It has to be said right off the bat that protective gear is important. The old adage, “wear what you want to crash in, not what what you want to ride in,” holds true. Up to a point. These days there are plenty of options that are protective, functional, and stylish. The excuse of “it’s too hot to wear a jacket,” doesn’t hold up since there is a ton of protective hot weather riding gear out there. If you’re willing to drop some serious coin on a really cool jacket but still ride in plain old blue jeans and sneakers, you may want to rethink your strategy. Okay, we’ll get off our soapbox.