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    Hand armor

    Maybe this is ridiculously obvious, but having taken a couple of tumbles lately, it seems worth mentioning.

    Biking gloves do a lot more than just absorb shock from the handlebars.

    They also protect your hands if you fall. Think about it. When you fall, what almost always hits the asphalt first and takes most of the blow. Yup- your hands.

    About a month ago, I was in a bike crash (involving a car). I wasn't wearing my gloves because my handlebars had good padding. I tore up my hand and it took two weeks for the skin to grow back.

    A couple of nights ago, I was wearing my gloves - having learned the hard way, and crashed. The parts of my fingers with no gloves got really chewed up, but the pads of my hands are OK.

    So, there you have it. I recommend wearing gloves as a compliment to the helmet you use to protect yourself.
    Mike

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    Originally posted by mike
    So, there you have it. I recommend wearing gloves as a compliment to the helmet you use to protect yourself.
    Me, too. An added benefit is that good gloves go a long way toward preventing hand numbness (assuming your bike's adjusted properly for you). And there's something much more commanding about a gloved hand giving a turn signal!
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    Qranc makes a glove in which the vital parts of the glove are Kevlar. They are well padded, and are very comfortable. The Kevlar helps in a fall.

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    Gloves help prevent sore hand on really long rides. I will wear them always.

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    I've been really lucky in my falls so far, nothing broken, just swollen and bloody knees mostly. But my hands would have fared just as badly as my knees without gloves. Every time, without exception, the hands hit the pavement either first or at the same time as the knees.
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    Just today I was thinking, "It's crazy, and I'd be afraid to do it for fashion's sake, but knee pads and elbow pads could come in handy on my bike..."

    Actually, helmets would protect motorists from death due to head injury very frequently, if worn. Yet, motorists would never be seen wearing one (me, either) much like I will not be seen wearing knee and elbow pads.

    I am not kidding, it might help. But I don't have the guts yet. Isn't that a hoot?

    Human skin is a great protection against dirt and bacteria, but not so much against pavement...

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    Originally posted by Pete Clark

    Human skin is a great protection against dirt and bacteria, but not so much against pavement...
    Nope, when it's skin vs. pavement, pavement wins every time.
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    Like a giant cheese grater...

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    At the risk of looking dorky on my road bike, I always wear full-finger BMX or mountain bike gloves. I have considered elbow and knee pads, but need to find something that permits free motion and cooling air circulation. I always wear a properly-adjusted helmet, having lost a good friend 30 years ago, when his uncovered head struck a curb in a low-speed crash.

    A few decades ago, one of the Popular Science/Mechanics/etc. magazines explored the potential concept of helmets for motorists, indicating that they would save many lives. The author included sketches of somewhat compromised, but possibly socially acceptable, designs, which would resemble the popular streetwear hats or caps of, say, the 1930s. A typical motorsports helmet would add dangers of its own, by restricting one's vision and hearing, and would probably be a "police magnet" as well, at least for drivers of sports cars. ("Please show me your license and registration. I clocked you at 70mph in a 65mph zone. This is Interstate 95, not the Daytona Speedway.")

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    Yes, I always wear gloves, it save my palm, if I fell on my bike, and had done that several times already
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    Originally posted by John E
    At the risk of looking dorky on my road bike, I always wear full-finger BMX or mountain bike gloves. I have considered elbow and knee pads, but need to find something that permits free motion and cooling air circulation
    Who was it on the forums here that mentioned they used kevlar elbow and knee sleeves for bicycling? Was that Rainman or orguasch?

    Does anybody remember? This might be a good solution for John.
    Mike

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    Originally posted by John E
    At the risk of looking dorky on my road bike, I always wear full-finger BMX or mountain bike gloves.
    John E,

    Have you tried a purple helmet?

    (This is an unfair post. If you want a little chuckle, see:

    "Ugly Helmet Syndrome," post by Cambronne.

    www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?threadid=1772
    Last edited by LittleBigMan; 07-26-01 at 10:44 PM.

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    The helmet that I was wearing for my crash a month ago - may it rest in peace - was purple. It saved my head, maybe my life. I don't remember what I was thinking when I purchased a purple helmet. Maybe it was the only one in stock, in my size, at that price.

    I wasn't wearing gloves, and the center of my palms still feel sore sometimes, a month after my fall.

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    I forgot to mention that, after my fall, I only had one small scrape on my right hand. It went away very quickly.

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    Regarding the "purple helmet" post. I, too, have an old Bell helmet (actually two) and a late-model Giro, although the latter is silver-gray instead of purple. I would have preferred bright yellow, dayglow red, orange, etc. for visibility.

    I am beginning to believe the marketing hype that one should replace a helmet after a crash or after several years, whichever comes first, because retention systems definitely keep improving, and because the styrofoam does get brittle with age.

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    All my helmets have been Bells - cheap but effective. I'm pretty set on switching to Giro. They fit my head very well, and they now make some good, economical models.

    I can't seem to convince my wife of the helmet replacement necessity. She's very wary of any recommendation to replace frequently a product, that comes from the people who make the product. This makes sense, but here we're talking about something that does improve every few years. Plus, for 50 bucks, do you really want to take a chance with your skull?

    I would like to see some independent data confirming the deterioration of a helmet. I'd like to be able to pull out some concrete numbers showing how long they are still effective at protecting your brain and skull.

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    The first day I bought my mountain bike I rode it to a keg party (wanted to be responsible) and proceeded to remove a large portion of my palm on the ride home.

    The gloves I didn't wear for fasion reasons would have help out immensly.

    Please don't drink and ride.

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    The first day I bought my mountain bike I rode it to a keg party (wanted to be responsible) and proceeded to remove a large portion of my palm on the ride home.

    The gloves I didn't wear for fasion reasons would have help out immensly.

    Please don't drink and ride.

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    Originally posted by Greg


    Please don't drink and ride (unless you are wearing gloves and a helmut, and your best girl is on the rear carrier with her arms around you holding you in place).
    "Don't ride without your safety belts", 'eh Greg.

    -please excuse my liberties with your quotation.
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    Originally posted by Greg
    The first day I bought my mountain bike I rode it to a keg party (wanted to be responsible) and proceeded to remove a large portion of my palm on the ride home.

    The gloves I didn't wear for fasion reasons would have help out immensly.

    Please don't drink and ride.
    Greg
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