Why You Should Ride With Your Visor Down
Its was a beautiful, soft sunny afternoon, one of those afternoons I'm almost tempted to go for a short cruise without my helmet to be closer to nature. Almost. To compromise I threw my visor up to welcome nature in as I rode slowly around my neighborhood humming a soothing tune with a stupid smile on my face from the simple pleasure of being on my bike on day like that.
Out of the corner of my eye, I see a teensy, weensy dot. Hmm... I wondered what that could be. As I rode on, it grew just a bit bigger, but I still couldn't tell what it was. Fixscating on the dot instead of the road, I unknowingly willed my bike toward it. As I the distance closed, I could finally tell it was a yellow jacket just a couple inches from my visor would have been if I wasn't trying to enjoy friggin nature. The yellow jacket flew straight into my helmet and buzzed closely to my ear.
The huge Dodge Ram truck behind me, I'm sure, had quite the show. I slammed on my breaks, stalled the bike to a stop, threw off my gloves, and yanked off my helmet (forgetting to do undo the straps) narrowly avoiding a sting.
Moral of the story: I now use my visor, nature or no nature.