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Old 02-13-2015, 02:33 PM   #31
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:38 PM   #32
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:44 PM   #33
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Old 02-13-2015, 02:44 PM   #34
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I've stopped wearing my Helimot back protector as much as I once did, but still do on road trips. Maybe putt to the end of my short street and back in shorts, a T and sneakers to check a bike after wrenching... maybe once or twice a year.

Other than that... riding jacket and pants, or leathers; gloves, boots, and full face helmet... always.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:02 PM   #35
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FF helmet, armored leather pants and jacket, moto gloves and rigid moto boots, Helite airbag vest 99% of the time.

I'll leave off the vest and use kevlar jeans for short rides to the store and back.

No, I don't think all this gear makes me in any way invulnerable. After 45 years of riding, I almost never ride like a squid.

I almost died in a bicycle accident and have a clear understanding of what gear can and can't do.

I ride in SF traffic, all day long, 5 days a week and need all the help I can get. What sold me on the air vest was experiencing how it immobilized my helmet/head/neck. I'm one of those geeky dudes who happens to prefer his cervical vertebrae to be contiguous.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:02 PM   #36
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Most of the time? ATGATT. My version of squidding around usually involves kevlar jeans, knee and shin armor, and "shorty" riding boots, jacket, gloves, helmet, back protector.

That being said, there's been a few times I've gone a couple blocks to the local grocery store with just jeans and a sweatshirt, those are pretty rare occasions for me though.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:06 PM   #37
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Commute: Helmet, jacket with back insert, boots, gloves and knee guards. Knee guards is starting to annoy me, takes too much time. Need to invest in overpants. Though my commute is just 5 miles one way

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Old 02-13-2015, 03:08 PM   #38
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After crashing wearing jeans, a sleeveless t-shirt and hiking boots I can't seem to get on the bike without at least a mesh jacket, overpants and riding boots. I feel way too vulnerable if I don't now. As always, YMMV.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:26 PM   #39
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I only forego gear in really hot foreign countries. I'm curious how the medical system works there.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:26 PM   #40
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Always. For reals and I don't care who wants to point and laugh.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:32 PM   #41
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Always. Let's say a titanium screw running through my left femur is a handy reminder.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:46 PM   #42
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Always. For reals and I don't care who wants to point and laugh.
This.


I'm actually surprised by the number of people that don't gear up. The zipper on my overpants broke last week. I rode to work in Carhartt's and felt naked.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:50 PM   #43
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Always. For reals and I don't care who wants to point and laugh.
Reminds me of the wrenches (young and old) gathered around at the old Golden Gate Honda shop laughing at me for riding in on a TMax scooter in a leather jacket and leather pants, boots and gloves. "On a scooter!"

I asked them, "Does the asphalt get softer if you fall off a scooter?"

Then I showed them the scar on my neck made from 6 hours of surgery to reconstruct my trachea when, after the fork crown failed, my bicycle handle bar crushed my throat and I had to have an emergency airway (tracheotomy) to save my life.

Then they shut up.
And I never went back.
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Old 02-13-2015, 03:54 PM   #44
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I only forego gear in really hot foreign countries. I'm curious how the medical system works there.
I rode through the Italian Alps where the valleys were over 100F. Wore a Motoport mesh kevlar jacket with a water-soaked cooling vest underneath. Why did I bother? I KNEW how the medical system works in northern rural Italy!

I had to fight off the other 30 riders on the tour when they saw me re-soaking that vest!
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Old 02-13-2015, 04:00 PM   #45
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I would argue people who ride without protection have just gotten by on pure dumb luck.

It's amazing to me people will spend tens of thousands of dollars on customizing a machine, then selling it at a loss, just to do it all over again. Talk about a losing investment. Always invest in your own well-being. Likely they've never dealt with hospital bills when severe trauma is involved.

What's cheaper? A new bike or huge bills, broken limbs, massive depression, and the impact on friends and family?

I can always buy another bike, I can't buy another body unless I'm a Koch.
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