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    New question here. To protect or not to protect is the question ?

    So as a n00b , going on some beginner trails etc. is it a good idea to pick up some elbow and knee pads? Or should i just go bare , bust my ass , and then wonder if i should have gotten some protective gear first? LOL ... Elbow pads i can figure out by myself but i see people rock out with some shin/knee pad combo or should i just get the knee pads alone and maybe wear some longer socks ? What would you guys recommend be the best step, im not really looking to get busted up and be in the hospital as i have a business to run and i do workout at the gym lol. All info is appreciated !! and hopefully some links on where i could pick up some decent gear? thanks !!

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    helmet and gloves. no need to get suited up for some beginner trails.
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    +1 on helmet and gloves on beginner trails

    .. long socks would be nice just in case your pedals slip and hit your shins...

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    Learning to fall will be more valuable than protective gear.

    I realize "learning to fall" isn't exactly simple, and it'll take a few slips, but you'll start to understand and utilize the "tuck and roll" concept.

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    It's not a bad idea to get the pads as it's can help you build confidence riding. Don't worry about how others think, they are not sharing your pain when you crash. I don't wear the pad on the fireroad but if I do I would not care I'd just wear it. I wore pads on a beginner rides before to show them it's ok to wear protective gears. Nobody cares about how you'd look only you do usually.

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    Good points ! I guess maybe when i start to do some more technical trails or feel like getting a bit crazy and hit some jumps ill pick up some pads..

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    It's really up to you, if you would feel more comfortable with pads then go for it. There's lot of people around my trails riding with knee pads on non-technical trails. I personally don't like elbow pads so I don't have any but I have been known to throw on my knee/shin pads once in a while.
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    Gloves and helmet are a MINIMUM!!! First thing anyone does is put their hands out to catch themselves. Full finger gloves are a necessity.

    I'm considering using soccer shin pads with my flats. Those things HURT!!!
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    Well ya lol , I just picked up some flats and being a new rider I know I'm gonna tear up my shins prob lol .. I was looking for some lightweight gear , nothing too crazy . I have gloves and a helmet already. I can skip elbow pads for now , but I def might look into shin/knee combo . Plus it would prob protect gem branches etc as well .

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