Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 100 of 101
  1. #1
    wjh
    wjh is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    165

    elbow and knee pads

    54 years of age and riding since 2011. I have taken a few spills and managed to crack a couple ribs on a very innocent looking section of trail. Not that pads would have helped my ribs, but I keep putting it off and it is time to get some pads. Some of the trails i enjoy most are quite rocky and if i went down on some of those sections it could be nasty. I have been looking at the lighweight pads from poc. Do most of you wear pads while riding? Knee and elbow, one or the other?
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Cycologist
    Reputation: chazpat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    4,490
    No, I don't wear pads, though I have briefly considered it. The trails I ride are more dirt than rocks, though there are plenty or roots and rocks you can land on. I fell over on an innocent section of trail about a month ago and landed my elbow on a stump. Not a serious injury but my arm was weakened for about a week.

    I came across a guy about my age a couple of weeks ago wearing pads and a full face helmet, both unusual on the trails I ride, except for some kids. I really wanted to know if he was more cautious than me or if he rode a lot more aggressive than I do.

    If pads will make you more confident in your riding, go for it. I recently switched from clipless to platforms for that reason.
    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    Remember, there's always quilting and knitting if pedalling becomes too tough.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Posts
    360
    I never wear pads, I couldn't stand having that heat or the resistance on my joints.
    One time on an epic ride in the desert, one rider told my wife and I "you guys should wear protection in case you crash" she replied "we don't plan on crashing". He was the one who crashed and almost needed a long extrication that would have taken many hours.
    Ride within your limits especially at our age... You won't need pads very often.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by wjh View Post
    54 years of age and riding since 2011. I have taken a few spills and managed to crack a couple ribs on a very innocent looking section of trail. Not that pads would have helped my ribs, but I keep putting it off and it is time to get some pads. Some of the trails i enjoy most are quite rocky and if i went down on some of those sections it could be nasty. I have been looking at the lighweight pads from poc. Do most of you wear pads while riding? Knee and elbow, one or the other?
    Thanks

    Also 54 and have taken several diggers in the past few years, a couple of them resulting in er visits that I'm pretty sure could have been avoided had I been wearing knee pads. Unlike mactweek I seem to lack the mental reserves to tone it down due to age and have discovered (surprise, surprise!) that accidents never happen when you expect them to.

    I've made several attempts at wearing lightweight knee and elbow pads (g-form/Alpinestars) but so far haven't been able to tolerate them for more than a few rides. I'm an xc/pedaler kind of guy and the heat and restriction are just too much. I do highly recommend them though and I'm going to break mine out again and see if I can deal with them at these lower winter temps.
    I brake for stinkbugs

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by mactweek View Post
    Ride within your limits especially at our age... You won't need pads very often.
    True, but when you need them you need them. I'd share a pic but it's breakfast time.
    I brake for stinkbugs

  6. #6
    Mr. Buck E. Fikes
    Reputation: Oh My Sack!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,392
    I'm 54...but I'm goin' on 55! I have never had a crash that I planned. I prefer them to be sneaky and unpredictable. I like to be able to (hopefully) get up and say "WTF was that?!" Ironically, some of the most mundane segments of trail have found me doing an aerial ballet and succumbing bone showing lacerations. Truly WTF moments. The way I like it. I wear Knee/Shin pads all the time, now. They go on before my shoes. Elbow/Forearm pads are in my pack but lately, I find myself wearing them a lot. Always on the downhill but sometimes I wait till I traverse my usual uphill smooth singletrack and apply when I get to this one spot where all the chunk begins.

    When I'm geared up, my flow mojo is usually at it's best. There's nothing worse than thinking/worrying about crashing when your on a good rocky run. Actually, I find it dangerous because I tend to be more tentative and slow down in the gnar and that's a potential killer, IMO. I guess every rider is different in that perspective.

    After many different brands/styles of pads, I have pretty much settled on the lightweight TLD Speed D3O pads. The knee pad is like a knitted loose sweater tube with silicone inlays and the thin D3O pad covers knee and down the shin about half way. The elbows are nearly identical to a roady's sunsleeve with elbow and forearm pad. They both stay-put and don't slide and breathe reasonably well. My ride temps are consistently in the mid to high 80's during summer and many times into the 90's. I just don't find these unbearable and most importantly, I wear them. My bulkier 661's and Fox pads which offer far more DH style protection were always more subject to me grabbing them to put on then thinking about the suffering and throwing them back in the truck. They don't work well when they're not on.



  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by wjh View Post
    54 years of age and riding since 2011. I have taken a few spills and managed to crack a couple ribs on a very innocent looking section of trail. Not that pads would have helped my ribs, but I keep putting it off and it is time to get some pads. Some of the trails i enjoy most are quite rocky and if i went down on some of those sections it could be nasty. I have been looking at the lighweight pads from poc. Do most of you wear pads while riding? Knee and elbow, one or the other?
    Thanks
    Nope I have had one bad crash in the last 12 years. Racing myself on a difficult little turn everyday on my commute home....just about broke a collar bone but didn't.

    Riding buddy crashed and broke his collar bone.

    Other riding buddy whacked his head on an overhanging tree even with his helmet he was knocked out.

    Other riding buddy slipped on ice, cranked his thumb back didn't break but was seriously painful.

    I could go on...My point is none of these injuries would have been prevented by pads....or sure some of the road rash would have been reduced, but that is about it.

    So please even with pads ride within your abilities.

