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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005

    Is - Stoker wants Body Armor a GOOD thing???

    Gail, my bride of 43 years has decided she wants body armor (like I
    wear when riding my single cause I crash a lot). So, I have a set
    of arm/elbow and knee/shin guards from Core Rats on the way for her
    in junior size (she is 5'2" and 102#).

    So far when we have crashed she's only gotten some bruises. However,
    it is VERY rocky where we usually ride (in the Frederick MD atershed)
    and Gail has seen me and most of our riding buddies suffering from
    various broken bones. (I've broken a shoulder and a couple of ribs.)
    I explained that this is usually the result of endos - which are very
    unlikely on a tandem. However, when she sees us approaching big
    and/or angled logs or sections of big pointy rocks, she tends to get
    a little panicky. She also knows that I'm one of those that
    subscribes to the theory that If you're not crashing once in a
    while you're not trying hard enough.

    So I've decided this is a GOOD thing in that it meets Rule #1 Keep
    the Stoker Happy!

    Do any of the other Stokers or Captains out there use body armor?
    How has it worked out for you?

  2. #2
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    Dec 2003
    My stoker has a set of cheap-ish soccer shin guards she'll wear for some singletrack forays. I think she likes them because they are pink!

    Suit her up in full armor if that's her wish. Helmet (of course), gloves (certainly), eye wear (absolutely) so why not elbow, forearm, shin, knee? I think she's on to something.

    Sounds like you guys *are* trying hard enough!

  3. #3
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    Mar 2004
    The fact that she asked for armor instead of a pass on riding is a good sign in itself. Like Sparrow sez, heck, if she asked for it, I'd put her in full chain mail if it makes her more comfortable.
    She obviously trusts your captaining skills a great deal. Lots of captains probably wish for that sort of trust from their stokers.
    Of course, I'm sure those tens of thousands of miles "stoking" on the 'wing helped her learn to trust you too.
    Kim and I had a little unscheduled get-off earlier this year when we bottomed out the Ellsworth while doing a log crossing. The standover was so tall on that bike I couldn't get both feet down to catch the bike before it went over, and it went over onto her leg, which was over a log. I had one of those 'time stood still' moments while it was happening, thinking she was going to be seriously hurt. Fortunately, other than a nasty bruise on her leg, no damage (except to my ego and captain's reputation). After that incident we had the armor discussion too. Only problem is that it's so hot here in the summer she doesn't want anything that will make her hotter while riding.
    Now pink armoer would be cool. Where'd it come from?
    MTB Tandems Inc.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2003
    Rock Garden makes some pink ladies cut pads. We also found some real nice shin guards for soccer for *cheap* at a general sporting goods store. Look at all the new Freeride/All Mountain stuff coming out, 661, Race Face, etc, new gels that harden on impact. Good stuff.

    To the OP, your stoker is great, keep up the good work! Whatever you are doing works.

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