I ride year round in New England.To h3ll with the dork factor! I'd never considered using pads for road cycling, but must say I like the idea, especially with winter coming. I want to cycle through the cold and snow, but have concerns about learning to ride on/deal with ice without breaking bones in the process. I see pads helping a lot there.
As for helmet use, I've been up close and personal with a couple of traumatic brain injury cases in ppl I knew. Though the injuries had nothing to do with cycling, the aftermath was enough to convince me to always wear a helmet, period. It's just not worth the risk to me.
That said, to each his or her own. The one that really gets me is seeing people on the road and local MUPs cycling bare-headed, with their helmets securely attached to the headset of their bikes. Either wear it or don't. If you're not going to, why carry it?
Seems easier to just admit to your SO that you won't wear a helmet and be done with it! I see a lot of these, and can promise the helmet looks even dumber attached to your headset than it would in the location where it might do some good.
My concern isn't so much with trying to ride on a ribbon of ice - for SURE not with cars. I'm more concerned with unexpectedly hitting the patch of shaded wet that recently became ice. I've got access to some great MUPs, so cycling with cars in icy conditions is totally NOT what I'm planningI ride year round in New England.
I Avoid Ice. If you are riding on ice cars will be driving on ice. I have two serious crashes behind me and my knees and elbows survied with the least injuries. BMX and mountain bike crashes are different than what happens out on the road.
From 11/1/11 through 4/1/12 I road close to 2000 miles. January and February tend to be the most difficult months. I get out 4 or 5 times a week if road conditions co-operate. During times that we have snow packed on the sides of the roads I go out for a ride in my truck and observe the melt and freezing. If the roads are a mess I will stay home. Last winter we had very little snow so I only had to battle the cold.My concern isn't so much with trying to ride on a ribbon of ice - for SURE not with cars. I'm more concerned with unexpectedly hitting the patch of shaded wet that recently became ice. I've got access to some great MUPs, so cycling with cars in icy conditions is totally NOT what I'm planning
I haven't eaten it on the road badly enough to bang myself up in a long time <knocking on wood>, but I had a couple of pavement-cycling crashes on my MTB back in the day that would have been much less damaging had I been wearing knee and elbow pads. Would they help now? Not sure, but I like the idea.
I'm not saying you're wrong, btw. Everyone's experience is different. How often do you cycle in winter? I did a very little bit last season and really want to keep it up this season. :thumbsup: