You know that if you wear one of those silly salad-bowl-style helmets you’re just asking to become a vegetable, right? Unless your windshield is so enormous it’s suffocating, a half helmet won’t offer the comfort provided by a full-face design. Full coverage helmets are safer, quieter and keep your face free of frostbite, freckles, goo-filled insects and scars from impacts with the scenery. If you’re accustomed to wearing an open-face, a full-face just takes a short acclimation period. Even the die-hards are capable of conversion (and after, they’re even harder to kill).
Once you’ve gotten the basics to sheath your body and strap to your bike, there’s nothing left to do but hit the high road. The lessons will come with every leg, and the essentials will make themselves obvious.