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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by beingtxstate View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by steganographer View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by scoatw View Post
    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.

    Thanks again all!
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