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Old 2004-07-06, 02:12 PM   #1
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Lower Back Protector Pad

I modified a large knee pad to be used as a lower back protector that covers the coccyx and the lower back. It is reinforced with some thick plastic sheeting.

Should anyone ever want to make one, I have directions and images in this gallery.
http://gallery.unicyclist.com/Lower-Back-Protector

Concept came from Scott Bridgman's MUniac.com website. I made it over a year ago and wear it everytime I ride. It really helps during UPD's that cause a roll or just falling on that area of the back.

It took me about 3 hours to make, but a lot of that time was planning time.


Items needed:

tr2 large knee pad
needle
thick durable thread
large plastic sheet - normally used as a flexible cutting board
11" of 2"wide velcro - available at a fabric store
scissors

My only recommendation for improvement would be to double up the sheeting.

Total cost was about $24. The pad was @$16 and the velcro cost @$1. I went to a dry cleaner that does tailoring and had them sew in some velcro into a pair of shorts that I use for MUni. That cost me $7. I had no access to a sewing machine.

I have three pairs of shorts with the velcro sewn into them. This is so one pair can be worn for each day of a MUni weekend.

At the time when I made this, I couldn't find any type of protection like this on the market, so I made it myself. For all I know, there might be something available now.
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Old 2004-07-13, 04:09 PM   #2
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dude!
thanx for the headsup about the webspace
we will post some cool pics and vids over the next week or two


if you are from Toronto area we should try hook up

buy you a beer

thanks

paul and martin(skatepark boys)
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Old 2004-07-13, 09:40 PM   #3
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I started to make a tailbone protector also, but didn't like the way it felt when riding. Any idea how many people have mashed their tailbone and had a serious injury? Is it a high incidence injury? What has prompted your butt protection efforts?

Looks like you did a nice job on the protector. I rememeber the one you had in New Jersey. Looks like a significant upgrade.

dude... I don't think the skateparkboys post was supposed to be in this thread.

When do you think we'll see each other again? Don't know when I'll get out west, but I will try to make it someday.

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