Dang, that sounds painful…luckiily I have age on my side (20) lol. I understand why you would want it after that tho.
Obviously the more armor you have on the better during a crash. But it seems it would get to a point where it’s just not convenient to wear so much. Especially if you are commuting or getting on/off your bike to run errands/do things a lot. I am sticking to the ATGATT rule. Right now I have a full face helmet (duh) shift torque jeans, a shift mesh/textile jacket, shift gloves, and tourmaster sc boots. That’s all I can afford since I’m starting out but I wear all of it whenever I plan to ride. The jacket has good armor in the shoulders and elbows and has a back pad. The gloves arent full gauntlet (not really a fan of the full gauntlet look either) but cover the wrist bone and have hard armor. I couldn’t afford armored over pants so I got the jeans. I am thinking that getting a pair of knee/shin guards to go along with the jeans would be the next best thing?
For you guys who have been riding for a little bit I assume you have picked up various pieces of protective gear. What do you guys normally wear if you are commuting? Spirited riding on the highway or backroads? Going down the street real quick? Riding to work/run errands? Cold days? Hot days?
Im trying to get an idea of the gear I might want to pick up on in the future. So far I know I want a pair of armored over pants and a full textile jacket…and eventually I would like to get leathers. Also would like to upgrade my helmet to a nice Shoei in the future. All of this takes time and money tho. Any thoughts?