Got a 13 mile commute but find it a bit annoyin having to take off the biker trousers when I get to work and then put em back on again. Not v practicle either as I work in a cramped call centre and all my gear gets on everyones nerves. Would you ride with biker jacket, helmet, gloves and boots but just a normal pair of jeans? I know it isn't safer but dont wnat to stop ridin to work. The only good thing that happens during the day!
Would anyone ride without bike trousers?
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Not wi' my legs.....
Have done in the past
and just kept praying I didn't fall off
Some that you could wear when you get to work? E.g. Draggin Jeans. That will offer some protection.
Kevlar / Dragin Jeans
I live in Spain. In the summer, it is far too hot to wear leathers (often 35 degrees).
I always used to wear full kit, so here I now have bike Jeans. I know it's not as good as leather, but I also know I change my style of riding when I have them on.
I saw a bumper sticker that said "I'm a Vet, I drive like an animal"
Then I realised just how many gynecologists there are on the roads
I often ride in ordinary jeans, or chino's etc. I use my bikes for transport, and if I had to change, or put overtrousers on every time I go out anywhere it would take away some of the convenience of it for me.
I wouldn't advise anyone to do so, but in these days of Nanny state interference it's good to still have a choice. If you don't think the risk is for you, what about fitting panniers to your bike, and when you get to work put your overtrousers, jacket etc in the panniers / topbox?
Its a tough.....
One to call.
I do occasionally wear jeans but I never feel right and indeed feel venerable . However wearing my leather trousers with all the padding is not very pleasant either especially when its hot.
But if you take a look at the cruiser fraternity, they all wear jeans, red wing boots, white T shirts with a leather waist coat ( I guess I'm stereotyping here !!) But I do feel quite envious sometimes.
I wear full leathers to work everyday and just get changed, but i'm foruntate in that I have room for all my stuff
I just bought a pair of Draggin Jeans at the weekend for when I'm just goin to a mates or something so I don't have to get changed... as someone else said, I don't ride as hard while wearing them as they're not as padded as leathers and your knees are vulnerable... but they're really comfy. I wore them two days straight and even slept on a sofa in them - they're just like normal jeans!
Have thought about it due to the getting changed at work then getting changed to go home when everyone else just gets in their car and drives off...but I soon catch them up down the road anyway.
If anything, I'd consider something like draggin jeans but deff' not normal jeans or combats. Would also only wear them if I knew I was going to take it very steady.
Ride in what ya wanna matey..
In summer I often nip about town in a shirt and shorts or often jeans too.. I know if I come off i'll hurt myself and it's a risk i'm willing to take.. I ride over-carefully and trust myself.. I know there's always the other driver but at low speeds I don't see it as a problem.
If I ever go out of town I wear protective stuff as the speed will be higher.. Do you ride thru town or countryside to get to work??
It's all about your head mate I think.. If you ride in jeans just to make life easier but don't feel safe doing so then you will ride un-confidently and this may contribute to something bad occuring so always ride in what you feel relaxed riding in is surely the best option... Bollocks to your work colleagues.. would they rather you leave a helmet in their way or see you lose skin and spend time in hospital????
**If your commute **
is mostly through town and does not involve high speeds then I would not have an issue with wearing jeans ... If it involves distances on open country roads, M/ways etc. were you are likely to be travelling at higher speeds I would wear leathers. If you come off in jeans at speed they will be removed in a second and then your skin will follow at an alarming rate .. trust me ... been there got the T-Shirt (and the skin grafts )
It's your choice though.
Three month's off work .. if I had been wearing leathers I would have been back at work the next day.
3 months off work you say.................
i stow my gear under my desk at work, it's up to you mate, personally i wouldn't risk it, cos the day you don't wear your leather will be the day some dosey f#ck knocks you off.
Remember it's not always how good you are, it's the idiot factor you have to consider" />
3 months was that?
**750FLYER & Jeni **
Yes 3 months off work .... lying on a couch watching friggin day-time TV ... Judge Judy and Jeremy Kyle ..it's enough to make you want to gouge your own eyes out.
3 month's lost income .... nearly crippled me financially (self employed)
.. and even if I had been fully paid ..and flown to the Bahamas, - it wouldn't have been worth the pain.... Nothing hurts like 3rd degree burns and skin grafts .. takes the 'meaning of pain' to a whole new level.
My brother did it once, only once
He had a tank slapper at about 90mph
Came off and lost his knee-cap.
He allways wears his leathers now" />
I do......... but other will disagree
I know that the UK has become something of a nanny state and individuals now seem to think they can remove every bit of free will and replace it with their limited opinion. I have for around 25 years ridden most of the time in normal jeans. I have race leathers and use them on the track but I come from a racing background and moderate my riding on the road.
Everyone will say that you can't make allowances for others and so you should protect yourself as best you can but personally I think that message is garbage. In ALL cases you can limit risk and moderate your riding so that you don't have an accident. If you are riding around without paying adequate attention then you are going to prove the need for the leathers cos you'll have a mistake.
Its your choice and only your choice. You make your decissions.
I think mikes got a point
be a wee bit chilly round the nether regions
A widnae risk it mate
at the very least draggin jeans,ya know it makes sense " />
Neither would I
Came off once at about 25-30mph whilst wearing jeans and waterproof overtrousers, fortunately not too much damage done. Went out to work in Dubai and hired a Harley for weekend, devcided full leathers was best, albeit very hot. Felt a bit of a tit when you saw others riding R1s etc in T shirts and shorts. Then saw the state of the guy in the local Honda dealership on Sheik Zayed Road who had come off his CBR when wearing a t shirt, not a pretty sight.
your really selling it to us now.... after lunch time watch Loose Women, some movie on True, Countdown, Deal or no Deal, Weakest Link, Egg Heads.... oh sounds the life " />