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Old 11-28-13, 08:14 PM   #1
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Outside tempature and knee ache

Over the last several months I have been riding in shorts as I did today, but my right knee has started to bother me a little. Today it was only 68 could the cold be causing the knee ache?
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Old 11-28-13, 08:16 PM   #2
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68* is not cold.
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cooler temps tend to increase joint pain for me
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My orthopedic surgeon told me that knee damage can occur to uncovered knees under 65 degrees. I definitely have knee pain if I don’t wear tights under the low 60 degree range. I could ride in the 50s in shorts when I was younger but I know I’ll have hurting knees if I do that now.
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I see some knickers in your future My bony knees can't handle cold, either. But as mentioned already, 68 degrees isn't cold where I live... that's perfect riding weather!

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Old 11-30-13, 07:30 PM   #6
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68 F is low enough to cause joint issues depending on your condition. I have a condition called chondromalacia, basically I have no cartilage left in my knees. Any major changes in the weather cause me all kinds of knee aches and pain. Spring and Fall are the worst times of year for me and humidity causes me as much grief as temperature. The only time they are totally pain free is in really hot, dry weather. Cycling helps me maintain knee mobility as long as I maintain a nice easy spin and don't try to push.
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The Europeans say to cover the knees when it gets below 60F or so. I never argue with Europeans.
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My orthopedic surgeon told me that knee damage can occur to uncovered knees under 65 degrees. ..
It can occur to uncovered knees at much higher temperatures than that too. I've experienced need damage in the high 80s, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't related to the ambient temperature at the time.
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I've got chronically achy knees due to arthritis, injuries/surgeries, circulation issues and just plain bad genetics. My knees work fine if warmed up properly and not strained early in a ride. Temperatures below 75F definitely DO affect my comfort level and pedaling efficiency.

Two quick and easy solutions for me and my balky knees.
1. Rub IcyHeat or a similar product on my knees before a ride. Stimulates blood flow. Pedal easily for the first 3-5 miles.
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2. Knee warmers. May look funny to the young & studly crowd. But they aren't feeling my knees' stiffness prior to/while warning up. Again - 3-5 miles minimum use at temperatures between mid-60s to mid70s (30 secs to remove and stow when no longer needed). I wear them longer or wear full tights if temps are lower than the mid-60s. I'm NOT fashion-conscious or sensitive to other's laughing at me, so I don't worry about how it looks(or if it makes me look older than my age).
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