On a ride
Your typical summertime ride. What do you find yourself putting on before thumbing the starter?
Ceylon... Have had two pair of Draggin Jeans for ten years now and they're still holding up. Only advice I can give is beware wearing them on hot days. That kevlar in the seat area is like sitting on a frying pan!
Oh HELL yes. In fact something I can't shake the impression of, is how hard the weight of the bike ground that steel-toed boot into the asphalt, I know there are people here who don't ride in boots, I can't even imagine what the effect on my foot would have been if I'd been wearing tennis shoes....very good thing you were protected. Could have been worse yes?
Good thoughts and perspective Nathan. Your bike weight comment and how fast the rocks flipped you down remind what happened with my Valkyrie back in '98. Got distracted in a lefthander, went wide right onto a sandy shoulder, scrubbed off enough speed to 10mph, the big heavy bike bogged down in the sand, the handlebars slammed to the left with the bar end nailing my thigh and down the bike and I went. Picked it up and went on my way, but among the remembrances was the speed it went down, even at 10mph, and how quickly the bar hit my leg with a huge knot and bruise the reminder for several weeks.Oh HELL yes. In fact something I can't shake the impression of, is how hard the weight of the bike ground that steel-toed boot into the asphalt, I know there are people here who don't ride in boots, I can't even imagine what the effect on my foot would have been if I'd been wearing tennis shoes.
...And to each his own, I'm even feeling very lucky I choose to wear slip on heavy steel toe boots instead of tight fitting lace-up boots, I can't visualize how far my left foot got twisted out to the left, under and down to wind up upside down against the pavement, fast enough that there are sliding against the pavement under heavy load marks squarely on the top of the boot toe. I can't say being loosely coupled with the boot saved me completely, I still broke my ankle, but it's not real bad, like broken off and spun around, we even got my boot pulled off before going to the ER, I think tight laced boots would have acted like a wrench to give those twisting forces a better grip on my foot, maybe a green-tree twisting-splintered fracture up to the knee.
Nathan - oh shit. Heal up easy.jugger even with ear plugs you wont have total silence.. its a good habit to have if you want to hear well later in life ...
and nathang heal up bud!!