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    Too much/little clothing cause cramping?

    This past weekend it was about 70 degrees and I already shed my leg and arm warmers as I was sweating. I commented to my friend who still had his on and he said, half jokingly, it was to prevent leg cramping. I don't know if he was serious or not.

    So my question is, can your legs get too warm/cold and go into cramp mode?
    I start sweating within 10 minutes and figure it's time start shedding the warmers. Is it best to leave them on below, say 70 degrees, and be a little warmer than normal?

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    No one knows what causes cramps.
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    Shed leg and arm warmers at 70? Few weekends ago it was 46 in the morning when I started my ride. I didn't know how to dress, nor do I have proper clothing, so I wore sweatpants and a sweatshirt. 10 minutes and I was wishing I didn't wear what I wore (I don't have any way of carrying stuff.) The following weekend was 50 and only warmed up maybe 2 or 3 degrees and I was happy again in shorts and a t-shirt for 20some miles.
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    Try bananas and gatorade, plus good hydration for cramp problems.

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    Some people do cramp up while exercising if they get too cold, in their calves specifically. I've been around two of them.

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    bananas and hydration like said above. I am cramp prone towards the end of hard rides because I focus on finishing and stop drinking enough water and eating poorly. Cold weather does suck for me as it makes my asthma go nuts and I can barely breathe. Your friend might have thought the sleeves could have worked as compression sleeves which is not the same thing but might prevent muscle damage for runners.
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    I can hardly imagine 70F being cold enough to induce cramps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    No one knows what causes cramps.
    That about sums it up.
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    Leg warmers when it's a frigid 70? Where do you live? Equatorial New Guinea?

    I wear shorts down to about 50F. I've never cramped.

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    I prefer Powerade for cramps and stretching the leg muscles.
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    Google "cramps cause cure" and you'll come up with around 9 million hits. Read the first 2 pages and you'll see that there are as many "cures" as there are causes.
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    One undisputed fact: Feels so good when the cramp stops.
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