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Riding gear--clothes, boots, etc.

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I'm pretty new to riding on the street, but I did recently buy heavy duty black leather chaps and a leather jacket.

They are not padded or reinforced with any metal, ceramic, or plastic rigid pieces. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this gear?

I have intentionally chosen not to use it on some summer days because it was just too hot here in the Atlanta Georgia area.

I don't have any special boots for riding.
I have two pairs of work boots and I've also ridden in hiking shoes (sturdy but no ankle support. I'm not really sure how much having ankle support helps me either. Perhaps protecting the ankle area from stone chips and road debris kicked up by the front tire?)

What are your opinions / suggestions on protective gear for riding a cruiser bike on the roads, rarely on interstates, usually only slightly over the posted speed limit?
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I have intentionally chosen not to use it on some summer days because it was just too hot here in the Atlanta Georgia area.
You should NEVER wear un-ventillated leather in the summer in Atlanta.
And even vented leather can be dangerous too when it's over 80.
I'm pretty new to riding on the street, but I did recently buy heavy duty black leather chaps and a leather jacket.

They are not padded or reinforced with any metal, ceramic, or plastic rigid pieces. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this gear?

I have intentionally chosen not to use it on some summer days because it was just too hot here in the Atlanta Georgia area.

I don't have any special boots for riding.
I have two pairs of work boots and I've also ridden in hiking shoes (sturdy but no ankle support. I'm not really sure how much having ankle support helps me either. Perhaps protecting the ankle area from stone chips and road debris kicked up by the front tire?)

What are your opinions / suggestions on protective gear for riding a cruiser bike on the roads, rarely on interstates, usually only slightly over the posted speed limit?
Riding with steel toe boots , NOT reccomended . I have seen many bikers without toes because of them . I had my first , and only experiance and only suffered a boken foot . Luckily I learned while I was young ......
Please explain.
Why are steel toe work boots bad?
What about nob-metal toe-area reinforcements?


Anyhow, I don't own any steel toed boots.

So is there anything wrong with wearing hiking boots or work boots-- Timberland, Wolverines Doc Martens, military combat boots, etc. instead of the stereotypical motorcycle riding boots?

What about sturdy well-constructed shoes that don't go above your ankle --walking or hiking shoes for example ?
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Boots , feet , bend .. Steel does not . The boots fold over at the back od the toe cup , ans break the bones . Some with injuries bad enough , need amputation ....

Just don't do it ......
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Please explain.
Why are steel toe work boots bad?
What about nob-metal toe-area reinforcements?


Anyhow, I don't own any steel toed boots.

So is there anything wrong with wearing hiking boots or work boots-- Timberland, Wolverines Doc Martens, military combat boots, etc. instead of the stereotypical motorcycle riding boots?

What about sturdy well-constructed shoes that don't go above your ankle --walking or hiking shoes for example ? View attachment 2299 View attachment 2300
I'm pretty new to riding on the street, but I did recently buy heavy duty black leather chaps and a leather jacket.

They are not padded or reinforced with any metal, ceramic, or plastic rigid pieces. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this gear?

I have intentionally chosen not to use it on some summer days because it was just too hot here in the Atlanta Georgia area.

I don't have any special boots for riding.
I have two pairs of work boots and I've also ridden in hiking shoes (sturdy but no ankle support. I'm not really sure how much having ankle support helps me either. Perhaps protecting the ankle area from stone chips and road debris kicked up by the front tire?)

What are your opinions / suggestions on protective gear for riding a cruiser bike on the roads, rarely on interstates, usually only slightly over the posted speed limit?
Myself, as I've mentioned in other thread - I'm using mostly tactical boots(Danners/LOWA) but I have a pair of (i think) Double H with steel toe. I'm just way too used to my tacticals since most of spring-summer-fall I'm hunting(hogs and coyotes early, deer in autumn: got myself a nice 6.5 creedmoor 6.5 Creedmoor Rifles - GritrSports.com for all around value), so I'm wearing those most of the year.
I dunno what's other guy been smoking, but steel toe is really good for riding(especially if you're used to wearing 'em outside of riding also). It's the best protection boots basically.
All options you've listed: tactical, hiking, etc boots - works just as well ,depending on quality of boot itself.
In the end of the day, wear whatever you find more comfortable while riding.
Myself, as I've mentioned in other thread - I'm using mostly tactical boots(Danners/LOWA) but I have a pair of (i think) Double H with steel toe.
TLDR - Steel toe provides the best protection while riding, but it's not required.
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