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Can anyone recommend shin guards that would suit me?
I only do cross country style riding - nothing really extreme other than jumping the odd ant hill.
The reason I am looking is because my local 15km loop contains a lot of low flora, which has me coming home with itchy, bleeding shins and calves.
I don't envisage doing any extreme DH or freeriding (unless someone taps the fountain of youth), so some lightweight ones would be good.
If it's just shins you're needing to protect, soccer shinguards are cheap and effective. They're lighter and cooler than mtb knee/shin guards and they don't leave your ankles unprotected.
I feel your pain. When first riding and learning my way around Manly Dam, I used to get loose rocks jumping up off the front tyre smacking me in shins every darned ride. My shins are a mess of scars.
Doesn't seem to happen now. No idea why! Maybe I'm better at picking my lines and lofting the front over stuff.
I got Pro-Tec ones and you slip your feet through the neoprene (so completey goes around your calf). They get hot - perhaps if you shave they won't be as bad but I was actually using them for Cycle Polo as I had flat pedals with studs that would regularly end up on the shins.
For XC I would consider trying long socks first - they will save your shins from light scrub. If it is seriously heavy, have a look at options with velcro that will leave the back of your calves free so you don't overheat.
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Football socks have the advantage of breaking Rule 27, and thus incurring the wrath of the Keepers of the Cog and saving you the ignominy of ever being confused with a road bike rider.
Oh... no wonder you can't cope with a few sticks to the shins.
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I wear a pair of g-form shin guards from pushie enterprises. Seem to be cooler than the straight neoprene I had some time ago and have taken a few hits. I must admit the lycra/stretch tube doesn't seem to be holding up spectacularly well but in saying that they haven't fallen apart.
I used to say HTFU, but then I had a silly crash on a trail I ride regularly and tore open my shin, knee and shoulder. 40+ days later it finally healed over. Had to have a full week off the bike in beautiful riding weather at the start of that 40 days. Much prefer wearing guards these days...
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