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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-29-2007, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, just wondering what you all do for leg protection? I need to keep my legs warm to ride to work and would like additional protection. I here http://leatherup.com/ is a good place to buy.

Looking at these: http://leatherup.com/p/Leather-Chaps...igh/41237.html

I'm 5' 8" tall and weigh 200lbs. Normally pants are usually 40" waist by 31" inseam

Most of the chaps show a much longer inseam (longer) than I need?

I'm not adverse to textile. Just want to stay warmer over slacks (dress pants) I'm a teacher, and I don't care about wrinkles.

All feedback is appreciated... Thanks...


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-29-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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buy them for the waist size and trim length for your fit
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I did the same, Fit your waist and trimm them shorter

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I also done that, cut off bottom.

When it is really cold 55 to 60 degree, okay I know not that cold for some of you. I wear 2 pair pants chaps leather jacket uniform shirt sweat shirt and a thick coverall an insullated pair gloves tie the bottom of pants to keep air out and my full face helmet. I think that is all. Two pair socks, boots.

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Most of the chaps show a much longer inseam (longer) than I need?
A teacher that rides, wish there were more like you when I went to school!!

Yep, like it's been said, trim the length to fit. That's why there's normally snaps at the bottom.
I trimmed mine a little longer (maybe two or three inches) than my pants would be so the chaps cover more of my boots while riding.

IMO, the fit around the thigh is more important than the waist. The waist is adjustable, usually with a lace in the back and a belt in front.
But the thigh part isn't adjustable at all so you want a comfortable fit there. (well, on the one's you linked to, they are somewhat, which is a good thing)
Because of this fit being on the top of my list, I decided not to buy online. But LeatherUp does seem to have a decent sounding exchange policy, as long as ya get the item back within 30 days.

I went through quite a few different chaps until I found ones that fit my thigh to my liking. The waist was a little big though, so I had to add an extra hole to the belt, even with the lace part in the back as close together as possible.
I also got a pair that had jean type front pockets on each leg instead of just the standard single tiny pocket (which isn't very useful in IMO).


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Saw a pic on the net of a guy who slid in chaps.

His buttcheeks were ground off!
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I had not thought about that, full leather pant is the way to go then.

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Saw a pic on the net of a guy who slid in chaps.

His buttcheeks were ground off!
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I had not thought about that, full leather pant is the way to go then.
When it comes down to it, it helps if ya know how to slide. Well, actually, ya don't want to slide, ya gotta roll with the fall. You rarely see crotch rocket racers sliding when they go down, they roll.
Even full leathers will wear through if ya slide on just one spot. No, not as quick as just jean material, but then ya gotta deal with the burn you'll get from the friction heat.


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I was going to stay out of this as I already answered this post on the Yahoo Group site, but I do need to disagreee here..

You are much better off sliding than rolling. Racers tend to roll because they know they have safe areas to roll into. NOT the same as the street. You have oncooming traffic, mailboxes, lightposts, etc...(and most racers I know try to slide , not roll)
Rolling increases your chances of hitting something, and breaking body parts.

In all truth, most times you have very little controll of what happens to you if you go down on the road, but if you are wearing protective gear, you are much better off sliding and letting friction slow you down than rolling and bouncing like a ball..and having a tree slow you down.

And yeah, chaps do not protect your ass or your , uh, crotch..so get pants ...

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I ride as often as I can to school (350 miles / week) to save $$ and it's a great way to relax on the way home from a day of middle school kids!

I use snowmobile bibs purchased for $25.99 on sale at Big 5 sporting goods. My jacket is Hi-Vis green with reflective stripes like road crews wear. My principal does not permit jeans so if it's under 55 degrees, I just pull on the bibs - simple and easy to change out of at work.

If you can wear jeans, get some armored ones online. They look great but have armor where it counts and no need to change out.

The lowest temp I road at last year was 28 degrees and felt cool, but comfortable.

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