  8. #8
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by mactweek View Post
    I never wear pads, I couldn't stand having that heat or the resistance on my joints.
    One time on an epic ride in the desert, one rider told my wife and I "you guys should wear protection in case you crash" she replied "we don't plan on crashing". He was the one who crashed and almost needed a long extrication that would have taken many hours.
    Ride within your limits especially at our age... You won't need pads very often.
    could you stand hydrogen peroxide baths for weeks on end due to not being able to stand the heat & resistance of protection?? you see it's not a matter of if you'll crash but rather when. riding within limits is fine and dandy but you are not assured a safe uninjured return.

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    could you stand hydrogen peroxide baths for weeks on end due to not being able to stand the heat & resistance of protection?? you see it's not a matter of if you'll crash but rather when. riding within limits is fine and dandy but you are not assured a safe uninjured return.
    Yeah as with all safety issues the hazards must be identified and the risks mitigated.

    Pads may ease some peoples minds, at let them ride a little faster or closer to the edge...

    That is where the issues begin, of course pads may mitigate some injuries, but will not mitigate some of the more serious injuries that begin to occur as speeds increase.

  10. #10
    Hermit
    Reputation: swampboy62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    978
    I'm a 53 yr old XC rider. I always wear lightweight elbow pads on singletrack - they weigh nearly nothing and don't restrict movement. Wish I would have had them on for my rail trail ride last weekend, then my elbow wouldn't be still looking like hamburger (don't ask).

    I have some heavy duty leg protection, but I only wear it on seriously rocky trails (Moraine SP, PA). It's kind of bulky and restrictive, but has definitely saved me from some blood loss at the very least.

    It all depends on how much you don't want to injure yourself, and if you feel self conscious wearing pads. I've had some fairly serious injuries, and safety gear is just a part of my routine now.

    Steve Z
    Pedaling when it's dry
    And paddling when it's wet

    My insignificant blog:
    http://swampboy62.blogspot.com/

  11. #11
    Anytime. Anywhere.
    Reputation: Travis Bickle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,959
    Where I live on Vancouver Island we wear pads every ride. Knee pads around my calves on the way up in the summer. More confidence, less scabs. I'm 58 and most of my crew are in their 50s and we ride some pretty demanding terrain. Our rides are pretty much just like an enduro race.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    135
    I wear elbow pads 90% of the time... I like 661's pads, they fit well and breath ok. I will trade off a little comfort for the peace of mind they afford me. I would wear knee/shin pads as well however I have issue finding one which will fit having big thighs and calves makes it rough. All of the "XL/XXL" sizes seem to top out around 20inches for thigh :/

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    5,054
    I use the G form 99 % of the time. Once in a while on heat stroke long distance rides I will go without. Here in MA, most of my trails are rocky, chunky and unforgiving.

  14. #14
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation: Harryman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    2,295
    People tend to be elbow crashers or knee crashers. Lol

    54 and have been wearing poc knee pads 100% of the time for 4 years now. Zero regrets especially after I pick myself up unscathed from unplanned get offs. Yeah, they're warmer, my creaky knees like the heat most days.

    I only wear elbows on trails and rides where the descents are long and fraught with peril, I rarely scuff my elbows.

    I do wear a full face all the time too, there's no real penalty and the protection is night and day compared to a regular lid. I make more mistakes than I used to and still like to go fast, so armor is good for me.

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Posts
    79
    I always wear pads no matter how tame the trail.

    I am a big fan of Danse TrailSkins elbow pads. They cover my elbows and a good portion of my forearms. There are ventilation holes in them which make them the most breathable/coolest pads I have tried.

    I use RaceFace Flank knee/shin pads. They are relatively light weight, protect well and aren't noticed when I am on the trail. They do not breath as well as the trail skins and can get a little hot and sweaty on hot summer days.

    If you want just knee pads I would reccomend looking at the Danse TrailSkins knee pads. Unfortunately Danse does not make a knee/shin pad in their TrailSkins series.

    I am a pretty mellow rider. I don't get very wild. The Trailskins + Flanks have saved my body several times and adverted at lease one broke forearm. My buddies love showing off their war wounds... I feel no need to compete in that category. If you are an extreme/radical rider I am sure you will find a way to break body parts no matter what protection you have on.

    I also wear a chest/spine protector frequently. I wear it more in the winter than the summer mainly because I welcome the extra warmth in the winter.

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Posts
    56
    59, riding group is mid thirties to mid forties. We pretty much ride enduro on 99% of our rides. Rock gardens can be brutal to skin that seems to leak blood just looking at a sharp object. I wear G-Force knee, shin and elbow pads. Wife hates it when my knees and elbow wounds stick to the sheets........................

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by tatuowen View Post
    I wear elbow pads 90% of the time... I like 661's pads, they fit well and breath ok. I will trade off a little comfort for the peace of mind they afford me. I would wear knee/shin pads as well however I have issue finding one which will fit having big thighs and calves makes it rough. All of the "XL/XXL" sizes seem to top out around 20inches for thigh :/
    Yeah, what's up with that?

    Sent from my STUDIO ENERGY using Tapatalk

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    665
    My knees are far too exposed to not wear pads. I got a pair of the new TLD Raids and really like them. Never ride without them. I usually use a thin pair of elbow pads too (RF Indy). In my opinion there is no reason to not wear protection. The trails I ride are steep,fast, and gnarly. If I was doing more trail riding I might change my mind on this.

