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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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So this weekend I hung out with a friend while he was practicing tricks in an empty parking lot. I turn away for a second to grab my phone out of my truck and hear the bike go down. I see him lying on the ground. Thankfully he was okay. If he wouldn't of been atleast the fire department and amublance was right across the street .

So anyway he rides with a textile jacket with armor, good gloves and boots and of course a helmet. Not sure what brand pants he had on. But this is where the pain insued. They had no armor and I swear they were like a jean material but were classified for riding. They tore in the knee so his knees were not pretty at all.

Everything else held up pretty nicely. Even though the textile icon jacket didn't tear and what not it made me wonder still if leather would hold up even better considering the marks the pavement did leave on the jacket at such a low speed.

I know to many people who ride in hoodies, a pair of jeans, no gloves, and sneakers. atleast they wear a helmet. It confuses me though when they get frame sliders and cages put on thier bikes to protect the bike but go cheap when it comes to thier own bodies.

Soooooooo don't short yourself on gear. And if someone gives you a load of crap for it just ask them who will envy who if you were to wreck next to each other if the other guy/girl lives through it.

ride safe!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 05:30 AM
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I had one episode in actual denim at 5mph which resulted in some permanent knee scars and I'll not be making that mistake again. Glad the friend didn't have more serious injuries and was at least reasonably well geared up!

EDIT: AFAIC: Leather is the shiz

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 09:22 AM
 
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Glad to hear you're friend is ok, and I've been wondering a lot about jeans/denim when riding, this has helped me thanks.

As for your statement: " It confuses me though when they get frame sliders and cages put on thier bikes to protect the bike but go cheap when it comes to thier own bodies."

you have to remember, it's the "cool" thing to do :P

Thanks.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 10:08 AM
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Like not wearing a helmet but having one on the storage hook on the side of the bike?

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