Originally Posted by Gaereth
I guess I have never met anyone like that.
I have met tons that won't ride without gear, I have met quite a few that wouldn't move their bike around the driveway without a helmet on...but I haven't ever met anyone who thought the gear 'allowed' them to ride riskier.
In my estimation, these folks you are speaking of ride 'riskier' no matter what and assuage that little voice in their head by telling others that's what they have the gear for.
"I can ride 'riskier' because I wear gear" is simply a nice little clue that the person that said it is an idiot and should be avoided at all costs. If you find yourself surrounded by such folks, or even just have a smattering of such people around you....I would reevaluate my circle of riding buddies.
How about racers ? They ride a little riskier right ? Do you think they'd ride like that with jeans and hiking boots on ? People might be reevaluating you