I love the feel of wind in my hair. Wearing a helmet robs me of that joy.
There. I said it.
I’ll spare some time and energy by saying for either side: 1) You won’t feel so good with your brain splattered on the pavement; or 2) Stop wearing the silly foam hats, then.
Now that the generic stuff is out of the way, let’s talk for real.
Springy weather (40 degrees!) has me yearning for the feel of free flowing hair. This yearning is nothing new. My desire is less prominent in the winter, when the helmet warms my chilly head, and most prominent on the hottest summer days, when my hair is matted and soaked by sweat. Regardless of the weather, I would always prefer the feel of the wind in my hair. Carefree, childish, happy, free: bicycling gives me all those wonderful feelings and a helmet clamped on my head counters those feelings to some extent.
This must be an issue that lots of cyclists – men and women – deal with, but there is so much emphasis on practicality, statistics and sides. I’m simply saying, “I want to feel the wind in my hair!” An innocent wishful statement, nothing more or less. Heck, I’m currently growing my hair long so some of it can flow about while my helmet’s on.
As two girls who ride all the time and almost always wear helmets, can we just have a moment of silence for free flowing hair?
…Okay, now you can speak up :)