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Old 05-10-04, 03:12 PM   #1
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Ride with body armor?

If so what type? Has it helped you?

I have the '03 Sixsixone Pressure Suit and love it. It has saved my bacon more than once. I remember my last bad crash back in February (Fractured 2 meticarples and broke one) I was flying though the air thinking.... Hope my pressure suit works, crap I'm going to scuff up my new riding shoes, and OMG! hope my bikes gonna be ok landing on these jagged rocks. Seemed like 5 minutes later... WHAM hit the ground/rocks then saw sky, dirt, sky, dirt, sky...my breath somehow jumped outta my chest, just as my bike landed on my back, and knocked out any wind that was left over.

I sat there for a minute, making sure everything was still attached. Did the old wiggle everything until you hear a crunchy grinding noise. Yep hand is broken, but everything else is in working order. Ran to my bike...yep she's ok too. Rode the rest of the way down with a funng grinding/crunching noise comming from my hand.

Does the pressure suit work? Yep!
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Good. I plan on buying the one with no forearm protection for June.
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I ride wearing LizardSkinz arm protectors and Azonic or Fox Racing shorts/pants.... Usually my helmet, and always my glasses....
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Just the shins for me. I wear soccer shin protectors though. I find them more breathable and comfortable under the jeans.
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Just knee/shin guards if and when I decide to use them. Didn't this weekend, slipped a pedal and got a really nice pedal tatoo across the back of my left leg and into my achilles tendon.

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Ahhh, the pedal tat. Those are always nice. I don't ride with armor, cause I'm mostly xc. The craziest I get is stairs and stuff like that. I would recommend it after seeing some amateurs try montezuma's revenge, though.
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if i decide to armour, it's usually just shin/knee guards. occassionally i'll bring the forearm/elbow guards too. both are the 661 race guards.

they've helped me out so far, so i'm happy with them.
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I´d like to get some body armour for commuting- I ride through a city centre every day and it is quite dangerous- has anyone seen a suitable cycling jacket with some inbuilt armour and that would not make me look like an imperial storm trooper

any recommendations?
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yeah they are cool but my work colleagues already look at me a bit strange just for cycling all year round- mind you I could go for retirement on medical grounds I suppose-the pressure finally got me hmmm
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yeah they are cool but my work colleagues already look at me a bit strange just for cycling all year round- mind you I could go for retirement on medical grounds I suppose-the pressure finally got me hmmm
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Just a thought, but I for one think it's strange NOT to ride all year round... Why do some (or most) people just ride during the hot summer months, and only on weekends? Those are the two WORST times to ride in my opinion! I rarely ride on weekends, instead I ride Mon/Wed/Fri year 'round for the past 11 yrs. anyway....

It's really a whole different type of rider that I always see on weekends (a very few times a year). They usually drive up in either a brand new (bank owned) SUV from BMW, Lexus or some other so called 4x4, that'd break if they were ever to actually go 4 wheeling with it.... The people are color coordinated from head to toe, and all their clothing looks brand new (which it probably is only used on weekends for 3 months/year), and they never stoop low enough to actually speak to you after I say hi first.... The only thing I really like riding during those times is the look on their faces when I blow by every last one of them... All of a sudden they realize that their Santa Cruz are only as fast as the person pedalling it.... The joke is on them!!!! I love it too!
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Just a thought, but I for one think it's strange NOT to ride all year round... Why do some (or most) people just ride during the hot summer months, and only on weekends? Those are the two WORST times to ride in my opinion! I rarely ride on weekends, instead I ride Mon/Wed/Fri year 'round for the past 11 yrs. anyway....

It's really a whole different type of rider that I always see on weekends (a very few times a year). They usually drive up in either a brand new (bank owned) SUV from BMW, Lexus or some other so called 4x4, that'd break if they were ever to actually go 4 wheeling with it.... The people are color coordinated from head to toe, and all their clothing looks brand new (which it probably is only used on weekends for 3 months/year), and they never stoop low enough to actually speak to you after I say hi first.... The only thing I really like riding during those times is the look on their faces when I blow by every last one of them... All of a sudden they realize that their Santa Cruz are only as fast as the person pedalling it.... The joke is on them!!!! I love it too!
The comments about riding year round are easy for someone to say who lives toward the south. I ride year round in Ohio and while not the coldest place in the world the winters can be pretty bad. I rode a few days where the wind chill was -10f and many when there was lots of snow and ice. Fortunately my rides to campus are never more than 2 miles at a time and it rarely is over 8 miles a day.

