Re: helmets and wrist guards?
“The 70’s” marc_70 wrote:
>How many of you other unicyclists do or don’t wear protective equipment to
>ride on the streets?
At a minimum, I wear wrist protectors and a bicycle helmet. I almost
always wear hard shell knee pads as well. I usually ride my Coker on
streets and bike paths. I rarely fall, but when I do, the wrist
protectors save my hands, the knee pads save my knees and I just slide
on the pavement without losing any skin!
>I just learned to ride this summer, and I’m quite comfortable going for a
>good ride on my 24" without wearing anything special.
When I first learned to ride 24 years ago, I never wore protective gear
except when required to race in the National Unicycle Meets. I lost a
little skin on my knee in a race at the 1980 NUM and a few years later I
got fed up with occasionally losing skin on pavement, so I started
wearing wrist protectors and knee pads whenever I rode, especially when
riding big wheels.
I’ve never injured my head, but I can easily see that I may not always
be able to protect my head with my arms for example, so I started
wearing a helmet as well and continue to do so.
Now, I recommend wearing the best body armour you have or can get
regardless of the type of unicycling you plan to do.
>I get asked a lot about falling on my face, but I just tell all that I fall
>on my feet (for the most part…I did fall on my hands this morning while
>trying to freemount…it sometimes takes me a couple of attempts.)
Continue to tell the public you fall on your feet standing up, but you
know you don’t always do so:
Wear protective gear for those times that you aren’t able or just
somehow don’t land on your feet. Protective gear doesn’t just protect
against scrapes; it can prevent or minimize the damage from bone
crushing impacts and sprains.
>I don’t take any jumps or anything, I just like to ride, and don’t really
>feel I need any safety equipment (44yr old stubborn male, rode a bike all my
>life and scraped my knees more than my head).
A properly fitted helmet will feel like a second skin and will prevent
at lot of fatal head injuries. The probably of a head injury is
extremely low, but the probable outcome is too high for anyone to pay.
I recommend wearing at least a helmet.
Ken Fuchs <firstname.lastname@example.org>