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How to prevent road rash to a tattooed arm?

Old 09-19-11, 03:30 PM
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How to prevent road rash to a tattooed arm?

Bicycle Crash = Road Rash = Free Tattoo Removal.

Does anyone know of a shirt or material I can wear to protect my arm against road rash? Something lightweight and breathable is what im aiming for. Any other folks with tattoos have this issue?
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Old 09-19-11, 03:58 PM
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I thought that the ink was in a lower layer of the skin than what you normally injure in a typical road rash incident.

When it's cool you can just cover up with the same stuff we always cover up with- long sleeves or arm warmers.

When it's warm you could try "arm coolers".
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Old 09-19-11, 03:59 PM
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I don't think you'll get many responses from us serious cyclists . . . cycling comes first and foremost the number on thing above all else. Anything else is a trade-off. Good luck in your search.
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Old 09-19-11, 04:01 PM
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The ink is in the third layer of the dermis. Long sleeves AND arm warmers might give some protection. Thanks


Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
I thought that the ink was in a lower layer of the skin than what you normally injure in a typical road rash incident.

When it's cool you can just cover up with the same stuff we always cover up with- long sleeves or arm warmers.

When it's warm you could try "arm coolers".
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Old 09-19-11, 04:02 PM
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Leather arm warmers
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Of course I think free tattoo removal would be a good thing but whatever. I have used these Kevlar arm protectors when in industrial environments where there's a lot of sharp metal being worked.





At Amazon.com for $3.50 (linky)

Product Features

DuPontTM Kevlar provides high tensile strength relative to its weight, up to five times stronger than steel.
Will not melt, ignite or conduct electricity. High comfort level allows for manual dexterity.
All 100% Kevlar, non-coated styles are 2-ply, washable and made with FDA-accepted materials for use in food processing applications. Do not bleach. 18".
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Old 09-19-11, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Of course I think free tattoo removal would be a good thing but whatever. I have used these Kevlar arm protectors when in industrial environments where there's a lot of sharp metal being worked.





At Amazon.com for $3.50 (linky)

Product Features

DuPontTM Kevlar provides high tensile strength relative to its weight, up to five times stronger than steel.
Will not melt, ignite or conduct electricity. High comfort level allows for manual dexterity.
All 100% Kevlar, non-coated styles are 2-ply, washable and made with FDA-accepted materials for use in food processing applications. Do not bleach. 18".

This is great! Thanks much. Ill be looking into these.
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Old 09-19-11, 04:19 PM
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They come in black, too.
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Aren't they kind of warm? They look like the sleeves they sell when you are dealing with heat. If they are then they aren't great at wicking moisture.
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Leather is breathable. I hear that's what real bikers were, and most of them have tattoos...
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If you ask a tattooed biker, they'll tell you leather. You don't see any of them wearing layered lycra/goretex/wool to protect themselves! I have a half sleeve, I don't worry about rashing it up, if it happens it happens it'll heal.

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Originally Posted by DropDeadFred View Post
where did you find this? I was starting to look at full kevlar shirts.
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Originally Posted by Autoshootafk View Post
Long sleeves AND arm warmers might give some protection.
Just to make sure I understand -- you're not worried about having your junk protected only by a super thin layer of lycra, but you are worried about normal cycling kit providing inadequate protection for your tattoos?
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Old 09-19-11, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Just to make sure I understand -- you're not worried about having your junk protected only by a super thin layer of lycra, but you are worried about normal cycling kit providing inadequate protection for your tattoos?
Just worried about protecting my arms from road rash at this point.
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Old 09-19-11, 05:11 PM
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don't crash. or hold your hands up when you land.
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Put your bike on Craigslist that'll keep you form getting road rash.
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The "my little pony" is a nice touch.
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Originally Posted by Guitarrick View Post
I said it had to be light weight and breathable.
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Originally Posted by Autoshootafk View Post
I said it had to be light weight and breathable.
Def NOT lightweight, I'd bet it's drafty though.
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Originally Posted by phee View Post
Aren't they kind of warm? They look like the sleeves they sell when you are dealing with heat. If they are then they aren't great at wicking moisture.
No, they're not any hotter than a long sleeve dress shirt as I remember. They probably wouldn't wick moisture, no. Their purpose is to protect your arm from cuts but I'm sure they'd offer good protection from abrasion, too.

I really think if the OP is worried about road rash he should take up golf or snooker. Or learn to not fall off his bike. (Oh, yeah. Like I'm one to give advice about not falling off a bike...)
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Originally Posted by Autoshootafk View Post
I said it had to be light weight and breathable.
On the plus side no motorist will ever pick a fight with you.

also, hi guitarrick
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Why are you planning for a future crash, instead of planning ways to avoid one...? Do you race?
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