Two and a half weeks ago I took a bit of a tumble off my bike at the end of our usual weekly night ride. I'll hold my hands up and admit that it was late, I was tired and we had probably spent rather too long in the pub earlier.
I'm not sure exactly what happened because I knocked myself out and the first I knew of it was waking up laying on the ground wondering how I got there.
We were on a flat, twisty, bush lined track and the probable cause was a pointy log sticking out from under one of the bushes.
I broke the helmet across the forehead and it appears that as I slid on my face the peak was pushed over my face and into my mouth where it tore my lower lip away from my jaw before flipping and slicing me between my nose and upper lip. The peak was found by my friends detached from the helmet. The ground I fell on was hard packed mud with no stones so I can't see any other way I could have ended up with those injuries. There are scuff marks on the front of my helmet but no corresponding scuffs on my nose or chin.
Has anyone else had similar experiences? The helmet was a Giro Hex.
I don't care what the MTB fashion police have to say, I won't be riding with a peak on my helmet again.