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Cold Weather Riding(5 posts)

Cold Weather Ridingwheezy
Dec 9, 2001 8:49 AM
I know this isn't 'cold' for some of you...

Went riding this morning. The temp was about 37. I had plenty of layers and was warm and comfortable. But, my head hurt all the way around, just above the ears and my lungs couldn't stand the cold air. they just burned. This always happens to me when the temp drops this low. anyone have any suggestions?
Perhaps a balaclava that covers the mouth/nose?RhodyRider
Dec 9, 2001 4:08 PM
They are commonly available at most LBSs and mail-order, often made of light neoprene or similar fabric. It should keep your neck, head, & face warm, and the mouth "vent" will help to slightly warm the intake air. Try it, if it doesn't work you'll be out maybe $30.
re: Cold Weather RidingSTEELYeyed
Dec 9, 2001 6:58 PM
You can get a nice 2 piece balaclava at Demidesign.com for about $15,tape over the holes in your helmet,or get a helmet cover. I rode yesterday at 29 degrees and wasn't uncomfortable other than my toes,I have divided clothing layers and temperatures into brackets so I can always be fairly comfortable as long as the weather does not change while I am out.
re: Cold Weather RidingLone Gunman
Dec 9, 2001 7:16 PM
You need a head cover that breathes, not neoprene. Check Campmor.com for a silk balaclava. If you need more head protection, clear plastic tape over the front vent holes will work very well to keep your head warm.
Lone voice in the wilderness...John-d
Dec 10, 2001 3:51 AM
You do your lungs no good at all riding hard in cold air, even to the extent of spoiling the following season.

When the air temperature dips below 5 degrees C I switch to the excercise bike in the gymn for all hardish training.

During the cold bright days of winter soft pedalling purely for the enjoyment is the rule for me.

Look after your lungs, neither campy nor shimano sell replacements at the LBS

Stay healthy

John