Or some girl
I'll leave it alone at this. I'm not saying people have to do what I do. As a matter of fact, don't! I will always be learning and trying to get better, and in practicing new things, sometimes risks have to be taken, comfort zones have to be left to establish new ones, etc. I got better gear as a result of someone pointing it out to me that I needed it, thinking about it, researching the benefits of leather, etc. Of course riding is about freedom, so ride without gear if you want. It just looks silly on technical roads such as the Dragon (or other serious mountain roads, the Cherohala, BRP, etc). It's an opinion. If you think you look cool in shorts and tennis shoes on your bike, then by God, have fun, but know that you won't look cool at all if there's one moment in time where things don't go smoothly and you're road-rashed from head to toe. Just looking through the pics, particularly those taken on the Dragon since that's the place to go to see action shots, those guys in t-shirts and shorts stood out and looked silly. My opinion, yes, but it stands.
Whether you gear up or not, safe, happy riding to all! Enjoy this beautiful weekend!