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Fall is coming - time to switch to your knickers?

Old 10-25-22, 09:48 AM
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I have a spreadsheet where I log the clothing I've used in various weather conditions. That's been very helpful. Leg warmers start at 55, tights at ~48. The wild card is precip. That changes things a good bit but how much depends on the degree and frequency or duration of the precip. I can forecast that quite well, so the SS makes sense. My coldest ride was 75 miles in a steady heavy rain at 36. That's hard to defend against. I don't ride when there's a chance of ice on the road. Around here most of the riders who've gone out in those conditions have broken something. You're riding a dry corner and ooops there it is.
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Old 10-25-22, 10:12 AM
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60s = Arm warmers.
50s = Knee warmers and a vest
40s = A high chance I'm staying on the couch
I won't ride if it's raining.
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Old 10-27-22, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
I think the answer is: It depends. (as always).

In the Fall season 60 is chilly, in early Spring season 60 is warm (if dry).
60, no wind, full sun = warm, but
60, windy, no sun & threatening rain = chilly

But glad to know many wear 3/4 length tights.

Mine as bibs. (to extend the thread). hehehe
I agree with this. Also it varies geographically. In Maryland there was a general pattern more or less followed. Since I moved to Tallahassee I see everything! On a chilly morning you might see someone in just running shorts run past someone who looks like they are on a polar expedition. Cyclists here are the same. Early morning it can be chilly, it has been in the 30's for a number of my rides already this season. I see riders dress in all manner of clothes.

BTW, what exactly is supposed to happen to unprotected knees in the cold other than discomfort? Torn meniscus during the ride? Longterm creaky knees? Something else?
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Old 10-28-22, 01:01 PM
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Purchased Marino Tech socks and upper base layer and am super impressed by their warmth and softness. More the warmth than anything. Just ordered another base layer last night - but the heavy one for winter.
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Old 10-28-22, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by staehpj1 View Post
I agree with this. Also it varies geographically. In Maryland there was a general pattern more or less followed. Since I moved to Tallahassee I see everything! On a chilly morning you might see someone in just running shorts run past someone who looks like they are on a polar expedition. Cyclists here are the same. Early morning it can be chilly, it has been in the 30's for a number of my rides already this season. I see riders dress in all manner of clothes.

BTW, what exactly is supposed to happen to unprotected knees in the cold other than discomfort? Torn meniscus during the ride? Longterm creaky knees? Something else?
That pattern coincides with what one rides. I never see folks like me unless I am on the NCR, and I really see no pattern.

Any longish shorts, long socks, and black LJ's, but man, are most of you 80? Many of you get cold easy. Oh well.
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Old 11-01-22, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling View Post
When the weather gets too cold for shorts, it’s time to hang up the bike and take down my skis.
And ruin a perfectly good set of knees???

I kid. Kinda. Mostly. A friend of ours blew out her knee skiing 25 years ago. Avid cyclist. Her knee suffering has progressively gotten worse over the years. She'll need a new knee eventually. Friend of ours put off double knee replacement. Once he finally did it (double replacement at the same time - a glutton for punishment), he hit himself in the head and said, "Damn, I shoulda done that TEN years ago!" He was back skiing in no time and crushing it.

I've never really fallen for skiing like I thought I would. Probably because I suck at it. Well, not THAT bad, but I never learned properly when I was young. My wife is always yelling, "Pole plant, idiot!" I sometimes even listen!

Ironic I say this after playing 8 years of youth soccer. I've always felt my healthy, injury-free knees are the result of avid cycling before, during and after soccer.

In much of CA we never have to hang up the bikes. Just hop on the road when the trails are too soggy (not like that's very common these days). And then it's back to the trails!!!


Oh wait, I never even addressed the OP's post:

I'm a habitual knee warmer wearer. SF Bay Area fog necessitates it - and my knees are sensitive.

Oh and I also HATE sunscreen, so knee and arm sleeves are becoming my new normal. So I'm basically in "knee warmers" most of the time. Love 'em. Used to wear knickers but now much prefer knee warmers as they're easy on and off and can go with any shorts.

PS "Knickers" are really only undies in the UK. Everyone else around "here" understands what they are!!!

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Old 11-05-22, 02:13 PM
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Below 60 time for the wool knickerbockers!










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Old 11-05-22, 05:09 PM
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How do you knee-warmer users keep them from falling down?
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Old 11-06-22, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by philbob57 View Post
How do you knee-warmer users keep them from falling down?
Lycra reinforced with elastic around the top usually does it. Since I have skinny legs, I took the knee-warmers in about an inch and sewed them so they are tight. No more sliding down my legs.
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Old 11-07-22, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by robobike316 View Post
Below 60 time for the wool knickerbockers!
those look great. I'll bet they feel great riding in them
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Old 11-07-22, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by philbob57 View Post
How do you knee-warmer users keep them from falling down?
well, if you're a DIYer you can use tape
I put on cycling pants over this
I was having trouble w/ 1 knee & thought I'd give this a try
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Old 11-07-22, 02:39 PM
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Thanks. My legs are by no means skinny; that may be my problem. I never thought about tape, which looks like a great idea, definitely worth trying.
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