Racing Knee Pads

I’m competing in some of the track races in Minneapolis, and I see that knee pads are usually required. Even if they aren’t for the normal forward races, I wouldn’t want to skid on pavement without them (and it’s definitely a possibility that I will be skidding on pavement! :D)

Anyway, the only thing I own is leg armor, and I don’t want to wear that for the track. Looking at racing pictures, it seems that many people wear some sort of simple knee pad. Anyway, what are these? There’s a picture with this video on Unicycle.com: http://www.unicycle.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=353

Also on Julie Young’s picture she is wearing them: http://www.unicycle.com/images.asp (scroll down a bit)

Thanks!
Nikki

Hey Nikki,
these are basic sport knee pads that are available at Wal-Mart or Large Chain Sporting goods stores. If you look at my picture on the page with the Julie Young pic you’ll see that I have some too. I think these pads run around $10.

Invest in a pair for NAUCC, knee pads are mandatory for all racing and track events. My investment has lasted many years…I use them once a year at NAUCC (or twice when there’s a UNICON)

Ok, thanks! I’ll watch for some on my next trip to Wal-Mart.

By the way, you will be at NAUCC this year, right? Will you be able to compete? How’s your leg doing?

Nikki

A. I will be attending the first part of NAUCC. I have to bug out on the 4th for a gig I booked before NAUCC dates were announced. I never thought an event in Aug would interfere with my NAUCC attendance…argh. I’ve only missed one since 1985 and this will be the first time I will have to leave early.

B. I will not be competing, just doing mostly MUni rides and helping out where I can. Probably be working with Unicycle.com most of the time.

C. My leg is still attached. I have not gone a day without pain since September 26th and I don’t expect to for quite some time yet. I’m doing a lot of riding on road and off. I’m not practicing any freestyle, I don’t feel comfortable with my coordination yet.
My best day riding so far I put in a total of 35 Miles: 4 miles on a 20in riding beside my wife, Katie (who is now riding solo!), 5 miles off road at Lebanon Hills, and two 13 mile road rides with a 700c wheel.

I’m still far from 100% recovered but this is much better than my first post injury ride on April 1st. On that day I cried because I could still ride and then I cried again ten minutes later when I couldn’t ride any more. I feel stupid saying I cried, but there were a lot of emotions from doing something that I thought I might never be able to do again after having done it for 20 years.

Enough about that, I just have to brag on my wife a bit…this morning she rode over 4 miles (6.5km) solo with no dismounts! For the past week and a half we have been riding 4 miles together every morning at 530a before she goes to work. We’ve been riding on a paved path around a nature preserve that is less than flat so she’s been getting a good workout. Katie is ace! She’s the ultimate mate, the whole time we dated I never once asked her if she wanted to try the uni, then one day she asked me if she could try and the rest is history.