April is hump month, marking the transition from winter to summer. This time of year, the weather is mixed. Some days are clear, hot and humid. Other days are wet, windy and cold. And, some days, like today, are a mix. A little rain, some wind, and sun. The days often begin with rain and wind, and then by the afternoon, end with clear, sunny, blue skies.
I never know what to wear. Yesterday, I wore rain gear, waterproof jacket and pants. I was fine for the morning commute, but too hot in the afternoon on the ride home. Today, I tried something different.
I was sitting on my bench at Third Beach, as I often do on the commute home, when a young man rolled up on his “fixie”, and sat next to me. He turned, looked at my legs, and asked in a condescending tone, “What’s that you’re wearing? Those aren’t those Lululemon tights my girlfriend wears are they?”
I smiled. He hadn’t done much cycling. I said, “No, they’re leg warmers.”
“Leg warmers”, he said. “Why don’t you just wear pants?” I could tell this was going to be a short discussion.
I have had this pair of leg warmers for years. They are full length, not simply knee warmers. I use them for both commuting to the office when I am wearing shorts, like today, and on the road bikes with bibs.
This particular pair has a light, flannel liner for added warmth, and nylon outer to break the wind. They also have a zippered bottom so they are easy to get on and off over cycling shoes.
Leg warmers are like having a compact pair of wind pants. They store easily in my pannier, or when I’m on the road bikes, roll up small enough to fit into one of my cycling jersey pockets.
After demonstrating how easily I get these leg warmers off and back on, the young fellow said, “They’re cool.” And, then asked, “Where can I get a pair?”. I told him the local cycling shops I frequent, and online options he might consider. Then he said, “They’d look cool when I’m with my girlfriend.”
We didn’t talk further. What was the point? After slipping the warmers back on, I hopped on my bike, and continued my ride.