About body armor, I just started riding XC, so I dont have a lot of experience. It seems a pair of shin guards could be helpful at times. Full finger gloves might also be useful. I think a helmet is all that is needed for most purposes though. So far I seem to do pretty well landing primarily on my feet when I fall.
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I wear shin pads 100% of the time.

And BG...you are totally right. There is no winter mountain biking in my area of the world either. Hard to turn the cranks in 4 ft of lush power and close to -30 temps
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The comments about riding year round are easy for someone to say who lives toward the south. I ride year round in Ohio and while not the coldest place in the world the winters can be pretty bad. I rode a few days where the wind chill was -10f and many when there was lots of snow and ice.
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Well, technically I live in the Mid-Atlantic area, rather than the South. Our mountains around here are up to 6000'+. We get about 6 or 7 decent snows / year, and yes I still ride 10+ miles even when it's in the single digits (below 0 windchill). I simply wear layers, with neoprene socks & gloves. I wear goggles and a full face fleece garmet. I stay warm no matter what the temp or windchill.... Some people have excuses why they don't ride. That's fine. I love to ride & there's not much that can stop me. I don't look for reasons NOT to ride, believe me. I don't start a ride if it's pouring rain, nor if there's more than 4 or 5" of snow already on the ground. Otherwise I'm out there 3 days a week, period.

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I wish I had a job that would allow me to ride 3 times during the week.

For me, I ride my road bike during the week, since the closest trail is an hour away. I could drive up there and get maybe 2 hours in, but I've got a general rule. If I spend more time driving to go ride than actually riding, it' s not worth it.

So, I'm one of those "weekend" only guys. Except for the SUV thing. Me, I'm more of the GMC 1-ton, 4x4 dually, crew cab with the 6.5 lt. turbo diesel type guy!

Matching gear sometimes, but most of my jerseys have blood stains or tears on them.

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I wear shin pads 100% of the time.

And BG...you are totally right. There is no winter mountain biking in my area of the world either. Hard to turn the cranks in 4 ft of lush power and close to -30 temps
I don't think this is any kind of excuse not to ride. Riding in -30 temps is just dangerous, and most bike components can't handle that kind of cold.

Ok so Haro is a manly man, we understand that. Now that you’ve proved that you could easily enter an ironman contest, I still have one question….Want to get back to the topic of the thread?
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I wish I had a job that would allow me to ride 3 times during the week.

For me, I ride my road bike during the week, since the closest trail is an hour away. I could drive up there and get maybe 2 hours in, but I've got a general rule. If I spend more time driving to go ride than actually riding, it' s not worth it.

So, I'm one of those "weekend" only guys. Except for the SUV thing. Me, I'm more of the GMC 1-ton, 4x4 dually, crew cab with the 6.5 lt. turbo diesel type guy!

Matching gear sometimes, but most of my jerseys have blood stains or tears on them.

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I also fall in that category (weekend). I guess we are not as Extreme/Hardcore as Haro. I only wish I could be like him. Oh and I drive a SUV but it's a Jeep, you know the original SUV/4x4. Does it go off road? It's got the dents and scratches to prove it.

All right I'm going to come out and say it. I think someone has an inferiority complex maybe? Since joining the forums I think each post by Haro has put someone down for something or another. Which is too bad really, he seems to have some good knowledge and a lot of biking experience to share with folks
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All right I'm going to come out and say it. I think someone has an inferiority complex maybe? Since joining the forums I think each post by Haro has put someone down for something or another. Which is too bad really, he seems to have some good knowledge and a lot of biking experience to share with folks
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I had a SUV, when they "weren't" cool. '84 Jeep XJ Cherokee Chief. It's on the "Trail of Tears" now, according to a friend of mine. He said it drank too much Fire Water.... I siezed the engine one day on the highway, mainly due to the oil leak it had at the rear main seal.... Traded it in on a '90 Toyota 4Runner, then on a '02 Xterra....

