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Old 10-21-08, 09:37 PM   #1
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The stone cold mornings

I just started commuting to school this semester. Will breathing the cold air lead to any health problems? Should I consider covering my mouth with something?
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Old 10-21-08, 09:46 PM   #2
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All depends what you consider cold.
Rode for years in Michigan when temps were 20 degrees, never covered my mouth.
Breathe through your nose.
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Old 10-21-08, 09:48 PM   #3
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If you're really worried about it, and don't care what your hair looks like when you go to class, then get one of those masks that cover everything but your eyes. I have this one:

http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...product_id=679
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If you're really worried about it, and don't care what your hair looks like when you go to class, then get one of those masks that cover everything but your eyes. I have this one:

http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...product_id=679
**** I was about to buy one but since you mentioned what your hair looks like I might have to consider one of those Hannibal style masks if it ever gets hold enough for them here.
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So far the only health problems I have heard about riding in cold weather are for asthmatics.
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**** I was about to buy one but since you mentioned what your hair looks like I might have to consider one of those Hannibal style masks if it ever gets hold enough for them here.
Haha, I forgot - no one really gives a ***** about appearance here.
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I understand that breathing very cold air (0 F and lower) can cause some trouble by freezing the skin inside your nose and nasal passages. But air warms up very quickly when inhaled, so it is plenty warm by the time it hits the lungs. Of course, it also would be extremely dry, and you can get dehydrated easily as a result.
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Riding in the cold does irritate my throat somewhat, and makes me cough for a little while after, but so far nothing serious. But then again, I don't usually have much occasion to ride in temps lower than 10 to 20 degrees F. (It does get colder than that here, but not too often.)
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I understand that breathing very cold air (0 F and lower) can cause some trouble by freezing the skin inside your nose and nasal passages. But air warms up very quickly when inhaled, so it is plenty warm by the time it hits the lungs. Of course, it also would be extremely dry, and you can get dehydrated easily as a result.
When I rode in Wisconsin, I used a balaclava that had no hole for your mouth. Gets stinky after a while though. But I didn't really have any problems even at -20 degrees F.
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I get cold-induced asthma in damp cold. Winter is fine - this time of year is the problem. If you find yourself getting short of breath and/or congested after rides (including the period 24 hours after) try covering you mouth and nose when cycling. If that fixes the problem, you have your answer.

In my case the problem is very mild, but if I don't cover mouth/nose on the very col rainy days I feel like I have a perpetual chest cold.
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Haha, I forgot - no one really gives a ***** about appearance here.
that is true, it would be more useful in a more fashionable part of the country, but still last thing I want is to go to class with my hair matted down, I am able to fix it when just wearing a helmet, but anything else could be tricky..unless I'm really careful putting it on.

So far the only problem I've had on cold mornings is today my neck hurts from the severe temp changes I've put it through all day, or it could also be the way I slept on it, but I didn't start hurting until I rode home with a 10mph head wind....
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