  19. #19
    Rides all the bikes!
    Reputation: Sidewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    2,308
    I wear Raceface knee and elbow pads right now since my LBS had them on the shelf. While I think they are one step below what I should be wearing, they have done an excellent job for me. I need to replace the elbow pads as they have broken apart, but they did their job.

    I'm pretty reckless and crash a lot, which is why I think I need something a little more protective. But if you are aggressive but not reckless, then these are great. As for being too hot, I find that being protected is more important then not. If I expect I will be out on a relaxed pace ride where I won't be aggressive or reckless (it happens), I won't wear anything.

    I have had some chaffing in the knee, so I started using Bodyglide and it completely went away, even riding in 100+ degree heat for multiple hours.

    https://www.raceface.com/products/details/indy-knee

  20. #20
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Lone Rager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    4,460
    Yeah. There are a lot of variables in rider's skills, risk-taking, tolerance for wearing pads... Biggest thing I did for reducing injuries to hips, knees, and elbows was going to flats after running clipless for 15+ years. It was a learning curve to ride flats, but after a year or so I'm getting the hang of it and it's almost as good as clipless. I'm still looking at getting pads though.
    Do the math.

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    841
    I wear G-form knee pads on all-mountain trails (usually when I'm riding my all-mountain bike). If it's not super hot outside, I barely notice them (and feel very exposed without them) - fit is probably a big factor in comfort. I wear pads around my lower shins/ankles in case I roll a pedal - to protect against the pedal spikes.

    I don't wear pads on more mellow trails (usually when I'm riding my hard-tail or cyclocross bikes). That said, I've had one or two instances when I've whacked my knee against the stem or handlebar (on CX bike) where knee pads would have been handy. Also, fell on my chain ring tripping over a cyclocross barrier and injured my knee, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to wear knee pads in cyclocross either.

  22. #22
    Dirt Abuser
    Reputation: Bail_Monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    829
    I ride w/knee pads depending on where and how I ride. I'm using smaller knee pads from troy lee designs, their 5400 and I like them. Yeah, they take a little getting use to and a bit hot in the summer. On trails with long climbs out, I'll just take them off and pack away. I think most of us that have been around this sport for years know the consequences of falling at 15-20mph and the effects it has on your joints and body parts. Just look in the rider down sub forum to see all of the carnage.

    Think of armor/pads as cheap insurance. If you were to split your elbow or knee open and need stitches, how much are you going to fork out at the Dr or ER? We are all human and make mistakes, even if your a really good rider. You can ride a trail that you know with no issues 49 times out of 50, but that one time you may wish you had pads on.

    For easier XC stuff, I usually ride with knee warmers. They protect from the poison oak here in N. cal and will protect the skin on a wash out.

    For fire trail type training rides, I don't typically ride with any padding.
    "Don't ride faster than your guardian angel can fly"

  23. #23
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Arebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    621
    The guys in our group range from 44 to 62 years old. All of us wear elbow and shin/knee pads. The majority of us wear the Fox Launch which are hard plastic yet still comfortable. Our reasoning behind wearing pads is just "Why the hell would you not?"

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation: thecanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,326
    At 68 y/o, my skin bruised easily from low brush or thorns. I wear Fox shin/knee pads and G form elbow pads. Need to protect the delicate skin.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Santa Cruz Tallboy
    Moonlander

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    Our reasoning behind wearing pads is just "Why the hell would you not?"
    There are reasons, whether or not valid is debatable.

    Why not wear a chest guard, shoulder pads, neck brace, spine brace, etc.?
    I brake for stinkbugs

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    79
    I'm 53 and have been wearing pads for the past 8 yrs. The trails in my area are very technical, laced with everything from slippery roots to sharp rocks, so I don't even attempt to ride without them.. That being said, my choice for pads are POC vpd 2.0... They fit me perfectly and never move or slip out of place..maybe a little warm in the heat of summer, but well worth it for the protection.. D..

  27. #27
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Arebee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    621
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    There are reasons, whether or not valid is debatable.

    Why not wear a chest guard, shoulder pads, neck brace, spine brace, etc.?
    Agreed.

    I would say the majority of my unwanted contact with ground would be with knees and elbows. The pads do get a little sweaty, especially in the summer, but for my personal use, I see no down side wearing them. No one in our group has ever said, "I wish I didn't have my pads on."

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    The guys in our group range from 44 to 62 years old. All of us wear elbow and shin/knee pads. The majority of us wear the Fox Launch which are hard plastic yet still comfortable. Our reasoning behind wearing pads is just "Why the hell would you not?"
    Cause I have been riding without forever, and still really don't see the need...

    I wore the small helmet for 10 years, till it cracked due to sun...never did crash on it hard.

    I ride within myself and evaluate risk reward all the time.

    As a matter of fact I quit riding down a blind 3 foot drop, because there is just too much chance of someone being there when i go over the top...

    If you evaluate all the bail points and know your ride, then you are safer than the guy bombing a section that he really doesn't know. Simple.

    On new trails we ride conservatively and will check out tougher sections then climb back up and ride them or not.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Cause I have been riding without forever, and still really don't see the need...
    That's great that you can anticipate and thwart every accident (so far!) but I don't think that's the norm for most people. I've also been mountain biking forever and consider myself a decent rider who had never needed pads of any sort until tearing open the same knee twice in less than 2 years time. The first incident was on a benign turn in the trail that I would have never expected to cause any trouble. In retrospect there were probably plenty of safe "bail points" but in the moment there was only 1 option, which resulted in an er visit.



