On Sunday morning, I was riding in the countryside with a great group of people over some tracks and paths. There was some black ice on the pavement where I took left turn and the bicycle skidded out from under me. (Also, I was going very slow for other personal, physical, out-of-shapedness reasons)
When I hit the ground, I hurt my knee, shoulder and then my cheek. Nothing broken!
Nothing too serious.
By a day later, I've had two (nice) people say to me, "You must have learned your lesson about wearing a helmet."
Unless they make helmets for knees, I have not learned that lesson.
The only lesson I feel confident about is that my tires were not appropriate for the kind of riding we were doing. They were skinny tires from the 80's with very little traction.
And, I'm totally out of shape. But I already knew that.
I'm not sure why there is a "knee-jerk" helmet reaction to an accident. If I had been wearing a helmet, nothing would have been different except maybe my chin would have been angled onto the pavement instead of my cheek. The argument that I might have landed on my head seems weak to me. I might have done a lot of things.
But just in case my ignorance is complete... Does anyone know... Do they make knee helmets? Where can I buy two? :)
And- as I've stated before, I will always wear a helmet where it is legally required; when I'm in heavy traffic (nyc, etc.), and in the kitchen where I have the most accidents.