I've been riding 5 decades as of this year and I've never had an accident. I'm a cautious rider and pretty conservative about the riding risks I take.
It wasn't my fault. The woman who hit me turned suddenly into my lane because it was moving about 15 mph faster. She didn't see me. She was quite apologetic. Her right front fender caught the back of my bike as I was passing her and pushed me over. The situation I ended up in was truly an accident and I'm not sure there's anything I could have done about it in hindsight except not ridden that day.
I started riding with armored gear about 7 yeas ago when a client told me over dinner that the huge scar on his nose was from being hit on his motorcycle. He was wearing an open face helmet and he watched the road surface scrape off his nose. I got a full face modular helmet that Saturday. Over time, I got an armored jacket, gloves, overpants and boots. I was wearing all those when I got hit.
- Helmet: Shoei Neotec modular "flip up. I'll get another
- Jacket: Joe Rocket Phoenix Leather mesh
- Gloves: Roland Sands Ace Leather
- Pants: Olympia textile mesh overpants (padding in hips and knees)
- Boots: TCX Hero WP, about 8" tall. Just got them 4 weeks ago
All the gear was damaged. See pictures below. I hit on my left side and rolled a bit. I hit my head but the helmet took the damage.I had no damage to my head or face. If it wasn't a full face, I'd have broken face bones, had a huge gash on my face and likely a lifetime scar and years of recovery. My jacket had a lot of the leather scraped off. It did its job. It protected me. If I was scraping skin instead of leather, I'd likely be missing tendons and muscle and I'd likely never quite recover. My pants had scrapes on the knees but my legs and knees were uninjured. I do have a black and blue right bum cheek but it doesn't hurt. Without the armored pants, I'd likely need knee surgery and and skin grafts. The road would have chewed right through my jeans. My boots are scuffed up but in pretty good shape. My feet didn't feel a thing.
My insurance company will pay for new gear and I'll likely buy virtually the same gear I had. It was worth every penny.
Make up your own mind about your riding gear practice but I wanted to share the experience.
The bike. I hope the bike is repairable but I'm not emotional about it. Its just a bike and I can buy a new one. Progressive Insurance told me if they total my bike, I can keep it. We'll see.
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