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Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 8:09 pm
by mogster
I like to wear rings + earrings when out & about. I can't wear any jewels at work (wouldn't want to anyway).

When on the bike I never wear jewellery!

This is for 2 main reasons......

Firstly I find it uncomfortable, rings hurt if gripping for a long time + earrings get tangled up when taking helmet off.

Secondly (& more importantly), I believe it's a serious safety issue. For example what's the point in wearing good gloves when a ring may (& can) cause you to lose a finger if your hand is hurt in an acccident?

Anyone else think like me or do you wear your "normal" jewellery regardless of on or off bike?

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:36 am
by Hondagirl
I don't wear rings because, like you say, gloves make the fingers tight with rings and blood cut off -painful and not safe for gripping. BUT I do wear loop ear rings that are the kind that fasten really firmly. These are the only kind I find I can wear with helmet as they dont pop off like studs and they dont seem to get stuck if I take my helmet off in a certain way I have learned to do. They have never fallen off. Always the same gold loops. As for bracelets and watch, no because they also make sleeves tight and feel uncomfortable.

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:05 am
by blues2cruise
I wear a necklace, but no earrings or finger rings. (except I had a finger ring on today). My ride today was short so I did not notice the ring.

I never wear earrings because they are just too uncomfortable under the helmet and the one time I did have earrings in (I forgot to take them out) I lost one when I took my helmet off. :(

I can wear my jewellery at work or other places. I don't need to for riding. (My bike is shiny enough to make up for no sparkles on me) :mrgreen:

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 12:06 pm
by Thumper
I wear a crucifix and a wedding ring...never thought about losing a finger because of the ring, though...

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:19 pm
by Bella108
Good question! I wondered the same thing.
I don't have much experience ( Unless you count all the dreams I have of riding in which case I have lots of miles under my belt haha :laughing: )
So far I have not had any pain from my ring I never take off, though my gloves don't quite fit right a little loose I really don't like them, but they work for now until I can get something better. I like the idea of the Scorpion Recon glove, but says it is for men.
I never wear earrings, but am fond of necklaces. So would love to hear more input on the jewelry safety stance as well :)

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:16 pm
by blues2cruise
Bella108 wrote: So far I have not had any pain from my ring I never take off, though my gloves don't quite fit right a little loose I really don't like them, but they work for now until I can get something better. I like the idea of the Scorpion Recon glove, but says it is for men.
I wear men's gloves because the women's gloves tend to be made for small people. If you have longer fingers and a bit wider hands the men's gloves will be fine. Go to your local dealer and try some on.

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:20 pm
by Bella108
I wear men's gloves because the women's gloves tend to be made for small people. If you have longer fingers and a bit wider hands the men's gloves will be fine. Go to your local dealer and try some on.[/quote]

I do have longer fingers thats for sure~ Longer or the same as some of the men I know. Sometimes people automatically assume I'm good at the piano ha~! Like You're tall (I'm not tall I'm about medium 5'5) you must be good at basketball etc. ha :) Will do! Thanks~!

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 10:04 pm
by Nalian
I always wear my wedding ring and hadn't ever thought of taking it off. It's a simple titanium band, so it's pretty comfortable to wear.

Is that a common issue in accidents, losing fingers due to ring wearing?

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:22 am
by storysunfolding
Wedding rings are the leading cause of finger degloving and amputation according to the American Society for Surgery of the hand. Typically it's when it gets caught on something (doorway, tree branch, car door) and the body weight pulls against it.

While I could see that happening in a Motorcycle accident, I don't see it as that common with a good pair of gloves. My track gloves have never failed in a get off and my second one was at ~120 mph- plenty of time to wear through.

However, take the ring off is cheap insurance. Having a comfort fit, or rounded edged ring is an equally good idea.

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:27 am
by Katharine
Ow. I don't know exactly what degloving is but I can guess. Yikes.

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 3:02 am
by mogster
storysunfolding wrote:Wedding rings are the leading cause of finger degloving and amputation according to the American Society for Surgery of the hand.

I don't see it as that common with a good pair of gloves.

However, take the ring off is cheap insurance.
All good points. I didn't mean to scare anyone re injury, but working in surgery perhaps makes more aware of potential problems.

I get really upset when I see people riding without gloves. We can fix most broken bones these days, but if the skin & tissue are torn off (degloving) then there is a major risk of infection +/- amputation.

So good gloves & some common sense about chunky jewellery is worth considering.

Re: Jewellery on Bikes?

Posted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:31 am
by storysunfolding
Of all the motorcycle accidents that walked through the ER I have seen plenty of broken bones, and rash. I can't say that I've ever seen a degloving from a motorcycle accident. Have you?