Originally Posted by tjv
OK I have daft question and it might not be the most important information to know, but here goes anyway. The thing with kidney belts, those are basically the same thing as weightlifters belt? That is useful (or somewhat useful), but often just used to show everyone that you ride (or lift weights). What I see here often is that people like to have the belt outside your clothing as well. T-shirt and kidney belt, a very good and safe look?
I'm not sure, but maybe you're seeing people who are wearing back protectors? Some back protectors have a strap across the waist, as well as shoulder straps. Maybe you're seeing people who are wearing back protectors under their T-shirts, but with the waist strap exposed. Or maybe it's a German thing and not a North American thing and in that case, I'll just shut up.