QUESTION: I’ve met several cyclists who’ve fallen and sustained injuries to the hip joint, pelvis or femur. We all wear helmets for obvious reasons, but is there any protection available for the hip? I’m particularly worried about going down on my gravel bike in a turn. — Al D.
RBR REPLIES: For pure road riding, I’m not sure if there’s anything out there like that. I know some cyclists will wear two pair of shorts during a criterium to help avoid road rash in case of a crash, under the theory that the two layers of fabric slide instead of your skin against the pavement.
Several companies like Burton, G Form and Fox make compression style underwear with hip pads that you could probably wear under your cycling shorts, but they are generally designed for things like snowboarding or shorter mountain biking events like enduro and downhill runs. It’s unclear how comfortable they’d be on a longer ride.
There’s also a brand of hip protectors designed for the elderly called Fall Safe that might work if you wore them between two pair of cycling shorts, or possibly directly against your skin with the cycling shorts on the outside.
Perhaps readers will have some better advice of specific products or do-it-yourself techniques!