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What is Road Rash?

Posted on December 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Anyone who has ever fallen from a bicycle or while running is aware of the sometimes agony of a road rash accident. As awful as falling and skinning one’s knee is, the injury can be far worse than simply removing a couple of layers of skin.

Road rash is the colloquial term used by cyclists, bikers, and anyone else who has ever been hurt on the road to describe the skin (and sometimes bone) injury that is the result of abrading the skin with road surfaces. This type of injury is most frequently, when it is serious, the result of serious cycling accidents and motorcycle accidents in general. The term or injury name has often been used to describe injuries from surfing, skateboarding, and inline skating.

The chances of road rash can be reduced significantly by wearing the proper and appropriate safety gear for whatever activity is involved. For motorcycles, this means wearing a jacket designed for motorcycle safety, a full face helmet, gloves, boots, and any other protective gear available.

Abrasion injuries are not uncommon in a variety of fields, including athletics. This type of injury, which is what road rash is, is generally caused by a person falling onto a hard surface, like a road. As the individual slides along on the ground, the friction between the various layers of skin and the road causes the top layers of skin to be rubbed off. This may create an ugly scrape that is raw and looks like hamburger meat but the majority of road rash injuries are actually minor abrasions that will heal in no time.

Like many injuries, the higher the speed of impact, the worse the injury will be. This is due in part to physics and the effects of force. The more speed with which a person is moving before falling, the longer it takes to stop the person once he or she hits the ground. The more time it takes, the more friction that is allowed to interact with the body. This in turn contributes to the severity of the abrasion on the skin.

Because motorcycles are frequently moving at advanced speeds, they pose the greatest risks, in terms of severity, from road rash. The severity seen in motorcycle road rash accidents is much greater than that seen in a runner falling or from a cyclist, regardless of how fast the cyclist is going.

While speed plays a role in the severity of motorcycle abrasions, the addition of a motorcycle holding a person’s body in contact with the road does not help either. Because of this, it is not uncommon for an abrasion injury in a motorcycle accident to scrape down to the bone, literally.

Top Tips for Buying Beach Cruiser Bikes

Posted on November 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

If it’s been some time since you’ve been to a bike shop, prepare yourself to get floored. Picking a bike from the shop is a challenge these days. The sheer varieties, styles and combinations available can confuse you. Whether you want simple, uncomplicated or super speed, just about anything is available for the picking. Among the different kinds of bikes on sale, beach cruiser bikes are probably the most loved and one of the most widely bought bikes.

Beach cruiser bikes or ‘lifestyle bikes’ as they are now being called, are great for lengthy beach getaways or for short city rides. They are uncomplicated, easy to maintain and fabulous to ride. What with more and more people turning to biking for much needed exercise, bikes such as these are very much in demand. New features appear all the time and there are variations in prices. So, how can you decide on the right bike to buy?

The first buying decision is regarding – not the bike – but the rider. Is the bike for a man or woman? Commonly, women?s bikes have the common drop and men?s bikes have the rigid and sometimes ugly looking crossbars. However, these days, many manufacturers have designed unisex beach cruiser bikes that pass as bikes for men and women. Generic bikes may be of standard colors like red, orange, black and Chrome. Even so, people who have certain preferences or those with handicaps may prefer bikes with a dip in the crossbar so that they can get on and off the bike without them having to throw their leg over the bike.

Another important decision that needs to be taken is regarding the terrain. Will the beach cruiser ride on a hilly or level surface. Unless there is a specific purpose, there is no reason to buy a multi-speed cruiser bike. Since multi-speed bikes are difficult to maintain and assemble, these bikes may last for shorter periods too. Therefore, if you will be using the beach cruiser bike mainly for city riding, then, the better option is to stay with a single speed beach cruiser.

The third decision is regarding the look of the bike. Do you or don?t you want fenders on the bike? This is a matter of personal preference. But, it must be remembered that although fenders are generally considered stylish, there are maintenance issues associated with them. Fenders should be made of hardy, durable materials. Make sure that the bike has a kick stand if you opt for fenders. Many people have the habit of dropping the bike when it is not in use and fenders cannot stand this abuse for long. On the other hand, the usability of fenders is limited as they are required only during the monsoons so that water is not thrown outwards when the tire moves.

