What's with the ankle guards?

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  1. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    When I read the MSF equipment recommendations, they recommend boots, or shoes that cover the ankles. I've also noticed the riding shoes they sell have molded ankle guards also.

    Maybe I'm not seeing the obvious here, but why do you need ankle guards?

    Is it not wise to ride a bike in regular sneakers or is it just a safety precaution for when you put your foot down to stop, or in an emergency?
     
  2. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    So you don't break your ankle when you crash.
     
  3. sucker

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    true story.

    Actually, I had a friend a couple of weeks back run off the road by a car changing lanes in a corner and not seeing him . he mounted the curb, came off and basically shattered his ankle. To top it off the car didn't even notice and continued on it's merry way :squint:
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    So it is basically a safety measure, and not something that is necessary just to ride?
     
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    Hybr1d The0ry phatb0i

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    just ride in some chuck taylors. :hsnono:
     
  6. Observer

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    Where is much protective eqiupment as you want , the guards are not that necesarry if your not racing. The purpose is so if they do fall off one they dont shatter theyre ankle and two if they go into a skid at 100mph to protect theyre skin from melting.

    If you are not circuit racing however you still should be wearing good clothes. You are considered and ideot if you ride with a t-shirt or shorts
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    What about just starting with jeans, gloves, textile jacket, helmet, and some riding shoes, rather than boots?
     
  8. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    No difference.

    You don't have to wear riding boots, but you should always at least wear high tops or hiking boots when you ride.

    I wear these for around-town stuff:
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    Alpinestars SF Riding Shoe
     
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    That's good.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Here's the gear I was planning on getting, whenever I actually get around to getting a bike, which could be anywhere from a few months to a year. :o

    I may change the helmet if I find a nicer one for a good price when I actually go to buy this stuff, but this one is only $90 so I just chose it. I'm fairly settled on the atomic jacket. I don't want anything too flashy or clunky, as I don't anticipate riding all that much to warrant a full race suit. I'll probably get the gloves in all black, cuz they look too much like batting gloves in this picture.

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    Hybr1d The0ry phatb0i

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    gloves w/ gauntlet = win!

    gloves w/o gauntlet = lose.
     
  12. Cicada

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    man, id pimp these without even knowing how to ride :mamoru:

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  13. Slimmy

    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    What is gauntlet? :confused:
     
  14. Cicada

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    i'd pimp them.
















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  15. Wolf

    Wolf No one plans to take the path that brings you lowe

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    Gauntlet gloves = glove covers wrist also.

    Regular gloves:
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    Gauntlet gloves:
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    They won't come off as easily in a crash.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    I see.

    Don't the gloves I posted go over the wrist? Although seemingly not as much as some others.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    I got a quote from Progessive for $681/year for a Ninja 500R.

    That a decent price?

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  18. Hybr1d The0ry

    Hybr1d The0ry phatb0i

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    no, the gloves you posted are similar in coverage to mechanix gloves.
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    Well, they were just a quick find, I could find another pair.
     
  20. Cicada

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    think i found my bike

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    except ill get one used. sat on it, and it wasnt too heavy, wasnt too big, and it jsut felt "right" :o
     
  21. inferno8ball

    inferno8ball 190 proof Everclear + MD Amped energy d

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    thats good. i sat on it and my 6 foot 2, 250 pound slef was not comfortable on it at all. its a good bike and the right price though.

    does any one have any suggestions on where to get gear from?
     
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    Slimmy Get Richt or Die Trying

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    BlackCord96 The Humble Magnificent.

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    www.kneedraggers.com

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  24. Cicada

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    i'm 5'11" 165/170 :dunno:

    but the thing aobut it was i could plant both feet on teh ground, whereas with the other bikes, while i could do the same, felt siginificantly heavier, and thus, i'd know i'd be more prone to drop it :o
     

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