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New Riding gear

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:09 am
by sarahh_00
Well since the weather is getting nice here in WI I've seen quite a few people on bikes. And I can't wait to get mine out!! I want to get new gear before I start riding this year and I was wondering if some of you ladies could give me some help.
So I guess my question is Where is the best place to get gear? (It doesnt matter if it's online or not.) Another question is can someone give me some info about chaps? I REALLY want to buy some this year so any info would be great!!

Thanks Ladies!!!!

Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:06 am
by Lion_Lady
Chaps won't protect your bum/hips if you go down, and they don't have armor. Your bones are as likely to suffer serious injuries as the skin is to get "rashed."

Olympia makes really nice "woman shaped" protective gear. I don't shop for leather gear (except gloves/boots). Textile is nice because it is usually lighter in weight, there are more color options and it can be more easily washed when it gets bug encrusted, etc.


Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:17 pm
by Thumper is a great online place for gear, though they don't sell my favorite warm weather jacket (Olympia Airglide...does an incredible job of venting.)

And I second the thumbs down on chaps. They're good for keeping the bugs from striking to your legs, but if you go down, they'll be useless. chances are you'll hit the ground with your backside, which is all exposed...chewed up hips and butt is probably not fun.

Better option would be overpants. I have both leather and textile; I actually feel safer in the textile because they have some armor, and in winter they're warmer.

Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 4:09 pm
by sunshine229
+1 on
Also, I bought my m/c jacket on Ebay.

If you would normally just ride with jeans then the chaps will give you a bit more abrasion protection (if required, and hopefully won't be!). It's better than nothing!

Andrea :)

Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:07 pm
by sarahh_00
Thanks Ladies!! I really appreciate it!

Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:42 am
by ceemes
Ok, I'm a guy but I thought I'd toss my two bit in. Chaps should be left as a fashion statement best worn at certain types of bars in San Francisco. As far as protection goes, they are minimal at best. Every time I have suddenly found my bike disappearing out from under me, I have always landed on my backside at some point. Assless chaps just don't give the protection you need when your chubby cheeks end up sliding on pavement. Full coverage over pants be they textile or leather are the only way to go. Just ask Mrs. Peel.


Re: New Riding gear

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:59 am
by mazer
For a jacket, check out - I just bought a jacket from them.