I just bought a new full suspension mountain bike. Like most of you, I like to try and ride faster, harder, and farther each time out, but I still need to make it to work in one piece.
For my first ride on Sunday, I used my "beater" helmet, and a pair of full fingered gloves. When I was trying to go up a somewhat rocky incline, I lost momentum, came to a stop, and didn't get my right shoe unclipped in time. Down I went. It was no big deal, but it was a little painful on the knee. So I started thinking, what kind of protective gear is normal to wear? I'm thinking that on dirt trails/fireroads, a regular helmet and just gloves is probably fine, but on rocky, rougher terrain a full face helmet, elbow and knee pads might be a good idea.
What type of protective gear do you wear on mountain bike rides, and does it differ with the terrain or type of riding you are doing?