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    protection for commuting

    Hello everyone
    i am a newbie from Greece that after ten years i started using a bike again
    i ride at least 20km(12+ miles) every day to and from work + another 10 km(6+ miles) for recreational reasons...and i work everyday
    After two months on the road i really cant keep riding without some protection...i had front and rear light from day one and now its time for a new helmet (i have been using my brothers which is 6 years old and has seen its share of action so time to let it go )

    drivers here in greece and especially where i live (chania crete) are C R A Z Y so even a full body armour is not an overkill

    for a helmet i have been looking at the MET parachute http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17687 becasue i think some chin protection wont hurt

    the problem is elbow and knee guards
    i want some that are suitable for high temperatures ( half the year the temperature is over 25 celsius-77 far) and would like to keep the knee pads under my regular colthes
    i have been looking at poc thor 661 oneil and i was looking for your input

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=30731
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=36902
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=23587
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=9590

    this is the store where i am going to order my dakine apex backpack(or deuter EXP 12 havent made up my mind yet ) so i would like to get all my protection gear from here to save some money from postage cost

    Any recommendations are welcome and thank you in advance

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    I don't commute everyday, but 3-4 days out of the week. But I can't imagine wearing protection when commuting. Even wearing it on a XC ride is not that comfortable. I usually undo the straps around the knee since it rubs. That riding slow, so commuting where I cadence around 70 rpm would be really uncomfortable, not to mention hot.

    But I've got it pretty good its about 12km to work and 8 of those are on a bike path away from traffic. I had a few close calls on the most direct route to the paths and altered my route. Its a little longer but I take quite side roads and cross busy roads only where there are pedestrian cross walks, and walk the bike.

    What kind of road are you riding on and are there any quiter road that you could take instead?

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    I'd also suggest looking for the best route, avoiding busy streets and blind street corners.

    It does get a bit warm in that part of the world, I recall.
    My protective gear consists of a "normal" bike helmet and full finger gloves. Even in the heat of Finland (probably reached 25 Celsius today...) that is warm enough.

    In summer, I try to pick shorts that cover my knees and, if the weather allows, I'll use a shirt that covers my elbows. That should reduce road rash if I hit the pavement. No gear will help you much if you have a head-on collision with a car.

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    thats the whole think i live outside the town so there is only one road i can take to and from work..crappy tarmac road speed limit 40km/h but the time i ride nobody drives less than 70 km/h ...cars appearing from nowhere you cant imagine the things i have seen....but traffic is like hell and there is no way to find a place to park your car in this town allthough its really small(40000 people and the registred vehicles are 75000 ).i know nothing can save me in a car collision i just need something to protect me in case i fall on my [email protected]@ as i did 3 weeks ago in order to avoid a car that ignored a stop sign i slided to the side of the road ...as a result i strained my elbow and had a few tarmac burns on my knee(could have avoided those if i wore long pants)
    Last edited by koulis1984; 07-16-2009 at 03:50 PM.

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    One thing not mentioned is some sort of glasses for eye protection, I was always worried for my site until I got some. 661 evo XC aren't cheap knee/elbow guards but really comfy and light weight if you are riding longer distances...

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    never thought of any eyewear...what type do you recommend?
    these are the pads you are talking about ?
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=24933

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    I just have similar sunglasses to these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=7845 I ride with yellow lenses when its shadowy or overcast because I feel it helps you see detail in the shade. And those are the more padded versions of the pads I was talking about, http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=30872 theres a link to the knees. You could probably get away with the more padded version, they are thicker but still really comfortable.

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    i would ride with yellow lenses all the time since i have no problem with direct sunlight ok so 1 recommendation for the 661 evo pads...i just hope the sizing charts are correct since i wont have a chance to try them before i buy them ....

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    hmmm.....

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