knee pads: yea or nay

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Do you wear knee pads?

Never
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Always
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Only specifically for DH / dirt jump session
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knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Ferrals » Tue Apr 22, 2014 13:39 pm

I've been pretty surprised recently at the number of people I see plastering on full face helmets, knee and elbow pads in trail centre carparks (Afan/glyngorrwg). Given that xc racers don't wear them and they are going to be pushing it harder than most people on trail centres it seems a bit OTT? Even on my local woodland trails it seems standard (at least at afan there are lots of rocks). Have people been suckered in by marketing hype or are they really a good idea for general xc riding?

I thought about getting some when I started riding again, but decided it wasn't necessary. It was only last weekend when I saw that I was in the minority being unpadded that I got the heebie-jeebies and started to consider a lightweight pair again. I guess paying £50 is better than a screwed knee, but i have a nasty feeling I'd buy some and not bother wearing them most of the time anyway.

I'd be interested in peoples thoughts on when they wear them (if at all) -please either talk me into it or talk me out of buying some!!

I half wonder if I'd be more likely to crash having the extra protection to give confidence!?

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby lawman » Tue Apr 22, 2014 13:51 pm

Use them for my local xc trails but usually wear them when I go to centres just to be on the safe side. I've got some pretty light weight ones that are hardly noticeable when riding so may as well wear them just in case. I'm actually thinking of getting some even lighter weight ones for xc and keeping my existing pads for uplift days.

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby cooldad » Tue Apr 22, 2014 13:51 pm

I think I hit the wrong button.
I never wear them, but do have a scabby knee and scratched leg after coming off at Afan over the weekend.
A friend with me always wears them, but when he came off at BPW on Sunday, he broke both his hands instead.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby ilovedirt » Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:02 pm

I didn't used to always wear them, but I do now, not sure why. I guess I just don't want to end up not being able to walk for weeks after if I have a nasty crash (I've had a few like that), or not be able to drive home.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Thewaylander » Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:21 pm

Always, seen a fair few peoples stretchered off with their knees shredded as they have crashed (it’s a rather exposed spot on the body) and had friend crash at slow speed gash his knee so deeply I had my fingers inside his knee to clean it to get him to hospital (he lost a month off work). For minimal cost and discomfort I think its not unwise to have some.

Also take into account injure most bits of your body you can walk out no issues, smash your knees you need a stretcher…

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Ferrals » Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:31 pm

Nice one guys - keep the thoughts coming.

Waylander -its the stretcher thought that makes me think its a good idea, I ride alone most of the time, and when you look at strava and realise you've been travelling at 40+ km/h down rocky hillsides, it gives you pause for thought!!

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby BigMitch41 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 14:43 pm

Yep I started wearing knee pads last year and theyve definitely saved my knees several times, I got the Nukeproof ones from CR and dont notice them once on the move while on 30 - 40 km xc rides.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Angus Young » Tue Apr 22, 2014 15:20 pm

I never saw the need. Then I had a big off onto my right knee at full pelt. And I wasn't even riding anything difficult, just distracted for a moment and bam! Wear them all the time now. Don't want to spend another two weeks not being able to walk or sleep.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby mcnultycop » Tue Apr 22, 2014 15:51 pm

I hardly notice they are there, so tend to wear them for pretty much everything other than just local easy rides.

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby dusk » Tue Apr 22, 2014 17:12 pm

I ride to enjoy myself, that involves going fast and not crashing so wearing pads is a no brainer for me.

I've also got a buggered wrist from an accident a few years back so having pads to land on rather than hands is a bonus. I've seen some pretty bad injuries from quite mundane crashes too(people without pads) which keeps me reassured.

I could also compare it to a helmet in that even if you've never put it to use it's still nice to know it's there.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby peter413 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 17:36 pm

I usually wear knee pads but not always. Depends on the weather, bike I'm riding, trail I'm riding, how far I'm riding and even who I'm riding with. And it's not even as simple as that, sometimes I'll wear them and then not for the exact same ride twice.

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby taffygriffiths » Tue Apr 22, 2014 17:52 pm

My knees, along with hands, elbows, and hips, seems to the contact points that take most of the brunt when i come off.

we ride a lot of natural technical trails, so not all that fast, but lots of silly low speed falls.

the fact that my fox launch knee pads have chunks, cuts and holes in them is testimony to what they stop. they have also helped with a handfull of fast offs at bike parks.

I wear mine most times i go out now. unless it just towpaths etc. now they have stretched in a bit, i can hardly feel them during a days ride.

they make life nicer when you have to kneel down to fix a broken chain or something too! :P

as for full face helmets... i bought one for FOD a few weeks ago. came off big, and hit face down....

I wear a normal trail lid for 'normal' use, as its just a clammy thing to wear for sweating and breathing hard. wouldnt hesitate to use it if it wasnt as bad mind!

Perhaps people have just become a bit more safety concious these days. look at the use of helmets in skiing since a few celebrities have died from head impacts.

Downside is.. i think you feel a bit more bulletproof with it all on, which has its own problems!

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Apr 22, 2014 18:44 pm

I wear armour and full face for downhill but never for any other riding except just knee pads for enduro races.
It's a personal preference thing based on your confidence in your ability, comfort on the bike and willingness to accept injuries.
I'm fairly confident, I find armour uncomfortable but accept that it's worth the discomfort for downhill (hhigher speed, pushing my ability, bigger crashes) and I get private health care and unlimited sick pay so being off work isn't a problem. I can accept that what I do is dangerous, I WILL break bones and armour provides only limited protection.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby dusk » Tue Apr 22, 2014 19:53 pm

I'm sure a lot comes down to fashion too, I see a fair few people wearing neck braces now which has never crossed my mind.

Another reason for knee pads is anyone who's ever snapped/dropped a chain and hit their knee on the stem
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby stubs » Tue Apr 22, 2014 20:00 pm

Got some wore them a couple of times and they irritated the hell out of me, threw them in a box and never worn them since.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby DCR00 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 20:29 pm

Knee pads for trail riding, knee and shin for DH

Knee pads saved my leg last summer after catching it on a tree stump after a stupid OTB

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Soggz » Tue Apr 22, 2014 20:34 pm

Im self employed,dont get sick pay, and a bit mental on a mountain bike...so,yes,helmet,knee pads and elbow pads too...and also padded short liners in case i have to go to hospital...;)

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby Tim.s » Tue Apr 22, 2014 20:53 pm

Same category as a helmet and gloves to me. Although I wouldn't bother for a quick bimble.
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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby oxocube1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 21:31 pm

The only time I don't wear knee pads is when riding to work, otherwise I have them on every single ride, even if it's just a half hour blast round local trails. They have definitely saved my knees from taking a beating a couple of times, that's all it takes to make them worth wearing!

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Re: knee pads: yea or nay

Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Apr 22, 2014 21:45 pm

dusk wrote:I'm sure a lot comes down to fashion too, I see a fair few people wearing neck braces now which has never crossed my mind.

Another reason for knee pads is anyone who's ever snapped/dropped a chain and hit their knee on the stem


Im seriously considering getting a neck brace. I have crashed head first pretty hard a few times and had a very painful neck for a few days after. Makes me wonder how close I came to a more serious neck injury.
I have also seen someone go face first in to a tree at 35-40mph and other than concussion and getting winded and knocked out he was fine. I'm pretty sure his neck brace saved his neck and possibly more. Didn't save his brand new Troy Lee D3 helmet getting destroyed though.


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