Fellow cyclists and randonneurs,
As ambassadors of the cycling community, it is of critical importance that we always look our best. That doesn’t just mean wearing the latest and greatest in cycling wear and reflective clothing. It also means that we must be mindful of our helmets!
Some have argued that our greatest fashion dilemma is whether to sport wool or synthetic jerseys on our rides. (Wait, I think I started that discussion.) I assure you, it is not. When a crooked helmet is staring you right in the face as you peruse the flickr slideshow of brevets gone by, the fabric of your jersey becomes a non-issue.
We live in a digital era, people. That means that every ride you’re on, every commute you take, the possibility is high that someone is out there just waiting to photograph you. And when that moment comes, you’d better be ready, or your crooked-helmeted mug will follow you forever! FOREVER!
I’ll use myself as an example so as not to single out any other crooked-helmet incidents encountered by other randonneurs/cyclists. Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to have some of the rando-paparazzi capture some great shots of me on a ride. Let’s look at a couple of them.
This is one of my favorite shots of me on the bike. I’m climbing up Marlu Ridge in the winter in the company of one of my favorite randonneurs. I’m on my Rivendell Romulus wearing one of my favorite Ibex jerseys. But what’s that? Oh no! I have a crooked helmet! ARGH!
One would have thought that, after seeing this photo, I would have learned my lesson. While some randonneurs always seem to know how important it is to ride with a properly angled helmet, I guess I am not one of those people.
Not again! As you can see, one of the riders in this picture sports a correctly angled helmet, and the other does not. Which rider would you like to be?
How many years of crooked helmet photos can a person take? For me, after three years had passed, I finally decided to address the problem helmet-on. Felkerino and I adjusted the straps of my Giro, and here you can see the fruits of our labor.
Now that’s better. I am not sure why my right arm is posed like that, but I have to go after these issues one at a time. And as I said, one of THE MOST CRITICAL things for proper cycling photos is a properly adjusted helmet. Your grandchildren will thank you for it.
Now you all know what you need to do. Get out those helmets, find a mirror, and make sure that no crooked helmet photos are going to make their way into your cycling memories.