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Cold and Knees(8 posts)

Cold and Kneesfunknuggets
Mar 31, 2003 9:28 AM
Tell me, is there a rule of thumb about how or when one should or should not wear shorts in regards to the temperature or wind chill? One guy in the club chided me yesterday saying that I should not be wearing shorts because it was too cold and that my knees wouldn't get circulation or something to that effect. I think it was like 46 to 48 with wind gusts in the 20-25 range.

I felt fine, I didnt lose feeling or anything in my knees, rode relatively well for an E2 ride, and I feel fine today, so just curious whether there is any validity to his claim and what the masses consider too cold to wear shorts. Or is it just a matter of preference?

Thanks in advance.

re: Cold and Kneesjstonebarger
Mar 31, 2003 9:31 AM
The orthopedists I work for argue that cold is a contributing factor to any number of knee problems. My policy is to keep them covered unless it's above 60 or 65F.
Everybody is differentMR_GRUMPY
Mar 31, 2003 9:42 AM
It also depends on how hard you are riding. On a long training day, I will wear thin tights on 45 deg days. In a race, I will wear knee warmers down to 20 degrees.
re: Cold and KneesDINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2003 9:55 AM
I check the thermometer on our front deck before I ride. If it's below 60o (in the shade) I cover my knees. Above 60o and I put on shorts. Better safe than sorry....
re: Cold and Kneesjw25
Mar 31, 2003 9:59 AM
Well, as was said, everyone's different. If you felt fine, then you're probably okay, but I prefer to be proactive, especially since my knees are already creaky. (thank you, running).
I've recently started using some sort of heating lotion on my knees/legs in cooler weather. I really like Badger Muscle Balm - it doesn't feel cool at first, doesn't get super-hot, and smells better than most Ben-Gay types. It keeps things warm for 3-4 hours, which is enough for most of my rides.
Personally, at 48 degrees, especially with gusty winds, I'd opt for kneewarmers and some heat. Actually, I rode in similar weather on Friday, and that's what I used - underlayer, short-sleeve jersey, vest, bibs, and kneekers. I was warm and toasty for 3 hours, through shade and sun.
However, this is just me, and you may be totally different. The other rider who chided you should be chagrined - unsolicited advice, delivered that way, never helps. Ride what you want.
Mar 31, 2003 10:32 AM
good advice guys, but man... there is no way I could wear tights or warmers until 60s. I will compromise with ya and wear tights until 50, anything above would literally cook me. I will also look into the warming balm as I also share a bit of the creaky knees from running.

As for the unsolicitied advice guy, I think he may have been trying to show off his knowledge for some reason in front of his group (all in tights), as I rarely, if ever ride with that group. But, I slept in and missed the takeoff time with my regular group and just showed up at their ride at a local LBS. I dropped him as soon as we turned into the wind as his multiple layers likely acted like a reverse sail. Good riddance, I guess there is one in every group.

FYI I wasn't wearing gloves either, I wonder what he had to say about that. haha

Thanks all for the advice.
Another option...DINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2003 2:38 PM
Wear knee warmers and if it the sun pokes out and you feel overly warm, take them off and stuff them in your jersey pockets. Remember also, half of cycling is what works for YOU, not somebody else...
I seem to remember anything below 50degF (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 31, 2003 10:42 AM