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Old 07-30-09, 02:23 PM   #1
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Anyone wear body armor during their commute?...

I took a spill this morning on a wet wooden bridge during the 5 miles of park riding on my 25 mile one way commute. All is fine, a few scratches. But it caused me to consider that I ride through 12-15 miles of city- block to block type traffic( at least during the rush hour parts of my commute...I do the ("Tour De Bronx")I just ordered some lightweight upper and lower body armor...anyone else do it this way?..I figured it's better to be prepared for a fall, or a hit....than not.
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Old 07-30-09, 02:50 PM   #2
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I suppose it's not a bad idea. Doesn't it get a little warm?
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Old 07-30-09, 03:04 PM   #3
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I've thought about body armor before too. What's stopped me was the thought of all that gear making me overheat specially in the summer.
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Old 07-30-09, 03:09 PM   #4
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After a hard spill 2 years back in the Winter, I have it some serious thought. My steel studded tire let go... I solved that problem with all carbite studded tires immediately following. However there have been a few days when I would have felt more comfortable I I'd had some padding on my elbows. Thankfully I never went down last winter so I have not persued it any further.

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Old 07-30-09, 03:12 PM   #5
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Hell no. I overheat in the middle of winter in breathable clothing.
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I've considered a full-face helmet--anyone commute with one of those?
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Old 07-30-09, 03:41 PM   #7
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Ummm...NO.

But then, I live in North Texas, where the temps regualrly reach thriple digits during the summer.
You would die if you had to wear body armor here.
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Old 07-30-09, 03:46 PM   #8
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I've considered a full-face helmet--anyone commute with one of those?
I do. Makes me feel much better with all the cars in London. I feel that if I fall then I'd like some protection for my lower face! I have a Giro Remedy helmet but will probably change to a MET Parachute in the future.
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Old 07-30-09, 03:58 PM   #9
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You mean like this?

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I've considered a full-face helmet--anyone commute with one of those?
I've seen a few. On road bikes too no less. As far as helmets are concerned I say wear what is comfortable to you.
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I've worn a full face motorcycle helmet and padded jacket in the winter a few times, but mainly because it was a few degrees below zero and windy, not for any real injury prevention.

I've taken some pretty hard hits since I've been commuting, and whatever hurts I got from them, armor wouldn't have helped much.
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Old 07-30-09, 04:19 PM   #12
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Nope.
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My experience with body armour when mountain biking is that it does help when you take a spill it offers good protection for your knee caps, shins and elbows but at the same time it's very hot and uncomfortable. I never wear it during my commute, I don't think that body armour would help when getting hit by a car, it's not designed for that.
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I wear it once the weather gets a bit cooler around 50 degrees F and below. It works depending on the fall. It saved my back, elbows, and shoulders about 6 times now over 2 years along with the helmet.

Lets see -- 3 were on ice. 2 were on gravel, and I cant remember one of the them.

The worst was a downhill trail, gravel, that I ride roughly 4 times a week for the last 4 years. I came down the hill a bit too fast. The gravel was a bit too loose, and I just went off the edge of the trail. Hit a tree trunk went head over bars with bike following me, landed on my shoulders, then back hitting the next tree, with bike spearing me in my chest.

It was nice standing up and checking out the bike damage, rather than the body damage.

Tough part is odor control. But mine is flexible enough to wash and in between washes, I use a homemade tea tree spray.
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No because i'm not a ****ing clown. Body armor and full face helmet on a commuting bike? Serious?
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Old 07-30-09, 05:39 PM   #16
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It's the first time I've ever even thought about actual body armor. But I suppose overheating would be a problem.

I have worn knee and elbow pads at times. It's a good feeling knowing that I could hit the ground with these parts and protect more vulnerable parts of me. But I got a bit tired of the extra time and effort spent getting this extra stuff on. It does add up, after all.
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I saw a guy with some body armor riding yesterday. He had elbow pads, knee pads, a full face cyclocross helmet, and some kind of armor vest.

looked freaking uncomfortable and slowwwwww
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I cant speak for lower body armour or a full helmet, but Im sure it would depend on the type. Mine has detachable arms and I have never felt uncomfortable (with the temp below 50). In fact, exactly the opposite. The armour provides enough warmth that I rarely wear more than a shell jacket over the armour until the temp goes below 32. Then Ill put on some long underwear under the armour.
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AMULL...a Toronto sissy talking baddass to a born and bred New Yorker???...You sound like an internet clown. Isn't it a felony up there to like spit your gum on the ground?...real tough crowd....I've been to Toronto...isn't the state animal a butterfly?
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Issues much?

Also, the quote button is your friend.
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Old 07-30-09, 07:13 PM   #21
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Somebody just needs to slow down a little on their commute....

I had a friend who wore chain mail. Not biking, though, just most of the time.
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AMULL...a Toronto sissy talking baddass to a born and bred New Yorker???...You sound like an internet clown. Isn't it a felony up there to like spit your gum on the ground?...real tough crowd....I've been to Toronto...isn't the state animal a butterfly?


Toronto happens to be host to the Granite Anvil 1200k. 750 miles, 90 hr limit, 29,000' of climbing.
Who's the sissy?

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I've seen a few. On road bikes too no less. As far as helmets are concerned I say wear what is comfortable to you.
Ye I wear mine on a road bike Wouldn't wear armour though, but perhaps knee / elbow pads if the weather was particularly icy - I may just choose not to ride instead though!
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Body armor? Does a bra count?
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