Safety equip. protect shoulders and ribs?

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Dave

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Jun 29, 2021, 4:49:19 PMJun 29
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I learned the hard way that bones brake if the fall is hard enough from
a bike to concrete. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with
some of the safety armor for use by road riders (not racers though).

Thanks,
Dave

John B.

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Jun 29, 2021, 8:03:35 PMJun 29
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On Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:49:16 -0400, Dave <dbol...@protonmail.com>
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Back in the day motorcycle racers wore leather pants and jackets but,
from memory, it only protected them from abrasion, not broken bones.
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Joy Beeson

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Jun 29, 2021, 10:53:58 PMJun 29
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On Tue, 29 Jun 2021 16:49:16 -0400, Dave <dbol...@protonmail.com>
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> I learned the hard way that bones brake if the fall is hard enough from
> a bike to concrete. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with
> some of the safety armor for use by road riders (not racers though).

Any armor heavy enough to provide significant protection would make
you more likely to crash.

Leather-palm gloves are worth wearing, since you are hard-wired to put
your hand out to stop yourself, there is a lot of sharp debris on the
road, and there are very important tendons just where your hand hits
the pavemnet.

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NFN Smith

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Jul 1, 2021, 11:48:21 AMJul 1
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Been there, done that. Not fun.

If you're a road rider, there really isn't much you can do in the way of
armor. The best protections you have are pretty much limited to gloves,
and making sure you're wearing close-toed shoes, preferably leather.

As an aside, I notice how many motorcyclists not only don't wear helmets
(we're not a state with mandatory helmet laws), but have no other
protections, including short sleeves or tank tops, shorts, and
inadequate shoes, including flip-flops.

Adequate clothing and shoes won't protect significantly against falls
that cause broken bones, but can help a lot with falls that rip up
unprotected skin.

For armor, there may be a little bit that mountain bikers use, but the
better place to look may be in the realm of skate boarders. For the
people who do armor there, beyond helmets, the most common stuff tends
to be padding for elbows and knees and writs. I think that for a
cyclist, knee pads and wrist guards are likely to be too constrictive,
and I'm not convinced that elbow pads will really do that much for you.
The most likely falls you have on a bicycle that would cause bone
breakage would be falling in a way that you try to catch yourself with
your hand (where your wrist is vulnerable), or where you hit your
shoulder and break a collarbone.

I'm not aware of any armor that would protect against those, or ribs.

Smith

Joy Beeson

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Jul 2, 2021, 11:40:22 PMJul 2
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On Thu, 1 Jul 2021 08:48:14 -0700, NFN Smith <worldo...@gmail.com>
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> The most likely falls you have on a bicycle that would cause bone
> breakage would be falling in a way that you try to catch yourself with
> your hand (where your wrist is vulnerable), or where you hit your
> shoulder and break a collarbone.

A blow to the hand can break a collarbone. The doctor told me that
the collarbone is sort of like a shear pin in the human anatomy.

A broken collarbone usually heals up by itself, but I had to have mine
spliced.
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