Safety cycle clothing

Questions about bike hire abroad and everything light bike related. No off-topic chat please

Moderator: Moderator Team

Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 501
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:44 am
Location: Oztralien

by fletch62

No, not more fluro and bright coloured lycra.
A comment in the Pro discussion got me thinking the other day.
With the number of crashes in the Giro and other races, as well general public on the roads, is there any form of safety inspired cycling clothing to prevent road rash?
It seems current clothing is getting thinner & thinner, ie: Sky's mesh outfits, why havent any manufacturers adopted a safety/protective aspect into the clothing. Maybe shorts could have hip padding of some form.

I remember seeing an ad for motorbike jeans with built in kevlar to prevent road rash without the hassle of wearing leathers.
Perhaps something like this, with kevlar woven into the lycra could help prevent or reduce this:

by Weenie

Posts: 3914
Joined: Fri May 25, 2007 6:43 pm
Location: The Grim North.

by mattr

It'd have to be so thick and heavy and well restrained to prevent that sort of grazing that no one would wear it.

Easiest option is to wear two thin layers, gives an extra bit of slide before you start shredding skin.

Posts: 377
Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:16 pm
Location: Austin, Texas

by natiedean24

Maybe someday. My risk of crashing is so low I would never give up any comfort or ventilation for crash protection.

User avatar
Posts: 5072
Joined: Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:35 am
Location: New York

by stella-azzurra

Maybe wear a Keirin suit. They got some nice pads under there. :lol: :lol:

I never took drugs to improve my performance at any time. I will be willing to stick my finger into a polygraph test if anyone with big media pull wants to take issue. If you buy a signed poster now it will not be tarnished later. --Graeme Obree

User avatar
Posts: 285
Joined: Mon Dec 01, 2008 8:19 am
Location: Melbourne, Australia

by vidman

There is some new fabric in the works that has tiny ceramic dots bonded to it that slide on the road rather than grab and rip.
Apparently some cycling clothing manufacturers are working on using it.

Posts: 485
Joined: Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:50 pm
Location: Body in Milano, mind in Istanbul

by efeballi

I've seen bib shorts with hexagonal padding on the sides. Tried it on and it wasn't very comfortable, and I'm sure it'd leave hexagonal marks on the skin when you take it off.
For the jersey I agree with the above... No one would wear it.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
2015 Giant Propel Advanced
2015 Cannondale Supersix Evo
2013 KTM Strada mod. (totaled)
2011 Pinarello Dogma 60.1(loaner)
2011 Scott SUB 45(sold)

Politecnico di Milano Ingegneria Meccanica

Posts: 140
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:37 am

by nickl

I think this is a good idea. I've noticed from my crashes that if I am wearing tights over shorts the tights slide over the shorts and I don't get (much) road rash. It's comfortable, too.

Posts: 2064
Joined: Thu May 01, 2008 8:51 pm
Location: France

by maquisard

Indeed, multiple layers are the key. Always were an undervest even on the warmest days as you will appreciate it in a fall. Similarly never go riding without gloves!

by Weenie

User avatar
Posts: 501
Joined: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:44 am
Location: Oztralien

by fletch62

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Last post