so i guess the science behind it is that compression tights would keep the pressure higher in the legs so varicose veins don't form. so unless you want to have hincapie legs, compress/elevate those suckers. the picture alone would probably make an effective advertisement.
i did tons of research, like with anything else i buy, and finally came down to asking a good friend (triathlete, cat2 roadie) who works at a local nytro cycling shop. i said "compression socks, fad or function?" and he answered "2xu=fad, cep=function."
here is the basic description you will see when researching them:
"By compressing the surface veins, arteries and muscles, the circulating blood is forced through narrower channels. The arterial pressure is increased, causing more blood to return to the heart and less blood to pool in the feet. Compression socks are tightest at the ankles, gradually become less constrictive towards the knees. The soles of compression socks may be heavily padded for better shock absorption."
so, what i like to do is use "the stick" first to loosen up the muscles then throw the socks on.
oh yeah, and i grabbed some of this. another recovery technique. definitely an experience.
very informative, thanks for the info. i don't think i'm to 'the stage' where i need to be using compression clothing, but when i get there i'll make sure to check those socks out.
peppermint oil eh? gotta be the menthol. would probably smell just as good as it feels.
"New bike week" for me. Picked up a 2010 supersix, full ultegra 6700 gruppo, ritchey pro headset and carbon seatpost, FSA k-wing bars and ultegra pedals. Spent the weekend building it up. It's almost finished except for the seatpost which is backordered and a fresh wrap on the bars after I tweak the fit. Using a crappy bonetrager MTB seatpost for the time being.
I always appreciate extra Campy in my life! =)
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Ritchey WCS Carbon Press Headset and carbon spacer.
Wasn't able to use the Ritchey top cap though due to the way the original Kore headset screws into the carbon steerer.
Mavic Aksium Race wheelset. Big upgrade from what I had.
Second SRM Cannondale SI spider, SRM PC V, mounting kit (BB), charger. My first SRM spider just went dead (no power readings, and flaky ones for a week).
I was debating staying old/incompatible (SRM PC V) or upgrading to Ant+ Sport (Quarg, new head). With the reliability of SRM, used parts support, the fact that I want two bikes complete/ready to go, I decided to stick with the incompatible SRM PC V.
HRM, now I can finally start doing some nice training instead of the less awesome commute.
Pedro's bike lust to keep the ride looking nice