Im an old guy (50) who just took up bike commuting. I just completed my third week. I learned to bike through a snow storm, to feel what it is like to have your facial skin pelted by sleet in 30mph wind, to almost get hit by a woman in mini-van talking on the cell phone with kids in baby seats in the back, and how to dress properly, cool down properly.
So ... I have a few questions.
1) I live in a bike friendly town, I see dozens of commuters each day ... I make eye contact, give a friendly acknowledgement when they pass, say "hey" when we are at stop lights ... but they all are in their own world, seemingly angry or defensive. Is it because Im on a common Trek hybrid and they all have fancy road bikes? Or because Im using a milk crate lashed to my rack, maybe its because I wear a yellow caution vest and have my red-tail light on, or that I have fenders? Am I a total dork squad member or are commuters just in their own world?
2) Watery eyes. In the morning when its still 20 degree my eyes get all watery from the cold wind. Are there special glasses or goggles I should get.
3) Riding in the sleet/rain during a big blow was really painful against my face .. ouch. Whats the best way, to protect your face, without getting all sweaty, during ugly weather.
4) Im using my sailing gear to keep dry right now. If I stick with this I might get some more appropriate biking gear. Its working fine for now though .. except for the head ... I have a standard Giro helmet ... and my head is getting soaked in the rain. A hood didnt work. Is there anything I should look at to keep my noggin dry?