Originally Posted by flargle
After some googling, it appears that it is not fully understood how warming liniments work. But they do dilate blood vessels, counteracting the body's natural reaction to cold. So you would not want to use liniment as a way of staying warm in, say, a wilderness survival situation. In a race or training situation, however, it seems reasonable (to me) that the dilation would help keep leg muscles functioning well.
Exactly, they just promote blood flow and help fight the natural inclination to close off vesseles in teh extremities. Fw keeping your muscles ready to go they are great. Obviously they aren't for actually producing "heat" and would be a dumb choice in a survival situation.... but of course we're talking about bike racing here
I do know that after using the extra strength greyhound juice you better wait a good while before jumping in a hot shower! OUCH
feels like someone put a blowtourch onto your skin. The stuff def makes your skin very sensitive to extrna heat sources.
Get on a cross bike.... you'll like it ;)