An irritating bit of shopping today in a bike shop — I ducked in to take a quick look at helmets, since mine is starting to fall apart and I’ll probably have to replace it soon. The 20-ish guy in the shop was far too over-eager to sell me something, anything, now but also seemed to be of the mind-set that anyone venturing out on a bicycle without a helmet was guaranteed of dieing of head injuries in only days. I tried asking him what he thought of the tens of millions of cyclists in Europe who somehow manage to defy his “odds,” but he just wasn’t interested.