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Old 07-23-08, 11:34 AM
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kneewarmers and leg warmers

why would one have knee warmers? if your knees are going to be cold, wouldnt your calves be cold too?
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Old 07-23-08, 12:02 PM
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For temps warmer than what leg warmers are used for but not quite warm enough just for shorts.
That and knees can be a bit sensitive.
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Old 07-24-08, 06:02 AM
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You need to protect your knees anytime the temperature will be below 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do not believe me you will when your knees start stiffening up from riding with them unprotected cold weather.

65 degrees is much too warm for leg warmers. I can wear knee warmers down into the 40's before switching to leg warmers and then tights as temperatures get lower. But I typically wear one layer and less heavier layers than everyone else because that is the way that I am. YMMV.

Because I ride all winter except when there is snow and/or ice on the road I have knee warmers, leg warmers, and tights. You may not need tights since most cyclists stop riding when it gets into the 20's. Get knee warmers and go from there.

DeFeet makes great inexpensive arm and knee warmers and I really like Bellwether's leg warmers.

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Old 07-24-08, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by chico1st View Post
why would one have knee warmers? if your knees are going to be cold, wouldnt your calves be cold too?
No, I do not find this to be true. But you might want to cover them anyway if your feet are cold. This keeps the blood circulating into your feet warmer.
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Old 07-24-08, 06:43 AM
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I have knee warmers but rarely use them. If it's at that temperature I'd prefer to have the thick warm fabric all the way up to my waist. Having warm knees but cold you know whats doesn't help me too much. So I have "roubaix" fabric knickers instead and use them regularly when the temps are between mid 30s and about 60-65 deg F.

Knee warmers are for those odd days where it starts out in the 40s or 50s and ends up in the 80s or 90s, i.e. desert type conditions, but I am uncomfortable for the first bit of the ride.

As a side note I also wear booties pretty early into the cooler temps, i.e. once it drops below about 60 degrees. This is because I'm extremely paranoid about my achilles tendon. It feels uncomfortably cold when it's not covered, and my booties are very soft/comfy, have no zipper, and can be infinitely adjusted for ankle width so it's always snug but comfortable (Side Trak velcro close booties). I'll wear shorts and booties long before I put on tights or even knickers.

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