- Have we done this yet this winter? People who wear shorts whatever the weather
I was reading the other night in the Team Sky ’21 days of Glory'(great book BTW) that their riders are not allowed shorts in training unless temp is over 15 degress. All about knee health apparently…..
My baggies usually get bib longs underneath them from october to April 😆 but I do have a history of knee problems…Posted 5 years agondthorntonMember
Yeah, ‘course not…
But the conditions you bare legged, baggy wearing freaks are talking about are mostly flatland commutes and the like – pretty much zero consequence if things get too nippy. If we’re talking a day spent in the mountains, temps around zero, horizontal sleat, water pouring down your legs and filling your shoes then I’ll be wearing all the leg covering I can get thank you very much. Made that mistake just once going over Lochnagar – result hypothermia.Posted 5 years ago
Yip -shorts are not for girlsumop3pisdnMember
When I was cycling to work in my Gap Yah, I somehow got into a bet with my manager that I couldn’t commute all winter only wearing shorts. I managed it, and found it was ok so long as my hands and core were warm.
I’ve subsequently heard lots of things about the ill effects of cold weather on joints, so knees are now always covered below 15 degrees.Posted 5 years agoedlongMember
Have seen several dog walkers in shorts too this week
Mate who’s a postie said they mostly prefer shorts all year round, as when they do get wet, they dry a lot quicker, and they don’t get wet as often or as quickly in the first place, preferable to marching about wearing cold wet trousers that cling to the legs.Posted 5 years agopictonroadSubscriber
Yep, I run really hot as soon as I exercise, been boarding in a shirt and hat, wear shorts and single layer all year round, long sleeves if its really really cold.
But, my hands are frozen in the office at 20deg. Makes no sense to me. Just looking at my riding buddies in jackets and heated! Boots makes me feel hot.
I don’t own any merino, soft shell, base layer etc etc, if I’m riding, I’m hot, even at night in the snow when my freewheel has frozen.Posted 5 years agobikebouyMember
I’ve learned from many a year windsurfing and riding that once cold it’s far far harder and much more effort to get your body back to a temp where everthing works as it should, any less than near optimal performance of joints and muscles and thought patterns could end up weeks in repair whilst your body recovers. I don’t like time off anything I do, hence the cover up.Posted 5 years agoDrapoonMember
I am one of those berks who wears shorts all year round – just don’t feel cold round my knees / legs
On saturday I went for a ride in bib shorts, merino t-shirt and gore soft shell jacket, a pair of gloves, buff, spds & shock horror no socks as I forgot to bring some – I was plenty toasty enough so I guess I must, like an old Rover v8 “run hot” like others have mentioned!Posted 5 years agozerocoolMember
Shorts and knee warmers all year around regardless of the weather. Only time I wear long trousers is on really muddy DH days where you don’t have to peddle much.
It’s not that important to keep your lower legs warm, but warm knees are essential as it’s all tendons and ligaments so unlike muscle they don’t have the ability to warm themselves.
As for runners and people wearing tons of clothes they’re obviously not running/riding hard enough to keep warm. What they need to do is MTFU and put some effort in.
Oh and skin s water proof and way more breathable than the best man made fabrics.
PS – my daily commute starts at 5am so this morning was a bit chilly, but with a windproof top and decent base/mid layers on my core you soon warm up.Posted 5 years ago
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