- Why don't people where shin pads?
because on a 30 miles ride full leg protection is super uncomfortable.
even if your only riding downhill it’s still crap and never fits right, everyones calfs are different shapes and sizes, and everyone shins are different lengths, I’ve never tried any that fitted or were comfortable.Posted 5 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
Most modern knee pads cover the top couple of inches of your shin too, which is where shin-burgers often happen and where they cause the most damage. I used to wear knee/shin pads for XC and stopped once I discovered how much more comfortable kneepads were for such a small trade-off in protection.Posted 5 years agoslowriderMember
that was self diagnosed though wasnt it hora?
if you try to protect everywhere that you might hurt while riding your bike then youll end up riding in an inflatable sumo suit. as said above, knees and hands often hit the ground first so it makes sense to protect them in some way if you are prone to a tumble or threePosted 5 years agonukeSubscriber
See lots of people wearing knee protection only and no arm protection yet, for me, it’s always my (fore)arms that get wrecked. Went down hard on my forearm on slippery chalk last week and my arms were already ruined from the weekend before from tree strikes. Wondered whether it was an SPD user thing?Posted 5 years agooliverd1981Member
I eventually managed to find a knee/shin combo that fits and I use it on all of my more gnar rides, and whenever I think there’ll be a lot of brambles. having said that I decided not to wear them around Glentress and ended up with 7 stitches in my knee (lowsided an easy corner)Posted 5 years agoturtleheadingMember
So I have noticed more and more people not wearing shin pads and only going for kneespads. Why?Posted 5 years ago
When out riding, I rarely seen shin protection, and on every vid pretty much everyone is only wearing kneepads (pro rider, I know).
I have some shin pads on order, but I’m thinking of sending them back and just going for knee pads. Fashion, trends, hot shins…I dunno?teacakeMember
Have ridden in many places across the UK and have only seen people wearing knee/shin protection if riding DH or are a “Mr Safety” type.
Recently moved to Stockholm and it is de rigueur regardless of ability or riding style. The terrain suits it as we ride 50% of the time on big bits of exposed granite. There are no long 30 minute plus climbs so you’re rarely spinning and sitting in the saddle. It’s mostly pedal kicks and pumping.
That said, I’d feel weird not wearing them in the UK now as I am so used to it.
Agree that the fit is never good. Your knee flexes a long way and even the nice POC ones are a bit annoying after a while.
Protect your knees!Posted 5 years agoMarinMember
I wear knee shin pad thingies on most rides unless very flat or grassy. Shins stop me going home with lacerated legs if off trailing. Knees because mine are or were knackered. Both because Im self employed. Rode 60k in them on Saturday and they were OK. 661’s. Other knee shin pad thingies are available.Posted 5 years agodeviantMember
Wow, i had no idea people ‘covered up’ so much when out on the bike!….it would kill half the appeal if i were to do this, i may as well put on all my motorbike clobber instead and go for a blast on that….the pleasure of cycling for me is in stepping out of the house in shorts and t-shirt and feeling like a kid again.Posted 5 years agomikey74Member
Went I went to Whistler a few weeks ago, I was in two minds as I had always taken knee/shin pads before, but I have become accustomed to just knees here in the UK (the brilliant Kali Aazis pads). In the end I wore the knee pads for the whole holiday and never felt the need for the shins.
IME shins are not that susceptible in crashes: Your knees, elbows, head, shoulder are far more likely to take a hit.Posted 5 years agoprobertsMember
I’ve just got back from a ride with my new shin pads, got some POC ones with the £10 0ff CRC voucher. Very happy with them, they didn’t move at all and were very comfy. I forgot I was wearing them for most of the ride and they make my spindly little legs look normal thickness. Bonus!!Posted 5 years ago
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