How important is knee protection?

All,

I ordered the SixSixOne armor in Large from Unicycle.Com. It is the largest they carry, but took a chance on the size. They were too small for my legs, so I had a friend do some sewing on them to add fabric and make them larger. She was practically done when I realized I just hate the way they fasten onto my legs. ARGH!

So, I have been wearing my helmet and wrist armor, but not the leg armor. I happened across some decent soccer shin guards that come up to about an inch or an inch-and-a-half below my knee, and they are comfortable.

I do wonder how important knee protection is?

If knee protection (over and above shin protection) is critical, what should I do?

Would skater elbow and knee pads work and not interfere I wonder? Or is there some other unicyclist armor brand that people would recommend (preferably one that is usually in stock, or easy to get)?

Thanks,

Lewis

whats wrong with Roach armor?was it to small or out of stock?

i have a brand spanking new set of large knee/shins for sale,i ordered two and kept the mediums.

Most often when you are riding, I have found that you rarely ever hit or injure your knees and most frequently you injure your shins with your pedals. However, when you are doing something more technical and you happen to crash, you definitely want kneepads because they could easily be injured; this almost happened to me last summer riding at Vail! Now I have the Roach Knee/Shin pads and I am very happy with them- so I would highly recommend them.

-Bert

It seems like some people never fall on their knees. I’m not one of them, and have fallen quite often on my knees. My rollerblade knee pads are cut up and have saved me many a time.

Once when I was juggling on a smooth paved path, didn’t see a ripple in the pavement and went down hard. Many times in the snow and ice where you’re riding on slushy stuff and suddenly lose grip.

But it’s a personal thing. Maybe you fall differently than I but for me, knee protection is pretty important. Knee pads do get in the way and seem to fall down a lot, but I still regularly ride with them.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada

You could be lucky… or you could have this happen:

http://www.muniac.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=1&t=000012

Ummmmmmm- tasty!

Christopher

thanx,Rhysling

i tried several times to get that page here as a link,but but all of mine would just go to reveiws page and not the “bloody sunday”

anyway this is the proof that knee pads are essencial.

I think the real question is how much do you value your knees?
I apparently do not enough as I still can’t ride because of knee injury that
was inflicted by a vengeful rock and a good spill.
Dustin
Zupancic

“jagur” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> thanx,Rhysling
>
> i tried several times to get that page here as a
> link,but but all of mine would just go to reveiws page and not the
> “bloody sunday”
>
> anyway this is the proof that knee pads are
> essencial.
>
>
>
>
> –
> jagur
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

As someone put it to me recently (more or less):
“Whatever you leave uncovered is the next thing
you’ll land on”. This followed a freak Coker fall in which
I managed to rip a big flap of skin off each thumb.
I was wearing fingerless wrist guards at the time. The
injury looked nasty at first but I can still hit the
space bar without wincing. :slight_smile:

More pertinently, I’ve also damaged my knee on
a muni ride after my not-quite-big-enough combined
knee and shin guards had slipped down. It hurt like
bloody Hell. You certainly want to avoid any
permanent damage to your knees.

I’m starting to think seriously about elbow protection
to pre-empt my next fall. With that in place the next
thing I’m going to get will probably be facial road rash.

You have been warned.

Arnold the Aardvark

British Unicycle Convention 9
Kidderminster, 19 - 21 April 2002
http://www.unicycle.org.uk/buc9/

Ya- the only damage I’v taken to the knees is where the Roach slipped down on a face forward slide into earth- a perpetual dissapointment with what would otherwise be perfect lite armor.

While I don’t wear it for MUni, I use a helmet with full face protection on the Coker- it is light, comfortable and offers great field of vision (including the critical area under foot). Just say no to road dipilitory.

Christopher

It was out of stock when I ordered. I thought Chris told me the company that makes them was bought, so they were hard to get. I guess I was confused. I do know the Roach ones were out of stock.

Regarding sizes, I have found that large is not sufficient for me, at least in the SixSixOne armor. Way too small. I have big, meaty legs.

I will check Unicycle.Com and see if they have any Roach armor, and if it comes in XL.

In the meantime, maybe I will buy some kneepads to get me by.

Lewis

And supple- don’t forget supple…

Christopher

Chris,

Not that I expect anybody other than Tommy to show up to Uni/Muni here in Jackson, but don’t scare them off! :slight_smile:

I just measured my calves 3 times, skin bare, using a thin, non-stretchy cord. I then measured the length of the cord using a ruler.

I got 18.5 inches all 3 times, with less than 1/8th of an inch variation either way. I presume I was measuring the broadest part … it is hard to be sure.

