One of my greatest frustrations is spending time (wasting time!) looking for something because I didn’t put it in the usual place and can’t find it next time. I’m typically a pretty organized person; some people would say too organized. Hah – those people don’t stick around long! 🙂
I’ve had my eye on a clothing rack for all my riding gear. I was getting tired of having the helmet in the house, the coat and pants in the garage. The gloves were wherever I happened to decide their spot was most recently. I finally ordered it earlier this week and it arrived today. I promised myself I was going to wait until this weekend to assemble it and move all my gear. That promise lasted about 20 minutes before I could stand it no more and started opening the packing box.
Putting it together wasn’t difficult, but I have had a very long day of meetings and recognize that I am just tired tonight. Well, that didn’t deter me and after a couple of missteps, I had the darn thing assembled. Once it was assembled, I couldn’t just let it sit there, empty.
I’ve already reorganized this and found hangers for all of my riding pants. I found space for my neck buffs and have more layers to move to this area so that truly all my gear can live in one space. I think once I get used to it and have it organized the way I prefer, it’s going to be amazing!
As I was tidying up the basement, I moved my bag that I haul all my gear in when I travel by airplane. I bought it so I can check one bag and have my boots, my riding gear and my clothes all in one bag to fly. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t opened it since I arrived home from Alaska. Inside was a mess of packing cubes and chaos. It was as if I had simply ripped out the laundry and gear, discarding the luggage to deal with it later. Thinking back, I have no recollection of arriving home. I have some vague memory of the Lyft driver who brought me from the airport. He saw me limping and insisted on lifting my bags into the trunk. When he dropped me at home, he politely insisted on placing my luggage inside my garage so I didn’t have to carry anything very far. After that, there’s just nothing; it feels rather surreal.
This will be one of my winter projects, to make efficient use of my new storage rack and gather all my riding gear into one location. It will be nice to reclaim some of my garage and closet space. I like this start to the new year, it feels like above in a positive direction!
A few days ago I wrote about the D30 armor in my Klim gear and how I reached out to them about replacing it or not. I recently washed my jacket and pants and of course, took all the armor out first. I placed everything on the table and didn’t give it another thought. Until today, that is, when I went to replace it all.
Imagine my surprise when I looked at my back armor and thought something looked wrong. I looked at it more closely and here’s what I found – a big tear!
D30 back pad is damaged!
Of course, this has to be replaced. This armor did its job in my recent accident and saved me from more serious injuries. I am still walking and talking today thanks to this gear. So I was a little surprised to find this, but I’m glad I looked everything over again before wearing it. Replacing it is easy and a mere $50 for this piece. Worth much more and hopefully I never have to replace it again.
Don’t take chances, check your gear often! I admit that my previous inspections of my armor had been perhaps a little too quick. I won’t make that mistake again! Really glad I found this now, so I have time to replace it before I need to wear the jacket again. Whew!
D what you may be asking? D30 armor – the armor that is in my Klim jacket and pants. It’s probably in other brands of gear too, but since I am no expert, I don’t want to assume or lead anyone astray.
After my accident in Alaska I had to think about my gear and what needed to be replaced. My helmet was obviously destroyed, but my jacket and pants are just dirty and grass stained I have not found any holes or tears in either piece. Then a friend asked me about the armor in the gear – are we supposed to replace it after a crash?
I looked online and found various opinions. I finally went straight to Klim and asked them, since they are the experts on their gear What I learned is that the D30 armor is designed to withstand multiple impacts. Unlike the padding in helmets, which takes one impact and must be replaced, D30 armor bounces back. Now I know and can go on wearing my Klim gear with full confidence that it will protect me should this happen again. Obviously I hope this never happens again, but I don’t believe in tempting fate and taking a chance with my life.
Speaking of gear – I had looked at my helmet a few days after the accident and while obviously damaged, I didn’t think it was terrible. Last weekend my riding partner asked to see it and I took it out of the bag again. As I did, I noticed that the chin bar piece of the helmet no longer closed. In fact, it is now far out of alignment. I was shocked! Of course, I have already replaced the helmet and wouldn’t consider wearing it, but I didn’t fully realize initially just how damaged it is. That was a reality check!
I hope that everyone wears ATGATT (all the gear, all the time) when they ride. Please check your armor and ask the manufacturer about it’s safety if you have had an impact. Make sure it’s in good repair so that if you should need it, it can do it’s very best to protect you!
I am still on the road to recovery, and it’s longer than I’d like, but I am learning. Last week I gained the ability to look over my right shoulder again. Hopefully turning my head over my left shoulder will follow soon.
The new helmet is slowly breaking in and my bluetooth communication device is installed on it. I also have replaced the RAM mount that holds my phone when I’m on the bike. I never take calls or texts, but I do use my phone for navigation and especially for music.
Be safe out there!