Essential safety gear

Essential safety gear

Post by Major Clange » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 20:53:04


Given my recent accident  (see thread 'Onza bites man'
(http://tinyurl.com/4ww8k) ) I was wondering what is the most essential
safety gear when learning to ride new tricks. I would like to learn to
ride down flights of steps, hope back up them, improve my rolling hops
and practice higher and higher drops.

When I first started I rode with no safety gear, then my first bad fall
persuaded me to use wrist guards and my latest accident has convinced me
to buy some leg/shin pads, but what else sholud be on my shopping
list?

- Helmet
- Gloves
- Elbow pads
- Back protector
- Body suit
- ...

What do other riders typically wera when trying new stunts?

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Essential safety gear

Post by andrew_carte » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 20:59:16

When I'm pushing my limits and doing new things (and old but scary
things) I generally wear (in order of importance):
-  Gloves
-  Helmet
-  661 Knee/Shin guards
-  661 Elbow guards

I usually wear all of these anyway.  I'm considering investing in some
wrist guards too.

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Post by Krashin'Kenn » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:05:49

When on the Coker (with plastic pedals):
helmet
elbow guards
knee guards
harbinger wrist supports/gloves

When on the MUni (with shin-eater pedals):
helmet
661 shin/knee guards
661 elbow/forearm guards
harbinger wrist supports/gloves

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Post by one wheeled stallio » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:07:40

For me,
1) Shin pads for any sort of trials and tough off-road and new freestyle
tricks (usually involving spins of some kind)
2) Gloves always for road or sometimes trials and muni.
3) Knee/shin pads for some tough/dangerous trials and muni.

4) Would like some kind of ass pad for learning variations of wheel
walking. Would make a great addition to the KH range I think...

Never had the need for a helmet, though seeing stuff that guys like
Andrew do a helmet is a good idea. I have a big head and always spend
the money elsewhere! Never really bashed my elbows, but I have seen
friends who are trying to learn cut them up pretty somehow...

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Post by nickj » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 21:18:37

Just gloves for hockey.

For gentle muni - helmet amd wristguards

For proper muni - helmet, wristguards, 2x4 and 4x4s (elbow, knee and
shin protectors)

EDIT: ... and cycling shorts for all occasions :cool:

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Post by evil-nic » Fri, 23 Jul 2004 22:39:18

Helmet always, for muni I wear Fox shin/knee pads, elbow pads.  When I'm
just going from point A to point B, I only wear the helmet.  My
girlfriend yells at me at that point, and I try to explain that it's not
that dangerous, and she goes quite and I have to be uber sweet.  BTW, my
only uni is a 24" Nimbus Muni, so I'm not cokering or anything on my
A->B rides...
Anyone else have similar problems with their non-uni spouses?

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Post by Robbi » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 00:18:19

Quote:

> *When I'm pushing my limits and doing new things (and old but scary
> things) I generally wear (in order of importance):
> -  Gloves
> -  Helmet
> -  661 Knee/Shin guards
> -  661 Elbow guards

> I usually wear all of these anyway.  I'm considering investing in some
> wrist guards too.

> Andrew *

You rank Gloves above helmet? I wear a skate helmet and one glove on my
hopping hand. This glove is also reinforced with a bit of an inner tube
as it was still getting to my fingers after the 4 hour rides i was doing
like 4 days straight. These are just sailing gloves we had around the
house though, not full fingered and not very padded around the fingers.

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Post by Telluride » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 01:29:09

I use all of the usual, helmet, knee/shin, elbow, wristguards, and I
also use ankle suports. I use a soft wrap that laces on and has figure
eight straps with velcro the brand name is ASO which came from an
orthotics place, there are other brands that make a similar product. You
can get active ankles from unicycle.com but I didn't like them they are
plastic stirup that goes in your shoe and pivots at your ankle, I don't
like how wide they are, but they probably give better support than the
kind I use.

I highly recomend them for trials and muni, and for beginners. I wish I
had a picture of my ankle after I broke it riding on slickrock trail in
Moab, my foot was at an amost ninty degree angle to my leg after
dislocating my ankle breaking both the tibia in two places and the
fibula. I'm preaty sure it wouldn't have happend if I had been wearing
ankle supports or it wouldn't have been as severe.

Some people will tell you that wearing ankle supports will cause youre
ankles to become weaker, but I believe that riding a unicycle doesen't
strengthen your ankle like hiking does. The suddden impacts that occure
in an UPD don't strengthen them either and it's easy to twist or break
your ankle without support.

Here's a picture of the x-ray of my ankle after surgery. Dan

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Post by uniextrem » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 01:36:41

I always where a skate helment when doing stuff like street and muni. I
where shin guards when i muni and I very rarely ride shin guards with
street, i sometimes where a soccer shin guard but I just found the
wonders of Levi Strauss leg armor i find it to not provide as much
protection as say 661 but it does provide some and is probably the most
comportable leg armor out there.

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Post by andrew_carte » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 07:19:13

Quote:
> You rank Gloves above helmet?

Yes, but I consider both to be very important.

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Post by TonyMelto » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 07:27:54

I own 6 types of safety gear which I rank in this order of importance:

Knee/Shin guards
full finger gloves
661 ankle biters
wrist guards
helmet
elbow/forearm guards

I rank them in this order by frequency of injuries or near misses to the
various body parts they protect. Helmet is ranked low because head
injuries in unicycling are very rare. For me the most common injury is
getting a pedal in the shin or calf - it's painful but easily
protectable - that's why I've ranked knee/shin guards highest. I very
rarely wear my elbow/forearm guards.

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Post by onetrac » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 10:13:39

for protection I wear,
pants
a tee shirt
underwear
socks
shoes
and occasionally gloves

hurt prevention is not worth mobility limitations. not for me.

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Post by clutchd0 » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 11:41:07

i wear boxers
shorts
t-shirt
flip-flops

that's right

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