Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-31-08, 11:42 AM   #1
thebeatcatcher
my legs are carbon
Thread Starter
 
thebeatcatcher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Indianapolis
Bikes:
Posts: 159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
chewing gum?

I feel as though chewing gum keeps my face noticeably warmer, maybe because that's what I would expect because it makes complete sense. Whether the difference would actually be that noticeable is the question, either way it's more comfortable.

I also feel like cinnamon gum would be even "warmer" than the minty stuff I've been using, let's hope so.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
thebeatcatcher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 11:47 AM   #2
CigarDad
Senior Member
 
CigarDad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Left Coast
Bikes:
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can not go on any ride without chewing gum. I can ride while forgetting my water bottle but not without a piece of gum.
CigarDad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 11:52 AM   #3
jpdesjar
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
i have never really tried it out...seems like chewing gum would warm the face some
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 12:47 PM   #4
mattm
**** that
 
mattm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: CALI
Bikes:
Posts: 13,660
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
that's a new one
__________________
cat 1.

blog
mattm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 12:55 PM   #5
amit_shah25 
Drunken Master
 
amit_shah25's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Teaneck NJ
Bikes: Jamis Ranger 1.0 (Mutilated !!), Trek Portland
Posts: 338
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Urghhhhhhhhh ! More rubber ! Save the environment and pollute it at the same time ! I love it

That being said, I think it is a smart idea. I could barely speak because my face gets frozen in the morning ! I am gonna try that tomorrow
__________________
Nothing to say !
amit_shah25 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 12:59 PM   #6
GV27
Light Makes Right
 
GV27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Green Mountain, Colorado
Bikes: Gianni Motta Criterium, Dean Hardtail
Posts: 1,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
But what if you fall and choke on your gum!!!! It's be just as bad as going without a helmet or sunglasses, or body armor or a lucky rabbits foot!
GV27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 01:03 PM   #7
trekker pete
pedalphile
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: ellington, ct
Bikes: trek 1200, 520, Giant ATX 970, Raleigh Talon
Posts: 1,035
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I would think that chewing gum while breathing heavily might be risky. Never really tried it, so I can't say for sure.

Seems like a balaclava is a better idea.
trekker pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 01:03 PM   #8
apricissimus 
L T X B O M P F A N S R
 
apricissimus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Malden, MA
Bikes: Bianchi Volpe, Bianchi San Jose, Redline 925
Posts: 2,326
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think I would be annoyed if I had to breathe through my mouth and I had a piece of gum in my mouth.
apricissimus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 01:52 PM   #9
Bat22
Didn't make it
 
Bat22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Weymouth, Mass.
Bikes:
Posts: 931
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't know if I can chew gum and ride at the same time.
I never tried it.
Bat22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 02:12 PM   #10
unixpro
Laid back bent rider
 
unixpro's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Burien, WA
Bikes: Bacchetta Giro 20
Posts: 1,134
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I seriously hurt my throat a few years ago and my doctor recommended that I start chewing gum to increase my saliva production and provide lubrication. I've been doing it ever since and it really works. I like the fruit-flavored, sugarless kind (trident mostly).
unixpro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 06:11 PM   #11
Gonzlobo
Red light runner
 
Gonzlobo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Albuquerque
Bikes: Seven Sola
Posts: 226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't ride while chewing gum because for some reason, it makes me less thirsty. Ergo, I drink alot less water and get dehydrated.
Gonzlobo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 09:18 PM   #12
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi
Posts: 23,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thebeatcatcher View Post
I feel as though chewing gum keeps my face noticeably warmer, maybe because that's what I would expect because it makes complete sense. Whether the difference would actually be that noticeable is the question, either way it's more comfortable.

I also feel like cinnamon gum would be even "warmer" than the minty stuff I've been using, let's hope so.

Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Don't you know that bicycling requires 100% attention paid to sight and hearing? You need to read the safety advice offered so often by cycling safety experts on BF. Competent cycling leaves no slack for something as distracting as chewing gum! Chewing gum while cycling should be punished for being a crime against humanity. You are obviously high up on the Darwinian culling list, eh? Besides it's far more righteous to enjoy the natural flavors of your own saliva while cycling then something unnatural and manufactured.
I-Like-To-Bike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-08, 11:47 PM   #13
unkchunk
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,819
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yeah, but can you blow bubbles at 20 mph?
unkchunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 07:17 AM   #14
Caspar_s
Senior Member
 
Caspar_s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Burlington, ON
Bikes: Giant Tcx1
Posts: 530
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nah - it would stick to my beard, and who wants to chew that much that you have a full face covering.

Caspar_s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 09:43 AM   #15
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Chewing gum exercises the face muscles, which increases blood flow to the face, which in turn
warms the face.

BUT the risk of inhaling the gum due to heavy breathing or a fall simply make this habit dumb at
best.

I'll wear a face mask or something else but I don't want to die a slow choking death.
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 11:38 AM   #16
kache_98
Senior Member
 
kache_98's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: San Juan, PR
Bikes: KHS Flite 750 '06
Posts: 132
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by trekker pete View Post
I would think that chewing gum while breathing heavily might be risky. Never really tried it, so I can't say for sure.

Seems like a balaclava is a better idea.
This actually IS a bad idea. I used to chew gum all the time until I was hammering a hill hard. Ended up in the pavement on the shoulder with the gum half way up my lungs. That being said, I still chew gum while riding, but as soon as I start heavy breathing I toss it.
kache_98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 12:37 PM   #17
BCRider
Senior Member
 
BCRider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The 'Wack, BC, Canada
Bikes: Norco (2), Miyata, Canondale, Soma, Redline
Posts: 5,456
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
While the issue of moving more blood through the facial muscles struck me right away at the same time I would never risk it due to the likelyhood of inhaling it at some point. Unless you've got a regular riding companion that knows the Hiemlich maneuver this seems like a great way to choke to death.

Go with a balaclava instead or even just pretend to chew gum. If you don't want the thick ski style balaclave motorcycle and snowmobile shops should carry the silk balaclavas that fit under helmets. They are a lot thinner and almost as effective as the ski balaclavas. However they don't have mouth openings. If you know someone that knows how to use a sewing or serging machine it would be super simple to add a mouth opening.
BCRider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 01:57 PM   #18
ItsJustMe
Seņior Member
 
ItsJustMe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Michigan
Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
Posts: 12,977
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Wow, I haven't chewed gum for years. It kind of bothers me. I think I'd rather have my face a little cold.
__________________
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.
ItsJustMe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 02:28 PM   #19
blankgen
Senior Member
 
blankgen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Stockton, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 230
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I do at night. I live in an area (delta) with great clouds of mosquitoes and the gum keeps my mouth shut and bug free.
blankgen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 02:36 PM   #20
ProsecutedBiker
The Broke Biker ;)
 
ProsecutedBiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Seattle Area
Bikes: 1 Road Bike<-Won it =)
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've found that chewing gum slows me down, for some reason i feel like it makes me have less energy while biking

I can't understand why
ProsecutedBiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-08, 02:49 PM   #21
bobjenkins79
Spoke busting fat guy
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Jefferson City, MO USA
Bikes: 07 Specialized Allez Elite "Quilt Bike"///06 Hardrock Sport
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm sure I'll be the lone ranger on this one, but I usually ride/train with a big cheek full of Red Man chewing tobacco. Don't ask me why, I just do.
bobjenkins79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:53 AM.