It appears that the two winter cycling problems most frequently discussed on this forum are:
• Fogging eyewear
• Cold feet
I may have solved my fogging issue. As for the cold feet dilemma, I can’t offer any suggestions because I don’t have that problem, but more on that later.
I have said in previous posts, I am always wary of suggesting my winter cycling gear or clothing strategy, because we are different physically, we ride in different environments, we have different tolerances to cold weather, and most importantly, we differ in our riding duration and exertion level. What works for me, may not work for you.
With that said, I hopefully my solution to the fogging problem will work for many of you. My experience indicates that the fogging is the result of my warm moist exhale coming in contact with the inside cold surface of my eyewear and the fogging is actually condensation of that moisture.
I have observed that when I wear my balaclava under my chin and away from my nose and mouth, I have experienced very little, or no fogging. However, if I pull the balaclava up over my nose and mouth, my exhale is forced upward towards and under my eyewear and heavy fogging will occur. This led me to believe that the solution could be goggles with a tight seal between the goggles and my face.
I solved my fogging problem when I bought these goggles (see photo) for $7.88 at http://www.coopersafety.com/item/100...ar-lenses.aspx . I know that many of you have tried goggles and you reported here that they didn’t do the job. I was quite baffled as to why they worked for me and didn’t for others. I now conclude that some of you were probably using ski or snowmobile goggles. Not only are they much more expensive and heavier, they are also tinted too dark. Most importantly, these goggles have vent holes around the sides and bottom of the lenses. I would suggest that these vents are allowing your exhale to enter the inside the goggle and fogging the inside of your lenses. My goggles are industrial safety type; they are inexpensive, clear, lightweight, have no vents and offer the necessary air tight seal around my face to prevent any fogging. The difference is in the air tight seal.
Additionally, if you are like me and prefer to ride with an eye glass mounted rear view mirror. The use of goggles will necessitate that you mount the mirror on the visor of your helmet (see photo).
About the cold feet thing; as a former runner whose feet never got cold during the coldest of Michigan winters, I was warned by other IceBikers that my feet would freeze while winter cycling. So far, I have ridden in snow squalls with temps down to 20* and wind chills in the low teens and my feet aren’t cold yet…and that’s while wearing my Nike summer running shoes with mesh uppers (see photo).
Heck! I may go out tomorrow wearing flip-flops. Nah! Real men don’t wear flip-flops. <G>