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Road rash- "Unsolved Mysteries"(3 posts)

Road rash- "Unsolved Mysteries"filtersweep
Oct 17, 2001 3:36 PM
...ala "Deep thoughts":

Isn't ironic how you can get road rash beneath the Lycra without damaging the Lycra at all? I understand the principle that the fabric is smooth and can move (whereas the skin is mostly attached), but I still don't quite get it how nasty scabs can form under unblemished fabric. You'd think the rough surface would be equally damaging to the fabric....
An oversimplificationKerry Irons
Oct 17, 2001 3:44 PM
The fabric moves against the skin, but not against the road surface. Obviously, this is not completely true, but it explains the "road rash but no fabric damage" situation. Many people think about getting road rash while you are sliding across the pavement, but it can occur upon initial impact. Clearly, if you slide across the pavement, the fabric WILL be damaged, but sometimes you just hit the pavement. You get the road rash at that point, not during the subsequent slide. Careful inspection of the fabric will show that it has been damaged. Note: the reason the pros often ride with some sort of undershirt is to prevent road rash from the jersey - the undershirt doesn't move against the skin, so minimizing the road rash.
happens under leather tookenyee
Oct 17, 2001 7:27 PM
Friend was learning motorcycling this year. Hit the brakes too hard when someone stopped suddenly ahead. Bike's rear spun out. he slid. Less than 20mph on the slide. No damage to leather jacket or pants. Nasty road rash though.
Bike safely...