    Quote Originally Posted by Arebee View Post
    No one in our group has ever said, "I wish I didn't have my pads on."
    Unfortunately I have said that, someday I hope to find some that just "go away".
    I brake for stinkbugs

  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    That's great that you can anticipate and thwart every accident (so far!) but I don't think that's the norm for most people.
    My point is and continues to be....whether or not someone wears pads...

    The safer rider is the one that rides within their abilities, knows the trails, and on the first ride learns the trail safely.

    Those that do not evaluate the risk and rewards, and mitigate the hazards are doomed to injury, regardless of pads.
    The broken collar bone is not protected by pads, a smashed hip is not protected by pads,
    The concussion is only moderately protected by helmets.

    There are far to many things that can hurt one while wearing pads...

    So if you do wear pads, ride within your abilities, evaluate the risk and reward, and mitigate hazards.

  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    My point is and continues to be....whether or not someone wears pads...

    The safer rider is the one that rides within their abilities, knows the trails, and on the first ride learns the trail safely.
    I agree but all else being equal the protected rider is safer than the unprotected one.

    As mentioned one of my knee-rippers was on a familiar trail and I was riding well within my abilities, until suddenly (and inexplicably) I wasn't. I've heard countless similar stories, people often get hurt in circumstances they never would have expected to.

    It would be hard to guard against a snapped collarbone but shoulder protection might help. Maybe. I've actually thought about some sort of hip protection, even something minimal would be a lot better than bone on rock.
    I brake for stinkbugs

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation: RWhiz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    271
    I try to live by the motto,"all the protection, all the time"

    Not that I do every time, but I did have one bad wreck last summer with my 661 knee pads and was certainly glad I had them. The heat doesn't bother me as much and a busted up knee which will keep me off my bike for weeks during riding season.
    And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver. A. Senna

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    12,088
    Quote Originally Posted by wjh View Post
    Do most of you wear pads while riding? Knee and elbow, one or the other?
    Thanks
    I wear both knee pads and elbow pads. I ride with folks that only wear knee pads. Frequently I am helping them up and patching gashes on their elbows. Next ride they are back without elbow pads and it happens all over again.

    Seems kind of stupid to me, but it's a free country.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  34. #34
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    1,276
    i did buy knee pads. an old motorcycle accident had me in surgery. i'm fine now, but the scar is super sensitive to things that cause pain. if i hit it against a rock in a benign crash..i will writhe around in pain abnormally. i cant even kneel in the back of my truck camper shell anymore. i have carpenter knee pads ready when i load for a camping trip.
    Santa Cruz 5010 C
    Surly Crosscheck.

  35. #35
    Lone Wolf
    Reputation: Osco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    1,762

    Cool-blue Rhythm

    I bleed now and then,
    Don't have many big rocks but do have gravel, shale and lime stone, mostly dirt, tree's and sugar sand. I don't wear pads,
    I do practice falling,

    Sit In on a Judo class, sign up, Tuck and roll, Tuck and roll.
    Then do some on your bike, In the grass, It helps.

    Almost 58, skinny, crazy, ok ok not real smart, and don't want to live forever:P
    “I seek only the Flow”,
    Climbing Is Supposed To Be Hard,
    Shut Up Legs :P

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    Sit In on a Judo class, sign up, Tuck and roll, Tuck and roll.
    Then do some on your bike, In the grass, It helps.
    Tuck & roll doesn't do so well on rock, grass is scarce in these parts.

    elbow and knee pads-catch_em_u.jpg
    I brake for stinkbugs

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation: armii's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    710
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    Tuck & roll doesn't do so well on rock, grass is scarce in these parts.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	catch_em_u.jpg 
Views:	134 
Size:	87.7 KB 
ID:	1110514
    Still works, if you are wearing full armor!!

    elbow and knee pads-pf0hk.jpg

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Tuck and Roll works way better than not tuck and roll...

    Of course simply laying the bike down and walking over the bars is even better.

  39. #39
    Mr. Buck E. Fikes
    Reputation: Oh My Sack!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,392
    So...obviously you have a plan to crash. That's nice.

    Last time I had a good one, the first thing I saw was the trail tread about 4" away from my face. It turned out to be a tuck n' roll only by the conditions of terrain. Unless I'm doing something just plain stupid and trying to get away with it, my worst get offs were truly WTF moments where I was left afterwards wondering "WTF just happened?!"

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Every crash is situational.


    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    So...obviously you have a plan to crash. That's nice.

    Last time I had a good one, the first thing I saw was the trail tread about 4" away from my face. It turned out to be a tuck n' roll only by the conditions of terrain. Unless I'm doing something just plain stupid and trying to get away with it, my worst get offs were truly WTF moments where I was left afterwards wondering "WTF just happened?!"
    Oh yeah, and this 100% ^
    I brake for stinkbugs

  41. #41
    Happy Trails
    Reputation: Scott In MD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,174
    DW got me POC VPD Air knee pad for Christmas, to match my POC elbow pads. I started riding with the elbow pads a year ago and now riding w/o them feels like driving w/o seatbelt. There's not much downside to the elbow pads. I'm not so sure about the kneepads, but I''m headed out w/ the youngbloods tomorrow and will let you know.

  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Lone Rager's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Posts
    4,460
    Quote Originally Posted by RWhiz View Post
    I try to live by the motto,"all the protection, all the time" ..
    I failed to do that once and wound up getting married.
    Do the math.

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    5,054
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    Cause I have been riding without forever, and still really don't see the need...

    I wore the small helmet for 10 years, till it cracked due to sun...never did crash on it hard.

