So damn old its knew – or – knee pads or XC…really!!!!???????
Lovely gentlemen, I fancied a bit of sparring!
Imposing your world view on other people is my pet hate and at the end of the day your ride is your choice!
It is feeling that I had to do what the mags and trends said that spoiled my experience of riding a few years back, but luckily a good friend has coaxed me back.
What I really believe about bikes is a closely guarded secret…but keep an eye out for more arcane ramblings soon.
And maybe if I typed more slowly I’d know how to spell Knew Rusty…and maybe I’d become pedantic too…know offence bro 🙂Posted 4 years ago
I’m not that crusty a rider, but when I started doing the Dark Peak around 1999/2000 I used to have a complex about riding the unfashionable and unnecessary precautions of flat pedals, wide bars, short stem and plus 80mm travel forks. How wussy? And taking a DH/Jump setup on an all-day ride – really!
Well, what goes-around-comes-around, as they say, and as I lined up at the start of the British Heart Foundation Dark Peak challenge, I couldn’t help but notice the prevalence of bars wide enough to fit a KTM Super-Duke and even the jey-boys were riding flats.
But all that knee-armour – really? On a 42 mile XC ride…and what’s all this ‘All-mountain’ nonsense…I know chaps who’ve been riding all-over mountains for years and to be honest, no amount of re-branding will take away the skill that attempting something nutty on an eye-ball rattling bike will give you…nor will ‘XC’ ever be fashionable, even if that’s all most of us really ever do…if we’re honest.
So long live big days out, skills over travel and flat pedals for XC.
Knee pads optional.Posted 4 years agojools182Member
I wear knee pads on most rides
I cracked my knee against a rock and wasn’t able to walk for days
I was doing about 0mph at the time, just setting off at the top of a descent and my front tyre lost grip
You don’t have to be gnar to get injured
I already look like a tit in my cycling gear, I doubt the absence of kneepads would improve mattersPosted 4 years agokevin1911Member
I wear kneepads on most rides too. After years of
ridingcrashing, the novelty of spending 6 hours in A&E getting them sewn back together has finally worn off.
If you don’t think you need knee/shin pads, you just ain’t fast/gnarly/on-the-edge/pinned as those who do wear them. 🙂Posted 4 years agoGEDAMember
I love my knee pads. Keep my knees warm and stop me from bashing my knees against the bars mainly though I did bike through a narrow gate the other month without them on, bit a stone and glanced my knee on the gate post. Been limping since and it would not have happened if I was wearing my pads. Flats are reserved for the pump track and messing around though.Posted 4 years ago
So -technology eh…being unable to show off via downhill skills, expensive/modern bike or extreme athleticism, I decided to take a leaf from the hardy locals I’ve met who ride the trail on singlespeeds, 69ers and fixies and thought hey, cross bike: now that’s a serious statement.
One blown back tyre later and I’ll stick with the good old bicycle of mountains in non-marshy conditions 🙂Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
direct drive, rather than fixed gear, surely?
To be pedantic it’s both, given you can get direct drive with a freewheel (and believe it or not there are a few madmen who’ve installed those in unicycles), and though it wasn’t the one I was referring to I also have a unicycle which isn’t direct drive!
Good deduction though – assuming you didn’t already know I rode one.Posted 4 years ago
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