The Desert Rat
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Glendale, Arizona
Bikes: Dads Haro Impulse Comp w/blown marzochi fork :(
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Need advice on riding gear/pads!
Since I am about a 3 minute ride away from a bunch of trails here in Glendale, AZ that has a lot rocks that dont look to inviting to fall on, I am going to buy some pads.
First off, should I buy a full face helmet or those usually set aside for the people that are huckin' huge dropoffs or racing downhill? I have an MSR System-X helmet that I use for quadding but that will be overkill and overweighted for mountain biking.
Then first and foremost I want knee/shin guards. Slipping a pedal totally sucks! I need something that breathes well since I live in arizona, and will protect me from a pedal to the shin. But I dont need some extremely expensive, thick, kneeguard. So, does anyone here have a suggestion? I was at www.beyondbikes.com
reading reviews and didnt see any pads that were well ventilated/breathe ok. I know anyway you go pads are going to be hot, but since I live in pretty hot weather some ventilation is a must.
When it comes to elbow/forearm guards I am in the same boat. Need something that will protect and breathes a little bit. There were hardly any reviews for forearm guards on beyond bikes so I am going upstream in a boat with no paddle in this "category".
Then shorts wise the Azonic FreeRide Cargos looks like a good deal for $40.
So, I just need some people with 1st hand experience on what is comfortable, easy to move in, etc
I am also going to buy The Collective so I have something to watch when its too hot to ride.
Thanks for the help!