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Awhile back (at the Santa Cruz Jam) my buddy Steve made a comment that "...all the non-Santa Cruz riders are wearing jeans... we wear shorts!"
Unfortunately, Steve crashed hard that day (in shorts), and destroyed his knee, shin and broke his heel. The man is on the tail-end of a mend, but what he said stuck with me.
I've always worn shorts when I ride, but recently I've decided to ride in pants. Almaden Valley in San Jose, Ca. is brutal in the Summer. It's hotter than the hinges of hell's gates some days. But, my primary reason to just HTFU and bare the heat is to pad up underneath my skinny jeans - which I noticed was the reason why so many riders wear jeans.
If you look closely, you will see the outline of pads underneath the jeans of a lot of riders. Now, this definitely falls under the category of "no shit", but hear me out...
I no longer have to fear shin death. I get a lot more ballsy when I'm out riding, and when I actually do hit my shin, I don't feel a thing. I was over banging my shins on crashes - as we all know it's pretty painful, and falling onto your knee(s) in a wreck on concrete is no picnic either.
I've banged my knee on my handlebar which crippled me for a day. I've hit my shin so hard on a botched tree ride, the result looked like a baseball was implanted under the skin. All this really sucks, and quite frankly, my body is not healing very well these days (at my age).
Old dudes: do some research and take a look at the current pads offered on the market. A lot of them fit very nicely under jeans and do no hinder movement. You can even find combo sets that are a knee pad and shin pad in one.
It's way better than the painful alternative.
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