WHERE TO FIND "ARMOR" TO PROTECT FROM FALLS?
April 17, 2005
Back to questions
I was recently involved in a
high-speed wreck that left me with the equivalent of severe
2nd degree burns at the impact points on my lateral right
shoulder and hip. It has ruined my season as well as causing
me to miss worknot to mention the pain.
Does anyone manufacture road jerseys
or shorts that have some kind of a pocket at these points
into which you can insert a protective shield that is comfortable
and does not make you look like a combat soldier in an "Alien"
Hoo boy, Rick. You gave me an
excuse to crack open my fave motorcyclist gear catalog and
that always gets me jazzed.
The catalog over which I slather
comes from the cheeky chaps over at RiderWearHouse.
Want watertight, insulating repair tape? A frame-mounted,
remote-controlled chain lubing device? The Road Kill
Cookbook? RiderWearHouse has it allplus dozens
of other cool items youll wonder how you ever biked
without. (Who wouldnt want a bungee net for
strapping stuff to the top of their helmet?)
Back to business. RiderWearHouses
own apparel brand, AeroStich, has some highly protective
rider jackets. None come with pockets at the shoulder point
you specifybut several do come with extra, removable
padding and/or "urethane coated ballistic nylon"
layered over the key impact/sliding areas.
You can also buy those removable
pads separately, and I imagine you could slip em in
your shorts if so inclined. Youll find doing so lots
easier if you get some cycling shorts that have side pockets,
which youll find widely available.
One more thing: For tips on how
to fall see my book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips.