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Ouch! Road rash hurts and Assos tights cost a fortune. Maybe this will help…

Two-part moulded Road Rash Guards snap onto the cycling kit covering your vulnerable hips, elbows and shoulders for those nasty slidy bike crashes.

Dr Rob Weiss is what the Americans call a Physician but to us here in the UK he's a GP; either way as a cyclist he gets to see wincing and wounded riders at bike races as well as treat the painful and long-lasting after-effects of road rash at work.

"I knew there had to be a way to protect ourselves in the event of a crash," he says. His solution in the form of the Road Rash Guard product he developed is to attach at least four of the two-part snap-together Road Rash Guard plastic shells to the points most likely to hit the deck so that they take the abrasion from hard asphalt. And not your precious skin.

An added bonus is that expensive shorts, tights and jerseys are protected, as the video below from a Masters race in Bethel, Connecticut shows.

There is no UK source yet but the price from the USA is $28.95 + $4 shipping which should come to just over £20. It seems worth a look to us.

Details: http://www.roadrashguard.com/index.html

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monty dog [462 posts] 5 years ago
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Is it April the first already? As anyone whose slid down the roadwill attest, lycra clothing just twists so why wouldn't these little plastic pieces will just get pushed out the way?

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Tripod16 [161 posts] 5 years ago
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Looks like another piece of 'something' to get driven into your leg as you skid along..."Look, no road rash, but half a piece of plastic buried in your leg!"  39

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Stumps [3460 posts] 5 years ago
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Will wait and see if any of the teams pick it up first. If they think it's good enough to cut out the rash then it has to be ok. BUT if they do take it up the price will rocket  14

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quango2008 [34 posts] 5 years ago
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don't crash! and if you do....man up..chicks dig scars!

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Gkam84 [9097 posts] 5 years ago
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I'll volunteer to come down to Road.cc HQ and find some tarmac to test these out, i'm a bit stupid like that, but i would like to know if they work at all  4

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atlaz [231 posts] 5 years ago
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I'm not sure whether road rash is worse than deep bruising. I've fallen onto keys enough times to know the deep bruises are no picnic either.

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eccomi [5 posts] 5 years ago
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You guys have not read carefully the article!
That thing is surgically attached to your hip bones, thats why it stays in place.
Safety requires commitment!

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step-hent [723 posts] 5 years ago
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Fascinating - doesn't look like it should work (and to be honest looks like it would cause more trouble than it saves - thinking about Atlaz's point on bruising). One video testimonial won't prove it either - plenty of crashes don't result in road rash but do result in the kinds of injuries on the guy who 'demonstrated'. I guess it's a bit like the helmet debate though - difficult to prove, because you can't rerun the same crash twice with and without the guards. But I think I'll save my cash for now and just try not to fall off...

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The _Kaner [1047 posts] 5 years ago
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50% of the falls illustrated on this video have below knee road rash.....now when I'm wearing my 'uniform(???)' out cycling...I don't have full length trews on very often (winter being the exception)so how do I attach the little 'pager' to my lower legs???
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I know maybe I could use double sided tape to stick to my hair free leg and then attach the device using velcro....nah...maybe duct tape....or rivets....

'Yes..Mrs_Kaner(c)we were able to save his bib shorts, unfortunately we had to remove The_Kaner's leg to do it as there was a stupid piece of black plastic wedged into him.....'  39 39 39

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dontcoast [22 posts] 5 years ago
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quango2008 wrote:

don't crash! and if you do....man up..chicks dig scars!

truth.  16

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petethegreek [24 posts] 5 years ago
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These look like they would do more harm than good. Got knock off once whilst wearing altura jacket and long sleeve shirt. neither jacket or shirt got damaged but i lost a layer of skin and was badly bruised, so how much of the damage is done by the clothing.