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View Poll Results: How much "suiting up" for the ride do you do?
All The Gear All The Time 27 35.06%
Most of the gear, most of the time 27 35.06%
Some of the gear, some of the time 7 9.09%
Minimal gear whenever possible 7 9.09%
No gear as much as possible 4 5.19%
Depends on how far I'm riding 5 6.49%
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post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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ATGATT=All The Gear All The Time, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the "short hand".

Everybody who rides knows the risks, (just like people who smoke know the risks). I'm not looking for lectures or flames, just interested in how many people really suit up and how, so I posting this poll. Just out of curiosity. And just like making the choice regarding the gear, you can choose to comment or not on the issue after the vote. Your votes will not be public either, if that matters to you.

The choice I have regarding "minimal gear" is basically for people who live in helmet law states. Minimal gear being what you must wear, or what you feel you should wear. Here in MI, helmets are required, so at the very least we're wearing something, though some riders choose to wear gloves too.

Anyway, it's just a very non-scientific poll, because I've been curious for a while how many actually do what, and not just here either, but at other groups too.

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For me it all depends. If I'm taking a quick ride on the desolate airport roads around the corner that I know extremely well, I'll wear jeans, boots, t-shirt, and shades. If I'm ever going on any highway for any reason I wear jeans, boots, t-shirt, shades and full face. If I'm going to take a girl out on the bike I wear the full face and bring her one...
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For a few rides I took after PA first got rid of the helmet law, I rode without one. But most always do now (fullface). Just had to try it w/o but felt more comfortable/safe riding with.
Occasionally I'll ride without my leather, but not for longer rides (50+ miles).
One textile jacket I have has armor, but I don't wear that one too often.
Always wear over the ankle boots and jeans.
Almost always wear gloves.
On longer or colder rides, I'll also wear chaps.

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I've been participating in group rides and taking the free Doc Wong Riding Clinics (advance riding techniques) offered in my area and consistently hear one of two stories from all riders who went down;

1. It was "the only time" I wasn't wearing my gear and I was injured pretty bad.


2. The gear did its job and kept me injury free.

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The only time I go sans gear is when I am running my bike up and down my street. Keeping in mind that "my street" is only about 100 yards long and ends in a cul de sac, with my house being halfway up it. The only traffic are my neighbors, and fortunately they are very respectful of the fact that half the houses have kids. If I go any further than my street it's either geared up or no bike. I crashed once already, and the gear I wore did its job, and the gear I DIDN'T wear was useless in my backpack so I got a nice big puck of rash on my left knee. The only person I ever preached to about gear was my bud and forum member StevenJ, and he thanked me after HIS big crash (used to ride in shorts and a beater tank top, no gloves, just a helmet.

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ATGATT, head to toe.

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Full face helmet - ATT
Leather Jacket, armored - ATT
Gloves - ATT
Boots - ATT
Kevlar Jeans - Non commute riding
Padded overpants - Work commuting

Where I deviate is I don't often wear the overpants on the way home from work because of the temperature. Although I should, as they are mesh with pads and I don't have the liner in them until later fall and early spring. Chinos would not fare well matched up against any road surface.

Tempted to do anything less... You betcha, but I fight the feeling.

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In Ohio you must wear the helmet for your first year of riding. Obviously hard to enforce. I'm amazed at so many who ride dressed as they would for shopping. My chaps and leathers make for a really warm ride so I opt for denim jacket, jeans, cut resistant work gloves and FF in hot weather. I wear all leathers when temps dip into the lower 60s and less. Oh I always wear steel toe work boots.

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The gear might change depending on where i am riding, but it all does the same job
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I always have a textile jacket with armor, modular helmet (for some reason I can't get my head into a full face that fits without tearing my ears off), and gloves. The only place I am lacking is a good set of riding pants. I just can't find gear to fit my long legs and skinny waist that I have enough money in the bank to buy.
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