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Old 06-11-12, 12:24 AM
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Staying safe

Well I finally decided to invest in some body armor. It's been some time since I had my crash in which I broke my clavicle. I'm getting a lot better since then. But I don't want to go through this ever again! I haven't heard that much about road cyclists wearing body armor, but I'm going to give it a try and will try to report later on how it feels. I believe the technology is getting better and there's maybe some small growing understanding of road cyclists' needs. Maybe 5 or 10 years ago, body armor was limited to off-road cyclists. There's such a thing as crashing into pavement, which is pretty unforgiving. I have a feeling that being safe on the road is even more important than getting into cycling, just because getting injured is really, really not fun and almost turned me off from cycling.
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Old 06-11-12, 05:50 AM
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Good luck with that. It might help with bangs and abrasions, don't think practical body armor will do anything to mitigate breaking a clavicle. (broke mine ~ 8 weeks ago).
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Old 06-11-12, 09:55 AM
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It's not going to help with your collar bone. Learning to do a shoulder roll will help more. It is a move I use off road from time to time.
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It's not going to help with your collar bone. Learning to do a shoulder roll will help more. It is a move I use off road from time to time.
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I do not understand why they do not teach tumbling in grade school anymore.
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Old 06-11-12, 10:37 PM
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I do not understand why they do not teach tumbling in grade school anymore.
I don't want my child doing tumbling they might hurt themselves LOL
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Old 06-11-12, 11:06 PM
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I don't want my child doing tumbling they might hurt themselves LOL
It was a good thing that I had tumbling class, otherwise I would have hurt myself over and over again.
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I agree, some training in proper rolling techniques is probably more useful than wearing body armor.
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Old 06-12-12, 11:51 AM
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Body armor unlikely to mitigate broken collarbone which is caused by hitting the deck with a stiff arm or directly on the shoulder. The idea is to use the arm to initiate some semblance of a roll and absorb the energy of the impact. For reference see video of Flecha's crash in last year's TDF.
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