Safety Gear on a bike..... Many discussions for newbies are associated with Safety Gear - Helmet, Gloves, Jacket, Boots and Pants..... Great..... But, lets take a good clear look at what is defined as safety gear. But, before we go into details, let me share something. I was driving home in my 4x4 and was watching other riders doing "silly" things. And what ran through my mind was how naked we really are. Many of us ride quite agressively with 1.4mm of leather with some armour on the knees, shoulders and elbows. Some people look at back protectors and kneck protectors are now slowly coming into function - has been in MX and SX for some time but is now becoming more aparent in Road-bikes. Now, lets analyse some things. - Bike protection is primarily designed for race-tracks and not eveyday life - They are designed for high-sides and low side accidents where other obstacles are typically not involved. - Bike gear was never designed for instant stops, trees, cars, etc etc...... nor was the body. So, with that said, what is the primary role of the equipment we utilise when we ride? I will assume people are wearing full leathers, boots, helmet, gloves and a back protector. 1). Keep body parts confined and intact - seriously 2). Provide a surface, other than skin, to slide along the road with 3). Body armour is not designed for large impacts, but for "knocks and bumps" 4). backprotector is not cushioned and does not crumple to absorb impact. The only thing with significant absorption is the helmet. So, we can safely say that the gear is designed for moderate speeds with no impact with imovable or larger objects. That is great - for the race track - but not for the weekend Black spur warrior. So, to my point, riding advise and learning to ride faster in a more controlled fashion is great, positive and we all do it. But, dont escape the one real truth in what we do and what surrounds us - we are unprotected projectiles that are hard to see and more often that not in the wrong place at the wrong time. This does not infer we are doing anything wrong, merely the situation we have chosen to exist. Now, to all my fellow riders. Give yourselves a pat on the back and look upon your reflection in the mirror whilst brushing your teeth and say - I am a warrior. But also, remember one thing, we truly are naked as the day we are born and it is the day we are born that we are truly alive.