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Old 11-15-16, 03:51 PM
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Casual Protective Clothing?

I am thinking about designing a line of casual light protective clothing specific to e-bikers and wondering if anyone would be interested in wearing something like that? Currently I can only find stormtrooper like protection (e.g. downhill mountain bike protection) but nothing more casual for getting to and from work or city riding. Does anyone know if there is something good on the market already? What kind of protective clothing would people be interested in? Thanks for your input! Jim
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OK, I'll bite ... sort of. First, how are defining "protective" - crash/impact, weather, both?

Second question - why/how would clothing marketed for "e-bikers" be any different than that for human-powered cyclists? Because, other than the fact that you're getting assist with the pedaling, the "E-bike" experience is pretty much the same as a regular bike experience in terms of the weather and hazzards the cyclist encounters.
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Old 11-15-16, 06:20 PM
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What Dave said... asked...
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I'm not sure that I would call it casual, but this certain adds a degree of protection:

EMF Shielding Garments and Clothing
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Old 11-16-16, 02:56 AM
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I used to work in the protective equipment industry... decades ago... where does the years go.

I wonder... would you be designing this/these products as a hobby or do you have an intention to profit from this effort? Are you a manufacture, retailer?

I did read(?) or maybe saw a video on a pretty helmet marketer. They seem to have been very successful. Niche markets can be profitable... and risky.

I would think... if looking for an ebike product a jacket might be the first product I'd think about. Particularly this time of year is a real reminder of how wind can suck away body heat. Of course... with pedal power... sweat is a big concern. But that wouldn't be so with a ebike (I'd guess).

Maybe ear protection would be a good thought too. Something like the Cat-Ears that might be more convenient... or maybe also warmer (wind noise seems greater in the colder weather to me).
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Old 11-16-16, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveQ24 View Post
OK, I'll bite ... sort of. First, how are defining "protective" - crash/impact, weather, both?

Second question - why/how would clothing marketed for "e-bikers" be any different than that for human-powered cyclists? Because, other than the fact that you're getting assist with the pedaling, the "E-bike" experience is pretty much the same as a regular bike experience in terms of the weather and hazzards the cyclist encounters.


Thanks for taking the bait ;-)


Focus would be on protection for crash/impact but some weatherproofness should likely also come with the package.


I think you make a good point on the importance "e-bike" difference - maybe light protective wear would also be interesting for regular bikers as well.


I guess the train of thought there is that protective clothing in motorbike riding is widely accepted already - and ebiking is not as far away powered bikes as regular bikes. You've got me thinking now though, that sounds a bit weak.


The second line of thinking is that you are more easily up to speed on a ebike and likely to be travelling at higher speeds overall (I know I do) than on a regular bike, which increases the consequences of a fall. Likely not so much the case for the lower speed ebikes however.


Thanks for the insights, might need to rethink the market proposition here a bit. Do you think that regular bikers would also be interested in a casual lightweight crash protective top (and bottom)?
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Old 11-16-16, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
I used to work in the protective equipment industry... decades ago... where does the years go.

I wonder... would you be designing this/these products as a hobby or do you have an intention to profit from this effort? Are you a manufacture, retailer?

I did read(?) or maybe saw a video on a pretty helmet marketer. They seem to have been very successful. Niche markets can be profitable... and risky.

I would think... if looking for an ebike product a jacket might be the first product I'd think about. Particularly this time of year is a real reminder of how wind can suck away body heat. Of course... with pedal power... sweat is a big concern. But that wouldn't be so with a ebike (I'd guess).

Maybe ear protection would be a good thought too. Something like the Cat-Ears that might be more convenient... or maybe also warmer (wind noise seems greater in the colder weather to me).


We (two independent entrepreneurs) would like to bring a product to market in this area and are looking for input on what people would be interested in or need in terms of (e)biking impact protection. Thanks for the input - all ideas at this point are very welcome. How important is the "casual looking" aspect of impact protection for you? Jim
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You could be into something if there were a way to incorporate elbow pads into a shirt and/or knee pads into pants while maintaining a "normal" appearance. Make some mock ups and try a crowd fund (maybe start to patent first). Also, could be the worst idea in history.
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IMO the problem with casual protective clothing is, how much "protection" is it actually going to give?
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Originally Posted by 2old View Post
You could be into something if there were a way to incorporate elbow pads into a shirt and/or knee pads into pants while maintaining a "normal" appearance. Make some mock ups and try a crowd fund (maybe start to patent first). Also, could be the worst idea in history.


Thanks and appreciate the honesty.
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If you are looking for gear that still allows reasonable movement, look at some of the "Joe Rocket" casual gear. It is made for motorcyclists; but it is still wearable.
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Old 11-17-16, 10:14 AM
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Jim, sorry, I meant my advice might be the worst in history, not your idea. There is at least one company making "e-bike specific" clothing that I've heard of and will attempt to locate and post.
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Bohn makes armored underwear, but you will need to buy clothes in a larger size to fit over it: https://www.bohnarmor.com/catalog/bo...ard-system.php
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It's such a wide spectrum to consider. Many mountain bike riders already wear pads and not the big bulky plastic ones, there's an already established market for thinner, cooler and more comfortable pads that you can wear all day. Knee, elbow, shorts and tshirts/vests. Which is fine if you're geared up specifically to ride your bike, I'm not sure if a commuter would bother.

Then you get into how much effort is the ebike rider putting out? If not much then light motorcycle clothing would seem to make sense. If they pedal a lot, then bike stuff could work.
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