Anyway, I suppose you could say that I'm just tired of alot of people's attitude, which has unfortunately given me sort of the same thing. My guard is always up, even when it really don't need to be. I'm actually a nice, friendly person if you ever had the chance to meet me. I'm just not impressed with the "Jones" next door, nor what they drive, what they wear, where they eat, etc. I'd just like to know what the owe... That's where the "Impressive" people stand apart from people that try to impress, if you know what I mean.... Have a nice ride everyone! There, that's a nice comment, huh?

PS. Ever wonder why only the negative things ever make it on the News? I don't even bother turning on the TV during News time. The world's a terrible place as a whole, at least that's what the media wants us to believe....
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Haro, I completely understand what you are saying. There is no need to be on the defensive, especially for us older riders; well I’m about 10 years younger than you, but it is the same difference. We have a lot of pre-teen and teenagers that poke around here and need a lot of help from more experienced riders. Not to mention, we have more life experience to lend. I used to be a real hardass, and did not care much what I said but looking back on things I said and did it made me look just like an ass not a hardass. I proudly served my Country and even bled some for it (3rd Ranger Batt.). I realize now that if I have something to offer I’ll help out when I can. But, I do it tactfully.



I know what that whole keeping up with the Jones’ thing is.



I spend a lot of money on my bike. Hell brother, I work very hard for my money and it pays off. There were a lot of years that my wife and I had to do without or make due with what we had. I decided to go to college to better myself. We make enough money to live comfortably now, and we do just that. We don’t live beyond our means. We have one credit card (American Express) and we pay it back each month. My ’97 Jeep Grand Cherokee is paid off, and if we can’t afford to pay cash for it at the end of the month we save up.



I know you would be a hospital person, just read what you write before you hit the post reply button. Relax, enjoy the comrade, and enjoy the ride brother. We all do at least share on common interest and that is a love of bikes.
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It takes awhile to get used to disc brakes.... Body Armor is good.
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I wear shin pads 100% of the time.

And BG...you are totally right. There is no winter mountain biking in my area of the world either. Hard to turn the cranks in 4 ft of lush power and close to -30 temps
I did that with my schwinn which I refunded, going down a steep hill. Oh boy it was fun but I had to pay. Snow went way up my pants and luckily it reached 1/4 a way up my thighs. Ne futher and...Im not going to mention it.
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The comments about riding year round are easy for someone to say who lives toward the south. I ride year round in Ohio and while not the coldest place in the world the winters can be pretty bad. I rode a few days where the wind chill was -10f and many when there was lots of snow and ice. Fortunately my rides to campus are never more than 2 miles at a time and it rarely is over 8 miles a day.

About body armor, I just started riding XC, so I dont have a lot of experience. It seems a pair of shin guards could be helpful at times. Full finger gloves might also be useful. I think a helmet is all that is needed for most purposes though. So far I seem to do pretty well landing primarily on my feet when I fall.
A helmet is ALWAYS REQUIRED!!!!!!!

What do you call a cyclist without a helmet ....

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It takes awhile to get used to disc brakes.... Body Armor is good.
is that BikerFox?
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haro is that actually a real picture, how on earth did he managed to fall off like that, looks like just flast grass to me.!! nobody would be stupid enough to just slam the brakes like that
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It was on purpose...bikerfox does it for show...I know a few other riders who do it on purpose as well.
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It was on purpose...bikerfox does it for show...I know a few other riders who do it on purpose as well.
I can do it when I'm not even trying. Always have to hit something tho

I only wear a helmet, knee pads and armoured gloves, not that I need the helmet; always landing on all fours, and instinctively protecting my processing centre when in a slide etc.

Like the stormtrooper idea! But then I'm another of those freaks who commutes by bike come wind rain or snow (and there's only one other very occasional cyclist in the entire company.) The mask & shades seems to have stopped bugging 'em recently.
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