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    Shin gaurds with flats?

    Ok so I've ridden clipless for the last 7 years or so and decided to try the Canfield crampon pedals with my new Nimble 9. I ride some pretty technical downs sometimes and like to hit some small jumps of 3-4 feet in height, nothing big.

    I like the grip of the long spikes and they go well with my new 5.10's but if I ever DO slip off the pedals I'm in for a REALLY bad day. Those spikes on the Crampons will make my lower legs look like shark bait in an instant. Do you guys just trust in your pedals/skills or do you wear shin gaurds?

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    Hi mate

    I also use flats, shinguards all the time; tried some 661 kyle for some time and it was confy but one day i went down on a steep, really slooooow, a pedal spike cut my shin, 5 stitches and a nasty scar as a souvenir, still love flats though.

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    I've ridden twenty6 pedals for years, and put Crampon Ultimates on my FS bike last summer. The Crampon pins are actually pretty blunt by comparison. I don't worry about it, and they've never cut me.
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    After my answer rove showed me what not so sharp pins can do to my shin, YES, shin guards with flats.

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    If I am riding on technical stuff I will wear shinguards with my flats. Not just because of the flats smashing my shins, but the chain ring biting my calf.
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    I'll be different here, i dont think shin guards are needed at all, ive really only ever ridden flats, those being straitline defactos, they have long very thin and sharp pins, yes ive sliced my shins to the bone a few times, but it doesnt hurt when your riding and the adrenaline is pumping, shin guards suck big time, hot and cumbersome, i think the only protection worth using is protection to stop serious injury or death, a few slashes on the shins never hurt anybody...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    I'll be different here, i dont think shin guards are needed at all, ive really only ever ridden flats, those being straitline defactos, they have long very thin and sharp pins, yes ive sliced my shins to the bone a few times, but it doesnt hurt when your riding and the adrenaline is pumping, shin guards suck big time, hot and cumbersome, i think the only protection worth using is protection to stop serious injury or death, a few slashes on the shins never hurt anybody...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    I'll be different here, i dont think shin guards are needed at all, ive really only ever ridden flats, those being straitline defactos, they have long very thin and sharp pins, yes ive sliced my shins to the bone a few times, but it doesnt hurt when your riding and the adrenaline is pumping, shin guards suck big time, hot and cumbersome, i think the only protection worth using is protection to stop serious injury or death, a few slashes on the shins never hurt anybody...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grinderz View Post
    I have a leg sleeve, so not overly keen on hacking up my artwork
    LOL, fair enough, your excused for your tats,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Tone's makes a good point.


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    Jude, i understand why girls wear them, because you guys have loverly, soft, sexy and delicate legs, but guys are different, our legs are made for scares and carnage, shin pads are made for women and guys that shave there legs, (same thing really)......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    Jude, i understand why girls wear them, because you guys have loverly, soft, sexy and delicate legs, but guys are different, our legs are made for scares and carnage, shin pads are made for women and guys that shave there legs, (same thing really)......
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    My crampons have bit me twice, neither time was that bad, more of a puncture than a cut. I do wear shin guards for DH though as they are part of my knee pads.

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    I ride flats with 5-10's for all my riding, from xc to dh. If Im doing a gnarlier ride that warrants elbow pads/fullface, etc, then ill wear my knee/shin guards. If Im doing easier stuff I dont bother. Havent slammed my shin yet in the latter case.
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    I had some leftover bmx style UGP shinguards from when I was a teenager, so I wear them when I ride.


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    if you kick a small palm tree with your shins until you kill the nerves, you wont need the shin guards after that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfruits View Post
    if you kick a small palm tree with your shins until you kill the nerves, you wont need the shin guards after that.
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    hahahaha, funny stuff bigfruits
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    Somewhat related to pedal strikes on shins. Have any of you been riding flats and had the back of your ankle / calf been torn up? I never seem to notice it until the end of the ride and the damage is done. Wondering if there is any good way to prevent this.

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    are you wearing 5.10 shoes? i was skeptical at first (used skate shoes) but have been wearing them for almost 2 yrs now and have had one slip because the sole of my shoe was covered in mud. no shin/calf strikes yet from slips.

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    Not as of now. I just purchased some new Patagonia Drifter A/C Gortex. The aren't the ideal shoes for flats, but they have a reinforced Vibram sole that is really tacky. Plus I do a lot of hike-a-bike and wanted something in the middle that would serve both purposes well. I will wait and see if these prevent more pedal slips this weekend and can eliminate scrapes.

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    Re: Shin gaurds with flats?

    Shin guards... Ultimate embarrassment was when my straitline pedals slashed my right calf when I slipped. Though I wear 661 knee shin guards still. They're great. There are enough marks all over them that tell me how worthwhile they are each time I put them on.

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    I almost always wear long socks when I ride now. Originally, I got them because I kept getting small bouts of poison oak on my shins while riding my CX bike. Once I started wearing my shin guards, I started wearing them because the slightest amount or rock or dirt between the guards and my legs would drive me instantly insane. The best part though.. Is that they help out with any pedal vs calf encounters. Just having that little buffer or the socks seems to really help quite a bit.

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    I haven't used flats before, but I will soon--shoes and pedals are on their way. I will use some shin protection while I trying to learn how to use flats. When (if) it seems I am not having pedal to shin bashing events, I may stop using shin protection.

    But I know me--there will be pedal to shin contact while I learn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tone's View Post
    I'll be different here, i dont think shin guards are needed at all, ive really only ever ridden flats, those being straitline defactos, they have long very thin and sharp pins, yes ive sliced my shins to the bone a few times, but it doesnt hurt when your riding and the adrenaline is pumping, shin guards suck big time, hot and cumbersome, i think the only protection worth using is protection to stop serious injury or death, a few slashes on the shins never hurt anybody...
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    Shin guards are good if you like walking your bike down technical sections, or avoiding drops or ramps, because that's all I see guys with shinguards do.

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    Shin guards absolutely for me with my Straitline's. I've been hacked up a few times when I wasn't using them with one being a huge hematoma and that was enough. I use the Six Six One Veggie guard (now discontinued) which goes on quick without shoe removal and the velcro wraps also protect the back of the calf. Really don't even notice they are there even in 90+ temps. Also is it just me or do shins take freaking forever to heal and usually leaving a scar as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidad View Post
    Shin guards absolutely for me with my Straitline's. I've been hacked up a few times when I wasn't using them with one being a huge hematoma and that was enough. I use the Six Six One Veggie guard (now discontinued) which goes on quick without shoe removal and the velcro wraps also protect the back of the calf. Really don't even notice they are there even in 90+ temps. Also is it just me or do shins take freaking forever to heal and usually leaving a scar as well?
    Pricepoint has 661 EVO shins on sale for $35.
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