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Do you guys think body armor for cycling will be a future trend?

Old 12-19-18, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Cycling? I would wear that to mow the grass, or go to the grocery store. I would wear it so much it would become a problem, and an intervention would be held.
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Old 12-19-18, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
The fluid-reactive pad would be a grid or series of tubes forming an impenetrable barrier, thus acting like a hard shell to disperse impact. When not accelerated to its trigger point the pad would be soft and not impede motion nor retain heat.
The future is now (many years old actually)

https://www.velonews.com/2012/08/mou...y-armor_252473
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Old 12-19-18, 10:17 AM
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Kamikaze like down hill stunt riders have long used body armor , and Life Flight helicopter ambulances ..
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Old 12-19-18, 10:44 AM
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Since OP is cycling in the winter maybe some Skidoo body armor?
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Old 12-19-18, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
When you ride on ice you should expect to crash.
except you have spike tires.
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Old 12-21-18, 06:49 AM
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Worse than ice here atm, just turned winter today and the leaves all over the MUP's have turned to a black slime. It's rained all month and the dark doesn't help, the care required to remain upright is becoming quite an intrusive aspect of my commute.

Steering the tandem is another science i'm still getting used to, and with 5ins of suspension travel F+R this is a very tall bike - i wear a long Parka coat, and i'm thinking of lining it with pilates mat so i don't graze my hip when i inevitably lay it down...
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Old 12-26-18, 03:06 PM
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Most of the motorcycle road, race, or MX armor is going to be too stiff and too hot to wear on a bicycle.
Some of the Moto X stuff has evolved in to the lighter stuff you see on DH mountain bikers, but itís still overkill for a commuter.
Elbow and knee pads, sure, especially if youíre messing around in the snow, since youíre going to end up on the deck sooner or later.
Even still, adding pads or armor to a garment, and the kind of chassis that will keep them in place will make a much stiffer garment that you will have to expend energy working against just to move the pedals.
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Old 12-26-18, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
Even still, adding pads or armor to a garment, and the kind of chassis that will keep them in place will make a much stiffer garment that you will have to expend energy working against just to move the pedals.
This is simply not true and illustrates that you don't have any experience with modern day knee pads.
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Old 12-26-18, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by ogmtb View Post
This is simply not true and illustrates that you don't have any experience with modern day knee pads.
I donít have much experience with DH MTB armor, cause Iím an XC guy, so I donít wear it.

The thread kept going towards motorcycle armor, which I do have a fair amount of experience with, both wearing and crashing in it, and itís not something Iíd want to wear on a bicycle.

On a velo, for road riding or commuting, even MTB armor would be overkill for day-to-day use, especially given the relatively low occurrence of crashes per mile/ hour in the saddle.
Now, if youíre in the woods, or, like the OP, riding a commuter in the snow, then hitting the deck is part of the territory, so gear up accordingly

Also see the ďEven If You FallĒ thread we had going a few weeks back. How you land can help as much as what youíre wearing.

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Old 12-26-18, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
I donít have much experience with DH MTB armor, cause Iím an XC guy, so I donít wear it.
That's the thing. You're apparently unaware that there are many options for knee pads that run the gamut from hard shell DH style to lightweight flexible enduro/xc style.

"adding pads or armor to a garment, and the kind of chassis that will keep them in place will make a much stiffer garment that you will have to expend energy working against just to move the pedals" is simply not true.
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Old 12-26-18, 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
More people are injured in cars, so helmets & body armor for motorists.

Your solution is simple = NO ICE rides. You do have studded tires, right????
That's not a solution, it is an avoidance.
Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Here's a start...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JW39_pXW3G4

next a whole body suit????
The only problem is that the majority of riders already have head protection. Its the joints that are unprotected.
Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
If you seriously want body armor, look in a motorcycle shops. They have all kinds of cool gear.

One thing motorcyclists sometimes wear is a torso protector that has hard shells down the spine and the shoulders and elbows. Basically all the easy to break areas. Doesn't do anything for a stress fracture of your arms, but it'll protect you from the BANG of hitting the pavement on your elbows or sliding across the road on your back.

It's impact protections, not "my arm bent backwards when I fell" protection.

Basically they are designs to keep you from having all your skin scraped off and your joints destroyed if you fall off a motorcycle at 60 mph and go sliding across the pavement.

Example...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/WOW-MOTORCYCLE-MOTOCROSS-BIKE-GUARD-PROTECTOR-ADULT-BODY-ARMOR-BLACK/114947718?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3655&adid=22222222227058503831&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=& wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=162970340824&wl4=pla-462285145592&wl5=9007826&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=113490318&wl11=online&wl12=114947718&wl13=&veh= sem

Also might come in handy once the zombie apocalypse comes. So there's that, too.

Probably be hot and miserable bicycling with it though. Doesn't look like it's breaths easily. So you might die of dehydration and heat stroke.....but no broken elbows! Like Gozer the Gozarian says...choose the method of your destruction.
First, you don't need to pedal on a motorcycle. And second, there is the issue of weight and breathability.
Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
I agree with others: prevent the crash in the first place is far more effective than protecting when it happens.

What are you riding on ice?
Don't agree with it, it is an irrational conclusion.

In fact, now that I have your attention...everyone's attention, let us make a pack to never use an avoidance as a solution to an unknown future event again.

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Old 12-26-18, 06:45 PM
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If they're good enough for a wide receiver or running back they should be able to work on a bike.
https://www.sportsunlimitedinc.com/i...all-pants.html
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Old 12-27-18, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
In fact, not that I have your attention...everyone's attention, let us make a pack to never use an avoidance as a solution to an unknown future event again.

No, that is actually a very bad idea. If crash avoidance through better tires, riding practices, other forms of equipment is a better safety strategy than armoring up for the effects of a crash, that should definitely be discussed.

To me, it would seem the biggest danger of slipping on ice in a road situation is the possibility of going under a car or truck. All the body armor in the world ain't saving you from that. OP has had a number of slides

If all you mean by your comment is "don't ride on icy roads" isn't a solution, fine, but crash avoidance is absolutely a solution to a safety problem. How about we just agree that "ride avoidance" isn't a solution?
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Old 12-27-18, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Don't agree with it, it is an irrational conclusion.

In fact, now that I have your attention...everyone's attention, let us make a pack to never use an avoidance as a solution to an unknown future event again.
You don't agree with using proper equipment to prevent an incident if one is regularly riding on ice? A road bike with 23mm slicks isn't going anywhere but down at every opportunity. A fat bike with studded tires will act just fine. Don't want to crash, make sure you are using the proper equipment in the first place. Body armor in most situations, this one included, is simply acknowledging that your bike isn't equipped for the task at hand.
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