    I ride within myself and evaluate risk reward all the time.

    As a matter of fact I quit riding down a blind 3 foot drop, because there is just too much chance of someone being there when i go over the top...

    If you evaluate all the bail points and know your ride, then you are safer than the guy bombing a section that he really doesn't know. Simple.

    On new trails we ride conservatively and will check out tougher sections then climb back up and ride them or not.
    Works great for the MUP. It's called an accident for a reason. Wet leaves, loose rocks, variable changing conditions. Ever fat bike tech with studded tires and snow/ice? I use the term puckery. YRMV.

  44. #44
    Rides all the bikes!
    Reputation: Sidewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    2,308
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    My point is and continues to be....whether or not someone wears pads...

    The safer rider is the one that rides within their abilities, knows the trails, and on the first ride learns the trail safely.

    Those that do not evaluate the risk and rewards, and mitigate the hazards are doomed to injury, regardless of pads.
    The broken collar bone is not protected by pads, a smashed hip is not protected by pads,
    The concussion is only moderately protected by helmets.

    There are far to many things that can hurt one while wearing pads...

    So if you do wear pads, ride within your abilities, evaluate the risk and reward, and mitigate hazards.
    That sounds...boring.

  45. #45
    Ride Fast Take Chances :)
    Reputation: alexbn921's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    2,312
    I use G-FORM pads every ride. Where I'm at, crashing is inevitable and I've tested them many times. Not the best for full on downhill, but comfortable year round. Feels weird without them.

  46. #46
    9 lives
    Reputation: cyclelicious's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    13,001
    I've always worn leg, arm and back armour plus full face helmet for dh.


    For trail rides that are not so technical, I don't normally wear leg/arm armour but I often do ride with a back pack that has built-in spine protection. And always a helmet with good coverage

    In winter when riding on ice or in warmer seasons when I ride trails that are highly technical, nice elevation with dh features or may not be so familiar to me, I'll wear knee pads (I like TLD, light and not bulky)

    "Tuck and roll" easier said than done.
    F*ck Cancer

    Eat your veggies

  47. #47
    nvphatty
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post

    "Tuck and roll" easier said than done.
    how about just rollin down the trail??

  48. #48
    AKA Pat McGroin
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    40
    My mates and I ride 500 to 600 miles at Ray's Indoor Bike Park every winter and we all learned that pads work! Nothing soft to fall on in there! We wear g form knee, elbow pads and shorts with hip pads. We are all in late 50's early 60's. The last few seasons, I feel exposed without my knee pads anytime I ride! It's like forgetting your helmet. Getting the right fit is key, they just disappear until I have a WTF moment, then I can just hop back on the bike! Priceless.

  49. #49
    Rides all the bikes!
    Reputation: Sidewalk's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Posts
    2,308
    My "frenemy" (Cat 1/Pro rival) just posted this. Kinda seems fitting.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BOoTyWGjrK_/

  50. #50
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    70

    elbow and knee pads

    I used to be a no-pad guy until a nasty smash wrecked my knee. I bought POC VPD knees and elbows. The elbows were too big, and the knees felt hot and restrictive. I quickly dispensed of the elbows but persevered with the knees. After a few rides they 'broke in'. I learnt how to fit and strap them better, and the added compliance after a few rides means I wear them every ride now without discomfort. Had a 41 deg C day last week but still had the knees on.

    I have just bought a set of 661 elbows that actually fit my twig arms. They have only done one ride. They definitely need breaking in but will soon become an every ride it almost every ride piece of clothing.

    I should add, I also ditched spd's and went with flats which had helped my riding skills as much as reducing my risk of injury.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  51. #51
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    44
    Pads are a new idea for me that just won't take hold. I ticked of a line on the bucket list by riding in Whistler and Squamish this fall. I'm not a 'gravity' guy but spent two days on the hill really enjoying the experience. I was lucky enough to have a couple of good friends/teachers that were able to guide me through it all. We road full downhill gear at the park and the other 2 out 3 days I was able to borrow knee and elbow pads on the trails.

    I obviously road differently with full gear (the hill kinda dictated that too!) and a bit differently with the pads on the trails. I had no falls. The one day that we rode trails that I couldn't borrow pads I felt a bit 'naked' but again had no falls.

    I ride pretty technical stuff at home but don't wear pads. My latest injuries have been extremity injuries, wrists, thumb, ankles that pads wouldn't help.

    Maybe it's the way I fall (or don't fall) that has me 'not believing' but turning 60 this year has me thinking. Light and minimalist pads sound the best but they need to protect or why wear them?

    Glad to tap into this discussion, without testing different models, all of your opinions will have to do!

  52. #52
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    12,088
    Quote Originally Posted by Can2pir View Post
    Maybe it's the way I fall (or don't fall) that has me 'not believing' but turning 60 this year has me thinking. Light and minimalist pads sound the best but they need to protect or why wear them?
    I rarely fall. I maybe have one or two bad crashes a year and most rides don't crash. I still wear proper knee/elbow pads on just about every ride. They've saved my bacon a few times and that's enough to make them worthwhile. I find that when you are used to them they disappear on you and you don't notice them during the ride.

    I don't bother with those minimal pads which are just glorified arm/leg warmers. It's worse fooling yourself that you are protected than just going without and being more careful.

