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    but I must ask.......

    I see many pictures of winter riders here, wearing a helmet, ski goggles, and a hat. Would it go against the grain the wear a full face helmet, this way you wouldn't have to wear 10 seperate things on your head, and Im not talking about a motorcycle helmet, I think a Mountain bike downhill helmet would work well.

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    I've seen people here wear a full face motorcycle helmet riding a bicycle. One of them is a woman in her 60's. Wear whatever works for you and who cares what people think.

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    Most usually suggest that this is too hot. I have to say i have never tried it, but would speculate that i would find it too hot as well.

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    I plan on buying a full face helmet eventually. This has nothing to do with weather, it's because I broke my jaw in a face plant...

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    I'd be interested in a full-face with more vents...under 1lb

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    When I'm not on my bike, I often ride my Kawasaki Ninja 600 (a four cylinder "crotch rocket"). My motorcycle helmit is full face with a visor, and would be way too heavy and hot to wear while riding a bicycle. It has small vents that work well at 60mph but would be useless at bicycle speeds. However if there was a warm bicycle-specific full-face helmit I might wear it when cold enough outside. I do, however, wear my snowboard/ski helmit when it's cold. They are designed for winter activities and are warmer than a bike helmit, but light unlike the motorcycle helmit. My boarding helmit has vents which can be closed in the winter and opened in the spring (on the fly) as well as fleece ear flaps which are removable.

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    Many of the guys I ride with in the winter wear their Ski helmets. They are fairly light, don't have as many vents, and seem to allow them to wear less on their heads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SAB
    When I'm not on my bike, I often ride my Kawasaki Ninja 600 (a four cylinder "crotch rocket"). My motorcycle helmit is full face with a visor, and would be way too heavy and hot to wear while riding a bicycle. It has small vents that work well at 60mph but would be useless at bicycle speeds. However if there was a warm bicycle-specific full-face helmit I might wear it when cold enough outside. I do, however, wear my snowboard/ski helmit when it's cold. They are designed for winter activities and are warmer than a bike helmit, but light unlike the motorcycle helmit. My boarding helmit has vents which can be closed in the winter and opened in the spring (on the fly) as well as fleece ear flaps which are removable.
    if you read carefully, you would of saw "and Im not talking about a motorcycle helmet, I think a Mountain bike downhill helmet"

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    The full face helmets usually fog up really bad as soon as you stop moving.

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    The venting issue seems to be a significant one to prevent fogging. I've got a pair of wraparound sunglasses and they fog up rapidly once my speed drops below 12km/h, I'm labouring uphill, and the ambient temps is 0 to 5 deg C.

    On my Nullarbor ride some years ago, I stayed at a backpackers in Esperance in south-eastern Western Australia. Another cyclist, a guy from Sweden, was there. He had done an apprenticeship or somesuch with the Swedish airforce, and had purloined a visor from the helmets that the pilots wear, and adapted it to his bike helmet. Looked bluddy good, actually. Full face protection, in this case, from sun.

    Just a suggestion to see if something can be picked up for surplus and adapted. Would seem to provide the ventilation to avoid a degree of fogging, but at the same time protect eyes, mouth and nose from cold air.

    I've just had someone stay with me from Canada, and I was regaled with all sorts of stories about winter riding. I don't envy living and riding in those sorts of winter conditions.

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