I couldn't agree more Rob, I too, have often thought about giving the whole cycling thing away, but as you say, there are plenty of other ways that you can meet your demise. The benefits I have gained from taking up cycling far outweigh the reasons not too.
All we can do is enjoy life, cherish those we love, and enjoy our hobbies (ie cycling). For the latter it is having that self awareness whilst out riding and riding within our own capabilities.
Rob, I also think it could have been someone I know or 'know' via AC posts.
I also felt awful about the international cyclist who was completing his ride around Australia, when he was killed nearing Adelaide by a heavy truck. My guess was that the truck did not leave enough room when overtaking. The cyclist may have been hit by the rear trailer, or sucked in by air turbulence. The driver was not charged. Some 'idiot' commented that the cyclist was not wearing a helmet. Would be good if a helmet gave a cyclist immunity from road trauma, but we know it does not.
Yeah, my wife was expressing concern to me the other day and as much as I shrugged it off I could not help but appreciate her position. However, I am not one for so called "hand-wringing" the "what ifs" - I'm careful but only made out of flesh, bone and bits. FFS, people get taken out in unexpected random events not so uncommonly and whilst cycling does put one more firmly in the cross hairs the health benefits to my longevity I think are worth it.
You see, cycling to me is my commonly done commute, I still drive but very often cycle. Work, the shops, into town whatever and that alone sees me doing upwards of 100km/week. I have integrated cycling as a means to my life style and not as "I'm going exercising now". Bit of personal philosophy there I guess.
Anyway, just today (whilst in the car) had an approaching car heading towards me across the centre line, lots of space so no great fear. The vehicle suddenly corrected - another mobile phone driver I thought.
I can't be perfectly aware of what's around me and it only takes one off task (driving) driver to make my family cry - or me with a not dead but shattered body :-(
So, no way I'm giving up cycling and as much as the "roadie" is slick sweet and fast the MtBike is chunky and 4WD - gutter, kerb, traffic island, bad surface, etc - no probs - the MtBike is a sturdy steed. A very nice & safe commute especially when exit centre stage left is life preserving.
BTW - got doored the other day grroaaan..
LIFE IS TO SHORT
So do what makes you happy
+ 1 on that buddy,
i have already used three of my nine lives and they werent due to cycling!!
One could stop cycling for safety reasons and still die early, perhaps even due to road trauma. There are fatalities from car-car collisions.
Robert, from your earlier posts on AC, I think you need the social aspects of cycling, as well as the physical. Cycling can make one feel happy by the release of feel-good chemicals.
I think tragedies like we have had this week have made a lot of us ask if the question whether riding a bike is worth the risk. Unfortunately there may be some who answer this yes, and I know people who have given up cycling because they think it too dangerous. Incidents like this along with my own near misses do make me think about the impact a serious accident could have on my family. While I think the benefits still out way the risk, I do avoid cycling in the wet as I have found this to be a significant risk factor, with most of times I have come off being in the wet. I also look closely to try and determine how these tragic accidents happened to see if there is any other action I as a cyclist could take to mitigate the risk of of it happening to me.