    A lot of the year here it's cool or even cold so pads add a bit of warmth and can be useful in that regard.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  53. #53
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I don't bother with those minimal pads which are just glorified arm/leg warmers. It's worse fooling yourself that you are protected than just going without and being more careful.
    I don't know, even the most minimal ones are a lot thicker than my skin. I got no proof but I believe I could have avoided a couple of er visits had I been wearing my g-form knee pads.
    I brake for stinkbugs

  54. #54
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    12,088
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    I don't know, even the most minimal ones are a lot thicker than my skin. I got no proof but I believe I could have avoided a couple of er visits had I been wearing my g-form knee pads.
    I've had two friends end up at the ER and surprised their G-Forms didn't do more to protect them. If you acknowledge you are wearing leg warmers sure that extra layer of material is better than no material over your skin, but its ability to absorb energy and spread out an impact is minimal.

    If you can take a blow to the knee or elbow from a household hammer you've got pads on.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  55. #55
    mtbr member
    Reputation: J.B. Weld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    10,524
    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    If you acknowledge you are wearing leg warmers sure that extra layer of material is better than no material over your skin, but its ability to absorb energy and spread out an impact is minimal.
    Leg and arm warmers I've owned were only cloth, g-forms are probably 10-20 times thicker and are not fabric. In my case it wasn't the impact that sent me to the er but deep gashes due to impact from rocks and my bike. I do honestly believe those pads would have greatly minimized those injuries.

    In any event none are any good if they're too bothersome to wear and even the g-forms never "go away" while I'm wearing them, mostly due to excess heat.
    I brake for stinkbugs

  56. #56
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    12,088
    Quote Originally Posted by J.B. Weld View Post
    In any event none are any good if they're too bothersome to wear and even the g-forms never "go away" while I'm wearing them, mostly due to excess heat.
    I've tried the G-Forms a few times and they are hotter than what I consider proper pads [ie. Race Face Ambush] and they are more uncomfortable because the sleeve bunches up.

    Another set of reasons why I would avoid them.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  57. #57
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    196
    I've got bad knees so I've been wearing knee pads 100% of the time. They do three things for me:

    1. Support the knee area; hold my knees together.
    2. Keep the knees warm; especially in the winter.
    3. Protect in case of a fall.

    I used Fox pads for years. When they wore out I replaced them with Race Face. The ones with the open backs. You can put them on over pants and shoes. I thought it was a gimmick at first. Now, I can't imagine having pads without open backs.

  58. #58
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewalk View Post
    That sounds...boring.

    Ahh riding within your abilities is boring....should come for a ride one day.

  59. #59
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12,083
    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Works great for the MUP. It's called an accident for a reason. Wet leaves, loose rocks, variable changing conditions. Ever fat bike tech with studded tires and snow/ice? I use the term puckery. YRMV.
    i have yet to find a three foot drop on rocky pointy limestone on a MUP.

  60. #60
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Trackho's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    377
    Got tired of these minimal elbow pads seem to help

  61. #61
    mtbr member
    Reputation: thecanoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,326
    I where Fox knee/shin pads and Gforce elbow pads. At 68 my skin bruises easily. Some of the trails have a lot of low growing brush and thorns. Rips my legs apart without protection.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    Santa Cruz Tallboy
    Moonlander

  62. #62
    wjh
    wjh is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    165
    So i got poc vpd 2.0 knee pads and the older style joint vpd elbows. they feel a little tight but should break in. The 2.0 pads seem to get a little softer from body heat than the elbow pads. I wore them around the house a bit but not on the trail yet. I'm looking forward to the extra protection and will wear the knee pads always, elbows on more technical rides.

  63. #63
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    3,015
    I got G-Form this past season and wish I had them sooner. Any pads I had in the past were not good for a lot of rides. These are.
    ƃuoɹʍ llɐ ʇno əɯɐɔ ʇɐɥʇ

  64. #64
    mtbr member
    Reputation: OldManBiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Posts
    266
    I've worn so many knee pads, guards, etc and I recently found the best one hands down. There's not another one that comes close to it. Not only does it offer incredible protection for the knees but it does one thing none of the others couldn't: It's breathable. It allows air to circulate so that your knees and under your knees aren't sweating like a mad man. Very, very, very comfortable and allows you to pedal very easy.Raid Knee Guard | Troy Lee Designs®
    OMB
    2017 Santa Cruz HighTower C
    2017 Fuji Absolute 1.9D
    2016 Specialized Fuse Comp
    2016 Specialized Rockhopper


  65. #65
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    665
    Quote Originally Posted by OldManBiker View Post
    I've worn so many knee pads, guards, etc and I recently found the best one hands down. There's not another one that comes close to it. Not only does it offer incredible protection for the knees but it does one thing none of the others couldn't: It's breathable. It allows air to circulate so that your knees and under your knees aren't sweating like a mad man. Very, very, very comfortable and allows you to pedal very easy.Raid Knee Guard | Troy Lee Designs®
    Same here. I have been using the Raids for a few months and really like them. They have good padding (D3 inserts), are very comfortable, and stay put on your legs. Very easy to pedal in. They are not cheap but I think they are worth the money.

  66. #66
    mtbr member
    Reputation: MSU Alum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Posts
    3,152
    There are times I need pads. Then I wear them. Elbow/forearm and knee/shin. Otherwise, I don't.

  67. #67
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Posts
    317
    I've tried many different knee pads on the quest for comfort & protection (Fox, Daniese, etc). Settled on poc pads. I have the vpd air for lighter/less techy trails, and the vpd 2.0 for more technical rides. Love them both. Vpd air is shorter and less intrusive, but both are great. Have not tried the TLD raids, but they look pretty nice. How do they circulate air ?

