By Gary Coyne
- Keeps your arm and leg warmers from falling down
- Not expensive
- Simple to use
- Adds one extra step to getting ready to ride
- Leaves a small film on your warmers (but easily washes off)
- Leaves a small sticky region on your legs (but easily washes off)
Price: $12.79 for 2 oz bottle
Source: online only https://www.lymphedemaproducts.com/products/al-1.html
How Obtained: Wife recommended, I bought
RBR advertiser: no
Tested: several months
The Ever-falling Leg Warmers
Here’s the situation: it’s a cold morning but it’s going to warm up to temperatures that you do not want to wear tights all day. You are thinking about wearing leg warmers so you can take them off in the middle of the ride. But, you’re going with some fast friends and you know the leg warmers are going to start slipping down to your ankles and you’ll have no ability to pull them back up. So, the choice is freezing legs now or sweaty legs later in the day.
You’ve tried the warmers with the silicone “gummy” strip intended to prevent them from falling down to no avail, the warmers continue to fall.
Well Now There’s a Choice: Juzo.
My wife led me to this product: I had been bugging her to come up with a solution to falling leg warmers problem hoping that she’d come up with something that ranged from Velcro strips I could put on my bike shorts to even using a garter strap. She really balked when I mentioned the garter strap.
I need to point out my wife is a breast cancer survivor, and due to surgery she needs to wear a lymphedema compression sleeve on her arm. The company that she obtains her sleeves from also carries this product so that those who wear either leg or arm compression sleeves can prevent them from falling down. For bicyclists, it’s a convenience. For those with lymphedema issues, it’s a medical issue — it’s gotta work.
Juzo comes in a short fat container with a roll-on applier. Using this is no different than applying a roll-on deodorant, with the exception that you put it on your legs (or arms) not your underarms. And yes, Juzo is an adhesive. It is safe to use and will not create any irritation to the skin nor stain your clothes or warmers. It simply washes off in the laundry.
To apply, just wipe one or two bands across the top front part of your leg and then lift the warmers over-the leg and then place them over the applied region. (I don’t recommend dragging the warmer across the applied area.) I wear my bike shorts over the warmers, so I have my shorts down by my ankles and then pull them up after applying Juzo and my warmers. Alternatively, I pull the legs of my shorts up high, attach my warmers and carefully pull the short’s legs back down over the warmers. There’s no one correct way to do this, whatever works so that you do not apply dragging to the newly applied warmer.
To remove them, I’ve been simply rolling the top of the warmer down and off my legs. There is a minimal tug of the skin. I also tried a rapid “rip-approach” (aka dewaxing) and that didn’t feel as good. Juzo does leave a film on your warmers that does wash away and there is a mildly sticky film left on your legs that wipes right off with water. For what it’s worth, my legs are not shaved.
I have tried Juzo with full length warmers and short length warmers. I have used them for rides as short as an hour and a half and rides up to 5 hours. No issues at all. I also tried it with one old pair of warmers that are pretty baggy on my legs at this point. Again, no problem. Even the old warmers stayed up with no issues over the entire ride.
This stuff just works, and I’m using my leg warmers with pleasure rather than anticipated grief. If you have problems keeping your sleeves or leg warmers in place, it is a great solution.
Bob G says
Re: Juzo adhesive. Used to run long distance wearing knee brace and always used this product on physio advice. Great product.
CRAIG W ALLIN says
Brilliant! This is why I read RBR every week.
JP Wood says
I have been looking for a solution like this for some time and this was spot on! I’ve done two rides now with this stuff and it worked like a charm. Thanks for taking the time to write this up.
Doug (Madison, WI) Kirk says
Works great, but left bruises after pulling the leg warmers off!
JP Wood says
Hey Doug. I don’t know if you bruise easily, but I wouldn’t expect this to happen. You might want to put on less product than you are. I don’t put on the two strips as recommended. I find one is plenty. The more you put on, the more it is going to stick to your skin and not let go, but you don’t need a lot.
For me this recommendation has been so awesome. I don’t have to buy expensive dedicated pants for winter riding and it gives me the flexibility to remove them mid-ride if I want to as the sun comes up. Also, buying just leg warmers are way cheaper than buying additional pants. Juzo is cheap and seems like it will last me many seasons. Just great.