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So, I bought my first bike, what gear do I need?

  • 03-17-2009 | 10:15 PM
  • zed
  • Quote Fastguy
    I work 3 miles from my house, all residential neighborhoods. I work a shirt/tie type job so I am most likely looking for stuff I can wear over my office clothes and then change shoes at work.
    there are over pants but you could end up pretty wrinkled by the time you get to work.

    don't think that because you don't have to ride very far you are going to be safe. it usually ends up pretty close to home where a "local" driver pulls out in front of you.
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  • 03-17-2009 | 10:51 PM
  • Fastguy
  • Quote zed
    there are over pants but you could end up pretty wrinkled by the time you get to work.

    don't think that because you don't have to ride very far you are going to be safe. it usually ends up pretty close to home where a "local" driver pulls out in front of you.
    That's what I figured, even though its a short ride, its full of unbridled douchebaggery to the nth degree. What I was getting at it that its low speed, 20-35 mph the whole way so I didn't know of some gear is more high speed oriented. I guess that settles it, I'm not wearing pants to work any more. Stay tuned for the "I just got fired for not wearing pants to work" thread.
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  • 03-19-2009 | 01:36 PM
  • Evadd
  • Quote Fastguy
    That's what I figured, even though its a short ride, its full of unbridled douchebaggery to the nth degree. What I was getting at it that its low speed, 20-35 mph the whole way so I didn't know of some gear is more high speed oriented. I guess that settles it, I'm not wearing pants to work any more. Stay tuned for the "I just got fired for not wearing pants to work" thread.
    aaaaagggghhhh...mental image!


    i picked up a pair of Alpinestars Twin pants (discontinued, so i got them for $150) which basically look like leather jeans with some armor in the knee on the inside. they're straight-legged, not cut like track pants. they fit over my work pants and when i arrive, my work pants aren't wrinkled at all. good stuff. sometimes i'll just fold my work clothes, put them in my backpack, and change when i'm at work.
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  • 03-19-2009 | 01:44 PM
  • Mr Lefty
  • I have a* street cargo pants.. They seem as though they are meant to be overpants. Ill throw them over my uniform... Bit I took the foam armor out... And got a*knee and shin guards.
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  • 03-19-2009 | 08:24 PM
  • HokieDNA01
  • if you get the overpants with full length zippers down the sides I dont think your pants will get too wrinkled. At least mine don't.
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  • 03-19-2009 | 08:56 PM
  • Mr Lefty
  • I say fuck it go no pants... After all... You don't live anywhere near me... And might help motorcycle awareness
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  • 03-20-2009 | 05:03 PM
  • Particle Man
  • how much are you looking to spend?
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  • 03-20-2009 | 06:50 PM
  • Mrs. Colleen
  • Quote zed
    don't think that because you don't have to ride very far you are going to be safe. it usually ends up pretty close to home where a "local" driver pulls out in front of you.
    During the MSF course I remember them drilling into our heads that even driveways are "intersections."
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