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    Mountain biking essentials, things I mite need??

    Hi guys

    I have a few questions about gear and what you guys think I should have, to become a better rider, make riding more pleasurable and a little safer.
    I know that having fancy, cool looking gear won't make me a better rider but I want to go pro and as far as I can tell, pros wear just about everything in my list, so I'm looking at it this way, learn with the gear similar to the gear I'll be using in 5 years so I get use to it.

    Here is a list of what I have:
    Mountain bike (hard tail) I plan to get a new bike sometime this year...
    Backpack, with water bladder.
    Giro remedy gloves (full finger)*
    I just ordered a full face helmet (Demon Ricochet)

    Here is a list of stuff I think I should get, that's where I need someone to help me.



    Royal Racing Blast Mountain Bike Jersey - Long-Sleeve
    Royal Racing Blast Mountain Bike Jersey - Long-Sleeve - Men's from Hucknroll.com


    Royal Racing Blast Mountain Bike Short's
    Royal Racing Blast Mountain Bike Short - Men's from Hucknroll.com

    Some kind of clip-in pedals?
    I know some people have very deferent opinions, are they really necessary?
    If someone has a pair they think are a must have, feel free to say so.

    Nee pads for jumping, I'm rather novice at jumping should I get a pair?
    What would you recommend, If I should get a pair?

    Last but not least, googles.
    Ive been riding 2 years and have only had dirt get in my eyes maybe 3 times, somehow I've gotten that lucky, should I get a pair for real muddy condtions just in case?

    Sorry for the long post

    Thanks in advance
    ~Sawyer

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    Sorry if some the typing is off, I'm on a mobile phone...
    It's hard to see what I'm typing.

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    Don't worry about what other people use, when you get your new bike just ride it and make up your own mind.

    It may turn out that you dont need/want a lot of it for what you want to do.
    If you do want it then you will have a better idea of what you want to get out of each item.

    I would get the gloves, as not only are they cheap, but having scratched up palms sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerebroside View Post
    ...having scratched up palms sucks.
    I would also go with kneepads, even though they can be expensive, because having a shattered patella sucks.
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    You don't mention what kind of riding you do... DH,AM,XC,Etc...
    That is kind of important... I wouldn't wear a full face for XC riding!

    Also the best gear will be sooo outdated in 5 years... I'm sure we'll be looking back saying "[email protected] I wish we had that stuff 5 years ago!"
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    Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street .

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    I ride all mountain, i'm pretty sure I'll be getting the GT sensor 3.0 2011, so I can get the feel of a full suspension, if I like the set up I'll get gear I'm thinking I'll need, from my experience of riding a hardtail.
    In the future I would like to ride DH

    I'm 14, so I'll probably outgrow most of the gear I have before to replace it do to being "out of date" or it wearing out.

    What do you guys think of shin / knee pads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutdoorFreak97 View Post
    I ride all mountain, i'm pretty sure I'll be getting the GT sensor 3.0 2011, so I can get the feel of a full suspension, if I like the set up I'll get gear I'm thinking I'll need, from my experience of riding a hardtail.
    In the future I would like to ride DH

    I'm 14, so I'll probably outgrow most of the gear I have before to replace it do to being "out of date" or it wearing out.

    What do you guys think of shin / knee pads?
    Good knee/shin protection will be needed for DH... Start with something soft like Veggies.

    I ride in Asterisk Cell's...But they are more of a brace. Had quite a few knee surgeries so they help.

    Check these out....
    Fox Launch Pro Knee/Shin Guard '11 at JensonUSA.com

    They should be good for other sports too... Like snowboarding or skiing
    Quote Originally Posted by William Blake
    Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street .

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    I've already got the fox launch shin/knee guards on my list of stuff to get... Funny that.
    They seem really common!

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    id grab a plastic tire lever, minipump and tube to stick in that backpack.
    not sure if you'd want a regular helmet for XC or paved riding (you prob already have one)

    pedals are personal preference. id hate to be in clip ins on a trail i need a full face helmet for!
    id get some nice lightweight platforms and a pair of 5.10 shoes.

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    Full face helmets tend to become pretty painful if you also ride uphill: hot and they trap the air you breathe in front of your face. A "regular" helmet is better there.

    Do you already have supplies for fixing a flat? Everybody gets a flat tire, sooner or later. What about other tools for repairing and adjusting your bike?

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    just a note on going pro, does anyone really break into it riding all mountain? it seems most of the guys killing it on the super d series were pro xc or dh guys first.

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    I already have the tools and stuff to maintain my bike

    I also have a regular helmet.

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    The reason I'm getting a AM bike is so I can see if I want to do downhill, or XC
    I dont want to spend $4,500 on a DH bike that I won't ride cause I don't like the style of riding.

    The reason I'm getting a full face helmet is because last Friday I face planted off my bike and broke my nose again and got a fat punctured lip, I have braces right now to so I ended up my lips being torn up.
    I'm pretty sure that's a good reason to get a full face helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutdoorFreak97 View Post
    The reason I'm getting a AM bike is so I can see if I want to do downhill, or XC
    I dont want to spend $4,500 on a DH bike that I won't ride cause I don't like the style of riding.

    The reason I'm getting a full face helmet is because last Friday I face planted off my bike and broke my nose again and got a fat punctured lip, I have braces right now to so I ended up my lips being torn up.
    I'm pretty sure that's a good reason to get a full face helmet.
    thats cool, im just saying you may have better luck if you start with a discipline thats already well established.

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    Your probably right

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