armour off or on?

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by Golden Chicken, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. I have only 3 weeks training behind me with my 24" uni and now I ride
    some 3-4 kilometers on the sidewalks and in the parks. I feel pretty
    secure and I haven't had any fall yet that made use of my paddings
    (knee, elbow & wrist). I only ride on paved surface and well ... it is
    getting darn hot with all this plastic covering the body's joints. I am
    thinking of laying the armour off, but I am not sure. What do you guys
    wear under similar riding conditions?

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  2. Sofa

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    when it is too hot, I skip the armour, and adjust my riding
    accordingly.

    I would have no one to blame but myself in an injury though!


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  3. Sofa

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    when it is too hot, I skip the armour, and adjust my riding
    accordingly.

    I would have no one to blame but myself in an injury though!


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    makes ur bran more exersised an it helps u consentrate an improves ur
    mentel stamena' - 1wheelthrilla


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  4. ethilien

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    Well, I don't know about anyone else, but in all my experience
    unicycling, I have never, ever, landed on my elbows, so I think it would
    probably be safe to ditch the pads on them :D

    As for knee pads, you probably don't need those either. However, if you
    pedals have spikes in them, I would recommend getting some sort of leg
    armor, like 'sixsixone' (http://www.sixsixone.com)s. They will protect
    your legs from getting cut up, like 'this' (http://tinyurl.com/4ww8k) :(


    Wrist guards I definitely think you should wear if your a beginner,
    until you learn to control your speed and slow down if you get going too
    fast, its rather easy to fall off and land on your wrists. I broke my
    wrist once from this happening.


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  5. ethilien

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    Well, I don't know about anyone else, but in all my experience
    unicycling, I have never, ever, landed on my elbows, so I think it would
    probably be safe to ditch the pads on them :D

    As for knee pads, you probably don't need those either. However, if you
    pedals have spikes in them, I would recommend getting some sort of leg
    armor, like 'sixsixone' (http://www.sixsixone.com)s. They will protect
    your legs from getting cut up, like 'this' (http://tinyurl.com/4ww8k) :(


    Wrist guards I definitely think you should wear if your a beginner,
    until you learn to control your speed and slow down if you get going too
    fast, its rather easy to fall off and land on your wrists. I broke my
    wrist once from this happening.


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  6. always remeber chicks dig scars! and when you fall knees hurt and wrists
    break!

    its never too hot for wrist guards and a helmet, especially when you are
    just starting to learn.


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  7. 1Cube1Wheel

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  8. When I Coker, it's helmet, Harbinger wrist guards, elbow pads and knee
    pads. I have NEVER had a pedal bite from the Coker. When on the MUni,
    with pinned pedals, it's helmet, Harbinger wrist guards and always 661
    knee/shin guards. Depends on the type of riding and terrain as to if I
    wear elbow guards or my 661 elbow/ forearm guards. I would stongly
    suggest a helmet and wrist guards at the very least. Here in Texas,
    where I ride, the temperature is usually somewhere from 95 to over 100
    degrees with the heat index. I'd much rather be hot than broken :)


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  9. digigal1

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    I've been wearing every type of armour you can imagine but was over my
    grandmother's house the other day and wanted to show her that I can ride
    a little way. I thought the investment of time getting all that gear on
    me was way too much for the 30-second demonstration. When I mounted, I
    was shaking like a leaf.


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  10. Hmm, I don't wear any gear any more.

    I only fall once and while. I think I'd rather get some injuries than
    wear padding.


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  11. GregCravens

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    I draw for a living. Brain and wristguards everytime. I can deal with
    the shin and calf scratches to avoid the raw spots my sixsixone leg
    armor rubs on me. I'm probably doing something wrong in the way I put
    'em on or something.

    Anyhow, Brain bucket and Harbinger wrist protection. Much good.


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  12. vivalargo

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    At least a few times a week I just jump on my uni to fiddle around on
    the street (no big trials stuff or risky tricks), and sometimes I can't
    be bothered to strap on the gear. A couple minutes into the ride the
    curb starts looking interesting, moreso those stairs over there, and so
    on till I'm cutting loose. And just about everytime I get bit and bit
    hard by the peddle.

    It's be said, and I second the motion: at the very least, no matter how
    hot it is, always wear shin gurads.

    JL


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  13. vivalargo

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    At least a few times a week I just jump on my uni to fiddle around on
    the street (no big trials stuff or risky tricks), and sometimes I can't
    be bothered to strap on the gear. A couple minutes into the ride the
    curb starts looking interesting, moreso those stairs over there, and so
    on till I'm cutting loose. And just about everytime I get bit and bit
    hard by the peddle.

    It's be said, and I second the motion: at the very least, no matter how
    hot it is, always wear shin gurads.

    JL


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  14. My best motivation to strap the armour on comes from knowing I won't be
    training the week(s) while wounds are healing. No chicks gazing at my
    scars will make up for this loss.

    That said I will lay off my knee padding until I get a new pair. The
    ones I've got are uncomfortable and the heat makes it even worse. And as
    some of you suggested, I think I'll manage without elbow protection.

    I agree head and wrists ought to be protected at all times.

    But shin protection also means calves protection, not? As far as I
    understand the pedal can go either way. So in order to avoid that spiky
    pedal from chewing leg you'll need padding all around. That sure sounds
    hot!


