Finally dropped enough weight to fit into my old Castelli 3/4’s again, and got a pleasant surprise - the extra compression over the knees really helped me on a couple of hard efforts this weekend. No need to tape! Wasn’t important in my 30’s, but my 50+ knees really appreciated the built-in support.
I used to run outside in the winter even when it was 25-30F. Sometimes my hands hurt, but I would wear 2 pairs of gloves, 3 layers of shirts and jackets, a knit had, shorts and pants and that was usually enough.
But cycling is a totally different animal, and I don’t have enough cold weather gear. None of my 10 pairs of running gloves seem to be windproof enough for cycling. One time I was out riding when it was only 50F and my hands went completely numb and were so painful after 10-15 minutes that I could barely grip the bars and had to turn around and come home. Took 10-15 minutes for my hands to warm up. It was SOOO painful and took forever as the circulation came back.
For my first sprint triathlon, the water temperature was 56. My feet went numb. My hand were cold, but okay because the air temp was 60-70. I finally got feeling back in my feet with 1.5km left in the before, shortly before the finish.
Aside from the over-the-knee, 3/4 cycling bibs/shorts, I’d always associated “knickers” with young English schoolboys, Bertie Wooster, and pro golfers with questionable taste in pants. But yes, I acknowledge that in modern British slang they refer to…something else.
“Indeed, in many respects, she was quite English, and was an excellent example of the fact that we have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.”