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Old 01-24-07, 08:05 PM   #1
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runny nose + cold

So I've had a cold for the past 2 weeks, and cycling in this weather only exacerbates my runny nose. Problem is, I don't really want to stop mid-journey to get a tissue/handkerchief to blow my nose, particularly on a busy road.

So what do you lot usually do when this happens??
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Old 01-24-07, 08:21 PM   #2
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that's what the terrycloth patch is for on winter cycling gloves.
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Snot rockets.
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I saw a guy using terry cloth wristbands. I am thinking of trying it.

I also saw winter cycling gloves with a terry cloth patch on the back of the thumb.
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Snot rockets.
+1 but you might want to double check that no one is drafting you...
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+1 but you might want to double check that no one is drafting you...
Riding to work on a cold snowy morning, I don't think there is much danger of that.
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If the flow is light, I use the terry thumbs of my gloves (that's what they are there for!)

If the flow is a bit heavier, I use the terry thumbs of my gloves, the rest of my gloves, and my sleeve

If the flow is getting a bit out of hand, I go to snot rockets. That usually takes care of it.
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Snot rockets. Just make sure your balaclava is clear first.
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Put your finger aside your nose and blow. It's called a 'Hoosier Hankie'. I can say that, because I'm from Indiana.
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If you ride long enough you eventually don't even notice the snot. I know it is time to wash my tights when it looks like they have been tie-died. Blowing snot rockets is not a great deal of fun when it is -10 wind chill. The beauty of winter clothing is that it isn't hard to find something soft and absorbant to wipe your nose on if you must.

Nobody said Winter Cycling was pretty.
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is there a technique to tilt your head while launching a snot-rocket so that it doesn't end up on yourself? maybe aim forward and to the side or something...

as disgusting as it may sound, you all probably know how satisfying it feels to be able to breathe mucus-free after a good healthy snot rocket
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Old 01-27-07, 02:45 PM   #12
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is there a technique to tilt your head while launching a snot-rocket so that it doesn't end up on yourself? maybe aim forward and to the side or something...

as disgusting as it may sound, you all probably know how satisfying it feels to be able to breathe mucus-free after a good healthy snot rocket
I had a terrible time mastering the snot rocket until a friend gave me a few tips. Here they are:

1. Only one nostril at a time. I was trying to do a "double" and that is a much higher mastery level than I'll probably ever reach.

2. Aim under your arm. I was trying to do an "over the shoulder" and that is just messy!!

So I lean a little to the right, close my left nostril with my right hand (reaching over the nose), raise my right elbow (creating a raised wing-like effect), put my nose in a position where my nostrils are pointing right at the ground, and blow. And then lean a little to the left, close the right nostril with the right hand ... etc. for the other one.
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hahahaha... so true though!
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I had a terrible time mastering the snot rocket until a friend gave me a few tips. Here they are:

1. Only one nostril at a time. I was trying to do a "double" and that is a much higher mastery level than I'll probably ever reach.

2. Aim under your arm. I was trying to do an "over the shoulder" and that is just messy!!

So I lean a little to the right, close my left nostril with my right hand (reaching over the nose), raise my right elbow (creating a raised wing-like effect), put my nose in a position where my nostrils are pointing right at the ground, and blow. And then lean a little to the left, close the right nostril with the right hand ... etc. for the other one.
I go over the arm, easier to see what's behind me before I let er rip. Of course I got lots o' power in this schnoz!
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what I hate about snot rockets; are you always good enough to clear your gore tex sleeves. Hate it when that rocket mass freezes on impact. and one wonders why people woose out on cold weather rides.
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I go over the arm, easier to see what's behind me before I let er rip. Of course I got lots o' power in this schnoz!
I tried ... but my delicate little nose didn't have the power to clear my sleeve. I'd end up with snot all over my shoulder. Going under the arm gives me a clear shot at the ground. It's made a world of difference ... the shoulders of my jackets are clean!!

The one thing with the under-arm shot ... you've just got to make sure to lean far enough over to clear your hip.
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The one thing with the under-arm shot ... you've just got to make sure to lean far enough over to clear your hip.
and in some cases, your panniers
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Snot rockets. Just make sure your balaclava is clear first.


After years of practice I can consistently not hit myself. I just recently got a balaclava - I'm very glad I read this post before I rode with it on.
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Even a small person can get adequate power for a strong expulsion of snot. Be sure to breath deep to the waist area, you should feel as though your stomach is expanding clear around to your lower back. That will be sure to flatten your diaphragm. Once that air is deep in your body, let her rip!

Or let him rip if you're gender sensitive.
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Learn to master the quick "Head turn Balaclava pull-down snot rocket release balaclava repeat on other side" Try to do it in one nice, smooth motion.
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+1 snot rockets - -try to hit an SUV <- just kidding

make sure your face is clean when you get to work, you don't wanna look like the guys from dumb and dumber when they arrive in Aspen
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+1 snot rockets - -try to hit an SUV <- just kidding
I actually did that once. Oops.
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The key is to snot rocket AWAY from the arm that is still on your bars. Took me while to firgure that one out. I'm so fond of the snot rocket that I'm liable to do it anywhere. My wife, needless to say, does not approve.
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