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Offline OinGloin

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Thoughts on my gear
« on: March 14, 2018, 05:49:28 AM »
I bought my first bike for commuting to work, and I wanted to get your thoughts on the gear I purchased. Not sure if this is the most suitable gear. I do not plan on riding in rain. I live in California where the temperate can range from 40F to 90F depending upon the season. Usually it's between 60F to 70F. If you have used any of this gear I would appreciate your feedback.

Icon D3O Evo Pro Shoulder, Elbow, Knee, Back armor
Scorpion R710 helment
Held Airstream 2 Gloves
TCX X-Blend H2O Boots
S&S Richmond Jacket
Joe Rocket Ballistic 7.0 Pants
Scorpion SAS-TEC knee, hip armor
Scorpion Covert Jeans

Thanks!
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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2018, 08:38:46 AM »
When I commuted into Glasgow in the '70's, I wore my office clothes, even down to the collar and tie, polished shoes, no gloves, with (occasionally) a fake flying jacket if it was really chilly.

You're kit looks fine to me!!  :112:
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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 03:51:40 PM »
I have found my Aerostich Darien jacket to be very versatile with a fleece zip-up sweatshirt as a liner.  I have also toured with a mesh jacket, the fleece sweatshirt, and a FroggTogg rainsuit.

The warning is that I am an old curmudgeon who started riding in 1960, after graduating high school, and my safety requirements seem to be my Shoei helmet, adequate boots (I use Sidi Adventure Rain for off-road and touring, but leather work boots around town), and leather work gloves.  Not much and not fancy, but, it has worked for me.
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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 04:45:10 PM »
Sound like you have covered your self. I have a First Gear one-piece suit I use to commute to keep the tie dry LOL

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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2018, 05:12:16 PM »
As a very, very poor student in the late sixty's, secondhand leaky Barbour jacket with a newspaper stuffed down the front if it was very cold. If it was cold and wet it got a little messy. Army surplus store fireman's boots with sea socks. Welders gauntlets and if it was really wet then a Stadium helmet to keep one's bonce dry.

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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2018, 07:38:54 PM »
I think your doing great. Many people will wear as little as they can get away with. Its great that you have purchased quality gear to protect yourself, good choice.
Everything is a compromise, no gear is perfect, even the super high $$$ stuff. Get the best you can afford, see what works, upgrade when you find that something you have does not work anymore. And, bottom line, anything is better than nothing.
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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2018, 08:08:43 PM »
*Originally Posted by oldmopars [+]
I think your doing great. Many people will wear as little as they can get away with. Its great that you have purchased quality gear to protect yourself, good choice.
Everything is a compromise, no gear is perfect, even the super high $$$ stuff. Get the best you can afford, see what works, upgrade when you find that something you have does not work anymore. And, bottom line, anything is better than nothing.
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Re: Thoughts on my gear
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2018, 01:09:31 AM »
Wow!

You're in great shape for starts. All that's left now is fine tuning as you go.

My biggest street gear revelation in the last xx years has been using a quality dualsport helmet. The difference in field of view is night/day from a pure street helmet.

Can always remove the visor on most DS lids if wind buffeting's an issue.

Found a great deal on a Shark speed-r street helmet a few years ago during bike week in Daytona.

It looks ded sexy...and i used it a few times for the work commute...but it's mostly been sitting on the shelf as it just feels claustrophobic now that I've adjusted to the wide view of a DS lid. -Cheers


 


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