Helmet Or No Helmet? – That Is The Question
'In London there is a strong helmet-wearing culture, and that's fine. But in Paris, for example, you hardly ever see a cyclist in a helmet. Parisian cyclists, it seems, feel safe on their bikes,and I feel safe on mine. If I didn't, I wouldn't cycle at all.'
From my own experience, when cycling in London I wear a helmet at all times. However if I'm out touring in the country with quiet roads I take the helmet off. Cycling without a helmet is a much more pleasurable experience than having a piece of plastic strapped to your cranium, but in any big city without a sufficient cycle lane program I believe the risks are too great.
"A five dollar brain buys a five dollar helmet"