Hello all, I appreciate this is perhaps a stupid sounding title but let me explain.
I use my bike (WeeStrom) for a multitude of biking fun. Often many a trip down the motorway and I always wear proper protective gear all over.
But there have been many times where I've wanted to pop to town (less than a couple of miles) on my bike on 30mph roads (that you can't or don't speed on). The prospect of putting on my biking jacket is getting to be a real turn off for these journeys.
My thinking is if I was going on my mountain bike reaching the same speed (in some sections) I wouldn't have a biking jacket on, nor would I if I was some dozy chick on a vespa.
So why do I feel compelled to wear my armoured jacket when on the WeeStrom?
I'm toying with not wearing any armoured jacket next trip (I'd of course have biking gloves, and helmet). My thinking is that it is most likely that even if I did come off, I could or would slow the bike (and hopefully me with it ) down to below 30 before I came off, so wouldn't expect the gravel rash to be too severe.
I guess I run a greater risk of impact damage on elbows and spine without armour. Maybe I should compromise with those lightweight armour suit things (that has a back, elbw and shoulder armour on a mesh T-Shirt).
I'm based in Sydney, so the heat from the jacket is a real distraction at these sort of speeds (insufficient speed to generate air flowing enough to cool down).
Any thoughts or experiences that would help me make up my mind?
Thanks for your time.