“So why haven’t you worn an open-face helmet?”
That was the question Sharon from Davida asked me when we were introduced at their stand. Frankly, I had no good reason. When I started riding, everyone I knew wore a fullface, and I probably believed all the stuff about them being noisy etc. As a wearer of glasses I thought they wouldn’t suit me (ever got rain on your glasses when riding? It isn’t funny).
This test proved me SO wrong. They’re easier to get on and off, their field of vision is a revelation, they’re comfortable, quiet and simply adding a visor or goggles (there are spectacle-friendly goggles and even ones that can have prescription lenses fitted) means glasses wearers like me can add that vital weather protection.
And an open-face makes you part (rather than apart of everything. Other road users see the human being not just the bike. A van was unintentionally stopping me from filtering. He saw me, said sorry and made me a gap. Would he have done so if I had been wearing a full-face?
If you’ve never tried an open-face helmet, give it a go. I think you will be surprised. And no, you don’t have to start hanging round in cappuccino bars, listening to bongo music and talking about Jack Kerouac…