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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-30-2007, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
 
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Does my gear check out?

here is everything i am looking at. any reason why i should switch to something else, different brand or something?

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Pants



Shoes



Helmet


I havent tried anything on yet, gona go do that this weekend. just want to know if what i like visually will also be safe or not...
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-30-2007, 10:34 AM
 
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Personally I would prefer something different then the almost oxford style footwear to something abover the vulnerable ankle bone. Possibly you are intending to use them at work.

I worked in a clothing store part-time & in a m/c shop the other half. So to work on my HD, Indian or Brit iron with pair of work boots, at work I would switch over to the dress shoes, for I carried them in an-ex gas mask container (in those days rucksacks & such were not avaliabel so we used a lot of War Surplus products) & when headed back to the m/c shop then on went the work boots.

Note back in the late 40s things like protective riding gear had never been heard of. A baret or a tweed cap was my head gear for crash helmets were only used at certified m/c comp events.
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aside from what smitty brought up - those gloves are very thin single layer leather. You might want to see them in person before you buy them.
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thanks guys. ill check out the gloves tomorrow.

as for the shoes/boots. yes, i am looking for something that can also be an "everyday" shoe. do you recommend not going that rough and just carrying an extra pair of shoes with me?
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-30-2007, 01:09 PM
 
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I don't know much about alipine star but I would get the jacket with the pads in it. I like these gloves that come up above the wrist. Thats just my opinion.
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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-02-2007, 08:37 AM
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I'll third the over-the-ankle protection. It can't be underestimated.

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And I'll fourth. Boots are a must as are gloves with a gauntlet-style cuff. Better protection on both counts.




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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-04-2007, 04:45 AM
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BTW, note we're not necessarily saying the Sidi racing boots or anything like that. Get the best you can afford and we'll offer recommendations to anyone given what kind of riding they'd like to do (street, track, walking) and a rough budget.

Ankle support is key since they're often sprained or broken in a go-down.

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And I'll fourth.
Fifth! I've got a relatively inexpensive set of frank thomas riding boots that give a whole lot more protection than shoes, then I carry work appropriate shoes in my backpack.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-30-2007, 07:10 AM
 
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a visual of why a good riding boot is so often recomended.


caution graphic photo but a pictures worth a thousand words
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