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Old 11-27-01, 06:45 PM   #1
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warm ears

When I'm riding, my ears often get cold, while the rest of my head is fine or too hot. Headbands are too hot. I cut the foot off of some polarfleece socks and then cut a 1 inch slit in the end of the toe. Then I slipped the the fleece onto the straps of my helmut. The straps hold them in place over my ears, but the rest of my head can stay cool. If the day warms up, they take very little space in my pocket.
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Old 11-27-01, 07:38 PM   #2
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Sounds good.

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Old 11-27-01, 07:55 PM   #3
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I think i'll take this tip for everyday use, not just on the bike! Its sooooo cold outside right now, well under -0(f) windchill, burrrr! Thanks for the awesome idea JBS
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Old 11-28-01, 02:06 AM   #4
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Excellent idea! Thanks
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Old 11-28-01, 07:03 AM   #5
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I'm not sure I could follow all of your instructions, Jean, so I just put a pair of socks over my ears today to try it out.

It works great! Thanks for your suggestion. Of course, I can't hear quite as well with the socks on my ears, and they go flappity flappity on the sides of my helmut when I go fast.

Besides that, the socks work well.

Clever thinking!
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Of course, I can't hear quite as well with the socks on my ears, and they go flappity flappity on the sides of my helmut when I go fast.

Besides that, the socks work well.

Clever thinking!
Not to mention everybody thinks the Easter Bunny has come early!
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Old 11-28-01, 08:29 PM   #7
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I love Jean, Mike, Dave, Joe, Chewa and all youse living inside the Arctic Circle.

But I can't relate!

Worst thing for me is toe chill. OK, so I'm soft.
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Old 11-28-01, 11:36 PM   #8
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I love Jean, Mike, Dave, Joe, Chewa and all youse living inside the Arctic Circle.

But I can't relate!
I live in a temperate clime, too, Pete, so it's kind of confusing to read about Jean wearing socks on her ears and Mike wearing a balaclava on his butt.

I figure this means that severely cold weather causes a bicyclist to either:

(a) become ingenious in adapting clothing to suit the peculiar rigors of winter riding,

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(b) suffer frostbite to that portion of the brain that governs sartorial sensibility.
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Without having a legitimate reason to wear designer socks on your ears, how do you fellers meet girls in warm climates?
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Bentrox,

I've searched and searched, but I can't find where Mike mentioned wearing a balaclava on his posterior.

Mike, the more I read about people who put turkey racks on their bikes and socks on their ears, the more I think the American Netherlands are where I was born to bicycle.

Down here in the Southlands, we meet gurls by cruisin' around in the backs of pickup trucks, drinkin' beer and hollerin' the Rebel Yell (the sound of this yell has never been proven to be known by anyone living...we sort of copied it from one of the guys when he fell out after we hit a large bump.)
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Down here in the Southlands, we meet gurls by cruisin' around in the backs of pickup trucks, drinkin' beer and hollerin' the Rebel
Meetin' gurlz is easier than katchin' um. Up here, we try to convince 'em to put their tongue on the metal slide in sub-zero weather.

Usually, though, the gurlz know the game and cleverly convince the fellers to get stuck to the slide instead.
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Wow! What a great idea Jean!

I've had the same problem, and I use a pair of ultra think Swix earmuffs, but now I've got a back up for when I inevitably lose them. Thanks!
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You know, I was about to edit that last post, but I thin I like it better the way it is - it makes a little less sense that way, don't you thin?
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Old 12-03-01, 07:52 PM   #14
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You know, I was about to edit that last post, but I thin I like it better the way it is - it makes a little less sense that way, don't you thin?
Ya, I thin so, but please splain to me a little better, Lucy!
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Old 11-16-03, 04:37 AM   #15
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Perfect solution

We sell a product called Earmitts, they are an insulated bandless ear muff (wont get stuck up in the cycle helmet), used by walkers and cyclists seamlessly.
Have a look at the product on the earmitts website:
<url>http://www.servie-medical.co.uk/gremlin/earmitts.htm</url>Earmitts, i think you'll love them.
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I'm sure no one here wants to sew anything but fleece is super cheap and you can make all kinds of warm things with it.
and it's one of the easiest fabrics to sew with as it doesn't need to be hemmed. it doesn't come unravelled(sp?) like normal fabric.
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Old 11-18-03, 02:22 PM   #17
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The original post is TWO YEARS OLD!!

Amazing.

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Old 11-24-03, 07:40 AM   #18
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Great idea......

MEN ONLY WARNING!!!!!!

Would that also work as a Willy-warmer...
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