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Old 10-29-04, 01:28 PM   #1
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Somebody mentioned on another thread that the fluid in the knees get cold/damaged and it affects pedaling. MMine never feel cold although the thighs and shins do. How can you tell if the knees are cold and what's a good cover up that doesn't bind as you're pedaling?
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Old 10-29-04, 01:55 PM   #2
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Chris Carmichael recommends tights or knee warmers whenever the air temp is at or below 65 F. I have taken that advice this season and have no regrets!

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Chris Carmichael recommends tights or knee warmers whenever the air temp is at or below 65 F. I have taken that advice this season and have no regrets!

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I fully agree. I get a bit of pain with temps below that. I see these silly joggers in shorts and it is snowing out.
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I fully agree. I get a bit of pain with temps below that. I see these silly joggers in shorts and it is snowing out.
Yeah, when ur shuffl'n along at 5mph, that's probably OK. i.e., no wind resistance.
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Chris Carmichael recommends tights or knee warmers whenever the air temp is at or below 65 F. I have taken that advice this season and have no regrets!

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More than Chris recommed coving you Kness below 65. Just look at the pros.... they cover. The knee has no fat covering it...keep it warm

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I think i can remember virtually every body part being cold at some time or another. I don't ever remember my knees being cold. I really don't remember my legs being cold either...
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Donno. Supposedly there's no "cold sensor" in the knees. Instead the circulation just shuts down and it's *thought* to be bad for the knees.

When I did PT for my knee from a bike crash, they told me to do ice to get the inflamation down. I'd think cold knees would prevent inflamation, wear and tear.
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I cover below 60F. Below 40F I add a pair of neoprean<sp> knee warmers with open patellas. Even at temps below 20F the warmers cause perspiration. So, the knees are nice and toasty. Now the moisture generated by them is an entirely different matter. Although, it has yet to be an issue.
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Somebody mentioned on another thread that the fluid in the knees get cold/damaged and it affects pedaling. MMine never feel cold although the thighs and shins do. How can you tell if the knees are cold and what's a good cover up that doesn't bind as you're pedaling?
If it begins to hurt or feel painful, cover 'em up. I commute in shorts 10 miles each way down to the upper 30s, I just get way too warm if I cover my legs. Never had any problems with my knees. I guess maybe if you're Lance and you're out biking for 5-8 hours at a stretch covering them up might be better.
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