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  15. I learned to ride without an ounce of padding. Not even a helmet. I
    don't think much of it, as I don't think I needed it. I even began basic
    freestyle without a helmet. Then, for longer sessions, at the very
    least, the skidlid goes on. Now I only ride my unicycle on easy, paved
    areas, and me feet are both always planted on the pedals, without a
    helmet. When I commute I'm often sprinting and crossing streets and
    doing big rolling gaps up curbs, so the helmet is a must. For trials,
    freestyle, basketball, and ESPECIALLY muni, the helmet is a must. I
    think that all other pads are unneccessary compared to a helmet. I never
    wear wrist guards, since they make gripping the seat harder. Eventually
    I will wear them, but they're low on the pad list for me.

    In order of importance I'd say my equipment goes: Unicycle, helmet, leg
    armour, arm armour, gloves. If it's hot, first goes the gloves, followed
    by the arm armour. If I'm trying to develope any skills, no matter the
    heat, I have the helmet and leg armour. I'd say as long as you don't go
    out and do heavy rides and such, you should be fine with just a helmet
    and a uni. I know plenty of people who learned to uni without mishap,
    and they didn't wear any padding whatsoever. Also, it'd worth it to say
    that you should ride some without the armour just to boost your
    confidence and make it so you don't need the armour. If you are scared
    when you mount and ride without armour, then you probably wear armour
    too much. And this is coming from the biggest wuss of a trials rider
    ever.


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  16. evil-nick

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    I learned without any padding, though I should have used knee/wrist
    pads. That would have saved some skin.
    Ethilien said he's never landed on his elbows... I have, hard. I still
    have the scar on my left elbow, and if i had hit a little harder I
    prolly would have broken something... Was dismounting with the uni
    forward, and it skidded out on some sand covering the pavement... Jarred
    my arms pretty bad.
    If I'm tooling around town from point A to point B, I wear my helmet and
    that's it (unless you count steel toed shoes ;)). For muni I have Fox
    elbow/forearm pads and Fox knee/shin pads. They aren't full wrap
    around, but my pedals don't have sharp pins, just dull ones. What I do
    is I attach the pads to my Camelback, the leg armor spoons together, and
    I use one of the straps from the legs to hold the arm armor. This keeps
    me cool until I get to the trail. On the trail, armor all the way.
    Right now the entire right side of my body hurts, save where I was
    wearing padding. Rocks hurt, especially when you fall on them!
    Yeah, I know that I can fall on the way to the trail, but it's less
    likely. And if I do fall, it's nothing I haven't done before ;) But
    the pads do help when yer doing hard/new stuff.


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  17. ethilien

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    Well, I guess its possible to fall on your elbows, I just tend not to I
    guess :)

    I suppose it depends on the person, or the kind of terrain you've ridden
    on. Or maybe I just guard my elbows really well as I've broken one
    before :D


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  18. I've never really come close to hitting my head so I've not got a
    helmet- though this is a really poor reason for not having one. i have a
    big head and finding a nice helmet to fit is a nightmare- so I buy other
    things to cheer me up! Lol!

    I got some full leg/shin pads, but don't really bash my knees so I just
    use my shin pads now. They big ones occassionally come out though.

    I use gloves for muni or trials where I'm likely to graze my hand or if
    there is gravel about. I've cut my palms on a gravelly road before and
    don't want to do it again! My other reasons for wearing gloves is so my
    hand doesn't get sore on long sessions and so sweat doesn't affect my
    grip.

    I've hit my elbows falling backwards of my uni whilst (trying!) one foot
    wheel walking. It might improve my confidence with them but I find it
    much easier to talk myself into buying spares etc over pads!


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  19. dogbowl

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    Like you, I'm new at this, but I've been padding myself up in the most
    dorkish way possible--knee pads, elbow pads, helmet, wristguards, soccer
    shin guards, and heavy duty carpentry gloves under the wrist guards. I
    look like I'm about to play rollerball.

    All of it seemed to be a bit silly because even though I fall alot, I
    ALWAYS landed on my feet.

    Then a couple of days ago, I decided to forgo everything but the helmet.
    I went up the street, and jumped off due to an unexpected crack in the
    road--I must have banged my ankle because it hurt like hell afterward
    (luckily, it was uninjured, but bruised)

    So, right after that, I padded up again in my usually dorky way. And I'm
    glad I did because about an hour later I crashed and I landed on my
    knees and wrists. I was hurting all over, and both my knee pads had big
    scrapes in them that were not there before-- as did both by wrist
    guards.

    I have no doubt that I would have been really fucked up had it not been
    for the armor. Will I continue to pad up? Yes, every time, no matter how
    good I get, even if I look like a total nerd.

    I look at it this way--its not a question of IF you take a fall--its
    more like WHEN.

    Oddly enpough, the most interesting piece of protection I have are those
    gloves--just 5 weeks on the uni and they are SHREDDED!

    Armor is like condoms--better safe than sorry....

    Steve


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  20. evil-nick

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    Well, in follow up to my last post, I had a wicked bad fall off a table
    top in the local skatepark yesterday... I felt like a slinky... but i
    landed on all my pads on the way down, got up with nary a scratch...
    Pads rock!


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