Keeping your knees warm

Someone asked me where they could get the hot emrocation that I mentioned in my post about winter training. So I thought I’d do a bit of an update….
I recommended Muscolor and Equilibrium as good makes to use, as I had tried both. However, Muscolor isn’t avaliable any more, and Equilibrium has become Qoleum. They’re the same see…
Equilibrium has become Qoleum

My tin of Equilibrium lasted years. You use it sparingly/carefully…….. and now, I back the embrocation up with, */roll of drums/* ta daaaaaa!!!! My homemade kneewarmers!
Homemade kneewarmers

Yes, laugh if you like, but for me, early season ‘toothache of the knee’ is a thing of the past. Oh, hang on, you don’t think I wear them like that do you? No, I just pinned ‘em on the outside of my tights to show what they look like. Normally I just tuck them inside my tights, and the tights hold them in place. Simple! and they work brilliantly.

I made them from the hood of an old duvet jacket (you’d never guess would you), which means that they have a ‘hollofil’ insulating layer. What do you think of them?

7 thoughts on “Keeping your knees warm

  1. Looking Good Steve!! I think I might go and buy myself a duvet jacket just so I can cut it up and make some!! Just the thing for my dodgy knees in this cold english weather! :-)

    Kev

  2. mmm…..I’ve got an old duffel coat that I could cut up :-)

    I have used my knee warmers underneath my tights when it gets really cold.

  3. Yep Unfortunately so! Broke my right knee cap in half during a game in 2005. Was rather unpleasent to say the least!

    Thankfully it’s healed up rather well, apart from the odd ache occasionally in the cold weather. Doesn’t impact my riding though, which is the main thing! :-)

  4. They’re not used like chamois creme then? I never did get this embrocation caper.. surely you just wear leg warmers and be done with it??

  5. hippy, you can use them like chamois creme if you like! ;)

    When I used to race cyclo-cross I used to put hot embrocation on my knees and lower back. You can wear legwarmers, and I often do, but if it’s heavy cold showers your kneewarmers are soaked and they feel colder than bare knees with creme on.

    A thick layer of embrocation topped off with vaseline is knows as Belgian Kneewarmers, as used by the tough pros in the spring classics. Take a look here.

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