Helemets are funny. I almost always where one when i ride but it has to be the first thing in a long time that i thought, I bet people think i look silly in this(I actually live in a helmet free state). I have never in my life felt like that over anything. I have always dressed and did what i wanted and said f*** what they think of me. I have almost always had strange colored hair or a mohawk, or something really stange. But that helmet plagues me constantly. But usually after the first 2 minutes i am having so much fun riding i could care less if they were dead chickens tied to my head. So i wear it, especially since i am a fairly new rider.