> So, what are you (those using already kneepads) using? I'm not so much
> interested in brands, but mainly in type.
As with anything you wear on your body, brand is irrelevant (unless you're a
victim of the fashion game; which my friends know I'm not!)
The type of pad you should use depends on the type of falling you do, and
surfaces you're riding on. For rocks and offroad situations, a hard kneepad
is recommended. For indoors or less "punishing" activities, you can use
something less cumbersome. But this should depend on how much falling you do
as well. When learning new things, protect yourself and you can learn more,
because you won't be waiting for stuff to heal half the time.
Brett Bymaster wears hard platic rollerblading (don't know the brand)
kneepads. He's still ***man, but not as much as in the early days. I wear
a pair of cheap basketball/volleyball pads. I expose myself to less danger
when I ride (something to do with being over 30, Bruce Bundy and George Peck
excepted), and would rather avoid falling and not attempt certain trail
features. Brett is more willing to try stuff, so he protects himself
accordingly. I will admit that my pads are "Bike" brand. Not my choice, but
that's what the store had when I bought them. I drew a red circle with a
line thru it over the brand name, making for some nice uni pads. I made up
five sets of these for the USA Team that went to China in 1993 and I'm still
wearing mine. Guess it's time for a fresh pair...
Probably the most important factor of safety equipment is that it be
comfortable. If you can't stand wearing it you probably won't, and it's
money wasted and you still unprotected. You might have to try several things
to find what works for you.
You can see lots of examples of the stuff people wear by looking at MUni
Weekend riders. Click on the small images to see the big ones:
Stay on top,
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone