Excessive Armour!! why why why
They're either over-cautious, or they want to look "hardcore". I remember seeing a guy about 40K into an Enduro once, with elbow pads, knee pads and shin pads on… I chuckled to myself as I passed him… I'm all for it (I've got armor myself), but there's a time and a place for it!Posted 7 years agoadam5555Subscriber
Live and let live. People do tend to overdress for Glentress in the summer. Tends to be tourists who have read about how "Radical" spooky woods is in MBR. But hey they're having a good time and spending there money in the local economy. Personally I just avoid the place at the weekends
On another note people do wear lots of armour for genuine reasons for stuff like that. self employed, protecting old injuries etcPosted 7 years agoDirtynapMember
I always wear knee and shin, sometimes elbow and forearm and a helmet. I don't bother with a full face or body armour though it gets far too hot, and overkill really. But that said I understand why some people do wear all the gear but it must be really uncomfortable.Posted 7 years ago
Perceived danger?They like the illusion of being a 'risk taker' but don't like the consequences.Posted 7 years ago
Lack the experience to guage where their limits actually lie,hence the 'I was just going round the corner and the bike went away from me' excuse.
on the other hand they could just be big mincers 😆
OK hopefully this will get me banned.
Definition matches a good few of the replies. LOL
WilkoM6 out.Posted 7 years agoMussEdSubscriber
Oh WilkoM6 you are really living life on the edge with that link. You're feet will not touch the ground – noone has hads the balls to a} post a link to that Urban Dctionary entry AND b} ride your bike without protection…
Crazy skillz m8 – GNARR to the power of sick, duuude.Posted 7 years ago
Do you guys (mostly late 30s to 40s) who dress up like Robocop to tackle the red at Glentress feel really uncomfortable, when wearing enough armour to go down Fort William with no brakes and being pelted by rocks fired from a challenger 2 tank???
Honestly, its mad, they have shin pads, elbow pads, forearm guards, 661 body armour and full face helmets, all covered with matching DH fox racing gear, do you not clatter your way up the hill, a pair of 661 soft knee pads should be all you need max, full face at a very big push!
All the gear – No idea springs to mind.
Why? Why? Why? you look ridiculous and everyone laughs at it, so much overkill for a simple man made piece of singletrack!
DH tracks and freeride parks fair enough. But the red???Posted 7 years ago
Why? Why not. /thread.
Personally, I wear more armour than most because while I'm mostly recovered from my broken hip and torn ACL, I'll never make a full recovery and I can't afford more injuries to that leg. And I'd look a wee bit silly wearing one kneepad. This combined with my osteoperosis- brittle bones- means that iI shouldn't be riding at all, but the armour makes it merely a bad idea instead of moronic.
But by all means assume I'm some sort of skill-free risk-compensating crash-waiting-to-happen knobber. I can certainly see why people wearing armour ruins your day and I'm hugely sympathetic to your plight.Posted 7 years ago
MussEd, I have some cracking Dainese kevlar armour, full body, including fingers are you interested?
Oh I do wear protection, however I "pad up" relevant to the risk.
Gelntress red- helmet, giro xen to be exact, nothing more, nothing less.
Dunkeld DH or Fort Bill, full face, shin pads, elbow guards, back protector.
If I wipeout at GT red am I going to REALLY need all that armour? not really.
Tearing down top section a fort bill with an over the bars moment on the rocks, then full face will serve me well.Posted 7 years agogrummMember
Did people used to get the piss taken out of them for being wimps for wearing helmets 10-15 years ago?
Oh I do wear protection, however I "pad up" relevant to the risk.
You've made a personal judgement, which has some basis in fact, but is actually pretty irrational. You'd probably be better off wearing all your armour in the car on the way to Fort William.Posted 7 years agojuanMember
Well how much is too much? helmet on the road? helmet on a fire-road? helmet on a singletrack?
Knee pads? Shin guards? elbow pads? body armour?
Now I am just confused? I wear a helmet when I ride (I have broken quite a few). And I also wear shin and knee pads. Last time I was in Italy with nasher and I was wearing a body armour. Am I one of this over amoured you refer to?
Have you actually rode with the guys? And can you explain to me why is it more acceptable to wear body armour on a DH track than on the RED at GT? Surely if you fall off you are likely to injure yourself the same.
Or and it's a big or, you have smee or alpin or njee wispering at your ears 😀Posted 7 years ago
What armour would prevent you from breaking your hip…or tearing an ACL then?Or even breaking a collar bone?At best it stops gravel rash,skinned shins,bruises and puncture wounds.Does'nt stop the things that would really screw you up long terms-Helmets not withstanding.Posted 7 years ago
quite the opposite, i'm not happy due to a squadron of stormtroopers clanging up Spookywood, only to screw up the descent aswell by picking S%it lines, not allowing faster riders through and high five all round at the bottom because they only took the chicken run once this time.
Are you Darth?Posted 7 years ago
"What armour would prevent you from breaking your hip…or tearing an ACL then?Or even breaking a collar bone?At best it stops gravel rash,skinned shins,bruises and puncture wounds.Does'nt stop the things that would really screw you up"
My hip would almost certainly have been prevented by any decent armoured shorts, including but not limited to the 661 Bomber Evos I now wear (and which don't affect how I ride in the slightest). The ACL wouldn't have been prevented by the pads I wear but as I said "I can't afford more injuries to that leg." It's already marginal, so any further injury will probably mean I don't ride a bike again, broken kneecap etc.
It's nonsense to suggest protective great can't prevent serious injuries I'm afraid. If that's the basis for your opinion I can understand why you might think it's not worthwhile, though I can't understand how you can believe that helmets can prevent serious injury but nothing else can when they all operate in the same way.Posted 7 years ago
wilkoM6 – Member
"quite the opposite, i'm not happy due to a squadron of stormtroopers clanging up Spookywood, only to screw up the descent aswell by picking S%it lines, not allowing faster riders through and high five all round at the bottom because they only took the chicken run once this time"
Obviously that would all be fine if they weren't wearing any body armour, that's what you're saying here? Or they'd be faster? Here's a daring suggestion- why not wait a couple of minutes after they leave to give yourself a gap, like everyone else does?Posted 7 years ago
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