A Simple Guide to Motorcycle Apparel
There is no doubt that there is an endless amount of accessories you can purchase to be perfectly outfitted for your next ride. From sunglasses and goggles to full suits. Honestly, the items we are about to mention could each garner its own article, but this is a great resource on how where to start when you are starting to purchase what you need for commuting or cruising.
Helmets may be a controversial topic because some states do not have laws requiring riders to wear them. There are some riders who like to go as minimal as possible. But, studies have shown that up to half of all impacts in a crash to cyclists will happen around the face area. It is recommended that a full-face helmet is the safest. As a bonus, this style will keep the bugs out of your teeth and the wind out of your face. Regardless of the type of helmet you choose, they are only designed to be safe for about five years. After that, they start to deteriorate and the safety rating declines. Also, after any sort of crash you need to get a new helmet. Even if on the surface it looks intact, it more than likely absorbed some impact and has sustained unseen damage.
When looking for a jacket you will have a choice between two basic categories: leather or textile. There are some textiles that are designed to resist abrasion as well as leather. Some designs are equipped with Gore-Tex or other water-resistant materials, to keep you dry and warm in bad weather. Leather is classic, fits closer to the body, and will last longer, only looking better with age. Both styles can be outfitted with “armor,” for added impact protection and double stitched seams for better wind resistance. Manufacturers now are incorporating pockets and pouches designed to store personal devices and accessories safely.
Be advised that regular denim jeans will not protect you in a motorcycle accident. There are jeans that are designed specifically for riding with Kevlar panels and offer more abrasion resistance. True riding pants will offer the best protection. They are available in both textile and leather. Make sure the pants fit properly and are comfortable, which is especially important on longer rides.
The best boots will be able to support and protect you on slippery, uneven, unpredictable surfaces. Pay attention to properly protect your feet and ankles, which are vulnerable during a crash. Test out the boots by grasping them at the toe and heel. Try to twist the sole. If the boot seems super flexible, it may not offer enough protection for your feet. The boots should also have a strong heel and toe box. It also should lace and fit snug enough above the ankle. If not, it might fly off during an accident.
It is important to find gloves that are the right combination of fit, flexibility, and protection. Proper gloves should fully cover your fingers, palms, back of the hands and wrists for ultimate protection. Make sure the gloves have a snug retention strap and are constructed of strong abrasion resistant material and stitching. Some gloves will even incorporate armor.
When searching for eye protection for riding there are many factors to consider. For example, there are transitional lenses that will become darker in bright light, but will allow you to still keep your eyes protected in cloudy or darker situations. The color of the lenses will also improve vision in certain situations as well. If you wear prescription glasses, you may also want to have a pair of prescription sunglasses for riding.
Our showroom at Chesapeake Cycles has a variety of apparel and accessories to fulfill any need for comfort and safety. Stop in and check out our inventory. If you have any questions or are looking for something specific, we can assist you.