Join Date: May 2009
Location: Carrollton, Texas (Dallas Metroplex)
Bikes: 2011 Motobecane Vent Noir Road Bike, 2012 Motobecane Elite Sport 29er Hybrid Bike, 2011 Kestrel Carbon Road bike
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Do you use any protective gear while cycling, commuting, or racing?
I'm asking a general question using protective gear in summer or winter. Besides a helmet. What else do you use if any?
My background info for the question:
I know on my road bike my max speed recorded by my bike computer was 41mpg. I never crashed at that speed. I did fall at first learning to clip in and out my pedals and when I got hit by a car.
When I got hit by a car at start of winter last year. I had my helmet, long riding spandex pants and a
cycling hoody and gloves. Besides being shook up a little I was find. Sore for a few weeks and I had to replace my helmet because hairline cracks. BTW it was hit and run. Besides that I went a year or so without crash or accident.
So now, recently. I switch over to riding my cyclocross bike with 700c x32 wheels and I have eaten
pavement 3 times at 22 mpg by my lack of experience on that type bike. I cut corner too sharp and
wheel slips right under me.
I'm currently suffering and healing from road rash on both knees, both forearms and my right
ankle and pain in my right shoulder. I ripped off the skin to my right pinky knuckle completely. Hurts
the worse. I had cycling gloves but I damaged what was exposed.
So I bought full finger gloves and middle forearm abrasion protection. Look like arm warmers but
made for abrasion protection. Haven't used them yet. I have taken 2 weeks off from the bike to
heal and I'm giving it another week before I ride again.
Let me know if I'm just a little shell shock because of my accidents.
Last edited by Magnificent777; 05-19-10 at 02:03 PM.