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Old 07-29-10, 06:55 AM
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compression clothing....have a gift certificate is it worth it?

so the back ground is I won a brunch of money in gift certificates at a race but they are for a running store who sponsored the at crit

I don't run and don;t really have any desire to do so

I popped by the store and the only thing they had I'd even be remotely interested in was compression clothes.... everything else was running specific.

so the sell sugoi R+R clothing and have the socks... upper body compression and the tights

what would be a good starting point for a cyclist?

I don't think I'd need upper body compression but maybe I'm out in left field
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Old 07-29-10, 07:41 AM
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I'm interested in the thoughts on compression clothing also...
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Old 07-29-10, 09:26 AM
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Give them to me so that I will better help you out. Compression works if you are injured or pumping hard enough that your muscles are fatigued. The fabric "holds" everything together in the right places to help recovery easier and shorter. I have ITBS and have two pair of CW-X compression tights that work well. Since you are not out of pocket in what you buy, it is worth giving the wear a try. If you don't care for it, you can always sell it on Geartrade.com or Ebay.com.
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Old 07-29-10, 09:47 AM
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seems like it'd be a suitable substitute for a base layer to me.
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Old 07-29-10, 10:03 AM
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I was planning to use it for recovery after a hard ride or race
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They aid in recovery by compressing the legs and improving venous circulation and blood flow back to the heart.
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While I've never used compression clothing, most of my teammates do and they swear by them. They wear them on long car rides, after training, and between stages and say that they feel way better because of it. It may be placebo, but, even if it is, does it matter?
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I'm wearing my compression stockings right now. I've been walking a lot this week, and noticed that my legs were aching a bit yesterday so I thought I'd better wear them today. Ideally I'm supposed to wear them every day because of my Deep Vein Thrombosis, but some days I'd just rather wear normal socks. When I wear them, they do make my legs ache less .
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sell the gift certificate on craigslist, buy something you actually want.
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You wouldn't be interested in just getting some tights/base layers/socks? IMO they're things that always seem to cost too much for me to buy but I don't think I'd ever have too many of.
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Originally Posted by Cateye View Post
They aid in recovery by compressing the legs and improving venous circulation and blood flow back to the heart.
Originally Posted by Hammonjj View Post
While I've never used compression clothing, most of my teammates do and they swear by them. They wear them on long car rides, after training, and between stages and say that they feel way better because of it. It may be placebo, but, even if it is, does it matter?
I have compression tights, socks, and calf sleeves. i LOVE the tights but i only wear them post-ride (after i shower) after long or particularly hard rides. i can DEFINITELY feel a difference when i use them vs not using them. especially if my ride was at night and i wear the tights to bed. my legs feel fresher in the morning. from all i've read and heard it's most effective to wear them within 30 minutes post-workout.
I think the socks help but only for longer runs. on the bike they didnt seem to do much, or at least i didnt feel much of a difference.
the sleeves are great for wearing at work when i get sore calves (usually the day after a hard brick workout (cycling then running)). i sit at a computer 95% of the day at work so soreness is a constant battle for me.
with $200+ invested in compression clothing i say it has been money well spent.
i'd say go for it, and if you're purely a cyclist focus on full leg garments. i doubt you'll ever feel the need to wear upper body compression stuff though.
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Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
Give them to me so that I will better help you out. Compression works if you are injured or pumping hard enough that your muscles are fatigued. The fabric "holds" everything together in the right places to help recovery easier and shorter. I have ITBS and have two pair of CW-X compression tights that work well. Since you are not out of pocket in what you buy, it is worth giving the wear a try. If you don't care for it, you can always sell it on Geartrade.com or Ebay.com.
Now that's a new one. I also have ITBS and have tried just about everything, but not compression tights. Can you be more specific about how much it helps? ITBS for me comes one pretty consistently after 30-40 miles of riding, it is a stabbing pain on the outside of my (almost always) left knee, and when the pain comes on the ride is OVER. I used to ride 100 miles pretty routinely and then had to start SAGing out at 40-ish miles. Very annoying, and I've tried streching, yoga, foam rolling, all kinds of exercises, cortisone shots, combinations of all of those.

I'd love to hear more about how much compression helps, because I'm probably headed for surgery this fall....
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