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Shorts?? In March???

Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
edited March 2016 in Road general
So how many of you hit the tarmac yesterday with shorts on?

I was lucky enough to be on a half day yesterday from work and was home by 1pm, shorts on, bike out and i was off.
granted i had a base layer (top half, short sheet jersery and a wind breaker jacket), But still, i wore shorts for the first time this year.
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  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Still a bit too cold for my liking. Maybe with knee warmers but if you're in shorts at what 10 degrees what do you wear in the summer?
  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    Shorts and long sleeve jersey for me yesterday.
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  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    @Fenix.....

    Summer id have just been down to shorts and a jersey, but although it was cold yesterdyay i manned up and went for it.

    @NapoleonD.....

    Hardcore! put me to shame.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,852
    Frost on the windows and grass shorts under long bibtights, medium fleece thick.

    Freezing cold fog this morning, so same again and I suspect we're in for another censored weather year.
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  • napoleondnapoleond Posts: 5,983
    A hilly one in the peaks for me today. 2°C so will probably wear leg warmers. Mainly for the wind chill on descents.
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  • vimfuegovimfuego Posts: 1,783
    Managed shorts and a LS jersey a couple of times this year. Mainly still needs a base layer & knee warmers though.
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  • homers_doublehomers_double Posts: 6,748
    Of the three pre work rides I've managed this week two have been in shorts and my Garmin has recorded an average temp of 2 degrees.

    However like a girl I wore longs and a buff under my helmet this morning, good job really as the average shows zero...
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  • whoofwhoof Posts: 756
    As you cycle your muscles do work and warm up. It can therefore be pretty cold and you can ride in shorts and feel comfortable. You may even feel a bit cold and 'man-up'
    However, people have not evolved with temperature sensors in their knees. There is a school of thought, supported by many medical professionals that cold joints are more at risk to injury.

    http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/toolbox/knees.html

    If this turns out to not be the case then some people may have unnecessarily worn a layer of clothing whilst riding. But if it is the case those wearing shorts in cold weather may increase the risk of injury which may not manifest itself for years.
  • philwintphilwint Posts: 763
    I've been off work this week. Shorts, arm warmers and Gillet most of the week, but a couple of days without the arm warmers!! A bit darker and colder today, so i think I'll call it a rest day and do a recovery ride on the turbo :D
  • homers_doublehomers_double Posts: 6,748
    whoof wrote:
    There is a school of thought, supported by many medical professionals that cold joints are more at risk to injury.

    Agree with that, which is why on the seventh day the lord invented knee warmers.

    I should invest in some really.
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  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    I'm pretty sure the general rule is not to get the knees out below 15 degrees. If you're racing - I'll let you off - but I think I pretty much stick to that rule.

    Knee/Leg warmers are works of genius.
  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    Knee warmers - how warm do they keep your knees? is it just a case of wind protection rather then keeping them warm? I normally wear a either long bib shorts or shorts with a base layer under them.

    Never really looked into knee warmers but if theres a theory behind it then im on board.
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    What base layer do you have underneath shorts ?

    If its really cold I have windproof longs with pads in.
    If its milder then I wear shorts with some non padded longs over.
    Springy weather - shorts and knee warmers or leg warmers.
    Summer - shorts.

    Knee warmers are basically roubaix material - so not a million miles away from wearing your longs -but a bits shorter.
  • weezyswissweezyswiss Posts: 123
    Shorts most times. I find my legs are normally fine and it is just wrapping the feet and torso up to keep warm.

    Add to that that the florescent white of my legs means I am much more visible to cars :D
  • I'm still on longs with a l/s baselayer and windproof jacket. A few times I've considered 3/4 lengths but thought better of it, mainly because I can't be bothered to shave the legs yet.
  • homers_doublehomers_double Posts: 6,748
    :shock:
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  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    @Fenix....

    i have a couple of pairs of these.

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/dhb-seamless-base-layer-tight/
  • yellowv2yellowv2 Posts: 237
    How many of you brave souls wearing shorts are over 50? Not many I'll wager. If like me you've had knee/cartilage problems I'd suggest this this:
    http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/toolbox/knees.html :
  • fenixfenix Posts: 5,437
    Jay_Forme wrote:

    Well I never even knew they existed ! Technology eh ?
  • Not easy weather to judge what to wear recently, nippy ~1C in the morning, usually a nice ~11C around lunch but quickly falls off from ~1500.
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  • whoofwhoof Posts: 756
    fenix wrote:
    Jay_Forme wrote:

    Well I never even knew they existed ! Technology eh ?


    I've always know this sort of thing as 'old men's pants' they appear to have been rebranded. If it's super cold I wear a pair under bib-tights but over shorts.
  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    Not easy weather to judge what to wear recently, nippy ~1C in the morning, usually a nice ~11C around lunch but quickly falls off from ~1500.

    i also find this an issue, leave my house and its freezing, get half way round and im roasting then an hour later im cold again. mrs wonders why while ride out uses 4 different types of gear.
  • :shock:

    :lol:
  • dav1d1dav1d1 Posts: 653
    Jay_Forme wrote:

    are they ok to wear under bib shorts with padding?
  • Jay_FormeJay_Forme Posts: 132
    dav1d1 wrote:
    Jay_Forme wrote:

    are they ok to wear under bib shorts with padding?


    Yeah they are fine, I wear them maybe once a week under bib shorts and never had a problem.

    I did 62 miles the other Sunday with these under my padded shorts and no a mark on me.
  • dav1d1dav1d1 Posts: 653
    Jay_Forme wrote:
    dav1d1 wrote:
    Jay_Forme wrote:

    are they ok to wear under bib shorts with padding?


    Yeah they are fine, I wear them maybe once a week under bib shorts and never had a problem.

    I did 62 miles the other Sunday with these under my padded shorts and no a mark on me.

    thanks
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,356
    Knees covered til June.
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  • petecopeteco Posts: 176
    This the weather that 3/4 bib tights exist for

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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,920
    Shorts a couple of times this week on the way to work at noon but have put knee warmers on for the 2200 ride home.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • "No knees 'til 15 degrees".

    So, living in Scotland, I'm not sure why I own 3 pairs of shorts. :roll:
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