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Old 08-13-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Default Difference in riding gear

Hey

I'm new to this forum and I've been reading the threads and you guys are hilarious haha

I recently got my bike permit and was looking around at gear.
What exactly is the biggest difference between the textiled gear and leather ones? and which one can you consider "better" (also if price wouldn't be a factor here)

I'm in the ny area and don't intend to ever ride in the rain (i never understood why anyone would ride in the rain unless they got caught in it)

Also, I was looking at armor like the back protector and saw this roost deflector(?), do you wear those in your jacket or something?

any help is appreciated and im looking forward to the tanktop, sandals, and shorts replys lol
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Old 08-13-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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The short answer is: Textile clothing is a LOT cheaper than leather, and the mesh versions are quite a bit cooler than the perforated leather versions.

And, a big plus if you tend to sweat; it's easy to wash the textile garments.

Now, price not an object? Leather is supposed to be more abrasion resistant.

In NY, I'd suggest a convertible system, like the JR 'Alter-Ego.' That way, you can modify the garment for conditions.

Most 'real' bike jackets come with elbow and shoulder armor, and a spine pad.

Pack a lunch, and look through the 'New Riders' "sticky". There is a plethora (that means 'a bunch', Ken) of info on both bikes and gear there.

Welcome to the site, and good luck!
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