CHPT. 3 1.92 KNEE WARMER
1.92 KNEE WARMER
By: David Millar
The colour has been chosen to interchange with both colourways of the 1.11 short and 1.21 jerseys. The material is Castelli’s Thermoflex fabric, a step up from the Roubaix fabric that most companies use. It has a slightly tighter knit with higher loft fleece that happens to be more stretchy, something that is of utmost importance on the legs of a cyclist, because in theory they should be moving up and down a lot. Unless you’re sitting in a café; that would look ridiculous. There is elastic at the top to hold them in place, and a turnable cuff with the Rosso Fuoco reveal and a reflective stripe at the bottom (our little attempt to help those times you get stuck too long in a café and have to race home before it gets dark).
The length is a particularity of mine. I always found leg warmers too long and knee warmers too short, so we’ve created an in between length.
Here’s how to wear them: align the seam so it is either running down the back of the leg or the inside of the leg, pull your short leg up, then pull the warmer up, make sure the seam is aligned in the option you’ve chosen, and then make sure that the bottom of the warmer is not above the top of your sock and your shorts are pulled neatly back over the top of the warmer.
The amount of sock you show is your style. If you take the warmers off during the ride (please stop; we only do it while rolling as professionals because the risk of crashing seems more attractive than stopping at the side of the road and watching the race disappear, plus we’re on closed roads, and have teammates to push us), fold each flat and place one in each of the interior warmer pockets on the 1.21. Folding them as flat as possible makes them much comfier to carry and less obtrusive on the exterior pockets.