i know that im not going to take the time to strap on full boots ontop of all my other gear for just a 7 minute ride everyday. i also would have no wear to put them.
.... i know what you are saying about not compromising my safety to save money. its just hard being a student.
i guess my definition of protection is kind of lame. im just looking to get the most out of the "protection" that is offered in my price range.
i know ppl say that if you cant afford the gear, you cant afford the bike. but i bought the bike when i was squidly and im trying to make up for it. im all geared up except for my feet. riding is dangerous and there is always risk involved. im weighing my options and a broken ankle is a risk im willing to take. as bad as that sounds, its the simple truth.
I'm not trying to be rude or trying to start an argument here, but I would like to touch on a few points here.
The first bold, you say your not going to waste time strapping up boots? I can get my smx boots on in less than 20 seconds and they are full racing boots. (Have you gone and tried on boots to see just how hard and how much time it takes to strap them up?) And as for not having a place to put them, where are you going? Do you work somewhere that has no office of any sort? All you need is a backback to put them in and somewhere to put the back pack.
The second bold: For the price you are looking at (200), you can easily find a nice pair of "full" boots. Just not too long ago, a guy picked up a pair of Alpinestar Supertech boots (their top of the line boots) for 60 bucks. (yes they were used, but they still provided him with way more protection than any short shoe (those aren't boots, they are glorified shoes) could.
And the last bolds....you are all geared up? So you bought yourself a good helmet, good gloves, good jacket, and then you want to buy yourself shoes for your feet? What kind of helmet did you get? I'm going to assume it is a full face helmet? why'd you get the full face? Why not just get a little dome cap? It will protect the top of your head still, who cares about your face...Do you see what I am trying to say?
As for that broken ankle statement...buddy, we all risk breaking every bone in our body. That's the risk you take as soon as you throw a leg over your bikes. But why on earth would you want to make it easier for you to break an ankle? And because of you are too lazy to take an extra 15 seconds to throw on a pair of boots? And because you can't find somewhere to put them?
I know you probably didn't want to hear this and knew someone was going to say it, but I am only taking the time to write this (I should be studying for finals) as respect for a fellow rider. You've spent the money on gearing the rest of you up, protect your precious feet. Make it work man. There is always a way to make it work.
...With a broken ankle, you won't be making that "only 7 minute" commute...