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Road Rash- Best Prevention Strategies for clothing choices

Old 04-14-10, 12:15 PM
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Road Rash- Best Prevention Strategies for clothing choices

My philosophy is that cycling is like biking. In biking, the saying is "it's not IF you are going down, but WHEN." Thus bikes wear leathers and high tech garments to protect body when they take a spill.

This does not seem to be the case with cycling. I would think there would be at least some demand for knee/leg protection when riders take an asphalt bath.

Can anyone help me understand why there is not some summer cycling tights that offer a layer between you and the rubble? There are now "leg coolers" and "arm coolers" available, so I would think it would be possible to make garments that are both cooling and offer some abrasion protection. Ideal would be to have SPF 50 protection as well.
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I've heard shaving is good to prevent road rash. I guess the hairs pull the skin off and so you're better off without the hair ...
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You know the old saying about airplane design: "We build 'em to fly, not to crash." That's the way I feel about riding: With the exception of a helmet, I'll put my resources and effort into maintaining the equipment and skills needed to keep me from crashing.
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Sounds like you're onto a business idea. I think the reason is mainly comfort, cost and the level of dorkiness would increase substantially. I also know I'm going to crash eventually mainly from what I observe of the clueless (drivers not stopping at intersections or driving in the bike lane for 1/2 a mile while on the phone, other cyclists, people walking their dog on a 20' leash, people running on the wrong side of the road around a blind curve, etc.).
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I could make a thread about this as I was thinking along similar lines lately, but anyone know if marino holds up and protects you better then lycra during spills?
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I saw some cycling shorts one time with leather/suede patches on the side to help with road rash. I can't remember who it was though.

EDIT - Found them https://tristuff4less.com/dominocrash...ingshorts.aspx
and bibs https://www.pedalpushersonline.com/?CID=965
and knickers cover the knees https://www.pedalpushersonline.com/?CID=957

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They'd be too hot/heavy/uncomfortable with current fabrics. Either that or extremely cost inefficient
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I'm skeptical that you can make anything substantial enough to provide any real protection and still be comfortable. Also, the reason you see more protective gear on motorcycle riders is that pavement can do a lot more damage at 60 mph than at 20. Road rash for cyclists is a painful matter but not a particularly dangerous one. Still, if you come up with some protective clothing that breathes, I might be interested.
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Originally Posted by Born
I could make a thread about this as I was thinking along similar lines lately, but anyone know if marino holds up and protects you better then lycra during spills?
I'm guessing wool would be way worse to pick out of road rash than lycra...
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Originally Posted by jediphobic
I'm skeptical that you can make anything substantial enough to provide any real protection and still be comfortable. Also, the reason you see more protective gear on motorcycle riders is that pavement can do a lot more damage at 60 mph than at 20. Road rash for cyclists is a painful matter but not a particularly dangerous one. Still, if you come up with some protective clothing that breathes, I might be interested.
The reason you see more protective gear in motorsports has more to do with the gear itself not being a detriment to performance - so why not protect yourself. If it cost results, you would see less of it.
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I remember reading on here a while back that using base layers can reduce road rash.
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pretty sure any layer of clothing is better than none in a roadrash situation.
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Why would anyone wear an extra layer of clothing day after day on the off chance it might help a bit with road rash for the .001 % chance of crashing ?

Motorcyclists aren't working up much of a sweat riding around.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01

Motorcyclists aren't working up much of a sweat riding around.
Exactly. They don't really have to worry about sweat wicking and breath-ability. And for most of the year, I would think they would be more worried about getting too cold than too hot.
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Originally Posted by daven1986
I remember reading on here a while back that using base layers can reduce road rash.
Yes, having two layers means that the friction is between the layers instead of between your clothes and your skin.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Why would anyone wear an extra layer of clothing day after day on the off chance it might help a bit with road rash for the .001 % chance of crashing ?
Good base layers can assist with cooling as well as offer crash protection.
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On the topic of shaving: I thought it was to facilitate easier and less painful picking of little bits of road out of your gash/scrape in the event of a crash?
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Originally Posted by Shuke
On the topic of shaving: I thought it was to facilitate easier and less painful picking of little bits of road out of your gash/scrape in the event of a crash?
That and it's easier to remove the tape when you need to change the dressing on the gashes.
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I've gone down once a year in the last couple of years. Dealing with road rash for 1 wk isn't a big enough hassle to burden rides for the rest of the year with heavier, less breathable clothing.
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Originally Posted by umd
Good base layers can assist with cooling as well as offer crash protection.
Depends on the climate
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Too much thought into it.
People generally don't crash. Even in bike races.
I'd not worry about it and just ride. If it happens it happens. You'd be better off practicing crash scenarios and how to respond. In the early spring I'd teach my junior team how to fall. I taught them proper rolling technique...forward rolls, while standing on the ground. They would soon move up to going over their handlebars...back then we all had beater bikes we'd use and we did this in the park on grass. Pretty soon they were fairly skilled at doing forward rolls over the bars, relaxing and rolling when losing it in a corner, etc.
This prevented a broken collar bone or two over the years.
There's not much you can do about road rash...it happens and you get over it.
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I was thinking of something simple, similar to pads on gloves. Would need one and maybe at a max two strips, just to protect the knees.

The other part of the question was not answered. Why aren't there long tights available for summer wear? If speed is the deal, then they could be made of material similar to skin suits.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
The other part of the question was not answered. Why aren't there long tights available for summer wear? If speed is the deal, then they could be made of material similar to skin suits.
Personally I prefer not to have any material over joints that are in constant use unless absolutely necessary.
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