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UnfilteredDregs 12-08-13 01:34 PM

After hacking my lungs out for about an hour yesterday...
 
I've decided I need some sort of nefarious air warming device. I don't mind the cold, my lungs do:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/im...228/ONECOL.jpg

Any practical luck with such? I'd really like to ride throughout the winter as much as I can...I bought some good bibs, I have the layers..I need to warm the air effectively..

Thanks for your thoughts!

droy45 12-08-13 02:04 PM

I use something similar to that when the wind chill is below 0degF. Most of the time it just hangs around my neck because I find it makes my glasses fog up. Of Course I do not have the lung issues you speak of here. Take care of yourself and take it a little easier. Maybe you can get your lungs accustomed to the cold a little at a time. It would be awful to have to stop riding until it warms up.:(

UnfilteredDregs 12-08-13 02:11 PM

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Originally Posted by droy45 (Post 16312306)
Maybe you can get your lungs accustomed to the cold a little at a time.

Yeah, I'm a bit of an idiot and tend to just bull on through things. It doesn't help that two weeks ago was mild high 50s-60s and this last week it dropped to high 30s. This upcoming week is going to be hovering around the freezing point. Nevertheless if I can solve the problem with an air warming device that'll be peachy. :)

SmallFront 12-08-13 02:26 PM

A merino neck tube works wonders for me when I pull it up over my mouth and nose.

UnfilteredDregs 12-08-13 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by SmallFront (Post 16312350)
A merino neck tube works wonders for me when I pull it up over my mouth and nose.

See, I was wondering about this...? It does warm the air? Does it ice up?

erig007 12-08-13 03:06 PM

Try this one instead, the filter help warming the cold air better, the metal part above the nose help with the fog up problem a little and the mask filter some air pollution (not much)

http://www.amazon.com/Respro-Techno-.../dp/B00B7S96ZY
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...tL._SX300_.jpg

SmallFront 12-08-13 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by UnfilteredDregs (Post 16312378)
See, I was wondering about this...? It does warm the air? Does it ice up?

Yes, it does warm the air. You don't even need a thick one, just something to help you preheat and moisten the air (because it is the dry air that provokes the lungs).
If it's really thick, it will freeze simply because it will hold more moisture. But I have found the merino to be excellent in this regard. I have both a thicker one from Icebreaker, which is actually too thick, and a thin merino from Buff, which is longer, but thinner, which allows to choose one, two, or even three layers around my mouth/nose. I don't have a problem with fogging glasses either because there is more air going through the merino overall.

Bat56 12-08-13 09:06 PM

I wear a neoprene face guard when the temp gets below 10F. I do not wear my glasses with it because they fog up. If I need eye protection at those temps I wear goggles which don't let my breath in.

For warmer temps when my face gets intermittently cold I just use a fleece neck gaiter that I can pull up over my mouth and nose if needed. That thing definitely absorbs the moisture and turns into an icy mess.

Kai Winters 12-08-13 09:37 PM

I wear a fleece neck tube. It works great.
I too had glasses fogging up on me when covering my nose. I bought a pair of Giro brand ski goggles, clear lens, at "Dick's". They work great. My eyeballs no longer feel frozen, they don't fog up and I can cover my nose as needed.


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