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post #1 of 12 Old 09-20-2009, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Mountain Bike Gear?

Yesterday riding down some sweet single track (everyone rides that direction and up the fire road!) I came across an uphill novice woman hogging the entire trail. I moved over to the right and was stopping when the trail eroded by fallen tree narrowed and I lost it. Fortunately I was going slow, only endured a small raspberry and feel better today. It is a great wakeup to find knee/shin/wrist/elbow gear to protect on challenging rides. Several WT MB crash hardened riders (jetblast etc.) must be geared up, so what are you wearing? I'm leaning towards the motocross gear, but want light and breathable so it's comfortable for uphill cross-country rides.

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-20-2009, 08:27 AM
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Helmet, gloves, shoes, and scars.

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Helmet, gloves, shoes, and scars.
Yep that's been my gear... until this slow crash wake up call. I've accumulated plenty of scars but they aren't thick/hard enough to offer protection. I want to avoid downtime and going to pickup a FF Carbon Giro. I saw a couple riders wearing knee/shin armor before I started my ride...smart!

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yeah - extreme mtn biking. that's how I broke my hand and elbow. at least that's what SHE thinks
Have you checked out the stuff from sixsixone? SixSixOne
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yeah - extreme mtn biking. that's how I broke my hand and elbow. at least that's what SHE thinks
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Very nice! Thank you! Have you worn them?
Twice in Moab early falls for folks WITHOUT armor messed up the whole trip! Not returning without it!

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No, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.......

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That's much more comfortable than the couch!

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helmet, gloves and a pair of good safety glasses or shades.

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I wear a helmet, shoes, MX gloves, & eye protection (I really dig the amber colored lenses - brings out the detail).
I usually wear a camelbak too, not really for protection, mostly to carry weight.
Although one time I did endo, completing a full forward flip & landed on my back, so I guess I could say it's for spine protection

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Helmet, mtb shoes, gloves, mtb shorts. Nothing more.

I've taken a tumble or 2. Got to learn to tuck and roll. Remember to keep your arms in at all times, like riding the bus!

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I've still not found knee and shin protection I like. None of it is comfortable. Maybe that Bohn gear would be alright but look pretty dorky i think.

But the six six one chest protector is great for everything up top.
I've not been wearing any extra protection except minimal gear though, too darn hot for anything else. I tried to quit crashing so much, sometimes that works - sometimes not.

I did just install a MT75 wheelset though but haven't rode it yet other than around the house, need to get some sealant and go tubeless. Rains have washed out a lot of our trails nearby, have to drive 90 miles to get to good trails.

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Helmet, mtb shoes, gloves, mtb shorts. Nothing more.

I've taken a tumble or 2. Got to learn to tuck and roll. Remember to keep your arms in at all times, like riding the bus!
You guys are old tough guy school too! Good point about rolling, I attempted to but didn't tuck enough and pancaked on my knee.

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I've still not found knee and shin protection I like. None of it is comfortable. Maybe that Bohn gear would be alright but look pretty dorky i think.

But the six six one chest protector is great for everything up top.
I've not been wearing any extra protection except minimal gear though, too darn hot for anything else. I tried to quit crashing so much, sometimes that works - sometimes not.

I did just install a MT75 wheelset though but haven't rode it yet other than around the house, need to get some sealant and go tubeless. Rains have washed out a lot of our trails nearby, have to drive 90 miles to get to good trails.
Yikes on the big floods, 90ml! You might as well pack it up and move to Cali!

Thanks for the tip to check out Bohn. The "don't fall strategy" worked fine for 5yr, but falling last weekend without gear is humbling and don't like downtime.

Congrats on the new wheels! I'm shopping for some with sealed bearings. Tubeless can be pain to reseat on the trail, but you could carry a spare tube. I like tubes since I'm not hucking it from high enough to get pinch flats.

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