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Since the beginning of my (short) career, i always have and always will. It will save me from pain and possibly my life one day.

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Since the beginning of my (short) career, i always have and always will. It will save me from pain and possibly my life one day.
Same here. I wear full riding gear every time I ride.

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I just thunk this one up.
I thought it was just a nice pic....until I noticed the front tire. Then I cringed

I really need to find me some good riding overpants. Nothing too bulky, but that have armor. All I tend to ride with are my boots, jacket, gloves and helmet.

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I thought it was just a nice pic....until I noticed the front tire. Then I cringed
Me too. You know that's going to hurt!

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All I tend to ride with are my boots, jacket, gloves and helmet.
Doesn't that get a little breezy for the boys?

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Doesn't that get a little breezy for the boys?
It's not so much the breeze as the vibrations

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I just noticed the front wheel too! Yikes!!

Last week it was 90 degrees when I was riding home from work. I noticed a rider in oncoming traffic with helmet, riding jacket & gloves... with shorts and flip flops...

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There's so many squids in southern California that ride with a helmet gloves and icon vest, thinking that vest is going to act like some force shield or something when they hit pavement. They just don't know!

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I thought it was just a nice pic....until I noticed the front tire. Then I cringed

I really need to find me some good riding overpants. Nothing too bulky, but that have armor. All I tend to ride with are my boots, jacket, gloves and helmet.
I was an insurance agent for 25 years so I instinctively manage risk. When I started riding, getting the gear was a no-brainer. Like you, I would wear jeans with my gear once in a while - until the day my wife slipped on a wet marble floor and broke her patella into 5 pieces. She was in a wheelchair for 3 months and on crutches for 3 more. If I wasn't 100% ATGATT already, at that point my commitment to always ride in full gear was complete.
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I really need to find me some good riding overpants. Nothing too bulky, but that have armor. All I tend to ride with are my boots, jacket, gloves and helmet.
I have been using leg armor (knee & shin) under my pants for the past five years and unfortunately can report that it works. Originally I used the older style ICON Field Armor Knee Guards:

They have a new design now:

Sure they feel funny when you first get them, but like anything else they eventually break in and are quite comfortable. Right now I am using Fieldsheer Armadillo Knee Guards:

I have found that if you wear race-style boots, the lower portion of these fit into the tops of them well, and the whole mess of boots and guards go under the pants just fine.

I am also thinking about trying out some riding pants with the kevlar fabric inside the slide-prone areas along with built-in knee armor. Currently looking at Bilt Iron Workers, which are available at Cycle Gear:

BILT IRON WORKERS - Steel Motorcycle Jeans - Textile - Pants - Street - Cycle Gear

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That's nice looking knee armor right there.
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I do have some knee armor. But I've been lazy and haven't been using them. I'd rather just get the pants, it takes just as much work (or maybe less) to put those on than the knee guards, and they don't bunch up like knee armor under jeans do.

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I have been using leg armor (knee & shin) under my pants for the past five years and unfortunately can report that it works. [/URL]
The knee armor does work:


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My knee cap would have been dislocated if I would not have had the knee armor

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I got my bike Sunday, and refused to even get it off the trailer without gearing up.

I'm actually worried about my pants. When I sit on the bike the armor is in the right place, but when standing it is below my knee. I just don't know that I trust it would stay in place during a get off. I have thought about adding some velcro straps to the pants to hold the armor in place, like the ones on my jacket.

I am also seriously considering strap on knee armor, like the ones in the post above. I also like the force field strap on armor, it sounds really good. However, armor in the pants and straps to hold it in place are less work than putting on separate armor.

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When I sit on the bike the armor is in the right place, but when standing it is below my knee.
Yeah my knee pads get caught in the tops of my boots but it is normal for knee armor to ride low when walking - as long as it sits on the knee in the rider position. I do like the strap idea though.
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