pwa wrote: But I can list several likely factors.
One is my history, prior to that time, of falling off bikes. I spent my childhood falling off things. I'd been lucky and not sustained serious injury, but the flying through the air awaiting impact sensation was familiar to me.
Secondly, of all my activities cycling was the one most likely to end up with me taking a tumble. I also did running, but I felt that a mishap while running had me already on my feet and better able to control things. On a bike if you tumble you have this metal frame tangled between your legs, making a controlled descent less likely. And you are likely to be going a bit faster.
Looking back, the tumbles that I remember best from the past couple of decades have mostly been on the bike. Not in a car, not walking. About half have been on ice. No warning, just bang and I'm on the ground, painfully.
That, by the way, has always been my intended function of a cycle helmet: to give the head a bit of protection if I tumble. I have never imagined it could fend off the Number 9 bus.
Thirdly, I'm always open to the idea of PPE if it is easy to use and doesn't get in the way. I will put on gardening gloves to bundle rose clippings into the compost.
If anyone looks at me and interprets my cycle helmet as me feeling that cycling is particularly dangerous, they are wrong. It has its dangers, but so do many things I do. PPE, to me, is ordinary. It is not used just for alarmingly dangerous activities. It is as ordinary as putting on Marigold gloves to do something with bleach.
^ A posting refreshingly free of dogma and summarises my view, helmets = few benefits, less drawbacks and miniscule inconvenience.
I'll add chain snapping whilst standing full effort on the pedals for no-warning tumbles - ice falls only cracked a few ribs; chain snap, with added impetus, added a collarbone and a 2" crack along the side of the helmet. I probably wouldn't have died, I'd certainly have had a sore head and a fair chance of a fractured cheek bone. TBH just the ribs & collarbone were enough for me.