This is just stupid, always wear protective gear.
Don't be a git wear the correct bike kit
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I feel the pain
And they have not landed yet...........ouch. Trust they have some medical stuff in that back pack.
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
was the largest organ of your body"
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
I'm amazed your post hasn't attracted the 'I'll wear what I want' comments....... So many people seem to think that as long as they are riding within their 'limits' then nothing can go wrong. 'It's far too warm to wear protective kit' and the like.... Vulcanriders comment about the cyclist just goes to show that we are vunerable.....
"Allow me to be the first to offer Dr. Johnson my most sincere contrafibularities! I am anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused him such pericombobulation." Edmund Blackadder III
and I know how much it hurts coming off a push bike, albeit I wasn't wearing lycra but a skirt. I was cycling to school, I skidded on some lose gravel on a bend, went down and the tarmac took the skin off the top of my knee, I still have the scar, 20 + years on.
Just thought i would post this
i'll be pinching that pic and its going on facebook.. ta..Its very easy to get complacent at this time of year..
No one is innocent but some are more guilty than others,,
Very quick tot up, and I've got over £2,500 worth of kit (excluding helmets as they are compulsory).
I got rid of loads before moving here, probably another £1,000 worth.
I believe in safety gear - I also believe in freedom of choice." />
I can fly................. But..........We'll soon see........ As for the protection Argument......... When it's way too Hot....I don't ride.......... and when it's cold I wrap up as much as Poss........ In Between I tend to wear whatever is the most Comfortable.............. Most of the time it will include some sort of Protection/armour.....but there are occasions when T Shirt and shorts.........Beckon....... I have friends in foreign Countries and Friends who don't ride but visit foreign Countries ...who wear nothing but Flip Flops and Tees n Shorts......... If you fall off every time you ride then in my book......... you shouldn't really Ride...... If you have spent 40 years riding and never fallen off then the temptation is to skimp on the Protection occasionally............ You Know the Consequences either way.
It's freedom of choice
just use common sense, and do what you think is right or sensible, or someone may take your rights away one day
why I worry about cyclists. These days they can and do achieve the same speed as 50cc scooters but with no safety equipment and nothing to save their skin. They really need an abrasion resistant, wicking, thin, breathable fabric to make their kit out of rather than lycra.
But this picture bothers me when i see it, the fuzzyness around the front wheel and the angle of the bars makes me think its a photoshop. I may be wrong though.
about it being fuzzy - it's all fuzzy but you're certainly right about the bars pointing a different way to the wheel.
Yep, but when you get to your destination, and want to walk about? Only saying this, as my knee's need changing, have arthritis in both legs, both feet swell up, and as this weekend, rode to the BMF (boots, kevlar jeans, decent jacket), but was knackered after 20 mins, so much pain it spoilt the day.
So, Sunday, out in ordinary jeans, comfortable day to day non biking boots, and could walk about without too many problems.
If you look at the C.H.I.P.S patrol officers in California, they don't seem to wear all the gear.
End of the day, if you're comfortable, you're concentrating, if you're sweaty, hot, bothered you're not.
I agree, you need protection, but I don't like the idea of compulsion.
in this heat
I ride in my leopard print thong !!!!
but being the safety conscious person that I am I do stuff a " cricket box " down the front
wide open till you see god ... THEN brake
an abrasion resistant, wicking, thin, breathable fabric
... would be nice for cycling, but you'd still lose pretty much the same amount of skin through it, because of the "flexible" bit. And without the flexibility, you can't make the pedals go round. If you can do it without dying of heatstroke, always wear two layers so they can slide against each other and not against you, but if the air temperature's over about 20 degrees you still won't want at least your legs covered up by anything at all if you're trying.
I've had a reasonable share of road rash from cycle racing stack-ups including some fairly quick ones (having my back wheel taken from underneath me a 35 mph finishing sprint on a newly surface dressed road in Milton Keynes springs to mind); the scar tissue on the bumpy contact points ends up being fairly resilient and in my first 50 years or so I've not seen (fingers crossed, not least since as a race official I'd probably have to fill out lots of forms about it) any that's been more than superficial, keep that leg on top of the duvet for a couple of nights and pick a lot of scabs in a couple of weeks. The critical difference with a motorbike must be the chance of getting part of you trapped between 200kg of lowsiding metal and the road for even a very short time. Which is probably why I corner like your grandmother on quaaludes. But I'm pretty cavalier about what I wear on the top half if I'm not going outside a 30 limit, and that's an informed decision (not going gloveless, though, on either sort of bike. I've tried using hands that have been short of skin and it's a lot more debilitating than a scraped thigh.)
can still be flexible and abrasion resistant - e.g. kevlar. Yes it'll move a bit but as long as it's secured in place with foot straps, etc then the flexibility won't negate abrasion resistance.
EDITED: because "secured" doesn't end with an "s".
a bloke today with t shirt and shorts on and i'm sure he was wearing sandals on an big bike ......
Saw another last week wearing tracksuit bottoms and wellies
ffs have these people no sense
It's not that flexible materials don't resist abrasion themselves, it's that the skin underneath them tends to abrade against the flexible material as it moves and rucks up, not much less than it would abrade against the tarmac. Two layers of slippery fabric work much better, though, as they slide against each other and provide a lubricating layer of sorts for the first moment or two. I'd guess (don't want to test it) that a smooth base layer under leathers would help with non-penetrating road rash in the same way.