical bills(good ol'USA) for a nice helmet collection- Lesson learned!!!-Heal up brutha, and pick out a nice one and find a good painter too, than your options are endless!!!
  • 0 0
 Well, I went down pretty hard this summer, on a jump in our slopestyle park. It was me and two friends who were about to hit some jumps in a train, we did it one time, and then we decided to do it again but this time it was my turn to go the big jump. I think the reason why I crashed is because I wasn't really focused on what I was doing, so I took way to much speed and overshooted it by like a half meter. I went down head first and ate dirt so hard I could see green stars twinkle in front of my eyes and I couldn't breath at all. When I was lying on the ground and thought I had recovered I was trying to stand up, but I felt a huge pain in the middle of my back. We called my dad and the drove me to the hospital were they did some blood samples and gave me pills and stuff. Two weeks after the crash they called me back and told me that I had 2 big cracks in my back. Well the result was no riding for 5 weeks. If I wouldn't have been wearing my full face I could have crushed my skull, and If I wouldn't have been wearing my back protection my back should have snapped in two places. Now here I am fully recovered after a few weeks and fully able to ride, but my bike is stolen. sucks!
  • 0 0
 You up and riding again?now i hear if you take a fall with a fullface helmet on you break your neck...with a normal street lid you dont have enough protection. So which should i wear?I ride mostly park with some street mixed in
  • 0 0
 Props to the article. Great write up!
Had this happen in the US not only would a guy be out the cost you were but add about $5000.00 for medical expenses too.

Glad you're okay otherwise.
  • 0 0
 Buddy, sorry to hear about your grief. Good on you for sharing it though, your write up and photos will definately have a positive impact. Get well soon and hope to see you out on Vedder in a month or so.
  • 0 0
 Look at ALL bmx vids. Most pros dont wear helmets unless they're riding vert/are forced to. Sorry to hear about your incident but as long as people ride bikes, people will ride them without a helmet.
  • 0 0
 I like the article now i think its stupid how in mountain bike movies some a of the guys street riding dont wear helmets..."cam zink".. i think its sending the wrong message to kids who idolize these riders.
  • 0 0
 i think kids who idolize anything are sendin the wrong message to themselves. be original and do your own thing.
  • 0 0
 jordan man. thats has to be a wake-up call. just make sure you listen to the doctors, and dont start riding for 30 days... dont want to find out the hard way why they recommend that do you?
  • 0 0
 it's good article but imho if it would writen by somebody like that guy from ireland whos friend is fuked up for rest of his life that would be far more effective than this one...
  • 0 0
 it's humbling to admit that you've made a mistake. thankfully you've got the chance to learn from it. thanks for sharing, if it convinces even one person to slap on a helmet it was worthwhile.
  • 0 0
 Dude... maybe if you had some hair, it wouldn't have hurt as much. I figure, if I'm dumb enough to ride without a helmet, I don't have too much to lose from crashing, anyways.
  • 0 0
 agreed. (not the hair part)
  • 0 1
 Hey numb nuts nice face, anyways you are a complete tool says jc. Tom says he is going to bump uglies with your mom until her shit turns white and red and her anus is blue like the american flag. Ethan want to suck keiras nipples
  • 0 0
 lets' not forget scottie craimer... one of the best riders in the entire world. does double backflip no handers without his lid. stupid fuk yet the finest rider i've ever seen.
  • 0 0
 Well Holmes, looks like you'll be on the dedicated trail crew for the next 30 days. Glad you're ok as we all know it could always have been worse.
  • 0 0
 good u decided to write this article, maybe some morons will start wearing helmets, at least I would after looking at that pics, u look really horrible
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 the helmet was created for that men!But i think you will wear it now ! your not a hard men because you dont wear your fucking helmet!!!! FULL FACE POWER
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 Excellent article, very well written. I'll definitely be wearing my helmet all the time, sorry to hear about your accident. Best of luck on a speedy recovery! -Gabor
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 Great post. I try telling people to wear their skid lids on the forum, but everyone says they're just biking around. Guess I should just start posting this link instead.
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 Everything is such a f-in tragedy with you mountain bikers. If someone doesnt want to wear a helmet, more power to them. Calling someone who doesnt wear a helmet out as a 'hero' is completely ridiculous. I dont wear a helmet when I ride the park, I know the risks, and I've been riding bikes for a really long time. How does this in any way affect you people? Just chill out, live and let live.

Christ. heros!?



