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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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