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Old 12-13-06, 05:47 PM
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Protective gear?

With my first BMX bike in the mail, I am trying to figure out what protective gear besides a helmet and gloves I should get for street/park riding and would welcome advice. The facts: I am 26, a chick, and new to BMX, but not falling. I have two mostly healed injuries from other activities: ankle and elbow, but probably only the elbow needs to be babied a while longer.

What do you use when you are trying something new? What needs to be guarded the most?
Aren't hard shell guards pretty inflexible and therefore annoying? I tried some knee pads on and hated them.
What offers the best protection with the least intrusiveness? Brands?

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Unless you're going to be doing rooftop gaps or airing out of 10ft vert ramps at first, I wouldn't worry about anything more than helmet and gloves... Actually, I'd probably suggest practicing manuals and bunnyhops for a week before hitting up a park, and a helmet won't really help for that.
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Only time I wear any protective gear is when I either need it to get in a park, or when I fell I need it because i'm practicing stairgap 180's and such.
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We like our women without scars or extra lumps. That said, there's not too much you really need other than a lid and some gloves. Knee or elbow pads would just get in the way.
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i like how you mentioned EXTRA lumps
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Thanks for the info.
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Originally Posted by premiumbmx2005
i like how you mentioned EXTRA lumps
Ahah.
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I always wear a helmet. Sometimes i'll wear shingaurds when i have shorts on but never with pants on. Most parks around here don't require you to wear elbows and knees if you over 16, which is nice. But when i have to wear my elbows and knees i wear Shadow knees (they are slim and pretty comfortable.) and Fit elbow pads(basically Volleyball kneepads, but with a Fit logo...)
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i like the snafu knee shanks they're good and i wear "chick pants" or whatever, and feel pretty normal not to much lost flexibility.
note: i only wear them when im practicing tailwhips which i can almost do. And yes I pretty much was learning tailwhips before barspins.
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Originally Posted by FlyBikes21
i like the snafu knee shanks they're good and i wear "chick pants" or whatever, and feel pretty normal not to much lost flexibility.
note: i only wear them when im practicing tailwhips which i can almost do. And yes I pretty much was learning tailwhips before barspins.
I learned tailwhips LONG before barspins.
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Originally Posted by wethepeople
I learned tailwhips LONG before barspins.
Seriously, not many people do that. Oh well i can do both now so im happy.
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Originally Posted by FlyBikes21
And yes I pretty much was learning tailwhips before barspins.
Never tried either of them. I want to go to a skatepark as soon as I'm able. I noticed I've been talking a lot about my injury lately. Excuse me.
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tailwhips are death
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tailwhips are death
I don't think they will be that bad... unless I hit myself with the bike. Ow.
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I've been practicing footjam whips for a looong time, I'm a slow learner. Going to be so proud when I finally learn them... I can get the bike almost all the way around but I chicken out before I get to the point of jumping onto the pedals most of the time, that or I just miss the pedals if I try.
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Originally Posted by MadMan2k
I've been practicing footjam whips for a looong time, I'm a slow learner. Going to be so proud when I finally learn them... I can get the bike almost all the way around but I chicken out before I get to the point of jumping onto the pedals most of the time, that or I just miss the pedals if I try.
I practiced footjam whips but couldn't get them because I didn't know exactly how to push the back end and how to balance... now I do... but I can't try it.
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Knowing 'how' is not the same as being able to pull it. I 'knew how' the first time I saw someone do it, but actually doing it is another story, same goes for all tricks. Unless you have some zen mind-body coordination thing going on, lol
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Originally Posted by MadMan2k
Knowing 'how' is not the same as being able to pull it. I 'knew how' the first time I saw someone do it, but actually doing it is another story, same goes for all tricks. Unless you have some zen mind-body coordination thing going on, lol
I didn't know how to do it when I tried. Now I know how to do it so I think I would learn it rather quickly.
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don't blow your fuse but this is the best stuff . https://fuseprotection.de/#
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