Finally, it is important to choose a bike that is of the right height for your use. One way to find out is to ride the bike before you buy. Otherwise, you will need to measure the inside of the seam of your pants and buy accordingly.

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Protective Motorcycle Clothing – To Wear Or Not to Wear?

Posted on November 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Who wears Protective Motorcycle Clothing? Manly Men?… Or… Wimps?

Wearing protective motorcycle clothing… or not… is something everybody has to decide. There are several directions that the thinking that goes into making that decision can take you.

What’s your hide, and the other pieces and parts of your carcass, worth to you? Is it more important to ‘Look Cool’…

… or… remain whole?

Many years ago, an old Cowboy once confided in me; “Brian, there’s a thin line between Macho… and Stupidity… and son… I gotta tell you… you step across that sucker, way too often!

I have to admit that I’ve resisted acquiring much in the way of protective motorcycle clothing. But, at some point a fella has to accept that maybe a little discretion is in order… and take those few steps required to help preserve the good looks the Boss upstairs blessed him with!

I can’t help but agree that helmets reduce that absolute sensation of Freedom I get on a motorcycle. Wrapping my head in a plastic bucket is not my favorite thing… But that dislike is outweighed, in my mind, by the vision of somebody having to pick up the mush that used to be inside my skull, with a stick and a spoon!

The feeling I get when I roll without a motorcycle helmet is so superior to wearing one, that I can sometimes have considerable difficulty strapping on that particular piece of protective motorcycle clothing…

But… I take those couple of moments considering the possible consequences of not having it in place… seasoned with a thought or two about the other people, on the road, that a motorcycle rider has to contend with… and on it goes.

Your Brain pan is not the only part you have to protect either. You’ll want to consider the other pieces and parts of your carcass that are vulnerable, when considering protective motorcycle clothing.

All the parts that smack the ground if you’re sliding, or tumbling along, after you dump your motorcycle are in need of protection. Shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees… all can stand a lil’ shielding from the assault made on them by hitting the asphalt, at 45 mph!… or quicker!

Many is the story where a biker had to drop his ride… to avoid simply slamming into the side of some bozo on 4 wheels… and then got up and walked away, with only minor scrapes and bruises. A story that wouldn’t get told if he’d chosen ‘Macho’… over good, quality, protective motorcycle clothing.

Now we get to the bottom of the story, even your butt needs protection 🙂 sorry… I just couldn’t resist that one… Do a little googling about that… and I’m confident that some of the ‘Road Rash’ photos, that will turn up, is going to send you motoring, credit card in hand, liver quivering, to buy the latest, thermonuclear, protective motorcycle clothing for your kiester!

You’ll soon find that there’s no particular shortage of motorcycle gear to protect you. There are even a few outfits building ‘inflating’ motorcycle vests and jackets that instantly wrap you in an airbag you wear!… should you part ways with your motorcycle.

Motorcycle Leather or Fabric Jackets, complete with built in padding and shields to offer protection against impact and abrasion… synthetic or leather, Motorcycle pants, over pants, strap on shields and pads, underwear made to be abrasion resistant, and chaps and motorcycle gloves; the list of protective motorcycle clothing is nigh on to endless…

I’m the first one to admit it… I much prefer riding ‘Free’… Nose to the wind… unarmored… But, I can only shake my head when some guy comes roarin’ along, just sunglasses, muscle shirt, shorts and flip flops. No helmet, no gloves, hell, not even sleeves!

Then there’s the other guys… haulin’ their wives or girl friends on the pillion behind them… Just as unprotected… Not a piece of protective motorcycle clothing to be seen between the pair of ’em.

Knowing what would be… should either bike get cut off… and they have to drop it, just sends a cold shiver up my back.

I may be able to make that decision for myself… and live with the consequences… but should anything go wrong… having to look at the lady I carried, unprotected, is simply something I’m unwilling to do.

Make the decision to protect yourself… and then acquire the proper protective motorcycle clothing to keep you whole.

A set of Protective Motorcycle Clothing can change a really ugly wreck… into some minor scrapes and bruises… and provide fodder for some fine motorcycle touring ‘war stories’… sippin’ a coke at a stop on your next poker run!

… and the truth is… The gear they’re building now-a-days… carefully selected… actually looks pretty ‘Cool’ … so, now you’ve got no excuses!

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