  68. #68
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,237
    The problem with getting older is that you fall to bits. Muscles get weaker, you get fatter, your balance does not improve and when these things conspire to drop you off your bike it hurts more and you take frikin ages to heal. If you heal. I went over the bars about ten years ago, landed on my hands but my wrists obviously took the brunt of it. I get sharp pains in both wrists to this day. Another OTB hurt my shoulder, it was a very hard landing, I thought it was broken, and it took years for the pain to go away.

    So I've bought the best helmet I could find and some 661 knee and elbow pads. I haven't used the pads yet but if they aren't comfortable I'll be trying different ones until I find pads that are. I'd like to keep riding for as long as I can. That means my body has to keep functioning. That means pads.

  69. #69
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    665
    Quote Originally Posted by MSU Alum View Post
    There are times I need pads. Then I wear them. Elbow/forearm and knee/shin. Otherwise, I don't.
    Curious how you know when you are going to need pads. I don't crash very often, unless I am not wearing pads. Then I seem to crash all the time! About the only time I don't wear them is for xc racing. My knees feel very exposed without them.

  70. #70
    mtbr member
    Reputation: noosa2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    1,766
    I pretty much always wear knee pads and when I have any extended downhill I'll put elbow pads on. I think the pads give me a little extra confidence to try more difficult trail sections.

  71. #71
    mtbr member
    Reputation: June Bug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    1,771
    G-Form, light and comfortable.
    The best defense against bullsh*t is vigilance. If you smell something, say something.
    Jon Stewart

  72. #72
    wjh
    wjh is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    165
    Had my new pads on sat am on a nice winter fatbike ride. Went around a corner i have been around hundreds of times, front end washed out and broke my collar bone. F!?K me!
    My elbows and knees are fine so i guess thats a good thing

  73. #73
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    100

  74. #74
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,206
    wjh:
    I agree with that reasoning -and if they give you more confidence that's great. It looks like most of the new pads are protective while being very pedal friendly/not impeding ya.
    I'm not running them but I am going to switch to flat pedals on my trailbike, so am going to run knee/shin for that reason - and will probably gain more general confidence wearing them anyway..
    I've been "bitten" by flats before and they bite hard
    Sound of Tires on Dirt: Sole Music
    Shredding with Good Comrades: Soul Music

  75. #75
    mtbr member
    Reputation: thasingletrackmastah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    411
    Race Face Ambush
    Belgian beer and Scotch whisky.

  76. #76
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,206
    53 and riding since 1998. I've not ever worn pads on xc/trail rides, but have when at bike parks practicing on the smaller sections, and when riding some technical areas where we go there to practice on the technical - not a big trail ride.
    BUT, I did order some light POC knee pads and have some TLD elbow/forearm guards and am probably going to start doing trail rides with them on. I don't think they'll be uncomfortable or inhibit pedaling or anything.
    I know a lot of younger, much better, faster riders than me, who wear light pads on trail rides. Most of them also use flat pedals - which is another thing I'm going to give a try to soon, with the 510 shoes I've had for quite a long time.
    sorry the long answer!
    Sound of Tires on Dirt: Sole Music
    Shredding with Good Comrades: Soul Music

  77. #77
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,206
    Quote Originally Posted by jeffscott View Post
    pads may mitigate some injuries, but will not mitigate some of the more serious injuries that begin to occur as speeds increase.
    True Dat, and a bit off topic, but I've read and understand that if we go TOO slow, such as on tech sections, and don't have enough momentum, that can cause crashes too. So momentum is our friend too.
    Sound of Tires on Dirt: Sole Music
    Shredding with Good Comrades: Soul Music

  78. #78
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    3,206
    "You have given too much reputation in the last 24 hrs, try again later".
    Mtbr.com forum technology really needs to come out of the 1990's.
    Sound of Tires on Dirt: Sole Music
    Shredding with Good Comrades: Soul Music

  79. #79
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2016
    Posts
    39
    Have never worn pads and likely never will. I ride very technical trails and like to get a little air now and then. None of the injuries I've sustained would have been helped with knee or elbow pads, and these days I rely more on skills and good judgment to keep me safe.

  80. #80
    mtbr member
    Reputation: binrat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    189
    OK, I got elbow and knee / shin but I'm thinking I want just knee. Any recommendations??

  81. #81
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,237
    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    These days I rely more on skills and good judgement to keep me safe.
    Everyone's luck/skill/judgement runs out eventually.

  82. #82
    Here, diagonally!
    Reputation: JACKL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    2,012
    Quote Originally Posted by binrat View Post
    OK, I got elbow and knee / shin but I'm thinking I want just knee. Any recommendations??
    Me and a friend have been running Troy Lee Designs KGS5400s for a few years now and really like them, although it the only one we've ever used so can't compare them to anything else. They have padding and a hard plastic shell inside. My knees are pretty torn up from bike crashes and other previous life experiences, so I do wear them where it's rocky or if I want to ride aggressively. I've had a handful of times I went down directly on my knee while wearing them, and it sure was nice to get up and be perfectly fine.

  83. #83
    Mr. Buck E. Fikes
    Reputation: Oh My Sack!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    3,392
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Everyone's luck/skill/judgement runs out eventually.
    I was just going to suggest "Good Luck with THAT!"

    I typically call that "Running out of talent"

  84. #84
    Anytime. Anywhere.
    Reputation: Travis Bickle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    7,959
    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Have never worn pads and likely never will. I ride very technical trails and like to get a little air now and then. None of the injuries I've sustained would have been helped with knee or elbow pads, and these days I rely more on skills and good judgment to keep me safe.
    That's funny.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

  85. #85
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Posts
    4

    Need some pads!

