This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.
I am starting to winder about how to protect my knees while riding. IN my last couple of crashes (one about 2-3 years ago I have hit my knee pretty hard. I wear a helmet that is nothing more than a foam beanie; but, I am not doing anything to protect the part that seems to take the hits.
As it is, I am hobbling around today. As expected, the pain is worst when I get up in the morning; it walks out in an hour or so. However, it still hurts.
I don't wear knee pads because the ones I have worn in the past, for other sports, are too bulky to use while riding. The issue of all safety gear is the the ride is every day; yet, the need for safety dear is only once every few years. As such, it needs to be of a design that it does not interfere with my riding performance.
Is there anything available that will not be a bother while riding; yet, will protect the knee in a crash?
A lot of BMXers use pads like these: http://www.danscomp.com/613025.php?cat=SAFETYGEAR#
Slim enough to fit under your pants without any issues, yet I find they provide enough protection from some rather decent impacts. The ones I have (and the ones in the link) have a slim hard shell under the outer layer of fabric that really helps out.