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    Recovery Clothing?

    I am curious if any of you guys (and gals) tried/use compression recovery leggings/tights? Have you noticed benefits from the use of these, basically do they work and are they worth the money? Thanks ahead of time!
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    Dumbo's feather?

    Is it a placebo? If you're looking for data, I can't help you. There's a lot on the web about them and opinions vary.

    I've normally used them after a morning ride when I'll be on my feet at work. Don't ride with them except for one 24h race. I felt my calves starting to cramp. I used them for a few more hours and went with a higher cadence/less force... felt much better.

    The best recovery will still be from elevating your legs, stretching, massage.. (sometimes I need to ice up)... if you don't have the luxury of time after your ride, then I would recommend them.

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    Yah, post-ride, I don't usually have a lot of time to do anything other than stretch and eat, then its off to work. I usually shoot for my big weekly ride for Sunday when I usually do 2X to 2.5X the distance during the week. That is the only day I can actually give my legs time to fully recover.

    Over the last Tour De France, they had a little bit of inside tech of how riders are coming back fresh enough day after day, and a large portion of them are using compression recovery among other things that you mentioned.
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    Haven't tried them yet, though here is a pretty good article:
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2010/...cycling_140700

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    Ive seen people wear them in the evenings during stage races and i know some people that own them, but im not convinced.
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    I wear the tights and I would say any benifits to recovery are probably placibo, although the squeezing sensation feels great. I work on my feet and will wear these after a workout where I don't have time for better recovery methods before heading to work. If your curious give them a try.

    F.Y.I. You can buy the socks at most pharmacies. They were designed to reduce blood clots in the elderly (I think) and can be found for around $20 instead of $60 at the sports store.

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