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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 08-25-2011, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Saw this in another forum:

"I had a police officer ask me at a gas station one day about how could I wear my gear on such a hot day and my response to him was that my gear was still a lot cooler than road rash.

Then I asked him why he wore his bullet proof vest and all of that cumbersome stuff on his duty belt on such a hot day...isn't it uncomfortable ? At that moment he smiled and said now he understood. "

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Should have told him it's a lot cooler when your riding a 90mph....

Good for you, I do ATGATT too and get the same questions.
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I get this a lot...especially from the pirates....I usually say because I like my skin...
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I was riding with my wife as a passenger the other day. I made a comment about how insane other coulpes are riding in their cruisers in shorts and without helmets. She laugh and say thay must be thiking that we are the insane ones riding in full gear when it's 97F. However, neither of us will ride without full gear.
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I always get the best biker salutes from other riders in full gear, especially when it's hot. To me, it shows that the person respects the bike, themselves, and the fact that this is potentially a very dangerous pursuit. I got to explain the armor in my jacket and pants, the other day, to my office mates as I was gearing up (they always call my pants 'snowboard pants' LOL). Now, they too respect the gear...

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I agree with buffamazon about always getting salutations from riders wearing protective gear, Harley riders hardly salute cause most of them wear the minimum amount of gear. I tell my wife that if I ever fall from the bike, it will be easier to heal a bone, then to grow new skin.
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The commute home yesterday was brutal. 10 miles from my house at 6 in the afternoon is was still 104 degrees. Even in my mesh gear I was starting to overheat. Today I will wet my tshirt before I head out.

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I did two 420 miles day tours on rural roads last week in the heat. I removed my windshield on the way - that helped a lot! Having extra space in your top box sure is a luxury.

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In Oz it's compulsory to wear a helmet and strongly recommended you wear proper riding gear. I agree 100% and never leave home without being fully protected.

If you don't think it necessary, try running along the road and take a dive. You wouldn't do it 'cause it's going to break stuff like skin and bone. You probably were only going 12k's an hour. Now imagine running at 60k's and hitting the bitumen. Won't be a pretty outcome. I've worked in an operating theatre and seen a multitude of bike accidents no way am I going to ride a bike without maximum protection

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... proper riding gear... If you don't think it necessary, try running along the road and take a dive.
Or even just swipe a knuckle across the pavement...
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In Oz it's compulsory to wear a helmet and strongly recommended you wear proper riding gear. I agree 100% and never leave home without being fully protected.

If you don't think it necessary, try running along the road and take a dive. You wouldn't do it 'cause it's going to break stuff like skin and bone. You probably were only going 12k's an hour. Now imagine running at 60k's and hitting the bitumen. Won't be a pretty outcome. I've worked in an operating theatre and seen a multitude of bike accidents no way am I going to ride a bike without maximum protection

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Maybe I should try that. While wearing a leather vest and a dew rag.

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I always get the best biker salutes from other riders in full gear, especially when it's hot ...
Riders wearing full gear in a hot day salute each other, meaning:

Hi, there's another one as hot as I am
Hi, I'm not the only ony in a power ranger suit today
Hi, It's sucks to wear full gear today
Hi, I knew I was not insane by wearing full gear today, there's another one
Hi, I'm not alone
Hi, I wonder if he/she knows where's the next stop with air conditioning

My personal favorite
Hi, there goes another smart rider
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When I had my little "off" in 2010 I broke an ankle and TRASHED my right shoulder requiring much reconstruction and almost 9 months of twice weekly PT. I also got a strip of road rash on my arm about 1" wide and 5" long.

The road rash was, BY FAR, the most painful part of all that even though by the time all the surgeries had ended the road rash was entirely healed and no scarring at all.

All my gear hadn't arrived yet so I was "taking a quick and easy ride". Gravel, corner...you know the rest.

Now I don't leave the house without full gear even for a quick trip.

The evap cooling vests work pretty well. I also use one of those neck coolers you soak in water and they cool really well at cruising speed. Just re-soak them when you stop.

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I do agree that gear will offer some protection if you go down, but experience and riding within your sight distance will go a long way keeping you from going down.

I have read way too many postings on various forums about going down because of gravel, going over a rise to find a vehicle stopped in the road, etc. Those type of scenarios can be totally avoided by slowing down.

I have also observed that the more gear someone wears the more risk they are willing to take which increases their odds of going down.

A false sense of security and riding beyond the road conditions can get you into trouble.
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The evap cooling vests work pretty well. I also use one of those neck coolers you soak in water and they cool really well at cruising speed. Just re-soak them when you stop.
I'll add to that....wear a doo rag soaked in cold water under your helmet. The air coming through your helmet vents will flow over it and cool your head. It's the reverse effect of putting a hat on in the winter to stay warm. If your head is cool, your body is cool.
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I'll add to that....wear a doo rag soaked in cold water under your helmet. The air coming through your helmet vents will flow over it and cool your head. It's the reverse effect of putting a hat on in the winter to stay warm. If your head is cool, your body is cool.
Those cooling vests and wet doo rags work like swamp coolers that are used in the South West. They don't work too great in the very humid deep south. But if you soak the vest and rag in COLD water they do help lower the body temp for a time.
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I have a pair of TCX Airtech Gore-Tex Boots (not great protection but for really hot weather, they’re a lot better than sneakers). They breathe very well. One time I cleaned them under running water and (after leaving them to dry overnight) went for a ride the next day when it was close to 100°. Even though they had felt dry as I was putting them on, as soon as I started moving I had an `Oh my!’ sensation. It was like they were air conditioned!
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Riding gears are made for personal protection purpose and its your choice to use or not.

I will not ride a bike without full gears-ATGATT.

Weather I get a salute for ATGATT or otherwise, it doesn't bother me as long as I am fully protected for my own personal reasons.

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I have also observed that the more gear someone wears the more risk they are willing to take which increases their odds of going down.
That has never been the case for me.
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That has never been the case for me.
So, you have ridden with and without gear?

Or are you a careful rider regardless.
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