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Old 09-02-10, 07:46 PM   #1
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Legs feel like i'm wearing nylons - Any one else? Why?

It seems that, perticularly on morning rides, when I start out my knees feel like my skin is too tight, kinda like I'm wearing nylon stocking or pantyhose. It seems to be a fairly recent ( - 4 months.) I didn't pay much attention as it soon fades, but my wife just started riding and is saying the same thing.

Has any one else experienced this? Does anyone know what it might be from?
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Old 09-02-10, 07:50 PM   #2
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Has any one else experienced this? Does anyone know what it might be from?
I experience it, because I wear nylons.

Actually they are Juzo 20-30 mm Hg support hose, but they have the look and feel of fine pantyhose.

I look forward to taking them off every day.
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I experience it, because I wear nylons.

Actually they are Juzo 20-30 mm Hg support hose, but they have the look and feel of fine pantyhose.

I look forward to taking them off every day.
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Actually I understand that wearing compression garments are quite beneficial for people on their feet. I will pop out to a "pharmacy" when it gets pretty cold (thank you Canada) down here for a pair of Leggs to keep me warm.

But, no. After sun exposure my legs will have a "surface" effect. After a strenuous ride it's typically more of an internal muscle feel.
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Old 09-02-10, 08:36 PM   #4
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Wait.

You haven't started shaving those pasty things have you?
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Wait.

You haven't started shaving those pasty things have you?
No, that would'nt explain the wife.

Or would it?
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Old 09-03-10, 12:12 AM   #6
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You must be riding in the rain and the skin has shrunk.
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Old 09-03-10, 12:21 AM   #7
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Must have something to do with blood flow and temperature. Is it noticeably chillier during Florida mornings this time of year? Try wearing long tights and see if the legs feel the same.

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Are you perhaps starting to retain fluids and your legs are swelling?
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Must have something to do with blood flow and temperature. Is it noticeably chillier during Florida mornings this time of year? Try wearing long tights and see if the legs feel the same.

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If he wears tights, then he will feel like he is riding in nylons.

Disclaimer: I don't know what nylons feel like since I have never wore them.
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Thank God--I thought it was just me...
I've had the same feeling off and on for years. My mom had lots of neuro problems in her later life, and as I've gotten older I've had minor versions of the same symptoms, mainly the "nylons" feeling and some numbness and pain in my legs and feet. I started wearing compression hose a year or so ago for lower-leg edema (not related to the neuro stuff, as far as anybody can tell), and it made everything better.
None of this is necessarily going to help you, but at least for me, the compression was a big help. The swelling is gone unless I go a couple of days without the socks, and they're not uncomfortable for me--they make my feet feel BETTER, not worse.
I don't wear them to ride, though I may when tights weather arrives, but most of the rest of the time, I do. Only downside for me is that I've always worn shorts, and I won't wear them with the old-man support socks reaching to my knees.
If you want to try a pair, Walmart stores often have them pretty cheap. My doctor recommended Ames Walker online (www.ameswalker.com). Prices are decent and the quality's really good.
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A couple suggestions from a 67 yr old who still runs and rides. You might try some light stretching exercises prior to riding. Also, try taking a short walk prior to riding. That may help loosen up the legs. Over the years I have found it takes me longer to warm up. I now run 2-3 miles JUST to get "warmed up"/ I ride 3-4 miles relatively flat (yes, we have hills in Tallahassee) as a "warm up". I was going to suggest avoiding hills until you are "warmed up", but if you are in Coral Springs that should be a non issue.

Now, if you want to feel some tightness in your legs. Go run 8-10 miles at a decent pace(sub 9 min miles). Quickly change and jump on the bike for a brisk 30-40 mile ride. We call those "bricks" because your legs will feel like bricks. When mine do--I at least know the reason. Nick
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I have had a similar sensation since having a hip replaced in 2008. Activity increases the blood flow and it goes away. I gonna try those Ames Walkers that Velo dog suggested. Aging a treat, aint it?
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An old Lewis Grizzard story ended with the punch line "I don't believe I'da told that one".
Maybe a FISHNET story?
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You must be riding in the rain and the skin has shrunk.
I guess it could be SWEAT then! I really, really ,really try to avoid rain at all costs.

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Must have something to do with blood flow and temperature. Is it noticeably chillier during Florida mornings this time of year? Try wearing long tights and see if the legs feel the same.
Well if you mean going from 80 to 77 then perhaps.... lol. I don't think that's it.
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