Yeah I don't care what anyone does, but shorts on a bike sounds like a recipe for a leg burn. At least with my luck!
It's funny. To keep in shape I ride a road bicycle. Around those circles, road rash is just a fact of life. It's one thing to be a hipster on a fixie but even blue jeans, et al are no bueno on a bonafide road bike ride because it'll restrict movement and airflow, your muscles will overheat and you'll sweat even more. So I wear lycra shorts and a lycra jersey, and a dense foam helmet with lots of vents, plus cycling shoes. Yes, I know that's not super attractive
But it wicks moisture, doesn't restrict movement, etc. And will do exactly jack squat against pavement. Among those circles, road rash isn't about prevention it's about treatment
The average motorcycle accident occurs at 21mph; which coincides with my average speed on my 15 mile loop that I do every day. Dropping down to 13-14mph on the hills and getting up to 40+ downhill. And trust me, the exact same issues (cars pulling out, turning left, etc.) are issues on Bicycles as well, times 10. Because you also have cars passing too closely, and the issue of stop signs. Where I ride I rarely see other cars, but there's one intersection. Don't know that I've ever had a car properly yield. In other words, if a car is coming, I just wait. Because even if I have the right of way and start going through the intersection, they are just gonna go through it anyway. Bicycles are more invisible than motorcycles.