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Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

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Old 11-11-08, 02:02 AM   #1
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My Winter Head Gear

Helmet: Giro Iono (comes with Under helmet cover) still not cold enough to use the head warmer.
Sunglasses: Prescription type with Nikon Mirror coating
Goggle: Gordini Virve super easy & fast changeable lenses (comes with cat1 + cat2), it also cover the ears. Clear lens sold separately, which i've ordered for night biking.
Face: Gore Bike Wear (it covers the ears)
Music: Moto Bluetooth HT820, hands free biking.

is funny how sometimes people think i'm talking to myself, or talking to them, when biking and chatting over the phone

cat1 is actually clear enough for night driving, i just don't really like the orange "gold" tint at night, i want to see natural colour at night time.

The only problem i find with this set, is is a bit annoying when i want to take a sip of water from the bottle, and i don't like to use Camel packs for water.

the Face mask is really easy to take out, putting it back on... it's another story
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Old 11-11-08, 07:38 PM   #2
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I was thinking about getting that face mask. Does the nose tent help keep the goggles from fogging up?

I must say, your whole ensemble looks downright scary. I will have to take off some stuff in the lobby when I arrive at work if I end up looking like that, so I don't frighten my co-workers.
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yeah, it does help
reason why i choose that face mask, it has enough ventilation to keep moisture out, and keep you warm at the same time.

and that little "nose tent" is well designed to keep the expiring air out of the way.
the goggle itself is well made, and it doesn't get fog up.

the goggles are really easy to take off, so does the mask.
i always find the bike helmet is always the most awkward thing to put on/off

here is what i wear for the upper torso.
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Old 11-13-08, 06:17 PM   #4
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How cold and how long do you ride with the face mask? Anything that I cover my face with ices up to the point of restricting airflow; have you had issues like that?
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How cold and how long do you ride with the face mask? Anything that I cover my face with ices up to the point of restricting airflow; have you had issues like that?


I get some ice build up now and then.... but that's pretty weird.
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no ice build up on me, but yes on my handle bars and bike overall.
I'm always overly warm, and sweat like a pig during summer, fall, spring times.
So winter time is pretty damn right temperature for me.
Is like having the air-con on all the time

snow in my head/helmet melts away, same for the face mask
places i do get snow/ice accumulation is on my stereo headset.
and edges of the goggle, i keep wiping it off with my gloves, when there are too much.
LOL it'll be nice if they sell goggle with little wipers build in

i keep a can of WD40 with me, to keep the brakes lubed, and to prevent snow from sticking up to it.
the bike gets real stiff below Zero Celsius.
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Old 11-13-08, 11:34 PM   #7
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where did you get all your winter gear?, especially the 20" marathon winters? locally or online?
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Down to about zero C, I use regular MTB glasses a helmet and pull the hood of my hooded sweatshirt over my helmet. This provides a good balance of warmth and ventilation.
From zero to -10 C; I switch to a RibCap Marley, same glasses and hooded sweatshirt combination.
Below -10 C is the only time i get out the ski goggles for cycling.
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Are those goggles designed to go over the glasses?
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Old 11-14-08, 04:29 PM   #10
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I have the same nose tent... I am searching for a way to keep my nose from frosting up.. Think I am going to resort to a plain scarf... Frozen nose snot just is not nice.. The nose tent seemed to get into the way of removing falling liquids.
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where did you get all your winter gear?, especially the 20" marathon winters? locally or online?
most of my winter gear was purchased online, including the tires, direct from Schwalbe
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Are those goggles designed to go over the glasses?
yes in day time i use it with my sunglasses, night time i wear them without my glasses
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This just gave me an idea. Has anyone tried wearing paintball masks for cycling? The better ones are comfortable, fog proof, and well ventilated.
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I bet the paint ball mask will do great for regular commuting, and that's a very good idea.

but for winter it'll be a bit too chilly using those, not to mention, it might not be compatible with the bike helmet.
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I get some ice build up now and then.... but that's pretty weird.
I have used a balaclava. When cold enough I breath through the fabric. The exhale pushes moist air out that freezes quickly, within about 2 miles it starts restricting airflow. Not all that strange. I switched to using a knitted scarf wrapped multiple times around my head, and that dissipated the airflow enough that it didn't restrict airflow, but the scarf is a lot to deal with. Those little holes in the face mask look like they could easily clog with ice, hence the wonder about the length of the ride and temperature that the face mask works well for...
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^^^ But the breathing holes are right against my mouth. My exhaled air is way to warm to freeze that fast, at least at the temperatures we get here. When I get ice build up, it's usually on the part down by my chin or something.

Granted, below minus 15C I wear *two* face masks, one normally and one down a bit so the nose tent is over my mouth. The combo keeps my nose warm, but still directs the air down away from my goggles when I breath out.
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Trick I figured out last year snowboarding that works well on the bike, too. First, get a plain old-school ski mask with three holes, like this. Next, get a cold gear Under Armor hood, like this. Wear the UA hood over the ski mask. What makes this a good combo is that ski mask keeps the cloth from UA hood slightlly away from your mouth/lips/face/etc. Hence, you don't experience moister on the mask as much and things don't freeze up nearly as fast...and it's super-duper warm.
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interesting... double face mask, gotta try that some day, if the weather gets bad enough

same here, my head + exhaust air, is way too hot for any ice to form near that area.

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^^^ But the breathing holes are right against my mouth. My exhaled air is way to warm to freeze that fast, at least at the temperatures we get here. When I get ice build up, it's usually on the part down by my chin or something.

Granted, below minus 15C I wear *two* face masks, one normally and one down a bit so the nose tent is over my mouth. The combo keeps my nose warm, but still directs the air down away from my goggles when I breath out.
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