OK, just for the sake of discussion here, I'd like to see what you guys think about the wear of riding gears is detrimental to safe riding? Before everybody thinks how ridiculous my above statement is, let's just hear me out and tell me what you think. First of all, there's no argument; at least not from knowledgeable riders instead of lifestylists and poseurs, that gears work. Hell, I testify to that theory twice already this year. Riding gears help to a great degree in mitigating one's injuries in an accident. Not 100% injury-proof but sure beats a sharp stick in the eyes. And usually the better quality of the gears, the better the chances of the downed rider coming out in one piece. However, let's take a look at the other side of the road. If a rider were to ride gearless, chances are that rider may not ride as spirited or aggressively hence reducing the chance of going down? And since that we only need gears when we go down, if our chances of going down increase by the lack of gears wearing, then wouldn't that be better?