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Hand protection from thorns
« on: April 15, 2015, 04:09:29 pm »
Hey all..
So last year on day 5 Amageza I clipped a thorn tree and shite man - suffered for like 5 months where the damn thorn when into my knuckle.
What do the guys use on the infamous Botswana 1000 to protect from thorns? I'm not as fazed about arm protection as I am about hand guards - there must be some extensions or something available cause my acerbic ones are way too small.
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 04:38:41 pm »
Hi Peter - get someone to bring you a set of these:





http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=catshow&ref=NexGen_00

I use the ones that are integrated with the top clamp, but that probably won't work on your bike. Absolutely indestructible protection for your levers, and huge hand guards to save you from the thorns. And you can use the integrated mirrors, which are great for rallying as they fold away.

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 04:56:58 pm »
Besides the hands guards, if you're racing on tight thorn bush trails... like the Desert 1000... you need to think about your forearms and elbows too.

Some of the guys use gardening arm protectors, like these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arm-Protectors-For-The-Garden/dp/B003XQTNLA

But many just use gaffer tape to strap heavy-duty canvas around their arms.  >:D
 

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2015, 05:32:41 pm »
... like the Desert 1000...

Or the new Amageza 2015 route, apparently!  :laughing4:

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 10:12:08 am »
Hi Bonova

I have heard the oaks get PVC gutters, cut them to fit, and gaffer tape them to forearms, upper thighs, bicep areas.  Cheap and effective.  If you are looking for heavy duty cotton canvas as per those gardening arm protectors, we work with cotton canvas all day long, and i can send you some offcuts in the post.

 

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 10:25:57 am »
I really like Barkbusters with the top extension. Acerbis I think also make bigger plastics now. The enduro pro guys are though going back to the smaller open ended ones (OEM mostly) and claim the closed and large ones break wrists in a fall ... but like many things I think part of this is fashion ... in the same way as some of them are not wearing ballistic vests, neck braces etc (and like Wade Young end up becoming vulnerable to injury). Go figure.  ::)
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 10:33:06 am »
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 11:07:15 am »
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 11:30:29 am »
Jou koffie gaan koud raak, Koos

Is so, ek wil sien wat raak die ouens kwyt!!!    :pot:
Ek het reeds die regte goed!!!   :deal:
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 03:40:55 pm »
Jou koffie gaan koud raak, Koos

Is so, ek wil sien wat raak die ouens kwyt!!!    :pot:
Ek het reeds die regte goed!!!   :deal:
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 03:52:58 pm »
Jou koffie gaan koud raak, Koos

Is so, ek wil sien wat raak die ouens kwyt!!!    :pot:
Ek het reeds die regte goed!!!   :deal:
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2015, 12:42:32 pm »
Alexander and I are busy with the route. It is VERY thorny. Protection for your arms and hands is absolutely essential. You will be torn to shreds otherwise.
 

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2015, 12:53:55 pm »
Some of the guys use gardening arm protectors, like these:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arm-Protectors-For-The-Garden/dp/B003XQTNLA



These should be easy & cheap enough to replicate with vinyl or hypalon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypalon
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2015, 06:10:22 am »
Alexander and I are busy with the route. It is VERY thorny. Protection for your arms and hands is absolutely essential. You will be torn to shreds otherwise.

Damn. How many punctures so far??

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2015, 06:26:56 am »
Got to watch your neck and nose too with the thorns. When you catch a loose branch going past and it drags across just under your helmet it's no fun. I would keep your jacket zipped up to the top and have a nose piece on your goggles. As far as your arms go your jacket may be fine or use the thorn saver sleeves supplied by Xculture . I've used them twice at the desert race and they work like a charm.
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2015, 09:22:22 am »
Got to watch your neck and nose too with the thorns. When you catch a loose branch going past and it drags across just under your helmet it's no fun. I would keep your jacket zipped up to the top and have a nose piece on your goggles. As far as your arms go your jacket may be fine or use the thorn saver sleeves supplied by Xculture . I've used them twice at the desert race and they work like a charm.

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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2015, 03:02:23 pm »
Got to watch your neck and nose too with the thorns. When you catch a loose branch going past and it drags across just under your helmet it's no fun. I would keep your jacket zipped up to the top and have a nose piece on your goggles. As far as your arms go your jacket may be fine or use the thorn saver sleeves supplied by Xculture . I've used them twice at the desert race and they work like a charm.

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2015, 07:31:58 pm »
Alexander and I are busy with the route. It is VERY thorny. Protection for your arms and hands is absolutely essential. You will be torn to shreds otherwise.

Damn. How many punctures so far??

Mousses are the safest route to go. Takes all the worries out of your rally... and seriously helps if you need to do some off-piste to get back on route.
If you can't then look for a setup that's quick and easy to fix a puncture... i.e. tubeless. And then carry LOTS of plugs.  :thumleft:

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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2015, 02:53:14 pm »
Yep, those are the ones. They also help with the cold mornings, no doubt there will be a few of those.
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Re: Hand protection from thorns
« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2015, 09:31:32 pm »
Alexander and I are busy with the route. It is VERY thorny. Protection for your arms and hands is absolutely essential. You will be torn to shreds otherwise.

Damn. How many punctures so far??

Mousses are the safest route to go. Takes all the worries out of your rally... and seriously helps if you need to do some off-piste to get back on route.
If you can't then look for a setup that's quick and easy to fix a puncture... i.e. tubeless. And then carry LOTS of plugs.  :thumleft:

...If you want to ride where none have ridden before, then prepare for the untamed terrain.  ;D


Can't you organize a chicken-parade for thorns before the event? :thumleft: