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Old 12-01-09, 02:13 PM   #1
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MTB- What protective gear do you wear?

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?
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Old 12-01-09, 02:23 PM   #2
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I normally (99% of the time) wear only helmet and half finger gloves.

If i am going somewhere new, and / or plan on doing some stupid stuff, like jumps, riding over rocks, really big down hills, etc. I have a set of 661 knee / shin guards, and elbow / forearm guards. i will wear them sometimes but not too often. I have never worn a full face helmet though.
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Old 12-01-09, 03:31 PM   #3
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Glasses to keep the bugs out of your eyes. Pack some wet-wipes to clean abrasions.
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Old 12-01-09, 05:54 PM   #4
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I've senen plenty of riders go without clips for that reason. Two sided pedals, can't remember the name, maybe campus pedals? Platform on one side and clips on the other.
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Old 12-01-09, 06:03 PM   #5
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Warm weather: Skin suit, socks, shoes.

Cold weather: More clothes , socks, shoes.

Period.
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If you plan on doing steep, gnarly stuff I would suggest elbow and knee/skin pads. More so elbow pads. Also consider a flat pedal used by downhillers - no cleat but it has ridges to keep your shoe in place. And a full faced helmet.

But frankly learn to ride better then you wouldn't need no stinking pads! (I'm teasing!) I always wear a good helmet, one I know has not been crashed about and lost its protective quality and I am learning to love full finger gloves for many reasons. Just a great way to protect knuckles and finger tips.

I am a cross-country rider so dont' see the need for pads but occasionally wear an elbow pad on my left elbow if doing something tough - I've fallen on that elbow just one time too many. Already had surgery on it - don't want more.
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Old 12-02-09, 09:55 AM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback. I don't think I can go back to platform pedals. My feet don't remember how to stay on!

And I know I need to learn to ride better, no offense taken at all.

Since my only fall is from coming to a stop going uphill, I am going to just keep riding and get more experience. I wasn't looking forward to putting on 10 lbs of gear.

I might have tried to bite off a little too much my first ride. I tried a different path up the hills behind my house yesterday afternoon, and all went well. It was a good workout, great views from the top, and a nice ride back down.
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I wear the same gear that I wear on the road bike. Helmet, Jersey & spandex shorts, half finger gloves, Camelback, socks and shoes.

Why would anyone need to wear anything else?
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I might have tried to bite off a little too much my first ride. I tried a different path up the hills behind my house yesterday afternoon, and all went well. It was a good workout, great views from the top, and a nice ride back down.
Trust me we have all done this... usually I have no idea what I am biting off until right in the middle of going down something and =whoops= big rut, boulder, drop off whatever and there I go down.

The one thing i have learned is "speed is your friend". All my worst crashes occurred because I hit the brakes or slowed down way too much. I know it seems wrong but when it gets tough, let off the brakes...
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Why would anyone need to wear anything else?
Because the terrain demands it?
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Goalie pads and mask, kevlar vest, Iron Man suit.


Ok, not really. But if I had an Iron Man suit I would wear it everywhere, even riding.

Helmet, glasses, gloves.
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So how about a picture of this bicycle?

Stop holding out on us
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Crummy cell pic just after I unloaded it. I hadn't even raised the seat or removed the wheel reflectors yet.
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Helmet (just a regular one, not full face)
Half finger gloves
Camelback
Platform pedals with toe clips (like relics anymore)

Here is a link to a cool spring ride, I am the one on the red Schwinn
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ide&highlight=
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Nice ride !
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Nice ride !
Thank you. I'll try and get some more pics this weekend, got a ride all planned out for tomorrow morning.
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Helmet
Full Finger Gloves
Clipless Shoes
A skinny riding partner to land on!

(I am considering knee/shin pads though)

+1 on the "go faster" comment. Speed is your friend especially when climbing... lose too much momentum going up hill and you are likely to fall victim to "dead cow syndrome."

Platforms just seem to encourage riders to put a foot down... which isn't really "bike riding" ... at that point it becomes "hiking"


Nice Ride by the way

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