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Old 07-09-19, 08:07 AM
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Compression socks

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Compression socks help the calves pump more blood to the heart thus they will help your riding ability. Tour de France actually measures socks now a days because they donít want riders to use compression socks.
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Old 07-09-19, 08:15 AM
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Calves don't pump blood, the heart does.

Even I know that
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Old 07-09-19, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by joelcool View Post
Calves don't pump blood, the heart does.

Even I know that
They do because with compression they push more blood from the lower extremities to the heart to pump.

https://www.treadbikely.com/do-cycli...k-for-cycling/

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Old 07-09-19, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
They do because with compression they push more blood from the lower extremities to the heart to pump.


https://www.treadbikely.com/do-cycli...k-for-cycling/

Don't compound the error by trying to justify a silly mistake . We all make 'em. You got "caught". Smile and move on.

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From the article.... seems a resounding "No" to me...

Can Compression Socks Improve Cycling Performance?

“Studies show [compression] gear has little to no effect on athletic performance, but some people swear by it. Maybe thinking they have an edge gives them one. The evidence for faster recovery is better, but not enough to make a difference for weekend warriors,” WebMD reports.
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Don't compound the error by trying to justify a silly mistake . We all make 'em. You got "caught". Smile and move on.
The lower extremities (legs) have veins with one-way valves in them. As the leg muscles contract, the veins are compressed forcing blood upwards toward the inferior vena cava (which also has these valves). So the muscles do, in fact, contribute to the flow of blood against gravity back to the heart.
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Originally Posted by sirjag View Post
From the article.... seems a resounding "No" to me...
Maybe not for performance, but they do good things for post-ankle-surgery swelling (voice of experience), deep vein thrombosis prevention, and congestive heart failure.
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Old 07-09-19, 02:03 PM
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
The lower extremities (legs) have veins with one-way valves in them. As the leg muscles contract, the veins are compressed forcing blood upwards toward the inferior vena cava (which also has these valves). So the muscles do, in fact, contribute to the flow of blood against gravity back to the heart.
True, in this way. I stand corrected.
I knew this at 14, it was given as the reason in that big blue Italian cycling federation book as the reason why all massage pressure should be in the direction of the heart IIRC.
I followed this admonition scrupulously so I didn't damage those vascular gates.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
The lower extremities (legs) have veins with one-way valves in them. As the leg muscles contract, the veins are compressed forcing blood upwards toward the inferior vena cava (which also has these valves). So the muscles do, in fact, contribute to the flow of blood against gravity back to the heart.
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The lower extremities (legs) have veins with one-way valves in them. As the leg muscles contract, the veins are compressed forcing blood upwards toward the inferior vena cava (which also has these valves). So the muscles do, in fact, contribute to the flow of blood against gravity back to the heart.
Right. Fits the definition of a pump. I stand corrected, and with appropriate apology to Rajflyboy.

I thunk it was given as the reason in that big blue Italian cycling federation book as the reason why all massage pressure should be done in the direction of the heart IIRC.
I followed this admonition scrupulously so I didn't damage those vascular gates.
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
Maybe not for performance, but they do good things for post-ankle-surgery swelling (voice of experience), deep vein thrombosis prevention, and congestive heart failure.
no doubt man, ive had a dozen surgeries myself...they def work...i'm just not sold on cycling perks...
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Originally Posted by sweeks View Post
The lower extremities (legs) have veins with one-way valves in them. As the leg muscles contract, the veins are compressed forcing blood upwards toward the inferior vena cava (which also has these valves). So the muscles do, in fact, contribute to the flow of blood against gravity back to the heart.
And thatís why they said the calves pump blood to the heart on the podcast (most know what I was talking about.

And if these socks do nothing why did the TDF ban them ?
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Lance and George said that their team tested the socks and they felt the socks helped and they were prepared to use them in the tour until they were banned.
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Originally Posted by sirjag View Post
no doubt man, ive had a dozen surgeries myself...they def work...i'm just not sold on cycling perks...
Yikes! I had just the one (2 screws to hold my ankle together), but it's enough for me. I wore the socks religiously for 6 months, but the swelling didn't disappear for another year.
I think when I'm on the bike, there's enough muscle action to keep the blood moving... no real benefit from the socks IMO.
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During the colder days, the legs are noticeably better with than without them. Not as effective in the warmer temps.
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
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Compression socks help the calves pump more blood to the heart thus they will help your riding ability. Tour de France actually measures socks now a days because they donít want riders to use compression socks.
Yeah bud.
Get yourself some compression socks, do some testing, and get back to us with the amazing results. Assuming you are not too busy winning the TDF or taking every KOM because of your socks 🙄
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I wore compression socks and then compression calf sleeves while recovering from a shin contusion. Helped control swelling but can’t say I felt any faster.
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Well

we aren’t professional cyclists either where small advantages are important
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