01-03-2013, 03:51 PM
We've talked about different tolerances for cold (and heat) before, but I'm not sure what others have said about face/head issues. Over the past six winters commuting in this area, I have been adjusting what I wear with my helmet. It used to be that I pulled out an old polyprophylene balaclava when the temperature dropped below 40°F. I've since picked up two silk (one with spandex, one without) balaclavas, and a heavier fleece balaclava. Now I tend to only pull out the balaclava when it drops below freezing and even then once I start riding, I prefer to keep my nose and mouth uncovered unless it is bitterly cold. This means my checks and nose can end up getting windburned or dry, so like dirt, some post (and pre) ride skin care is called for. I keep looking at other forms of face maskes to use while cycling, but I haven't found the need for anything more on my hour long winter commutes, and I tend to postpone longer winter rides when the temperature is in the 20s. That said, I think I have deerskin mask and a down mask/balaclava that I used when riding a moped during the winter in the midwest more than 25 years ago.
Originally Posted by KelOnWheels
I've also found that I don't like a heavy fleece cap under my helmet, too warm! I'm using two different weights of ear bands depending on the temperature. These either over the light balaclava below freezing or with a coolmax cap or shortie between freezing and about 45°F.
Breaks over, time to push some more paper (or buttons).
01-03-2013, 06:41 PM
I'll get right on that. Maybe I can just stick some dog hair to my face every morning. I have an endless supply...
Originally Posted by rcannon100
I'm looking forward to implementing my Sterno-brocation plan - it provides heat AND visibility!
Also guaranteed to increase your cadence!
01-04-2013, 08:10 AM
SIGH. I was all excited to go to Friday Coffee Club and then I overslept and had to ride in a dumb metal box. it doesn't even go anywhere cool like space or France.
01-04-2013, 09:15 AM
I hit the snooze button 6 times this morning LOL!
Originally Posted by KelOnWheels
01-04-2013, 09:31 AM
For my face, I use a scarf wrapped around and tucked into my shirt. I have one that that is stiff enough to stand up in front of my mouth and nose without being right on it. It lets me breath warmer and moister air and makes a huge difference. It is easy to push down out of the way if I get working really hard and start to heat up.
01-04-2013, 10:24 AM
I was surprised by the number of bicycle commuters out on a cold morning. Maybe they were all Freezing Saddles competitors. Also, if you take your commuter bike to the shop for a tune up over the holidays, check the seat height before getting on. Finding out that it was raised too high is not a good way to start a morning ride.
01-04-2013, 10:28 AM
I just about ate it on Glebe on the steep hill heading down to Chain Bridge..doing about 35mph, I hit the brakes and the rear locked up immediately due to residual slickness on the road. It's shaded through there, so the road never quite dried out from this morning's frost. Needless to say, fishtailing at 35mph, with oncoming cars on one side and a guardrail+ditch on the other is slightly unsettling.
01-04-2013, 11:02 AM
I went that way this morning - around 7:30. That is my absolute favorite part of the route...but it also scares me to death. A lot of times you can just see the oil slick sitting there, waiting to take you down.
Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC
Glad you made it out alive...bet the ol' adrenal gland was working overtime.
01-04-2013, 11:05 AM
On the bright side, I've found that a little bit of "OMFG I'M GOING TO DIE" on your ride in makes you nice and wide awake for work.
01-04-2013, 11:11 AM
I had a hard time getting out of bed this morning, so I didn't roll through until about 8:40ish. I'm curious to see what my HRM recorded when the lockup happened...probably a pretty good jump.
Originally Posted by Subby