Every summer I see hundreds of riders on the street choose less gear than me- some with no helmet, no gloves, no shirt, shorts and sandals. At least when it gets colder the more squidly cover more skin to stay warmer.
Not everyone is willing to buy or wear the best gear for street use.
I hope people that decide to wear less than the best gear have good health insurance like me, including for privately owned tracks that always have stricter gear requirements than the states.
Maybe we should have DOT requirements for both helmets and gloves- I would wear better, less comfortable gloves if I was forced to or pay a big fine.
“We need randomness, mess, adventures, uncertainty, self-discovery, near-traumatic episodes, all those things that make life worth living; compared to the structured, fake, and ineffective life of an empty-suit corporate leader with a preset schedule.” From Dr Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder