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Old 09-29-09, 07:36 AM   #26
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Neoprene shoe covers and Toastie Toes are a great combo!
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Old 09-29-09, 08:58 AM   #27
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Very intriguing idea. But I'm concerned about this disclosure on their web site: "Once you pass 20 kph the effectiveness begins to diminish due to air penetration at the front of the muff.. For more "severe" riding conditions we offer a headband made from the same windblock fabric as our V-Muffs."

20 kph is less than 12.5 mph, so basically it sounds like these would have very little effectiveness. I like the idea, but I have a feeling they're just too loose to be of much use.
The Bell Metro winter kit came with something very similar. I don't use them because of just this problem. They allow cold air penetration at very low speeds. Just not worth it. An ear band does the same but also blocks air from the upper vent from blowing over your face...which can be incredibly cold!
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Old 09-29-09, 05:20 PM   #28
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Now if I could just figure out how to keep my toes warm...
Have a read over my little write-up on what works for me to keep my feet warm:
http://www.machka.net/whatworks/coldfeet.htm
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Step 1. Find an old short sleeve t-shirt. (I like plain white undershirts)
Step 2. Cut the sleeve off at the seem.
Step 3. Pull over head.

Works for me down to the 30's. Even lower if you're riding off-road.
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Old 09-30-09, 01:16 PM   #30
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Another vote for 180's; however, I'm usually okay with just a Coolmax cycling cap under my helmet down to about freezing. This year I might get a cotton or wool one, since I sometimes get brain freeze in a cold wind.
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They're goofy lookin', but I love my 180's.
+1 They're easy to put on/off off while riding and you can leave them around your neck if you need to cool off a bit.
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About the V-muffs. I found those last year and for $10 I thought I'd try them. They do fit loosely around the ears to not give much protection against wind and cold. But I use them once it gets cold and stays cold. When I've got the balaclava on then they fit real snug and give me a little added warmth. I don't regret getting them and intend on using them for this winter. I tried the 180's and for some reason I just didn't like them.
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Last winter, I used a headband to keep my ears warm. If it was too cold, I'd top it off with a skull cap. I'd find that alone, the skull caps wouldn't sufficiently cover my earlobes, but that the head band would do that, plus the skully would keep the top of my noggin warm. Worked really well. Matter of fact, there were many times where I'd get to work in the morning and the front of my headgear would be covered with sweat-frost.
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Old 10-01-09, 07:25 PM   #34
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Ear bags.
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Old 10-03-09, 10:58 PM   #35
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In addition to all of the good ideas mentioned. You can also put cheap foam earplugs into your ear. This keeps cold air from entering the ear canal and is very light and effective when combined with the usual cycling head wear.

I would recommend doing this if you have problems with inner ear cold sensitivity.
I make ear plugs from pieces of a cotton ball. Toss them after each ride. Accomplishes the same purpose and I think I can hear better. I'll start using the cotton balls as soon as it gets into the 50'5 without any other protection besides my helmet. I add band/hat etc. as it gets below 50.
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