Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: coogee beach australia
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agree injuries are not necessarily direct abrasion related..
in a smash i fractured distal radius [side/end of forearm bone]
and shattered hamate [squarish bone in hand] and fractured
metacarpal [ring finger within hand], wearing a/s short gloves,
which would not have been prevented wearing gauntlets..
obviously tho the more armour you can cover an area with
the less potential abrasive damage, and to some extent
impact effects, but for high impact [which doesnt take much]
the bone will fractured or shatter anyway..
comfort is a big factor, including as a safety factor,
not merely in keeping hands warm and dry etc,
but in allowing full freedom of finger/thumb
as if not wearing anything restrictive
while allowing full tactile feedback to brain
with if anything enhanced contact with levers etc..
smashes, and avoidance responses happen in microseconds..
hopefully good reflex responses have been developed
thru specific practice together with reps from riding..
but any,, even minute hesitations in reactions
or any, less than full efficiency technique
can add microseconds to your responses,
which is like adding 'clumsy' to reactions..
in a word tho, comfort is one key to function..
no doubt the best shot is to try gloves on
including testing for full range of movements
in making fists, flexing and extending fingers
and if not riding then using clutch/brake levers
and throttle, horn, blinkers etc, on a passive bike..
toss something up and catch it, write with a pen,
use zippers, open your wallet and suchlike..
ie, give your yourself and your hands
the benefit of well fitting comfortable
gloves.. of whatever style or type..
if its raining or forecast wet i might wear
my full rainsuit.. sometimes i get caught out..
but not every ride just in case..
same for gloves..
you might choose to wear gauntlets etc
or short or summer gloves..
one thing about my a/s short gloves is how quickly
they dry out after getting wet when caught out..
convenience is a real factor.. easy to wash
and quick to dry out,, ie, functional..
as truefaith reaction from bicycle offs/wrist damage etc,
so you can do easy preps by practicing forward rolls,,
but instead of flat hands to start, practice lightly
placing the back, of one hand, to the floor
to begin your roll..
eventually this will be so light as to be
virtually no touch rolling,, with hands/wrists
oriented away from road contact..
people with no training typically react by
extending hands/arms towards the road,
thus taking serious impact thru hands/wrists
and forearms thus those bones..
forward rolls can be practiced on carpet
in a hallway or large room, or outdoors
on any grassy area..
what you do in that split second response
will be conditioned by what you have
practiced,, or not..
[watch motogp riders in their regular offs
showing good air sense or location in space
together with hand awareness and sliding
techniques.. so often jumping up running
to their bikes, or otherwise walking away]