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Dale

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09/11/2020 05:02 PM
The more you spend the less you get but the Sunweb kits are made partially of Dyneema fabric.

Makes total sense. Polyester melts at 275* and it doesn't take much of a slide to exceed that. I'm not advocating armored kits but having a jersey and bibs that offer some protection seems to be overdue.

One of the companies I represent uses Vectan fabric in one of its jackets and it dropped the weight 10%.

Seems silly for what we pay for kits that the fabric is elcheapo polyester/ spandex.

As they say in the motorcycle world, 'Dress for the slide, not the ride."
I'd upgrade some of my kits if they had Dyneema or Vectran fabric.
79pmooney

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09/11/2020 05:42 PM
Do those give you less rash than standard fabrics? I've noticed the rash is worse in polyester and the like than natural fabrics like cotton. It used to surprise me that I do worse with a fabric that doesn't tear.
longslowdistance

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09/11/2020 08:12 PM
Leather and top drawer kevlar are the most abrasion resistant materials for moto gear. Lycra is essential for pro cycling gear. Leather is a no go for cycling. Can lycra and kevlar get along? Any chemists out there? Perhaps not for every square inch, just for the most vulnerable sites such as lateral hips, elbows and shoulders. Just might be easy, with enough money. That could sell well to lesser pedaling mortals and thus could be nicely profitable.
79pmooney

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09/11/2020 11:04 PM
lsd, I've done so many crashes I need the padded version, Every time I slam my elbow or hip, its bursitis time for months, 18 or so sleeping on foam with holes cut out for the hips. I'm getting far more careful simply because I don't want to go through it again.

But good clothes for the job? Not much we can learn from them for cycling, but ice hockey. The standard fare is perfect to learn to skate in, especially if you are learning as an adult. The routine (and the dangerous) falls are no big deal at all!. The trouble with ice hockey is that they collide with each other at bike racing speeds, sometimes going in opposite directions. Plus they have sharpened steel blades, sticks that look like wooden copies of weapons and a puck that can go 120 mph 5' off the ice.

Still, a great sport. (They just should hand out real penalties and fines for fighting. (And show goalies making great saves, not just getting scored on. Says an ex-goalie.)

and edit: that bulky, strange outfits those hockey players wear are amazing for just how little it slows them down.  Despite wearing a full locker of gear, you can slate like a figure skater (if they gave you the right skate).
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