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  1. It's sounds like it's easier to do this with the wrist guard going over the gloves-- just avoid the tall knuckle armor and get a wrist guard with straps instead of the stretchy mesh. For totally vain and non-practical reasons, I prefer the glove-over-wrist-guard approach. (If I buy fancy motorcycle gloves I want to be able to show them off!) I've been trying out a bunch of snowboarding wrist guards intended to go under gloves, hoping to find something useful, and ... mixed results. Burton Impact Wrist Guard (link): These are so flimsy I can snap them in half with one hand. Plus they
  2. Actually I guess the seams were fine. The problem is more that the top mesh wore through almost instantly. Maybe I'm making too big a deal out of it, but I'd really feel better having a motorcycle glove with the reinforced pinky, and less of this weak mesh. Anyway, Hillbilly gloves are specifically what I don't want to do. They're probably fine for downhill longboarding due to the thick leather on the bottom. But unfortunately I've discovered that I don't always fall on the bottom of my hand, so I want a glove that can also protect the top and sides of my hand.
  3. I had assumed you would wear the flexmeters over your jacket cuffs, especially if you also wear them over gloves. Is that not practical? I also wonder if you could just attach a strip of velcro to your overmitten palms to add the slider. (But I obviously don't need to worry about this until winter.)
  4. I'd like to pair wrist guards with armored motorcycle gloves, to provide good finger protection along with good wrist protection. But I'm worried that the hard armor pieces on the gloves will hit the hard wrist guard pieces and make things uncomfortable. I know at least a few people are trying this-- did you get the combination to work comfortably? What combination glove/wrist guard did you try that worked? Specifically, I'm worried about the hard armor over the knuckles and the hard palm sliders on the gloves. For wrist guards over gloves: Does the wrist guard sit awkward
  5. No, this is a legitimate point of disagreement. Alleycat bicycle races are fine as far as quite a few people are concerned. I'm basically fine with those, though I agree it's pushing the limits in terms of recklessness and I wouldn't want someone to ride their bike like that every day. A motorcycle alleycat race is a bad idea for obvious reasons. So EUC alleycat races are sitting somewhere along this spectrum between acceptable, occasional fun bicycle recklessness, and dangerous motorcycle menacing. It's really not obvious to me where EUC races lie along the spectrum, though comparis
  6. Oh, this is probably the best option for preventing finger overextension: Knox Handroid. A bit on the expensive side though.
  7. I'm not sure about that theory. Though some of the bulkier wrist guards, like the flexmeter, somewhat restrict your finger movement and may (accidentally) provide some protection against finger overextension as a result. In general, it seems like motorcycle gloves are the best option for finger protection. I don't know if they specifically protect against overextension though. You could try to wear them under your wrist guards, or get a pair with palm sliders and try to wear them over a smaller wrist guard. Leatt body protectors are popular. And some motorcycle jackets have
  8. Alright, in that spirit here are more suggestions. I have no expertise so take these all with a grain of salt. High-viz vests: I'm not sure what clothing best screams "I'm moving fast get out of the way!", maybe even lights like @Unipsycho uses here might be better. You could attach numbers to them to make it easier for your volunteers to track who showed up where. Anyway, some kind of conspicuous racing vest or clothing. You could require foam/neoprene padding on the wheels. You could put up signs along the routes saying "warning: race in progress", maybe on traffic cones or so
  9. Probably the most frustrating thing about decentralized groups is that different subgroups can have conflicting priorities and agendas and it's difficult bordering on impossible to police behavior that you may disapprove of, even when you disapprove for very good reasons. I don't think you're going to convince anyone to cancel the races given that some people in NYC really enjoy them. I think the best you could do is help @dieterGRAMSand other organizers adopt safety or PR measures that would mitigate the downsides you're worried about. He seems kind of open to that, so I would seriously
  10. Are you saying you're one of the organizers? (I don't think you're doing game theory, which is basically a subset of economics lol) Anyway, an intermediate option between the opposed positions here would be to provide racers with horns and/or high-viz vests to help give others more of a heads up that they'll be zooming through. Just a thought. Might even help the contestants go faster
  11. OK, you got me, I hadn't seen the video when I wrote this. (I thought this was maybe about Hsiang's video.) It does seem more dangerous than bicycles in places. Also it seems like you'd want a good horn if you're riding like that. This does seem like the level of recklessness that could lead to a legal response, so it does seem like the organizers should be cautious about that.
  12. If you think it's in bad taste that's one thing, but I find it hard to believe that it's threatening your use of your wheel. You can see what causes the authorities to crack down in the US by looking at the ATV crackdowns. It's a high threshold and EUCs don't seem to be anywhere near it. You can tell because, as far as I'm aware, no one in the US is even discussing cracking down on EUCs. As for safety, is it any more dangerous than doing the same on a bicycle? Even though it's reckless, it's still very far down on my list of traffic safety concerns (and most other people's, I imagine
  13. Alright, I finally got details about the shoulder pad standards. They're good standards but disappointing compared to the vests. The guy who runs mcgearhub.com managed to get the info. He and Paul Varnsverry seem like good people to ask if we have more questions in the future: Now we can compare the shoulder pad standards like we did for the vests earlier. Motorcycle: CE level 2 (Limbs, Hips, Shoulders): <20 kN (50J) Equestrian: BETA level 3 (Shoulders, same as EN13158 level 2) : <20 kN (60J) So it looks like the BETA 3 standard for shoulder gear is a little higher
  14. It looks like the practical way to do this is to partner with In&motion, which already makes airbag vests for motorcycles, horse riders, and skiers. The same way that flatland3d partners with Knox, and Lazyrolling partners with SAS-TEC. In the meantime, if you want one that's made for something closer to our movements, maybe you could try the skiing one.
  15. That interpretation of the LEDs hadn't occurred to me. I think most people interpret it as a turn signal (from both front and back). I know some other riders use it and I haven't heard of it causing confusion. But I like to use bicycle hand signals too so the meaning should be overwhelmingly clear. The kneepads are fine over clothes. A bunch of people have pointed out that that style of kneepad can slide around during a crash, so I should probably get nicer ones, especially if I get a faster wheel. Or motorcycle pants, I guess.
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