I just bought my first ‘bent bike. (Yippee!) I loved everything about the test-rides EXCEPT the cold wind and rain in the face. I’m living in The Netherlands. Temperatures typically range from cool to cold (but not quite freezing), and we get LOTS of wind and rain. That is great for all the Dutch windmills and tulips, but it is kind of depressing for the cyclists. Of course, there are millions of bikes here, but almost all are DFs. Everyone has their nose down on the handle bars and they grind it out in first gear. With a ‘bent, I have a smaller total surface area, but my head is up so I catch all the wind and rain with the face. (Brrrrrr!)
I can dress well enough to handle the weather except for my face. I typically have strong cross-winds when I commute to work, so a bubble windshield at the nose of the bike will probably only help my feet. I am looking for creative solutions for protecting my face (short of resorting to a full closed fairing).
Has anyone tried clear plastic face shields like those used in hockey helmets or the kind used in woodshops and labs?
I haven't had a chance to try these yet, but I am anticipating a few problems. Fogging might be a problem, but that probably could be treated chemically or by modifying the wind flow inside the mask. The biggest problem might be the rain beading up on the outside of the shield. This was a big problem when I rode motorcycles. Since there were no windshield wipers, I had to look over or around the windshield--which kind of kills the whole point of having a windshield. For my ‘bent, I thought about attaching a small squeegee to the back of my glove to wipe the face shield. Of course, this would have practical limitations when the rain is really hosing down. So, that is a drawback. OTOH, I suspect a full closed fairing would have the same problems, right? Is there any way to see where I am going without freezing my face off?
I still have a month to figure something out while I am waiting for my new ‘bent to be delivered. If anyone has useful suggestions, I would love to hear them.