I know this may stir some controversy but does everyone really use helmets all the time? Whenever I ride, I wear my helmet depending on the terrain. When I am in rugged terrain, I tend to wear my helmet as I am more apt to have an accident. I almost always wear my helmet. If I don't it's because I've ridden the trail enough to be comfortable with it as I am somewhat prepared for the terrain. If it's a nice day outside however and the terrain I ride on is smooth enough, I do not wear a helmet. I think helmets sometimes take away from the natural beauty of riding. So riding without it sometimes make me feel more at peace. In all however, wearing a helmet is essential in order to survive a bad fall or accident. There have been far too many instances where I've seen people almost lose their life simply because they weren't wearing a helmet.