I'm just about to return to riding my bike again after a two ACL, MCL & Meniscus reconstructive surgeries, this has involved me having almost two years away from BMX!
What i'd like to know is for all those other riders out there who have had similar issues with their knees, what protection do you use when riding? Knee Braces, Knee Pads, or both? And if so what brand do you recommend?
I can't wait to get back on my bike and i've spent so much time in rehab & at the gym getting my knee back to strength so that i can ride again, but i can't go backwards and have to go through all of this again!
Thanks in advance, All the way from the UK!
You said all the way from the UK but you're only about 20 miles from me haha.
Pretty much everyone I ride with has either Sixsixone or Pro-tec pads.
I have Bicycle Union gasket style knee pads for every session, occasionally I bust out the Protec Street knee pads (GIANT SIZED)
I am sick and tired of the "cliques" that this sport has recently developed. We should embrace the fact that we all ride a little kids bike, and not worry about the small details. When you take riding in its most basic form, we are all the same.
the best thing you can do is ask your doctor... 1 because he can tell you if getting a brace would help and 2 if you get a brace they will make a custom one that is much more effective. kneepads wont help for when you land awkwardly or anything like that but will help if you slide out or go to your knees or anything like that... so i think both would be the best bet but again ask your doctor he can give you the best answer for your specific situation.
i have shadow super slim knee pads. they're comfortable but i was doubtful of their level of protection at first but after falling straight to my knees a few times with them on and not feeling a thing, i'd say they're pretty decent.
I've torn my ACL and MCL in both knees, never got operated on, I wear EVS Axis Pro kneebraces for motocross but you can get the EVS Webs or even the EVS SX02's and be alright.