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How important are knee warmers in <55 degree temps? Is it(17 posts)

How important are knee warmers in <55 degree temps? Is itScott Rodman
Jan 17, 2002 2:42 PM
just a myth that its bad for them?
As my 8th gr Eng. teacher Mr. Anderson would intone --bill
Jan 17, 2002 3:46 PM
"is what bad for what?" You've got too many non-specific pronouns, pal. Look, I'm not trying to be a jerk, but you do.
You at least are asking generally about temperatures and healthy knees and how to protect them in said temperatures, so I will give you my take.
I wear something on my knees below about 60 degrees. Even 65 degrees, if no sun. If I know that the temp will not get out of the fifties, I may even wear tights; definitely tights in the low fifties and below. I have never regretted it. I don't know if it's good or bad to get my kneesies even that cold, but at 20 mph plus, considerably more in a headwind or a good descent, stuff gets cold, and I'd rather look like a weenie than be cold. It's unpleasant and unnecessary. And I'm a guy that usually runs hot (I don't even OWN a sweater other than for layering for outdoors).
Sounds like a good time for fleece lined tights.Dog Breath
Jan 17, 2002 4:59 PM
I wouldn't wear fleece leg warmers or knee warmers with **lycra** shorts unless you are just going around the park or down the bike path a few miles.

Some pros wear tights during the rest days of the Tour de France in the summer heat.
Sounds like a good time for fleece lined tights.werdna
Jan 17, 2002 7:02 PM
Why wouldn't you wear fleece leg or knee warmers with lycra? Could you elaborate?

I have a pair of really warm tights, and of course, shorts. What should I get for the days when it is not very cold but chilly? Leg warmers or lighter-weight tights?

Thank you,
Sounds like a good time for fleece lined tights.John-d
Jan 18, 2002 2:15 AM
For temperatures in low 50s you could try a pair of knee high tights. I use the Montezumers, made by Ground Effect. They have comfotable seat padding and built in knee warmer protection. This leaves the calves free to prevent overheating.
I would sweat like a pig in fleece lined tightssalmonwheel
Jan 18, 2002 8:41 AM
I think it all depends on the person. I might wear light weight tights when it gets 50 or below, and I don't like cold legs, maybe I'm just acclimated to a colder temperature regime (or I'm fat by cycling standards)
re: How important are knee warmers in &lt;55 degree temps? Is itCT1
Jan 17, 2002 7:52 PM
At 60 degrees I'm all over the full tights.

FWIW, I'm MUCH more comfie at 90 degrees than at 60 degrees.

I think it is very importantWoof the dog
Jan 17, 2002 7:59 PM

Woof the dog.
Below 55? Yes, with exceptionsTig
Jan 18, 2002 6:31 AM
I've always heard it is important to keep your knees insulated, keeping the blood and tissues warm to protect them. 55 is a good cutoff temp to switch to warmers or knickers. However, if the temp is in the 50's at the beginning of a morning ride and the sun will warm everything up in a short time, I'll ride in shorts for a brief period. Arm warmers are a must. Removable knee warmers are a great option I wish I had.
Jan 18, 2002 6:43 AM
55 ain't cold - come back when you're below freezing - if your knees can't take 55 degrees you guys shouldn't be on a bike - you should be in a wheelchair
Convert MtB bike to wheelchair?Crankist
Jan 20, 2002 9:47 AM
It's starting to dip into the low 90s where I live.
My kneewarmers are no longer effective.
Can I mount a denture holder on the electric blanket battery pack and still maintain
good aero?
65 degrees is my cutoffMisJG
Jan 18, 2002 7:28 AM
I've always heard that cycling when the temps are below 65 without tights or at least knee protection will "freeze" your knees. The knee doesn't warm up like your quads do and the reduced blood flow due to the constriction from the cold will tear your knees apart. Kinda like running an engine without oil. Running is different because the wind chill isn't as much of a factor, so you can race in shorts in colder weather. For training purposes when running, I use the same rule of thumb, 65 degrees. My High School Track coach made us wear sweat pants or tights in practice no matter how warm it was. Keeping your legs warm is one of the best ways to avoid injury. Why risk a painful (if not permanent) injury due to vanity? "MJ", who said we belong in a wheelchair if we can't ride below 55 degrees, will be in one later in life if he/she doesn't take care of his/her knees now. I think most of us would agree that our goals are to be able to ride for many years to come, not to look cool for a couple of years when we're young and indestructable and spend the rest of our life on the couch eating ring-dings 'cause our knees hurt and we can only walk as far as the 'fridge. . . oh, sorry. . . kinda got rolling there. . .
65 degrees is my cutoffMJ
Jan 18, 2002 7:51 AM
nothing personal - it seems that people in warm places (understandably) have a lower threshold (higher temperature) for when they start covering their knees... I would be surprised if people who live in cold places are as suceptible to cool temperatures and it's ill effects - it's reliably below 55 degrees here for seven-eight months of the year - it is rare for people to bundle up (anything) at such balmy temperatures
Cold adaptation...Brooks
Jan 18, 2002 8:36 AM
In cold climates the body adapts. More red blood cells, white blood cells, another layer of fat or something. I've known guys come down from the frigid climes of Alaska and wear nothing but a t-shirt and jeans when it's below freezing here. It's like going to a higher elevation, it takes a couple of weeks to adapt but then you aren't sucking wind like when you first got there.

I usually wear knee warmers below 60 degrees. Easy enough to slip off while still riding if the weather warms up. I'd rather have too much clothing and shed than not enough and be cold, uncomfortable and potentially damage my body. My commute lately (only 3 miles but uphill) has been at temps around zero to ten degrees F. Shorts, Bellweather windfront polypro tights for the ride up and I add another PI windshell for the ride home (downhill, not working the legs nearly enough). Bundled up on top, too.

65 degrees is a summer dayFred Temarles
Jan 18, 2002 10:15 AM
you guys are wimps.
Knickers or tights for mecoonass
Jan 18, 2002 6:50 PM
Removable knee warmers suck!!sodade
Jan 19, 2002 11:53 AM
I blew 30$ on a pair of defeet warmers. I thought that I would use them with my schwanky assos thigh length bibtights. I learned that you are not supposed to actually ride with these things on! All they do is crawl down your legs until they are behind your knee cap and then the friction makes you stop and yank them up again.

I think that they are intended for times when you are hanging around in bike clothes and it gets chilly - that't what they are doing in the Colorado Cyclist catalog. I just wish there was a disclaimer: not for actual riding.