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Old 04-11-08, 09:35 AM   #1
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New skin and my knee vs the sun

Now that I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel I was pondering an instruction my doctor gave me. I suppose I could ask my doctor during my next weekly visit for my knee but as I said before, I am bored.

Once my knee finishes healing my body will have basically replaced 90% of the skin on my knee. My original wound tore my knee apart down to the bone.
My instructions are to keep it covered in sunscreen. Being that I spend roughly 24 hrs a week riding in the sun at a mile above see level I wonder if this is adequate. Meaning that since I ride in lycra I am wondering if knickers or knee warmers would be the way to go? Do they make said items light enough to keep me from over heating in 90 degree temps?
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Old 04-11-08, 09:43 AM   #2
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I'd either get a bottle of SPF50 just for your knee or a thin athletic kneebrace thingy. Since it sounds like you tore your knee up pretty badly, I'd lean more towards the brace to make sure it's supported as it heals.
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I can't ride until it finishes healing and my right arm's fracture is healed as well.
At the moment my knee is an open wound currently being treated with a topical solution and an antibiotic. More curious as to what my options are once I have skin again.
Even though, that is still up in the air depending upon if I terminated my dermis or not.
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Old 04-11-08, 12:33 PM   #4
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Heck, get creative if your going to have to have keep your knee basted in sunblock. Paint a pattern on your knee or something amusing to you. And use zinc oxide. The white nose stuff of lifeguard fame...
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Old 04-11-08, 05:20 PM   #5
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If a knee warmer ends up being too heavy, try using a plain white t-shirt sleeve.
Also, ouch.
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It really doesn't hurt too bad. There is not a huge amount of nerves in ones knee. Either that or quite a few were destroyed.

It seems that most cycling lycra knickers are made with the idea of keeping one warmer.
I have found a few knickers for the FG crowd that are a summer weight. Not quite what I am looking for.
Basically lycra that will keep my knee covered without me overheating. Perhaps I should just wrap it. Pain in the arse that is.
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The ideal material would be that UV-proof material they make Oneill dive shirts out of. Closest I could find with legs:

http://www.coolibar.com/03507.html

Or you could get a long-sleeve dive shirt and hack off the sleeves. Then you have a UV-proof knee cover and a short-sleeve shirt.

Key with sunblock would be getting something exceptionally sweat-proof if you go that way.
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If you don't go with the dive shorts, you can just get a lycra knee warmer, just lycra meaning that there is no fleecy lining. There are many on teamcyclist.com. My assumption is that they are no more insulative than lycra shorts.
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