I bought a skid lid for 29.95, and it's exactly what I needed. More robust than any bike helmet, bit light enough to be comfortable. DOT approved, and very good quality. It's Chinese... of course it's high quality!
For that reason alone, I really want to get a helmet, and recommend others to get one too.
About 2 weeks ago, some girl coming out of a McDonalds almost cut me off BAD when entering the highway, and didn't see me crusing slowly in the bike lane. The engine was still going when I slammed the brakes, and it overheated my clutch and belt, but at least I didn't end up flying over her hood with a mangled bike.
Be careful of the non-drivers out there everyone!!!
I'm an EMS helicopter pilot (Emergency Medical Service). All summer long, nearly every night, we launch to go scrape up the broken skulls of the un-helmeted. I see it day in and day out. Helmeted riders do much better. Protect your egg-shell thin noggin. Please wear a helmet.
Your loved ones depend on you, and when I work the night shift, I don't want to have dispatch wake me up at 3 am with that rude tone over the radio for one of US!