Tear offs - good or bad? | The Question

Mountain Biking Magazine



Tear offs – good or bad? | The Question

Discarded tear-offs are becoming an increasingly common sight in our woods, forests and badger holes up and down the country.

Tear-offs in the mud. Photo: Sebastian Shieck.

I’m not going to have a rant about littering, because like the rest of you I hate it too. We should leave nothing in the woods but tyre marks, maybe a manmade booter or two, small amounts of bodily fluids, perhaps the inevitable drop of chainlube (bio of course) and at a ‘push’ a poo. But that’s it.

Goggle Lenses are expensive, they do scratch and do need protecting. But at a race event, should we expect the organisers to pick up our jettisoned vision strips or should we be taking more responsibility? And do we really need to be chucking tear offs while on a weekend ride in the woods just practising? If we’re not on a timed run then the simplest method is just sticking the used tear off in your pocket.

What are the alternatives?

Biodegradable tear offs

Well, a US company, biotearoffs.com, make some biodegradable tear offs. Not sure how long they take to degrade and it’s still littering in my eyes though.

Dfender Mudguard

How about a decent mudguard? Keep the shit from flying off your front wheel is half the problem. The Powa Dfender works well.

Smith roll off goggles

Smith do a good roll off system. 25 to 35 clear pulls per cannister.

The RedRaven speed view system.

Or a snazzy wireless set up like these RedRaven Speedviews?

This superhydrophobic stuff looks good but dries to to a translucent white colour so would obscure your vision. If only the boffins can make it transparent so it can be applied to a lens then we’re on to a winner.

Windscreen wipers?

Errr…not sure about this one though.

So what do you lot think? Do you have any suggestions ideas about the tear off solution? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

The Question

  1. Future racers | The Question
  2. 29ers in Downhill Racing? | The Question
  3. How important is the mental approach to winning races? | The Question
  4. Are Mountain Bikes Too Expensive? | The Question
  5. Strava, good or bad? | The Question
  6. What is your favourite race track? | The Question
  7. Who is the most talented bike rider ever? | The Question
  8. Favourite downhill mountain bike track | The Question
  9. What do you want from a product? | The Question
  10. Who do you think is the most talented mountain bike rider ever? | The Question
  11. Tear offs - good or bad? | The Question
  12. What is your dream holiday? | The Question
  13. Why do bike companies feel that they have to produce a new range every year? | The Question
  14. What's the greatest mountainbike product of all time? | The Question
  15. Electric bikes - spawn of Satan or harmless fun? | The Question
  16. Who is your hero? | The Question
  17. Are 29" bikes right? | The Question
  18. 29 Inch Wheels in Downhill Racing? | The Question


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.