My buddy Kurt has a lower risk threshold than me and often rides with a full face helmet, arm and leg pads – even in town. I’m amazed at the amount of gear he straps on to ride a bike. I don’t know if it’s the fact I’m getting older or that I’m about to embark on what will likely be a pretty intense session of technical mountain biking, but I’ve been feeling under protected lately.
I decided I had better gear up for the rocky desert trails to come. So I got myself a set of arm and leg pads. I even tried on a full face helmet, but it felt so restrictive that I put it back. I figured if I changed my mind they’d be selling ’em in Moab and Sedona so I can just buy one there.
I’m not sure what it will be like to ride with pads, but I’m prepared to give it a week of feeling odd to give myself time to adapt. I’ll probably be glad to have them the first time I fly off my bike and land on some sharp rocks.
BTW – for those in Canada MEC has bike armour on clearance at the moment – nice stuff – great price!