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Wearing knee and elbow pads more dangerous on the road?

Old 03-14-21, 07:26 PM
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Wearing knee and elbow pads more dangerous on the road?

Does wearing these items make drivers pass you closer and generally act less safer around a cyclist?

A study was done concerning helmets and wearing helmets made drivers act less concerned for cyclist's safety like passing too close, etc.

I'm wondering if helmet + knee and elbow pads will make it even worse. I wear helmet all the time but contemplating wearing pads too. I've managed to scratch my elbows and knees a few times when riding in very tight rush hour traffic conditions, from cars and motorcyles passing only an inch away!
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Old 03-14-21, 09:02 PM
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In my opinion wearing pads is no answer for close passes. Think riding style and lane position.
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Old 03-14-21, 09:36 PM
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In my opinion wearing pads is no answer for close passes. Think riding style and lane position.
I take the middle of the lane whenever applicable. It works most of the time except during rush hour traffic where the lanes starts disappearing!
This is how our rush hour traffic looks like and you can see the lanes are gone!


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So... You are out in that mess filtering with the motorcycles and scooters? Wear whatever you need to. if you are worried about looking like more of a target make them black with chrome studs . Those helmet wearing passing studies were in much different traffic conditions.
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Originally Posted by Manster View Post
if you are worried about looking like more of a target make them black with chrome studs .
not a bad idea! Might actually do that
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I have found that motorists also pass too closely when I am wearing clothes so I now ride wearing only a helmet and a Speedo
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Does wearing these items make drivers pass you closer and generally act less safer around a cyclist?

A study was done concerning helmets and wearing helmets made drivers act less concerned for cyclist's safety like passing too close, etc.

I'm wondering if helmet + knee and elbow pads will make it even worse. I wear helmet all the time but contemplating wearing pads too. I've managed to scratch my elbows and knees a few times when riding in very tight rush hour traffic conditions, from cars and motorcyles passing only an inch away!
The University of Bath study was barely scientific. The researcher was his own test subject, and the test was never replicated. Yet it has become a "fact" that people remember and tell one another.
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Seat belts and the overall improvement of driver and passenger safety has made drivers more careless. There's also a study how improved goalie pads makes hockey players more aggressive.

The only thing that will make drivers take caution around a cyclist is if there's a perceived damage to their vehicle when passing. Probably not a bad idea to attach curb feelers on the left side of your bike. But you'll have to be aware of them when you're the one passing and filtering through traffic.

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