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 Ha ha. I know it's funny. It's like some people who wear helmets think that people who dont are mocking them. Jeez there are far worst issues in the world.
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 So, why don't you wear a helmet, and is that reason worth the risk of being a vegetable?
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 So, basically you just said you don't give a damn about yourself, that you have no common sense, and that you don't mind imposing on the health care system and everyone's tax dollars as a result of that lack of common sense. Trust me, you won't be 15-24 years old forever, and what takes a week to heal now will take 6 weeks or more when you're in your 30's. Been there, done that. I did a header off of a halfpipe on a 20 inch when I was 17, and I don't have any memory of the following two days after the wreck. I knew the risks, too, but that didn't make me any less the fool (and notice it was a 20 inch, not a mtn bike). Go ahead and keep riding lidless. You can be "cool with drool" like that..............Moron.
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 hahaha cool with drool
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 Helmets aren't some new technology. Good post to bring attention, but if you're not wearing a helmet nowadays, you're a bloody idiot and I hope you're a victim or Darwinism.
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 A victim of Darwinism... wow. You have no idea what you're talking about, do you? Read the Origin of Species. Now. Good girl.
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 Ever heard of the Darwin awards, I meant it in that context, and ytou're right: if you're dumb enough to ride without a helmet, you don't have too much to lose from crashing
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 DARWINISM:a term for the underlying theory in those ideas of Charles Darwin concerning evolution and natural selection.
NATURAL SELECTION: the evolutionary process by which favorable traits that are heritable become more common in successive generations of a population of reproducing organisms, and unfavorable traits that are heritable become less common.
So, in context, the stupid people will kill themselves off, not exactly what Darwin intended. Got that DUDE?
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 Sorry man, but the article sounded like something you would see on myspace. Aside from that, I hope you get better. At least you're going to get back on, right? Good luck.
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 i odn't think it was written for artistic purposes.
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 Man that sucks and i hope u get better fast so u can ride . I always wear a helmit now that i read ur story hope u get better. When u get better u better wear a helmit.
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 word up to that last comment. the only reason you see everyone at races wearing helmets is because they HAVE to. the only real insurance a person has is there quick thinking and skillz yo. hope you ride again soon duder. but enuf "wear a helmet" indoctrination. you sound like my mom. of course people will wear helments more frequently if they see other people doing it. so why not just wear it and let your actions do the talking? oh yeah kids: DON'T DO DRUGS. just look at all those washed up stoners out there. all your favorite entertainers and artists are on the list. except for fran zappa. he only eats shitty burnt wiener sandwiches and smokes ciggarettes.
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 dang man, that was a well written article. you should send that in to your local paper or some magazine. get it published and get more and more people to read it. great job.
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 me too i'm lookin at a new sixsixone skatelid. but they're only shipping to the states Frown
i just rock my brothers dirt lid for now.
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 I remember when I thought wearing a helmet was a goofy idea. Now I think that not wearing a helmet is pretty stupid. Wearing one myself has saved me a few times...
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 I always wore a helmet........my scars from the tree are healing up nicely now. I learnt the hard way same as you.
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 HOLY SHIT man ...shows how dumb we really are. WEAR YOUR BRAIN BUCKET THEIR MADE FOR A REASON!!
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 I think you're looking at this the wrong way. It has nothing to do with wearing helmets or not. I reckon the true moral of this is sometihing along the lines of "Don't ride BMX!" Wink
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 fukin ass nugget
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 Yeah, that was cool. Around here, whenever you aren't wearing a helmet you kind of get frowns thrown your way.
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 Do you think that the situation would be the same if you was wearing helmet?
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 Good job on the story, i've always worn a helmet and i don't feel confident riding without one.
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 ME TOO
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 her in saint john N.B if you dont have a helmet and your on a good bike than your probably a thief....no helmet-no class.
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 *- SPEACHLESS -* IM ALWAYS WEARING A HELMET FOR NOW ON GOOD LESSON
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 thanks for the inputs..heads up verybody a lesson to learn again...ride safe always
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 I never would have guessed, from the videos I have seen with you in them, There are no scars.
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 I agree wear a lid if you ride hardcore it saved me a few times as well hope your feeling better
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 i feel so sorry for you man ,i hope you get better,and you told many riders a very good lesson
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 Thankyou, I hate it when people don't wear helmets.
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 You were lucky after all. I wish you a fast recovery!
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 my fullface has saved my life at least 5 times
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 hmmm i bet he wears his helmet now....
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 hmmmmm seems a little suspicous being posted on March 31st doesn't it?
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 by the way, thanks for all the wicked comments. Smile
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 this guy is serious owned
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 you should be the helmet safety poster guy
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 i need a new helmet! thanks for the story
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 hope your better now Big Grin

any did your head scar ?

Salute
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 That makes me cringe.
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 Awesome article...
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 OUCH '
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 wear you GODdamn helmets
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 %&*#@(*$ outch
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 wear a helmet
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 you get what u deserve when u don't wear a helmet.

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