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Old 06-04-2011, 05:44 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by La Machine View Post
You're absolutely right, there's risk in pretty much everything. But I'm pretty convinced that the garbage man losing his leg to sepsis falls into the category of "infinitesimally low chance."

The road rash you get would be the same, be it from a moto, scoot, llama, or slingshot. That's my point: it does suck (I have enough to know) but apart from a week of sticking to the sheets, the long-term effects are pretty minimal. (Ugly, itchy scars: check) Basically, my point is that if the OP is cool with accepting the low, but omnipresent risk of low-grade road rash, then he should lose the heavy gear. If he's trying to make it cradle-to-grave with the baby-soft skin the Lord gave him, by all means suit up.
Oh it wasn't the sewerage truck guy that lost his leg ... it was the guy on a bike that went arse-up in the spill. I would agree that such occurrences may be low chance ... unless you live in an area where crap spilled from livestock carriers is common, as well as nice fresh and steaming cowpats in corners.

I agree that it is totally the decision of the OP ... mind you, being a girl who likes to perve on buff guys I don't find the presence of fresh roadrash or skin graft scars particular attractive. But that's just me ... some girls might like the notion of picking at someone's scabs
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:50 AM   #62
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Wearing gear is all about reducing risk over time. If you wear gear sometimes you are reducing your risk. If you wear gear once you have reduced your risk. Some people are fine with high risk and some people would rather reduce it. For the OP if its only 2 miles than just jog to the pool should only take you 20 min; the time it would have taken you to gear up, get on the bike, wait for traffic, and find a place to park. Problem solved! Your welcome.
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