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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-02-2005, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Not sure how they would feel under the shifter. Anyone have steel toes that they ride with?
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I've never tried them but they look like they would be too high under the shift lever.

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I'm wearing boots with Kevlar toes - they work great for me - but I'm on a Thruxton and my feet kinda angle downwards on the rear - sets. May not work as well on a Bonneville. JCW


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I have a pair of steel toe engineer boots I got at WalMart. Work fine with the Bonnie and Thruxton. My feet are size 12, so I usually shift with the area behind my toes.

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Just a rule of thumb in general when considering steel toe boots - buy the kind with the cap on the outside (so it cuts through the shoe leather rather than your flesh if crushed in an accident) Based on a nasty story my brother told me about his "safety boots" - ouch

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I have a pair of steel toe engineer boots I got at WalMart. Work fine with the Bonnie and Thruxton. My feet are size 12, so I usually shift with the area behind my toes.
Same boots ,different size. Work great.Mine are scuffed on the steel portion. :-D

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As with any kind of 'safety' accessory, you need to be quite clear what you wish to achieve and at what potential cost.

The purpose of steel toecaps is to protect toes against crushing, such as dropping heavy objects on them.

The most likeley cause of injury in a road accident is impact. Impact energy has to go somewhere. Anything which protects one part of the body from impact has to pass the energy down to the next part of the body.

Some years back, the TRL in the UK tried to tell us we should all have leg protectors on our bikes, because their tests showed a reduction in lower leg injuries when they were fitted. What they didn't tell us was that the reduction in lower leg injuries wes accompanied by an increase in upper leg, pelvis and spinal injuries. I'll take my chances with the lower leg injuries, ta!

So, the steel toecaps may protect your toes, but will increase the chance of breaking your ankle.

If your reason for wearing steel toecaps on the bike is simply that you're riding to work, then don't let me put you off.

Incidentally, the type with the external toecap is more likely to damage your bike when throwing your leg over.

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Great respnses, I was more concerned with not being able to feel the shifter when upshifting.
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When I was run over by a car in December my left foot got caught between the shift lever and the peg and crushed my foot and dislocated my ankle as I was thrown off the bike.

I don't know if a reinforced toe would have helped but I do wear them now. I have a pair of boots with a kevlar toe. They work great on the wife's Bonnie. I would really rather not go through that again.
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I ahve a pair of steel toed boots that I have always worn when riding. It was never for safety on the bike but because work required it. I have had no problems with shifting or being able to feel the shifter. These days I prefer to wear the boots when riding because thats what I'm used to. Hope that helps a little.

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