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    Y U no wear armor for XC

    So how come there's no lightweight armor made for the XC crowd? And if there is, why don't you see any XC riders wearing it? Around here (western NC), you'd swear the XC singletrac is a downhillers course, with all the roots and rocks. And yet I never see any riders wearing protective gear.

    I've had a couple trips OTB in the last few months and could have benefitted nicely from some padding on the ole upper torso. Back in my moto-hare-scramble days, we wouldn't think of riding without armor. And yet the speeds we reach on our XC bikes easily matches what my YZ fo-fiddy did going downhill.

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    You probably need a 29er.

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    Y U No

    Last edited by Hutch3637; 10-26-2012 at 04:22 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    Those are baggy shorts in the pic - obviously NOT xc

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    Those are baggy shorts in the pic - obviously NOT xc
    OBV you need to get some glasses because those are clearly XC bibs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hutch3637 View Post
    OBV you need to get some glasses because those are clearly XC bibs.
    lol well played

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    yeah, armor works great with lycra

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    Haters. I am seriously considering something, as my trails here in Oregon are like you described yours. I bruised my kidney in August from a crash, and while I haven't purchased anything yet, I am seriously looking at a kidney belt with some impact protection. Yes, it hurt bad enough that I really don't want to do it again. I know they call my trails around XC, but I think by true definition, they would be more of all-mountain type of trails.....if you have to catagorize everything. We just have to do a lot of climbing before you get to go downhill!
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    Cuz I no bust assa that offin. You dig?

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    Don't crash. Then you don't need pads.
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    I just rode with one in Bent Creek and besides amor he also had a full face helmet.

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    I got tired of bloody knees, so started wearing a pair of leg warmers doubled over my knees. They work. I crashed once. My shin below the covering was bloody, but my knee didn't have a scratch in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireGoose View Post
    So how come there's no lightweight armor made for the XC crowd? And if there is, why don't you see any XC riders wearing it? Around here (western NC), you'd swear the XC singletrac is a downhillers course, with all the roots and rocks. And yet I never see any riders wearing protective gear.

    I've had a couple trips OTB in the last few months and could have benefitted nicely from some padding on the ole upper torso. Back in my moto-hare-scramble days, we wouldn't think of riding without armor. And yet the speeds we reach on our XC bikes easily matches what my YZ fo-fiddy did going downhill.

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    I am currently in the process of making a set of horse riding style half chaps to protect my shins from the trails here, plus they will double as leg warmers for cold weather and something to keep my pants out of the chain on days i ride home from work

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    Y U no wear armor for XC-3riutp.jpg

    Okay, done, going to do something useful now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPS2345 View Post
    I am currently in the process of making a set of horse riding style half chaps to protect my shins from the trails here, plus they will double as leg warmers for cold weather and something to keep my pants out of the chain on days i ride home from work
    For some reason my first thought was of someone riding a bike with buttless chaps
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisF View Post
    I got tired of bloody knees, so started wearing a pair of leg warmers doubled over my knees. They work. I crashed once. My shin below the covering was bloody, but my knee didn't have a scratch in it.
    some thing like these
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    But seriously folks. Soccer shin guards (under $10) and inline skate pads ($20 to $40 for wrist, elbow & knee ).

    I don't know about this stuff but it's light and cheap (compared to MTB body armour)
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsilva View Post
    For some reason my first thought was of someone riding a bike with buttless chaps
    naw anyone riding in something like that probably wouldn't have a seat on the seatpost

    Motorcycle half chaps/ horse riding half chap. What ever you wanna call em, basically something like this but lighter breathable material


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    Too restrictive. The idea is to wear minimalist attire in XC riding to shed bulk and weight, and to streamline.

    Besides, having fun involves taking some risk. Heck I fell 150 feet down a steep mountainside last Fall and I wasn't wearing any body armor/pads/protection. I'm still here and I'm still not wearing any sort of body armor/pads/protection other than my helmet and full fingered gloves.
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    Something like this?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Too restrictive. The idea is to wear minimalist attire in XC riding to shed bulk and weight, and to streamline.
    I think what 'hawg is saying is something like this is pure XC. See, she's riding XC--
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    ^Well, it's certainly closer to that compared to a down hiller in full body garb^
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