if i dont say anything im gonna explode so right now im gonna apologize for my BMW (bitchin, moanin, whinin). side note: im wearing runners, jeans, DUB rain jacket (waterproof nylon, but not 'gear') and joe rocket gloves while riding this afternoon. this will make sense later in my rant.
this afternoon i was riding my bike to langara and i parked it in the designated area for motorcycles/scooters in front of the school. as i was parking my bike, another rider was warming up his bike, so i give him the 'nod' typical among the riding community.
this other rider im guessing is around 18 years old. he comes up to me and says something to effect of "wow, why arent you wearing a real jacket? this only cost me $150 (joe rocket ballistic series textile). you know if you fall you're gonna lose all your skin. and you're wearing runners too."
im thinking....no f_ckin sh_t i know what im wearing. i picked it out before i left the house you moron. i guess i appreciate his concern for my safety but i think you should be more concerned about your own before addressing a complete strangers gear or lack there of.
ive been riding for over 2 yrs with 15000 kms + under my belt. i know the risks and i accept them. i'll wear 'gear' when i feel it is necessary and today for that 5 min ride from home to langara i felt the risks were minimal and that the gear i was wearing was/is sufficient.
thanks for those of you who took the time to read this sh_t. i just needed to rant. im sure some of you are gonna flame me but i had to get this off my chest. oh yah i figured this rider must have been a youngin 1. cause he looked young and 2. cause he had an 'N' sign taped to the back of his ol'school standard bike or whatever he was riding.
cheers and safe riding