Staff Writer Mike DeBonis shows a lot more respect to his cranium than he does to stop signs. He gets around town on bike, mostly, and the only time he didn’t wear his helmet was during the inauguration, when he was in a tux. Fortunately, he’s not often in formalwear. He’s been using this particular lid for six years; a friend gave it to him when he left town. Note the back—-duct tape is holding one side together, and the other is a problem duct tape can’t solve. When I suggested he buy a new one, he strapped it on and began to slap himself repeatedly in the head. The helmet did not move, but I was a little freaked out.

He has agreed to crowd-source the question: Should he buy a new helmet?