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    What kind of helmet to start learning? Other gear?

    I normally just ride pavement and path. I'm currently looking for a new bike and I want to start hitting beginner trails.

    What kind of helmet should I get? I have a regular road type helmet. I also just purchased a SixSixOne skater type helmet. Should I have gotten a full face one?

    What other safety equipment should I have gotten?

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    A helmet and pair of gloves is all you really need. No need for a full face helmet, the roadie helmet will work fine (unless you fear being pulled over by the fashion police).

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    i would recommend some type of eye protection, getting things in your eyes is not fun

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    Half the time....

    the only difference between a companies road helmet and the MTB model is a visor. The skate helmet will work fine as well. They all have to meet the same standards for protection. As the others have said, a pair of gloves and some eye protection is all you really need otherwise. From there you'll figure out what you need for gear as you gain experience. You'll learn what you need for the way you ride.

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    Are there some preferred helmet brands that you guys like? I'm looking at pricepoint and see Gire, Bell, Fox for some reasonable prices. There is a Giro I really like.

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    i bought the giro Indicator yesterday at my lbs - i am also a beginner.
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    You are best to find one that you like that fits you. My wife has Giro and I have a Bell Volt. The Volt fit me the best and had the color I was looking for. Each helmet fits different and if it's not comfortable you won't wear it.

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    remember that just because a helmet says it has universal fit, doesn't mean that it does. I recommend trying them on over purchasing on teh interwebs.

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    if the helm fits wear it and have fun, a good pair of biking shorts are nice to have, if your seat is,nt well padded.

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