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Old 12-17-08, 11:11 AM   #1
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frozen man parts

Anybody experience this? It is not fun. At all. I'm thinking of wearing an extra sock to keep this very important area warm tomorrow. Any thoughts?
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Old 12-17-08, 11:15 AM   #2
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For me it's the thighs. Worthless leg warmers ride down so they only cover my knees and legs, which rarely have a problem. Frozen thighs are not cool!
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Old 12-17-08, 11:50 AM   #3
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The "store" area is particularily vulnerable to the cold breeze. They make undergarments with a windproof barrier in the front for this very reason. My brother in law gave me a pair as a gift a few years ago (he's an avid outdoor sports guy). At first I was like, yeah right. But they really do help.
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Old 12-17-08, 11:53 AM   #4
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find somebody to knit you one of these.

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Old 12-17-08, 12:20 PM   #5
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ROFL

I just about fell out of my chair when I saw that picture.
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Anybody experience this? It is not fun. At all. I'm thinking of wearing an extra sock to keep this very important area warm tomorrow. Any thoughts?
try this: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/sea...&searchWithin=
Craft briefs with windstopper gore

or this: http://www.ibexwear.com/shop/ProductDetail.php?GID=1151 pricey but Ibex makes some nice stuff (if I were indep wealthy I would outfit myself entirely in Ibex and Icebreaker clothing)
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For me it's the thighs. Worthless leg warmers ride down so they only cover my knees and legs, which rarely have a problem. Frozen thighs are not cool!
this will work for both of you:

http://www.gearwest.com/craft-pro-wi...r-8901890.html


or a less expensive alternative:

http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___77701

an inexpensive and not breathable wind/rain pant........

a common problem in the winter and some sort of wind protection works wonders.........
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Old 12-17-08, 12:55 PM   #8
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For me it's the thighs. Worthless leg warmers ride down so they only cover my knees and legs, which rarely have a problem. Frozen thighs are not cool!

A pair of Craft 'layer one' long johns with wind front panels are one of the best winter appareal purchases I have made. I wear them under regular work pants on my 5 mile commute and the keep my thighs and 'the boys' comfortable. (-10F yesterday).
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Old 12-17-08, 03:11 PM   #9
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Foxwear's Power Shield Pants. Lou will custom make you a pair at: http://www.foxwear.net/products_pants.html

These are super wind resistant and are increadibly comfy. They breath very well yet keep you warm. So far the coldest its been is around 15F and they keep my legs comfy... and no over-cooled privates either.

Happy warm riding,
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Old 12-17-08, 08:31 PM   #10
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Newspaper.

No kidding, I was just looking at an old cycling book I found on my shelf. It recommends two jerseys with a layer of newspaper in between for cold weather riding. The book is "Bill Walton's Total Book of Bicycling," published 1985.

Don't see why it wouldn't work for the lower half, cut or tear to fit (the paper, of course). Nothing to lose by trying and you can use it tomorrow morning.
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Old 12-20-08, 09:58 PM   #11
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An even cheaper solution to that problem is to put a plastic bread bag (empty...) between lower layers. I found that sweat, combined with strong winds especially going downhill, froze things up in a painful way. The plastic bag stops that from happening, and it's cheap!
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I often use a third sock this time of year....as with everything else, wool works best.
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The OP's joking, right?

I've ridden plenty in below zero F and this has never been an issue. Maybe I'm just lucky.
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This honestly is no joke. I was riding with my medium weight tights last year in 15F and I was definitely over chilled in the man parts area. Now that I have tights from Foxwear made from Polar Shield... no more cold man parts.

Happy riding,
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Old 12-23-08, 12:37 PM   #15
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that's Uma Thurman's mitten from "Even Cowgirls get the Blues," right?

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I always wore rain pants to block the wind, but at moderate temps (say, between 20-40 deg F) this would make my legs too hot. I wanted something to protect just... what needed protection. For Christmas my wife got me a Jewel Warmer, which has been excellent so far in this temp range.
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Is the problem cotton briefs?
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Well! Thank goodness I don't have THAT problem!
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The OP's joking, right?

I've ridden plenty in below zero F and this has never been an issue. Maybe I'm just lucky.
Big shot, big mouth here has now had that problem. Happened on a particularly cold plus windy day. Had to stuff a liner glove down there. Fortunately it doesn't happen often.
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i found a pair of cycling shorts with some extra fabric in the front panel to keep the wind out...by sugoi they work really well
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I wear Assos Airprotec in the cold and Airblock in the very cold, and have no problem at all with the bits and pieces. Good bib tights will keep those comfortable.
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Ouch. I've experienced this problem in a severe way while xc ski racing in those one piece suits. A layer of that public washroom paper towel between layers seemed to help if it didn't shift mid-race. If forgotten on a day below -20C, it was sorely missed.
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I've had this problem a couple of times, but only because I forgot to wear my bike shorts underneath my capilene long johns and outer pants. That Brookes saddle sure is seductive, until three miles into the ride, your butt's fine but the front door is in pain.... The padding of the bike shorts seems to make all the difference for me in terms of keeping it warm. I wonder if a jock strap might do something similar? You might even get one of those they put the cups in (for contact sports) and fill it with a swatch of polar fleece!
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