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Old 03-11-09, 09:59 AM
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Tight, warmers and knees

The temp is now in the 40's and 50's around here and on group rides there seems to frequently be a discussion regarding the need to keep the knees covered in these temperatures. Most wear tights, some use warmers and some just shorts. Those with the tights and warmers claim that knees can be damaged in cold weather if not covered and kept warm. Is damage an actual possibility or are we really talking about comfort?
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They must be old farts.
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50's and I'm in shorts... maybe a little embro if it's wet. I'll wear knee warmers in the 40s and dry. 40's and rain and I'm in shorts and a strong embro (for racing at least). Tights are for the 30's and below.

Throw all that out the window for a CX race though. Anything down to freezing is gonna be shorts and a strong embro.... especially if it's wet. If it's dry and cold, I'll throw on some knee warmers.

The above mentions of embrocation use is targeted primarily at racing (but not exclusively.... temps in the 50s and I'm not wearing knee warmers). These are instances where you have excess heat to put toward warming your skin.... If you're out on a long training ride and it's cold, wear some knee warmers at least. You're knees will thank you for it.
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The temp is now in the 40's and 50's around here and on group rides there seems to frequently be a discussion regarding the need to keep the knees covered in these temperatures. Most wear tights, some use warmers and some just shorts. Those with the tights and warmers claim that knees can be damaged in cold weather if not covered and kept warm. Is damage an actual possibility or are we really talking about comfort?
anyone who rides in shorts (sans knee/leg warmers) in 40-50F temps, and isn't racing, is a clueless newb, or an idiot.
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My knees are happiest being covered until it is about 60 degrees. I won't wear full leg warmers at say 50 but I will wear my knee warmers.
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anyone who rides in shorts (sans knee/leg warmers) in 40-50F temps, and isn't racing, is a clueless newb, or an idiot.
Or poor.
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I can ride down into the high 30s in shorts. Do I? Heck no.
My legs perform better when my knees are covered into the 60s. That and my knees feel much better.
I do not care what conventional wisdom typically says but in this case it is spot on for me.
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My legs perform better when my knees are covered into the 60s. That and my knees feel much better.
I do not care what conventional wisdom typically says but in this case it is spot on for me.
I think your wisdom IS conventional wisdom.
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Or poor.
i picked up a pair of descente leg warmers for less than $20 last fall.
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60 is a guide, but a decent one; you want those joints to stay warm.
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It has nothing to do with comfort levels. You can't feel the damage as it's being done.

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60 is a guide, but a decent one; you want those joints to stay warm.
18C/65F is better.
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i picked up a pair of descente leg warmers for less than $20 last fall.
Hey man, i'm just throwing the possibilities out there.
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Covering the knees in 65F?
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18C/65F is better.
That's about where I'm at.
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Covering the knees in 65F?
laugh all you like, prutser.
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Covering the knees in 65F?
It's pretty common knowledge (or so I thought). Someone I know had a coach that made them wear knee warmers until it was 72F. That might be a bit high, but it's very important to keep the knee covered. It gets cold very easily because of its exposed nature, and it makes thousands of cycles during a ride.
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These seem to be popular among the younger set.

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These seem to be popular among the younger set.

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Looks more like a sprinter to me. Look at those guads.
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Lol...this thread reminds me of a guy I used to ride with years ago....a totally goofy guy, nice but really goofy...his logic was that since cold is used to reduce inflammation in joints, it makes more sense to ride with shorts all the way down into the low 30's....we really tried to get him to change his thinking in the nicest ways we could...but damn it was almost painful to see him riding around with bright red legs!!! Personally, I've always been a bit cold blooded, so I ride with leg warmers, arm warmers and a light vest up into the mid 60's.
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18C/65F is better.
Yup

light tights 50-65
heavier tights below 50

Adjust accordingly based on sunny or cloudy, wind, forecast in the next few hours etc...
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