    I have had TKR so the knee is hyper sensitive and need to find a set of knee pads ASAP. in NC so hot and humid in summer. I will have a look at some of the ones mentioned here. Any suggestions or stand out stay put knee pads please let me know.
    I will most likely get elbow too. I will be riding alone so better safe....

  86. #86
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    79
    As stated earlier in the thread, I am a huge fan of both elbow and knee pads.. But I am fortunate.. I was able to find pads that fit me like they were made exactly for me, and I feel that is one of the critical factors in choosing pads.. I would recommend trying on as many different pads as possible to find that magic pill.. remember, if they don't fit well, you won't wear them..

    I would ask the LBS if you could "spin" on a trainer or stationary bike to determine the comfort factor..

    best of luck

  87. #87
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    13
    I wear the POC vpd2 knee and elbow pads...cheap insurance for me. Never plan to crash but it happens. Also wear the full face shield helmet. Kinda like having car insurance that you never plan on having an accident...just saying.

  88. #88
    High Desert MTBer
    Reputation: rockerc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    5,176
    G Form fan here, mostly because they are less bulky. As for temperature, I have never had an issue with excess heat and I ride in Tucson year round. Perhaps if you're in somewhere humid that might be something to worry about tho. I always wear mine because even tho I am a very experienced rider, I fall off sometimes. Sometimes at speed, but mainly when riding slow in technical stuff. If I am not pushing myself to do new stuff it would get boring, so I fall off. I have dropped many feet onto rocks in my G Forms, and for me they have saved me from far worse injuries many many times. At this age, gashes do not heal fast, so I like to give myself a chance!
    It's all Here. Now.

  89. #89
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    13
    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Have never worn pads and likely never will. I ride very technical trails and like to get a little air now and then. None of the injuries I've sustained would have been helped with knee or elbow pads, and these days I rely more on skills and good judgment to keep me safe.
    Blowing a tire on technical trail and landing on rocks (pre-pad wearing days)...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails elbow and knee pads-image.jpg  


  90. #90
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,237
    Quote Originally Posted by RavenDavey View Post
    Blowing a tire on technical trail and landing on rocks (pre-pad wearing days)...
    Looks like a pre-luck day too?

  91. #91
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    5,777
    Ok I have to re-think this elbow pad thing. I'm finally used to knee pads, I guess I can do the same for my elbows.
    The Orange Fleet:

    '16 SC Heckler
    '14 All City MMD
    '12 Kona Unit Rigid

  92. #92
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,237
    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Ok I have to re-think this elbow pad thing. I'm finally used to knee pads, I guess I can do the same for my elbows.
    Elbow pads are easier to get used to than knee pads, I think anyway.

  93. #93
    Bikesexual
    Reputation: jcd46's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    5,777
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Elbow pads are easier to get used to than knee pads, I think anyway.
    Part of it is our weather too, in the summer I'm not sure I can handle all that gear on me.

    I'm sure once I scrape one again real bad I'm going to careless about the heat
    The Orange Fleet:

    '16 SC Heckler
    '14 All City MMD
    '12 Kona Unit Rigid

  94. #94
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Mr Pig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    10,237
    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Part of it is our weather too, in the summer I'm not sure I can handle all that gear on me.
    Scottish. What is this summer of which you speak?

  95. #95
    😁Have a great day!😁
    Reputation: Yalerider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2017
    Posts
    147
    Troy Lee Knee Sleeves

  96. #96
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Posts
    32
    Raceface Ambush leg/knee pads and Dakine D30 elbow pads. The knee pads stay in place for pedaling.

  97. #97
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Gravityaholic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    70
    I always wear my elbow and knee guards (IXS flow series), I fall regularly and they keep me intact most of the times !
    High on dopamine

  98. #98
    Self Appointed Judge&Jury
    Reputation: DIRTJUNKIE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Posts
    32,298
    Quote Originally Posted by Gravityaholic View Post
    I always wear my elbow and knee guards (IXS flow series), I fall regularly and they keep me intact most of the times !
    Work on that "falling regularly" and you could change your user name.
    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

  99. #99
    Life's a Garden, dig it!
    Reputation: chuckha62's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    2,942
    Oddly, this is something I have never even thought about. I see the gravity gang in the park all the time with full face helmets and full armor, but never even consider it for myself. I did bash my elbow bad in an OTB on Porcupine Rim too. Elbow pads would have helped tremendously, I'm sure.
    "The man was born on third and thinks he hit a triple. But instead of running home, he ran to second base."

  100. #100
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Gravityaholic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Posts
    70
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Work on that "falling regularly" and you could change your user name.
    To stop falling would mean to stop trying, I ain't ready for that yet
    High on dopamine

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. How to tell if knee elbow pads fit?
    By noobbiker888 in forum Apparel and Protection
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-27-2016, 03:22 PM
  2. Knee but no elbow pads?
    By rondre3000 in forum Apparel and Protection
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 08-23-2014, 06:15 PM
  3. Elbow vs knee pads
    By RossJamis in forum Apparel and Protection
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 09-12-2013, 10:10 PM
  4. knee and elbow pads
    By pingey37 in forum Women's Lounge
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 09-04-2011, 12:17 PM
  5. elbow and knee pads
    By ruquick77 in forum Apparel and Protection
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 07-30-2011, 10:53 PM

Members who have read this thread: 26

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.