With the recent time change, my 630am bike rides have become somewhat colder. Keeping my upper body warm is easylayers, arm warmers, etc.but until recently I struggled to keep my legs warm, especially during the first 30 minutes of the ride. The crisp morning air would pierce into my knees and create stiffness and an annoying (not severe) amount of knee pain.
I tried wearing leg warmers, which are helpful for those bitter cold winter days, but I find them restrictive and too warm after 30 minutes in the saddle when the temps are above 45F.
A chiropractor friend, Ken Lounsbury (also an impressive cyclist), introduced me to what he calls the "Belgian knee warmer".
Sombra is a jelly-like cream that heats upon contact with the skin. Unlike Ben-Gay and Icy Hot, Sombra uses all natural ingredients and seems to last longer too (2 hours into my rides I still feel it). Before jumping on the bike, I dip two finger tips into the jar and rub on/around my knees. A little Sombra goes a long way. The heat starts within seconds. There is a strong peppermint-like scent, so I normally apply it outside to spare my family the smell.
It works like a charm. No aches, no pains and no cold bones. I've shared Sombra with several friends and family members who now all use it consistently for cold rides and runs.
Purchase the "Belgian Knee Warmer" via Amazon.com or various other online retailers--just Google it.
PS - Sombra also could help keep NFL fans warm while attending a winter home game