Ok lets lay off the squid bashing guys. We all know that it is not as safe to ride with out propper gear. But why do we have to ridicule those who chosse to put their selfs at risk? There could be many factors that they are not wearing the nicest and up to date gear, or even gear at all. Those of you who have gear, way to go!!! You guys are way better then those who don't. Those who have all the coolest and up to date gear then coodels to you too. I love to ride and I like to be comfortable when I ride. I have crashed 4 times in my riding career, trust me I know the risk I take when I am not wearing gear. Besides I don't have $1000 to spend on boots, jacket, and pants. My piorety right now, is to save up for a riding jacket for long rides but I still won't wear it when it is a hot day in town or going to play ball at the beach. And if anyone has the balls to call me a squid to my face, I garantee I'd give them a black eye.
I am not trying to start a Thread war, but I am getting pissed by all the arrogance that is going on here latley. If you really must put in your two cents when other people don't wear gear then at least try to put it positively. Ex, "I saw someone not wearing gear today, just a reminder to please be safe and try to wear as much as possible when possible." Other wise keep it to yourselfs please. If you can't say nothing nice then don't say anything at all.