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Helmets for winter?(13 posts)

Helmets for winter?Mongoose
Jan 15, 2002 4:56 AM
Is there such thing as a helmet for winter bike riding? I have to commute to work every morning on my bike and using my vented summer helmet is freezing! Sometimes I put my hood up under my helmet but it doesn't fit very well and isn't comfortable. There must be something I can do about this?
re: Helmets for winter?samiam
Jan 15, 2002 5:16 AM
Put duck tape over the vents. It works for me.
cap or hat under helmetduh!
Jan 15, 2002 5:27 AM
re: Helmets for winter?JimP
Jan 15, 2002 5:34 AM
Performance used to have a helmet liner that works quite well. It is made of thin fleece and has tabs that the helmet straps go through to hold the flaps over the ears. this works well for just cold weather. For really cold weather, a thin balclava works well. Also, one of the mailorder houses had a helmet cover that might help keep some of the draft out.
Get a balaclavapmf1
Jan 15, 2002 5:41 AM
These are the best winter bang for the buck clothing items you can get. Keeps your head, ears and face covered. I've got several. A standard polyproplene one is good for most conditions. I've also got a Gore-Tex one for really cold weather and a thin Pearl Izumi micro-sensor one for cool weather. I often wear a cycling cap over top to soak up sweat. It all fits under the helmet (with proper strap adjustment).
helmet coverJs Haiku Shop
Jan 15, 2002 6:04 AM
louis garneau helmet cover, $17.99 at nashbar. worth every penny. when it gets cold, balaclava under. colder? balaclava and fleece earband.

On the real cheapTrent in WA
Jan 15, 2002 10:09 PM
Try an earband and a shower cap pulled over your helmet. You will look like a fred, but it'll be worth it to see the racerboys go into cardiac arrest to keep you from passing them. Trust me, it's worth every penny--which is about what the shower cap will cost.

good suggestion! (LOL) nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 16, 2002 6:01 AM
"Dog ears" work great...PdxMark
Jan 15, 2002 9:17 AM
I got "Dog ears" from my LBS - triangles (about 4" on a side) that velcro onto the straps of your helmet. Each dog ear is fleece against your ear and a nylon shell on the outside. I can hear better than with a balaclava or headband, and I don't get over heated so easily. They were perfect for today's 32 degree commute.
ActuallyWoof the dog
Jan 15, 2002 9:29 AM
my ears flop all over the place, as I haven't trained them enough to bend forward and cover the earholes. Its hard to even prick my ears up...and on descends - forget I even had ears.


Woof the dog.
Here's a link for Dog Earz, by Rox USAPdxMark
Jan 15, 2002 10:15 AM
try EarGripsFrank
Jan 15, 2002 6:57 PM
My mother in law got me some for gift she has ever given me...other than her daughter (sorry, had to type that as wife had just come in the computer room to see what I was doing!)

These are earmuffs that secure around the back of your head. They stay in place, are very warm, yet you can still hear well and they don't affect helmet fit. I think Arctic 180's are very similar.

I don't know where she got mine, but you can find them here:
re: Helmets for winter?Berndog
Jan 16, 2002 4:54 AM
Try a snowboard shop, they are pricy but work great.