We all risk death or injury every time we get on the bike, mostly because of irresponsible motorists. I am 54 and commute about 100 miles a week on my pista. If my knees could stand it and the hills weren’t so screamingly steep around here, I would probably ride brakeless for the simple beauty of it. Very few of my peers still ride. Most of them have become too safety conscious to trade the risk for the pleasure. I think that’s backwards. I’ve had a good life—almost fifty years of biking. In my opinion it makes much more sense for me to be out on the road than for my 25 year-old son, who has most of his best years in front of him. He has much more to lose, not that I would ever discourage him. Most of you are in his age bracket. Do you think about this paradox? What about older riders? Do you see it this way?