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Thanks for the reply!
Any issues with overheating/ventilation or chaffing around your knees with the Raids?
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Nope, I’m actually going into my senior year of college studying Industrial Design. I’m on an internship now but was able to get one through my school where I work for myself pursuing my own idea/business plan.
Anyways… back to the topic at hand.
Now that it’s getting colder (I’m in New Hampshire) it’s nice to have a warmer/thicker pad on cause it helps keep the legs warm too, but during the warmer seasons its miserable to ride with anything that doesn’t breathe.
Do you ride clipless pedals or flat pedals? If you ride flats, do you ever hit your shins or calves on the pedals?
Would you be able to describe your ideal form of protection? Include things like shin/ankle protection to if you want, like a fully integrated system of padding?
Thanks again for being so responsive!
Thanks a lot Revengel! I really appreciate the feedback and that you’re an active member on the forums!
It’s really nice to be able to get direct rider feedback from people experiencing the exact problem I am trying to solve.
Thanks again for your response Revengel! Much more helpful and useful info this time around so I really appreciate it!
I’m definitely focusing on knee/shin guards just because the amount of time I have to work on this project, but also want to develop an elbow guard to go with the knee/shin guard. It also seems like more riders have complaints with the knee/shin protection that is available and less issues with the elbows.
It seems like you wear some pretty serious protection on your legs. I’m curious as to how long of rides you go on? Do you find yourself adjusting all your pads throughout the ride and tightening the straps as they become loose?
I really want to develop something that you can wear on long rides without them scratching the legs and becoming uncomfortable after a short amount of pedaling.
Thanks! I appreciate all you said, and you definitely raise some good points to think about! However, I am a design student and have a pretty good grasp on the design process, how to identify a problem and go about developing a solution. At this point i am looking for direct rider feedback (user research), not the process of how to design a pad. But again, thank you for your suggestions.
So, with that being said, do you ride with pads at all? If so, can you give me some of your thoughts on them? Do you wear them on extended rides? Only on the descents? Do you have to take your shoes off to put them on/off?
If you don’t ride with any sort of pads, why don’t you? What new features or new type of pad would make you want to buy them?
This is the type of information I’m looking for, i want to develop exactly what us Mountain Bikers want and need so I’m looking to the forums for as much feedback as possible!