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Old 05-16-15, 11:53 AM
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The high speed crashes tend to be less injurious in severity than low speed ones most of the time when out on the open road. You go down at 30-45 MPH you bleed off your momentum sliding across the road, getting some road go down at 10MPH you bleed off your momentum by breaking bones falling into the road namely your collarbone and wrists. And the road rash due to sliding tends to be in areas that you couldn't armor anyway. And you can't wear wrist braces and still shift a bicycle (I suppose maybe with Di2 you might be able to now...).

Also cyclists are out riding on days where even next-to-naked they risk heat stroke for 4-8 hours (Stage 7 of Giro this year was 7'30" of pedalling). American football players with all their body armor-spend at most 10 seconds running around, followed by a 1-5 minutes of standing around, and spend hours in front of cooling fans on the sidelines.
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