Winter Cycling - Sensitive teeth?
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12-16-08, 10:19 PM
i can eat all the icecream i want, all the coffee i wish, but when it comes to gasping lungfuls of sub zero air, i am in pain.... whats a guy to do? anyone else feel my plight? i suppose i could tone it down a notch and go slower, thats about all i can think of
12-16-08, 10:32 PM
When it's super cold, like below 10F I use a face mask, balaclava, or neck gaitor, to cover my mouth, at least until I warm up.
I'm sure in the weather we have been "enjoying" if I gritted my teeth they'd be hurting, but I don't, I cover my teeth with my lips when I breathe. They're fine.
12-16-08, 11:13 PM
My balaclava generally goes over my face below 0 F. Of course, during the climbs and sprints I need to pull it back down before I suffocate, :thumb:
12-16-08, 11:42 PM
You could also buy one of the re-breather masks used by people who work in extremely low temp storage units or make your own.
get a made to fit mouth piece like made for say football that outa cure it and add protection to boot just my guess thou .I remember them keeping my teeth warm back in the day
Sensitive teeth is one problem I don't have. Maybe slow down a bit and breathe mostly through your nose?
12-17-08, 06:46 AM
I've had good luck with a half mask respirator with the filters removed so that there is no drag on inhalation. The lowest cost respirators don't have removeable filters, so you have to step up to the ones at about $20-$30, maybe more if you want silicone instead of latex. Be sure to vent the exhalation valve downward to avoid fogging your glasses or goggles.
12-17-08, 07:38 AM
What do you wear on your head and neck now?
Yes, it happens to me. I wear a balaclava in winter, but not over my nose and mouth, so my teeth do get a blast now and then. In the winter I try to ride with my mouth closed and breathe through my nose (it's better for your lungs), but if I am going to open my mouth, I'll try to cover my teeth with my tongue, at least for the first moment or two.
12-17-08, 12:55 PM
normally i go barefaced., today i just bought a mask and goggles, its supposed to get well below zero soon so i figure that will do the trick.
and the weird thing is that my teeth dont hurt while riding, just when i get done and go someplace warm, then it hits me like a ton of bricks
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