I'm shopping around for something to protect my knees. I like the idea of knee braces but would they be overkill for road use (considering that nothing is really overkill when protection is concerned)? I'm talking about the braces with integrated 'Patella Cup' - like a PODMX. Or should I be looking at a good quality set of knee protectors such as Astars' Bionic MX Knee Protector? Having said that, I intend on getting dirty later on so maybe braces are the better option. I guess this boils down to 'if you can afford em, get em'. Cheers.