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Cold Weather Riding and breathing...(10 posts)

Cold Weather Riding and breathing...Macho Man Savage
Nov 4, 2002 2:16 PM
How important is it to protect your neck when riding in cold weather? I've heard that it's important to keep your neck warm when inhaling that much cold air - Is this true?
re: Cold Weather Riding and breathing...UncleMoe
Nov 4, 2002 4:33 PM
I really doubt it. If the air is cold and/or dry, having a warm neck isn't going to warm it up as it goes into your lungs. A warm neck is simply going to make you more comfortable. I'm also guessing better neck protection will keep your upper body warmer and so on.

My lungs have some sensitivity (a lot actually) to cold air. I get a lot of flem and runny noses this time of the year. Dr. has me on a variety of things to try this year, most notably allergy medicines (allegra and a nasal spray) to keep the flem from running. We'll see how it goes.
Natural body reaction?Lone Gunman
Nov 4, 2002 5:31 PM
I have heard that as a natural body reaction, the body produces more flem when breathing in cold air in an attempt to warm the air prior to ingestion into the lungs. With all the potions the Doc has you on, may not be the best thing.
Natural body reaction?UncleMoe
Nov 5, 2002 12:40 PM
Actually with me it is really bad. I'll be stuffed up for 2-3 days following a cold weather ride, and every 3-4 times it turned into a sinus infection. That is not normal. Last winter I had 3 sinus infections all for which I ended up on antibiotics. We're trying to avoid that this year so this is sort of a test.

I did my first colder ride today since taking the medicines and still had flem and stuff, but within 30-60 minutes of the ride being done I had cleared back up to normal. Hopefully as it gets colder it will continue to work. It was only about 45 this morning.

If this doesn't work long term I'll be going to an ear, nose and throat specialist.
Cold neckKerry
Nov 4, 2002 4:39 PM
Have you ever watched a cross country ski race? These often take place at temperatures well below zero F, and the racers are in skin suits with exposed necks. While the wind flow is less on XC skis, certainly the wind chill is much lower than you're ever likely to encounter on a bike. Cold does not cause illness by itself, but it can serve to lower the body's resistance. If you are warm (exposed neck or not) then you don't have a problem. Go for comfort.
re I wear a balaclava or two.dzrider
Nov 5, 2002 5:30 AM
I don't worry about breathing cold air but my neck is a spot that hates to be cold and the balaclava protects it. My skin is more easily chafed in cold weather and they protect against the helmet straps.
re: Cold Weather Riding and breathing...PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 5, 2002 6:31 AM
From what I've read the cold air is warmed before it hits your lungs so there is no concern about any physical danger when breathing the cold air.As far as comfort I've found investing in some good turtle necks for a mid layer in cold weather is the solution for me.It allows me to ride without the cold air shooting down the front. I ride in the upper Midwest and it gets very cold and windy in the Winter around here so I've had plenty of experience with layering.You need to make sure that whatever you wear for your outer shell that it's going to be resistant to wind and water.I always keep my neck well protected in the cold.It really makes a huge difference.
Inhale through your nose. Better for your bronchials. (nm)Spunout
Nov 5, 2002 6:46 AM
Exhale through your nose too, to warm the sinuses back up. (nm)Mike P
Nov 5, 2002 7:51 AM
...streaming boogers a la 'Dumb & Dumber' are the result! nmSpunout
Nov 5, 2002 11:52 AM