Are shorts in cold weather really bad for your knees??
Hi, I’ve got a day of riding planned tomorrow and it is going to be pretty cold. The decision is nice new riding shorts, or slightly embarrasingly bad old jogging bottoms. My question is this – will wearing shorts, and having colder knees, really be bad for them? Sometimes I struggle with my knees and was wondering what you guys think. Mum’s tights anyone?!Posted 9 years agoavdave2Member
My knees are fine while actually riding but if they do get cold then it’s when I get off the bike that they protest. Whether or not it does any long term harm I’ve no idea but I choose to keep them warm as I’m pretty sure that won’t cause any problems. I always ride with the idea that I might end up having to walk home so dress accordingly.Posted 9 years agothefallguyMember
I need 3/4 baggies to keep my knees warm through the winter otherwise I can hardly walk the next day, IMO some people have better joints than others – my father in law has been arthritic since his 40’s. If you’re a pansy like me then tights or 3/4 shorts (or both) are a good option. We can’t all be godlike superheros like SFB.Posted 9 years ago
Yep think I’m in the minority that have a condition called ‘gimp-knee’. Arthritis runs in the family and MTFU’ing might not seem such a great idea when I’m hobbling around later in life. Like thefallguy I’m fine out riding in shorts, it’s the next day that my knees give up.
Had to laugh at the tags!Posted 9 years agoMrSmithMember
I need 3/4 baggies to keep my knees warm through the winter otherwise I can hardly walk the next day, IMO some people have better joints than others – my father in law has been arthritic since his 40’s. If you’re a pansy like me then tights or 3/4 shorts (or both) are a good option. We can’t all be godlike superheros like SFB.
i’m the same, if i didn’t cover my knees and let them get cold they wouldn’t work the next day. even if i have a hot bath afterward they would feel cold to the touch for several hours and would need deep heat and hot water bottles to stop them aching.Posted 9 years ago
some people can ride in above the knee shorts all year round, I can’t.pslingSubscriber
If your knees feel the cold, cover them; if they don’t, then wear shorts if you want!
Football and rugby players seem to manage OK wearing shorts through the winter. Having said that, I know a lot of old football and rugby players with knackered knees.
Me, I’m nesh – I cover my knees when the temperature drops below about 12’C.Posted 9 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Tights as soon as it gets cold for me, I just can’t wear shorts or 3/4’s in really cold weather. I really suffer in the cold, especially with cold hands and if any part of me actually gets cold it just won’t warm up again.
In fact even at the Tod CX race I was wearing 3/4’s, a long sleeve base layer and SealSkinz socks, a lot of the racers were in shorts and short sleeves, some weren’t even wearing gloves!Posted 9 years agopantsonfireMember
think there may be a bit of the old wives tales in covering your knees when it get cold as seam to remember that we ran around with only animal skins on for quite a long time with out to much problems and i think it might have been a little bit cold then [:roll:]
Yes but those guys died in the jaws of a sabertooth tiger before they got much past 30. You wait till your a shagged out old wreck like me and you’ll be wearing thick wooly tights the same as me. If I went for a ride in this weather wearing shorts my knees would sound like the castle front door from a Hammer horror moviePosted 9 years agoTooTallMember
It depends whether you want to keep riding bikes / doing stuff when you are older. Rough tough mountaineers / walkers shunned trekking poles when they came out – they save your knees and are far more accepted. If you want your knees to work properly when you are old, keep em warm enough.
Anyone who is ‘shorts are the only thing’ has a very short-sighted view of their own body and it working for longer.Posted 9 years agooldgitMember
I’m pretty surprised by the ammount of you that wear shorts in winter.Posted 9 years ago
I’m convinced my legs work better when I keep them warm.
Even when I’ve been well covered I’ve returned after hours on the road in absolute agony…..blue and white feet and frozen solid camelbaks I think are good pointers to cover up.
And call me old fashioned but I’ve always covered up in winter, just like the pros. And if I race early season in shorts I’ll use a cycling leg balm.awMember
I wore shorts in china and it got down to -12 deg C however that was not by design (I didn’t take any tights with me).
now back in the UK I have been using bib tights through December and January just through comfort. Bib tights do wind me up – how do you go for a leak without stripping off completely!
I am not sure there’s any connections between cold knees and them not working?
I agree in part with the statement that you just pedal faster to keep warm however if you get stranded or need to fix a puncture you can get cold very quickly.Posted 9 years ago
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