Isn’t it funny how life works out sometimes? I’ve had my black Shoei helmet since I started riding again in 2014 or 2015, whatever it was. I remember going to figure out which brand was going to work best for my head shape. The color was not something I thought a lot about. I remember before my accident saying that when I decided to replace my helmet, I was going with either a white one or high viz to give better visibility to drivers.
Obviously I wasn’t expecting the accident and I would have gladly just paid for a replacement helmet and avoided all the other stuff. But here I am nearly 4 weeks later and finally able to do some helmet shopping. I tried earlier but as soon as I put one on my head, my neck was screaming in pain! At least I had the chance to discuss the different options with the sales people at my favorite gear store. So much has changed since I bought my last helmet.
Yesterday I was finally feeling pretty good and very little pain. I do feel a little stiffness but nothing compared to even a few days ago. All the work I have been doing to recover is paying off. So I made a trip to the gear store to see how my head and neck would feel about wearing a helmet now. I also wanted some expert assistance in sizing to ensure I am in the appropriate size!
This time I went with a full face instead of a modular style helmet. I liked the convenience of a modular, but after my accident, I am obsessed with safety! The Shoei models seem to fit my head well, so I stayed with them again. I also noticed that the ventilation system has changed and while I haven’t ridden in this one yet, I am hopeful it will be a little cooler. Maybe the coolest feature I found is that since there is no built in sun visor, another option is needed in sunny Colorado. The sales people showed me a visor with the transitions technology that adjusts to the light and darkens in bright sunlight. We took it outside to test it and I was impressed!
This afternoon I am wearing my new helmet around the house for extended periods to make sure it doesn’t have any pressure points on my head. So far, so good! I’m excited to be making progress towards being back on my bike. I had grand ideas of maybe taking the bike for a short ride over this holiday weekend, but my recovery so far has been a series one step forward and one or two steps back. I woke up this morning feeling stiff so have decided I’m not going to rush things. As hard as it is to wait, I want to be sure my body is ready for riding so I don’t set my recovery back by pushing too hard.
I used to balk at the price of helmets and all the safety gear, but since my accident, I gladly just hand over the money. My life is worth way more than what this stuff costs and I’ll never complain again. Instead, I am grateful to be here to replace my helmet and ride another day!