World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Woodbury, MN
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I've gotten back into MTBing a couple years ago after riding all the time when I was younger and love it, even raced for the first time last year.
1. Thing is I HATE clipless and even though I've tried over and over to feel comfortable in them it's simply not happening comfort wise so I've decided this year I'm running toe clips on my road bike and flats with 510 shoes for the MTB. Last year at my race I had a younger kid in front of me bog down in the mud and I went down trying to get around him because I couldn't get out in time. Then when you want to walk around the cleats clunk and no matter how hard you try you still walk funny which hurts my back as well. Just not worth it to me.
2. Padded shorts. I have a Fox setup with a padded liner and a speerage "outer" which allows me to wear whatever over. Work great, well worth it. Get two sets, one can dry out while you wear another if you go everyday.
3. For gloves I use Fox fingerless. Like X said palm protection is key, far more than knuckle which is different than motorcycle gloves. Find some that are comfortable and go with those.
Above all if you're new to this TRY STUFF ON LOCALLY BEFORE BUYING. I'm all for ordering online but have a LBS that works with you and you feel comfortable with because no matter what you will need them at some point. And they will help with fit, sizing and what works locally; once you get a good baseline you can start doing more online. There are so many "experts" online that can steer you wrong very easily simply by differing geographic conditions and because you move around so much on a bike, little differences are magnified 10x and you may find something that works great for someone in Colorado sucks in Illinios.
I stumbled on Trek/Gary Fisher 29er bikes a few years ago helping a buddy buy a Trek hybrid and got back into biking after talking to the shop guy about how I had stopped riding because I could never find a fit that worked; at 6'3" I always fell between 20" and 22" and just felt too big. He suggested Fishers middle sizing and 29ers and I've been hooked since. I picked up a Fisher Utopia hybrid to ride with my buddy and then decided I wanted more off road so I tried a bunch and bought and sold a few low-mid level bikes until last winter when I stumbled one night on a Trek Superfly AL for a good price on eBay.
Thought I had such a nice, lightweight bike I'd try racing last fall which was fun; I loved the bike but the shifting just wasn't right all year so what started as a set of XT shifters this winter turned into me building a completely new '14 Superfly 9 from the frame up for this year. Hoping to race more and drop some weight, this is by far my favorite bike I've ridden.
Last edited by Miweber929; 02-18-2015 at 08:08 AM.