I was reading some reviews of the DH Roach armor and one guy mentioned he had to get a custom-made pair from Roach directly because of his 19 inch calves.

This makes me wonder if the largest Roach leg armor will work on me at all.

Chris, what size is your DH Leg Armor? Large or Medium?

Lewis

Just out of interest here’s a link to the 661 sizing chart -
http://www.axocycling.com/gear/sizing661/armorsizing.html

Neil

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Chris,

Not that I expect anybody other than Tommy to show up to
Uni/Muni here in Jackson, but don’t scare them off! :slight_smile:

I just
measured my calves 3 times, skin bare, using a thin, non-stretchy
cord. I then measured the length of the cord using a ruler.

I got
18.5 inches all 3 times, with less than 1/8th of an inch variation
either way. I presume I was measuring the broadest part … it is hard
to be sure.

I was reading some reviews of the DH Roach armor and
one guy mentioned he had to get a custom-made pair from Roach directly
because of his 19 inch calves.

This makes me wonder if the largest
Roach leg armor will work on me at all.

Chris, what size is your DH
Leg Armor? Large or Medium?

Lewis


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Thanks! That was a useful chart. Apparently I am too big for all the SixSixOne Large Knee/Shin armor. Even the 4x4, while big enough for my upper calf, is too small for the lower calf.

My only confusion about the chart is where exactly they measure “top” and “bottom”. Still, being conservative, I still don’t look to fit in thir biggest armor.

I measure 10.25 inches at the narrow part of the ankle (bare), and 14.5 inches across the middle of the bottom portion (below the major muscle swell) of my calf.

So, that explains to me that I am not crazy, the SixSixOne armor just won’t fit me, period.

Anybody got a sizing chart for the Roach DH legs?

Lewis

At the time I ordered it, there were 3 sizes listed- I ordered large; however, they are marked M/L.

C

What brand and model helmet is it?

John

rhysling wrote:

> Ya- the only damage I’v taken to the knees is where the Roach slipped
> down on a face forward slide into earth- a perpetual dissapointment
> with what would otherwise be perfect lite armor.
>
> While I don’t wear
> it for MUni, I use a helmet with full face protection on the Coker- it
> is light, comfortable and offers great field of vision (including the
> critical area under foot). Just say no to road dipilitory.
> Christopher
>
> –
> rhysling
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

SOL Kevlar Magic Hang Gliding Helmet-

And you can get 'em here:

http://www.crittermountainwear.com/helmets.htm

I was lucky, and got mine new on E-Bay- $80.

Christopher

All,

I emailed Roach and told them my leg measurements and they told me that all the ones they had in store now would not fit my legs but that they have a wider one available in stores probably around April or so. Cool.

Lewis

Arnold the Aardvark <aardvark@notthistubulidentata.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> "Whatever you leave uncovered is the next thing
> you’ll land on".

<SNIP>

> I’m starting to think seriously about elbow protection
> to pre-empt my next fall. With that in place the next
> thing I’m going to get will probably be facial road rash.
>

> You have been warned.

Ahh - too late. On our Coker ride today I ended up with a
pierced ear, and Leo had a pierced nipple after we both
(independently) had tussles with brambles.

Joe had the worst injury after faceplanting when his foot
slipped off of his pedal - mostly just winded but a nasty
knock on the elbow too.

Paul

Paul Selwood
paul@vimes.u-net.com http://www.vimes.u-net.com

“Paul Selwood” <paul@vimes.u-net.com> wrote in message
news:3c6ef2d8.1b56@vimes.u-net.com
> Arnold the Aardvark <aardvark@notthistubulidentata.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> > "Whatever you leave uncovered is the next thing
> > you’ll land on".
>
> <SNIP>
>
> > I’m starting to think seriously about elbow protection
> > to pre-empt my next fall. With that in place the next
> > thing I’m going to get will probably be facial road rash.
> >
>
> > You have been warned.
>
> Ahh - too late. On our Coker ride today I ended up with a
> pierced ear, and Leo had a pierced nipple after we both
> (independently) had tussles with brambles.
>
> Joe had the worst injury after faceplanting when his foot
> slipped off of his pedal - mostly just winded but a nasty
> knock on the elbow too.

Ouch,

I’ve got a rather impressive graze on my arm off that one. The perils of
racing up hills on roads on a Coker. I didn’t actually do anything bad to it
as far as I can tell, just slid along on it, I don’t think I’m going to
bother with elbow guards.

Cool ride though, nice road ride with some nice little offroad byways too,
it’s always fun trying to stay on in the mud, even if a bit of it was beyond
our coker riding skills due to the large quantities of mud. I’m definately
going to get myself a 29" / 700c unicycle now, having seen Leo’s new toy.

Joe