Finally someone invented gears so the rider would be safer, closer to the ground. Unfortunately racers found that by leaning forward they could go faster and crack their heads.
Yet people still crack their heads even on the old style sit up straight safety bicycle because they want to go fast! Now with motors!
I never wear a helmet because I know how to ride a recumbent bike. Road bikes are not 'safety' bikes!
Speed is the biggest danger factor. Two of the people that I know died from cycling were from too much speed. An Olympic cyclist in training on the local roads flew over a car’s hood into a barrier when the teenagers decided to turn in front of her. Then there was one man I know that ran into pipes sticking out of a truck because he had his head down.
|heads crack like eggs|