English is not my first language so forgive my grammar please. Everyone that bikes on a budget but values their body looks for inexpensive yet effective protective gear. There are many posts out there asking about the best shorts, the best helmets and the best pads. There are many great options to be found on these posts and it almost always comes down to preference. Just like those posts I mentioned-- this thread is mostly my opinion. Anyone reading this thread has probably fallen more than once. We are all looking for comfortable, cool, and light gear. Many arguments are had over design, materials and protection level. For my personal riding style I believe I have found the most effective although slightly unusual solution. Bread... Before you discard this solution please hear me out. I know many in the mtb community are striving to find a greener solution to protect the resources we all use. Almost nothing is more harmful to the environment than foam, and nothing is greener than bread. Many foam pads can take up to hundreds of years to begin degradation and millions of years to decompose-- bread only takes a few days tops. Now lets talk protection. The average foam pad can absorb 37 joules of force easily. Bread can take the same impact without killing turtles. Unlike padded shorts-- bread can be custom fit to ones body geometry for superior comfort. Weight is one of the biggest issues for XC riders. Bread allows you to select the amount if weight in pads you desire due to the risk you feel you are presented with on that particular course. Also unlike pads the bread is replaceable on the fly, a quick flick of the wrist and soggy bread is out while a fresh piece of lightly baked rye is back in and ready to go. In conclusion bread is a far superior padding than anything sold on the market and certainly the most ethical. Also, discarding of old bread pads can be done with a clear conscience as forest critters feast on your water filled calorie packed meal with an increased salt content as a bonus. Best regards, Roderick from France
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