There seems to be a growing movement aimed at encouraging Fox to wear a helmet when training (he wears one when he races because the promoters require it). Personally, I'm all for it. He's a good, loyal friend who's gone out of his way on many occasions to help me out. I'd hate to see something bad happen to him on or off the bike. However, that being said, he's also an adult and as much as I'd like to see him in a helmet every time he rides it's not my call. This reminds me of a conversation I had last month with my brother. You see, my sister-in-law's dad owns a Harley Davidson dealership in Scottsdale. He's loved motorcycles his entire life. But guess what? He doesn't wear a helmet when he rides and is firmly against mandatory helmet laws. Does that make his family rest easy at night? No way. They'd like nothing more than to see him wear a helmet. Yet, it's not their decision. So they continue to love and spend time with him hoping that one day, he'll change his mind. In situations like this we can encourage, educate, promote and advocate the use of a helmet with the understanding that the ultimate decision isn't ours to make. It sucks, but that's the way it is.
Anyway, Fox asked me to re post the interview I originally published in June 2007 where he addresses this issue. If you'd like to read the entire piece click the link below.
Interview with a Fox
Why don't you ride with a helmet?
Fox: I never crash, it's a mind game. It builds confidence and doesn't leave you with an out. The mindset goes like this "It's ok if you crash, you have a helmet on" or "It's ok if you break your leg or need stitches cuz you got a helmet on." That's really lame.
So you better pay attention and have 100% confidence in your ability. I can't afford broken bones or cuts, if I have it on I'm still going to be cut and busted up. A helmet might not make me brain dead. That's my choice. It's a free country. You can do what you want and so can I.
You attract your situations to you, good or bad. I don't buy the "other guy running into you" at all. It's a crock. You attracted that guy to run into you. It's not any one's fault but your own. Mind your thoughts, they are powerful. You get what you think about. So I don't crash, I don't want to get hurt and if I'm hauling ass in traffic, or down some rocky trail and die then that's my problem and you guys can say "well, if he would have had a helmet on" bla bla bla.
I do what I want, how I want.
Dec08: Restrictions in both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons have been lifted. -
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