beginner questions

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  1. Jess1632

    Jess1632 New Member

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    Hello, I am finally getting my first bike after a few years of hesitation, a big one being fear of getting hit by a car and dying:). It looks so fun though, and I am just ready to get out of my comfort zone. I used to ride dirt bikes so I figure I am capable of doing this too:). I have a question about safety gear. Do cyclist wear neck braces? I don't think I have ever noticed anyone wearing one, is there a reason for this? does it impede vision or dexterity in a way that would cause you to be more likely to get in a bad situation? And again, I am totally new at this and know pretty much nothing about the sport except for brief and broad research on bikes so, this very well could be a ridiculous question :). thanks. [​IMG]
     
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  2. doss

    doss New Member

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    Not many neck braces are going to allow for the neck movement you need to be in the drops let alone look behind you to look for traffic. I don't see anything with the flexibility needed to be useful at all in not getting injured. Get a helmet with MIPps and learn to ride smart don't run lights like a cock and you will be alright. Unless you are not then you still had fun getting dead, much better than a heart attack from cheetos and honey boo boo Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
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    mpre53 Well-Known Member

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    If you go head first into a fixed object, or land on your head in a crash, a neck brace isn't going to do you any good.
     
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    Jess1632 New Member

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    Okay, Thanks. I Figured that. And No, I would never ride through red lights and ride crazy:). I want to be safe as possible. When I test road the bike I bought today it was intimidating just crossing the street. I know I just need to get used to it and over time I will get more comfortable:).
     
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    Volnix Well-Known Member

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    Getting "too used to it" also causes accidents...
     
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    CAMPYBOB Well-Known Member

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    Like MX, some BMX and mountain bike riders wear horse collars. I wore them for kart racing.

    Road cyclists do not use neck braces / collars. You need to be able to swivel your head around too much to use most collars.

    Get a good helmet, a pair of decent cycling gloves and stay alert. Any MX'er should easily adapt to become an agile and safe road cyclist. Just remember that the skinny tires don't bite in the loose stuff!

    Sure, you're feeling a little weird on a road bike now, but no weirder than sticking a newb on a tweaked Gas-Gas. Give it a little time and you'll be riding smoothly and comfortably with the best of 'em.
     
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    Froze Well-Known Member

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    I've never seen a roadie wear a neck brace while riding, I did see one after a bike ride having to wear one but that was after he had crashed and went to the hospital! All kidding aside if you want to wear one then fine just don't get mad at me if you get odd looks and snickers.
     
  8. RonSwanson

    RonSwanson New Member

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    Not many I know wear them. If any actually. Get a decent helmet and make sure you watch the road signs, signals, etc. Don't feel bad when it comes to going all out on a helmet. Great expense.
     
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