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Old 07-25-12, 12:46 PM
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Where can I buy a biker's mask?

I don't know if that's what it's called. It's a mask that you put on to protect you from car fumes or diesel soot and dust. I've seen some professional road bikers use them. I've asked around in various bike shops and nobody had a clue. In fact, they did not even know what I was talking about. Any ideas?
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If you had asked for a cyclists mask they would have known.
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Surgical masks? Try the drug store.
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Oh yes that's what I'm on about. Thank you!
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Originally Posted by Midnight Biker View Post
I don't know if that's what it's called. It's a mask that you put on to protect you from car fumes or diesel soot and dust. I've seen some professional road bikers use them. I've asked around in various bike shops and nobody had a clue. In fact, they did not even know what I was talking about. Any ideas?
You can buy dust masks at any hardware store. You can also buy respirators with carbon filters at most hardware stores. The former will protect you from dust and the latter will filter out uncombusted hydrocarbons and dust. Neither would be that comfortable to ride in and both would need regular replacement...perhaps daily or even hourly, depending on the amount of air you sucking through them.
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You can buy dust masks at any hardware store. You can also buy respirators with carbon filters at most hardware stores. The former will protect you from dust and the latter will filter out uncombusted hydrocarbons and dust. Neither would be that comfortable to ride in and both would need regular replacement...perhaps daily or even hourly, depending on the amount of air you sucking through them.
Nah, I'm looking for something specifically designed for cyclists. Since I'm such a sucker when I ride, for air that is, I would probably be replacing those every few minutes. Not worth it. Just another obstacle to take the pleasure out of my ride.
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Nah, I'm looking for something specifically designed for cyclists. Since I'm such a sucker when I ride, for air that is, I would probably be replacing those every few minutes. Not worth it. Just another obstacle to take the pleasure out of my ride.
The filter in a respirator has a higher throughput and absorbing capacity than the Respro mask you are looking at. They are made for longer exposure at normal breathing rates, i.e. not at aerobic levels. The Respro mask would have very limited utility since the filter capacity on it has to be smaller (if it even has carbon for absorbing organics) than canister type respirators which means that it would have to changed more often. If it's only a 'dust mask', you can get 250 of them ($6 per 50) for the same price.
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