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post #1 of 27 Old 08-03-2006, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
 
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Suiting up for battle...

A post in one of the other threads got me thinking...Am I the only one that kind of enjoys the ritual of suiting up to get on your bike?

I don't know why, but I love that part of going on a ride....pulling on the boots, getting all my jacket armor placed just-so and cinching down my sleeves, putting on my helmet and adjusting the velcro on my gloves. It is just such a confidence boosting and empowering feeling. It gives you just the slight feeling of invincibility, while also reminding you that you are in fact not invincible. I sometimes think people that aren't ATGATT must be missing out.

Call me crazy...
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-03-2006, 07:05 PM
 
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Call me crazy...
OK....you're crazy Chukchi! :lol:
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post #3 of 27 Old 08-03-2006, 07:11 PM
 
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I sort of have the same feeling...
Like a gladiator suiting up for battle...
or a Matador clinching the sash around his waist as he prepares to face the bull...

To those who don't suit up 'cause it's a hassle - if you make it an unbreakable habit it becomes something you hardly think about.

ATGATT (or in my case MOTGATT - Most of the Gear All the Time - I always wear helmet, gloves, jacket and over the ankle boots - around town and to work I skip the armored riding pants - bad me.)

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The sensible part of me tells me that I try use that time to get my head into the ride. I consciously set aside the nagging thoughts (that I'm riding to forget about anyway) and mentally ride my route and remember where I have technical trouble being smooth.

But the reality is that I too get a kick out of the "girding for battle" routine. I feel cool as all get out decked out in heavy jacket, pants and boots. There is a feeling of being capable and powerful to be preparing for this somewhat dangerous task. But then, that's part of the thrill.

When people tell me "that's so dangerous", i do try to reply with the answer of "only if you don't know what you're doing", and "there are good ways to minimize the dangers", but what I'm really thinking is "You're darn right it's dangerous. And nothing else makes me feel quite so alive."
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A post in one of the other threads got me thinking...Am I the only one that kind of enjoys the ritual of suiting up to get on your bike?

I don't know why, but I love that part of going on a ride....pulling on the boots, getting all my jacket armor placed just-so and cinching down my sleeves, putting on my helmet and adjusting the velcro on my gloves. It is just such a confidence boosting and empowering feeling. It gives you just the slight feeling of invincibility, while also reminding you that you are in fact not invincible. I sometimes think people that aren't ATGATT must be missing out.

Call me crazy...


Not crazy . . . . . more like prepared!

Everyday when I get in the elevator, either coming or going, with my pants, helmet, gloves, boots, armor on I always get asked, "Are you riding a motorcycle?" I usually, so, "No, I drive a Volve, I'm just very, very careful!"

It was a hot one today. Kept the face shield all the way down. It was cooler riding that way!
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Everyday when I get in the elevator, either coming or going, with my pants, helmet, gloves, boots, armor on I always get asked, "Are you riding a motorcycle?" I usually, so, "No, I drive a Volve, I'm just very, very careful!"
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I think I would have said, "No, (looks around casually) this is an elevator."

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I enjoy putting everything on. I take my time, and just relax and get 100% prepared. I'm not on my bike in a hurry. I can easily get out of my driveway in 30 second in my car, but about 4 minutes on my bike. I prefer the bike moment

When I'm taking my time, I'm taking it easy. When your taking it easy your generally taking it safe 8)
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I hate to admit it...but I like seeing myself in the gear with the helmet on and the visor down 8). Not that I'd ever be one of those "left mergers" in the VW commercial :lol: .

But there is something to be said about that pre-ride ritual of putting on the gear, mounting the bike and starting it up; put's me in the frame of mind to be aware just a little more of how vulnerable I am to even the smallest vehicles out there but the gear lets them know I'm ready.

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Oh sure, ATGATT. Today I didn't wear my armored pants or boots. Just jeans and sneakers, felt good for a while. Then realized I was sweating more than I would in all the gear on a hot day. To top it off, on the way home I forgot to do up my chin strap. Yup, real cool ride, sweating due to being so vulnerable and so pre-occupied I forgot the chin strap. First time I rode without the pants since getting them and it will also be the last.

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