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Old 05-16-15, 11:11 AM
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Should Bike Racers Wear Body Armor?

In many sports where athletes regularly endure violent crashes and significant injury, they wear protective body armor. Motocross, BMX, downhill mountain biking, MotoGP, NFL football, NHL hockey, maybe more I'm not thinking of right now.

A sport where skinny men are routinely hurled in the air and buried under a pile of bodies and bikes at 45 mph would seem to qualify. They break their collarbones, injure their elbows and knees, lose teeth and lacerate their faces, leave big swathes of skin on the road.

Are there types of body armor that professional road race cyclists could wear, maybe not on every stage but on particularly dangerous ones, or perhaps could don and doff like they do with rain capes? Knee and elbow pads, maybe?

There are road race helmets, aero helmets, and time trial helmets. How about sprint finish full face helmets?

Or improve the abrasion resistance of cycling shorts and jerseys at strategic places, the hips and buttocks and shoulders, where riders usually get big swaths of road rash? Patches of kevlar, maybe backed with impact absorbing pads.

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