I'm looking at getting back into singletrack riding after being out of the game since i was about 13 y/o. back then, it was a helmet and a bike and you were on your way. being older and somewhat less resilient than i was back in the day- What gear should i be puting on if i plan to go ride the trails?
obviously i'm still going to wear a helmet and some gloves but i wondered about things like padded pants, knee/shin guards, wrist braces, and all the other pieces available to protect my body from serious injury when i part ways from my bike at high speed? i'm not going to be doing a lot of huge jumps or competeing against other riders, i'll just be out there for the fun of it. i guess i could wrap my whole body in bubble wrap before i go riding but that seems like it'd get really hot really quick. honestly my main question is how much am i going to get made fun of if i wear knee or knee+shin guards at my local MTB park? i think every wreck i had back when i used to ride tore up my knees. What do you guys/girls wear offroad?