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post #1 of 17 Old 06-07-2011, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Kidney Belt

Anybody use one of those "kidney belt" things to relieve back strain during rides? I'm getting a lot of strain in an area where it seems like one might help, but don't know if they're a "bad idea from the past" or are legit.



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post #2 of 17 Old 06-07-2011, 10:40 AM
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Abdominal and back support is a good thing. I bought one for this years Moab trip and I never even thought about my back even while I was hammering down the rough White Rim Trail.
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That's what I'm thinking. Might look at WW and see if they have any kind of cheap weightlifting belts or anything like that to try out, but it's kind of ironic that the stuff like that they sell are in sizes of people who are already fit, not fat slobs like me.



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post #4 of 17 Old 06-07-2011, 12:00 PM
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Consider something along these lines, a weight lifting belt, IMO, would be too stiff and very uncomfortable for a ride of any duration. I have the full set of armor complete with kidney belt, shoulder, chest, back, and elbow protection. Quite comfortable and again, IMO, worth the $$. ATGATT isnt just for the road and if you ride solo to any extent, the gear you wear may be what gets you home.
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Consider something along these lines, a weight lifting belt, IMO, would be too stiff and very uncomfortable for a ride of any duration. I have the full set of armor complete with kidney belt, shoulder, chest, back, and elbow protection. Quite comfortable and again, IMO, worth the $$. ATGATT isnt just for the road and if you ride solo to any extent, the gear you wear may be what gets you home.
I'm sure you're quite right about buying a dedicated riding belt: would probably be a much more effective and better purchase. I'm sure one of those leather weight lifting belts would be a little much, but was considering one of the nylon types, or maybe one of those "back belts" they make the employees wear at WW or home improvement stores.

I'll probably just wind up chunking down the cash on the real deal, tho. I think it would help out my back a lot. Problem is, when you're my size, you never know if what you order is going to fit and there doesn't seem to be a large market catering to "King Size" riders. Biggest size most of them have is 2X and those are always on fringe of fitting around my 44" waist.




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post #6 of 17 Old 06-07-2011, 12:57 PM
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Rockgardn's "Flak Jacket" has built-in "Kidney Belt;" other "pressure suit" armors do, also . . .

http://www.rockgardn.com/items/body-...ket-detail.htm

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Those belts worn at home improvement stores work great, I have a coupla herniated disks, and like you, many miles humping a ruck. My street bike feels much better then a cage, but the KLR isnt as comfy when riding, so I need the added support. Aint "King sized riders" code for "Portly"? Just remember, back in the day a sign of wealth was in direct proportion to their belly! So, we'd just call you a "Portly King!!!
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Portly. In my opinion, a great adjective that seems to have fallen out of favor. Personally, I like it. Call me portly any time.

Perhaps I'll try referring to my wife some time as "portly" instead of the generally-accepted "plus size." Then again, maybe not: I'd probably wind up with a herniated face and jawbone.

Anyway, thanks for your opinion on the "home improvement belt." I think I'll most likely try one out if they don't cost a fortune. Maybe I should get the kind with the suspenders to keep it from creeping down under my "kidney rolls." Unlike motocross suppliers, clothing-type items generally sold at home improvement stores usually come in "portly" sizes.



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I have a lumbar support belt I got at Walgreens I think. Haven't worn in it a while, but my back used to be worse and it helped.




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Rockgardn's "Flak Jacket" has built-in "Kidney Belt;" other "pressure suit" armors do, also . . .

http://www.rockgardn.com/items/body-...ket-detail.htm
Nice item. Checked it out following your mention.

But.... Any "Star Wars" fans out there might appreciate the line I would most likely hear:

"Aren't you a little fat for a TIE Fighter pilot?"



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