I never really considered riding without a helmet, in fact I very rarely pass someone in the woods who is riding without one. I can tell you that today I am pretty amped that I was wearing one. The leaves make it very slippery out there; coming around a corner pretty hot ,bike started to slide out from underneath me and I slammed into two trees. Neck first. Not a pleasant experience. I immediately checked to make sure my collar bone wasn’t sticking out of my skin, i thought for sure I broke it.
Tech played medic boy. While I was laying on the ground, trying to regroup myself. He kept sticking his nose in my face as if to ask, ‘Hey! You ok?’. A quick trip to the E.R. everything check out, the force of the impact landed mostly on my neck and collar bone. No broken or fractured anything, this guy got lucky.