Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

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Carl170
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Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Carl170 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 17:27 pm

I am looking to get some shinpads and kneepads, but I was wondering how much they actually restrict your movement when riding? Having belted my knees a few times, I think they could be handy.

I have seen downhillers use them, but they seem to only pedal a little way on the flat bits.

I would want them for doing a xc ride. Fairly flattish with just a few small uphills and down hills. Mostly 10 miles or so, pedalling all the way.

Any thoughts gratefully received!

Thanks (as always!)

Carl

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Cat With No Tail » Sun Nov 04, 2012 17:31 pm

Depends which ones you go for. Full-on DH ones will almost certainly be too hot. But you can get something like G-form pads which are designed for XC.

Beware sizing though. The g-form pads I bought don't fit me so they'll live in the drawer forever.

And anyone doing DH who only pedals on flat bits is doing it wrong.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby mcnultycop » Sun Nov 04, 2012 17:43 pm

I've got some fairly hefty O'Neal knee-pads and I don't really notice they are there when pedalling, in 3 hours riding on Friday I had to adjust them once, which I think is fine. I'd suggest you go and try some on though - they are one thing I wouldn't buy mail order.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby The Northern Monkey » Sun Nov 04, 2012 18:02 pm

Cat With No Tail wrote:....DH....flat bits.


Eh?! :lol:

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby warpcow » Sun Nov 04, 2012 19:17 pm

Yes, regularly do several hours at a time in my Kyle Straits. You have get some with a good fit: either order on line and be prepared to send some back, or use an LBS (or several).

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby tudj » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:29 pm

I use the 661 Riot kneepads and don't notice them now, I did a 25 mile ride today and wasn't at all hindered by the pads. I often do 15-20 mile rides while wearing them and they've never bothered me.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby bluechair84 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 21:43 pm

My 661 Evo foam knee pads are the bees... umm... knees... They've absorbed plenty of knocks as evidenced by scarring on the vinyl and are fine for pedalling in. Two bad things about them are that the elasticated straps can rub - but that could be a problem on any pad, and they are on the large size. I find they bunch up with a bent knee which is a bit annoying. But they pedal very well. I moved to these from some combined knee and shine pads which kept rotating around my leg when pedalling. The way I got around this was to leave the upper straps unfastened but it wasn't ideal. And I haven't missed having protected shins since moving.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Bishbosh10 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 22:03 pm

Fox launch pro here and no problems pedalling. (well, not related to the pads, more to do with my lungs!)
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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby paul.skibum » Mon Nov 05, 2012 06:32 am

661 Kyle Straits or Launch Pros are fine for me to pedal in. G Form ones look good too for a lighter more mid weight pad - not as tough I dont think as the other two mentioned but less sweaty and still decent protection.
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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby .blitz » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:41 am

As above no problems with Fox Launch Pros. I find them all-day comfortable to the extent that I feel proppa nekkid without them. The only minor issue is that they catch on the end of the handlebars on a couple of Cannock's switchbacks if I'm careless.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Northwind » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:25 pm

If your legs are restricted, then they're bad pads, or they're not fitting you right- pretty much all there is to it.

The other issues can be heat and chafing. I rode up the port de bales with my kyle straits on, and it was a wee bit sweaty :lol: Chafing is more about good design and fit, and keeping them clean.
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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby anj132 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:27 am

I've got the nukeproof kneepads with shinpads and I usually forget that I'm wearing them. I feel it's a bit OTT for local XC but they are ok for xc.

edit: typo

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Thewaylander » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:10 pm

The Northern Monkey wrote:
Cat With No Tail wrote:....DH....flat bits.


Eh?! :lol:


Wut... Flat?

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby Northwind » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:12 pm

There's often flat bits on dh courses! Sometimes even little climbs.

Though, they're not the only places you pedal, so.
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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby stubs » Tue Nov 06, 2012 20:22 pm

Used to wear them for XC but they started irritating me so I stopped using them on pedally bits and had them strapped to rucksack for when needed. Problem is I come to a nice rocky bit bomb down it and realise my pads are still strapped to my rucksack.
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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby RyanCTJ » Tue Nov 06, 2012 23:55 pm

+1 Fox Launch Pros, can ride all day in them. Twice now I've got into the car after a ride and forgotten I'm still wearing them, they're so comfy.

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Re: Can you pedal properly with kneepads on?

Postby dusk » Wed Nov 07, 2012 20:25 pm

another vote for Fox launch pro, I wear them for everything and can't fault them so far :D
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