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Old 01-29-08, 09:48 PM   #1
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It hurts to swallow/chew after a cold ride

When I ride in the cold, lets say 20F or below, for more than a few miles I find that when I get home and try to drink/eat something I get a cramp somewhere in my lower jaw from chewing/swallowing. I typically haven't been wearing a balaclava because I get to hot.

Do you guys ever have anything like this happen? Other than waiting to warm up longer before having a recovery drink etc., can you recommend something to help? Thanks.
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Old 01-29-08, 10:11 PM   #2
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Even at 35-40 degrees my face and jaw muscles tighten up. Goes away in minutes when I get inside.
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Glad to hear that I'm not the only one

I was beginning to think I was crazy...wait, I ride through winter in the mid-west...I am crazy!!
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Try relaxing your jaw when you ride ... you're probably subconsciously clenching. And you might consider using a neck gaiter.
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Hot coffee and warm biscuit every morning after the commute does the trick for me.
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I did burn the inside of my mouth today but at -42c what did you expect after breathing to fast ouch!
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When I ride in the cold, lets say 20F or below, for more than a few miles I find that when I get home and try to drink/eat something I get a cramp somewhere in my lower jaw from chewing/swallowing. I typically haven't been wearing a balaclava because I get to hot.

Do you guys ever have anything like this happen? Other than waiting to warm up longer before having a recovery drink etc., can you recommend something to help? Thanks.
What kind of balaclava are you wearing? If it is a thin one like i use, you should be able to wear it comfortably in anything under 32F. At least i can. Again, mine is VERY thin and lightweight with a very light brush on the inside.
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What kind of balaclava are you wearing? If it is a thin one like i use, you should be able to wear it comfortably in anything under 32F. At least i can. Again, mine is VERY thin and lightweight with a very light brush on the inside.
Mine is very thin synthetic/wicking material. The neck portion is microfleece. I may start wearing it again under 25F and see if I still get 'cold jaw'.

Thanks for all the advice guys!
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I did wear the balaclava today, and though I was a bit warm at 17F, I did not have any jaw pain after the ride. I guess I'll just have to get used to being toasty
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Or try a neck gaiter like I mentioned before. It doesn't cover the head ... well the balaclava doesn't have to either for that matter.
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Breath through your nose - it may become runny, but that is what is suppose to happen in the cold it is adaptation.
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Breath through your nose - it may become runny, but that is what is suppose to happen in the cold it is adaptation.
Due to my messed up sinuses, I cannot get enough O2 when the HR goes up through my nose.

Yup basically, I'm a mouth breather
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Gargle with Listerine a few times a day to kill the cold germs. You might be coming down with something.
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Gargle with Listerine a few times a day to kill the cold germs. You might be coming down with something.
RE: my sinus problems originate from breaking my nose when I was 5.

Actually, last week I did get sick. Basically I found the solution was just to wear the balaclava anyway. The other day when it got a little warm, I just pulled the balaclava all the down around my throat. It wasn't the most comfortable thing, but it seemed to still get the job done.

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