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Argh.... need ideas to keep my noggin warm

Old 01-06-16, 01:29 PM
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Argh.... need ideas to keep my noggin warm

So when I arrived at work this morning, I did my usual. Got to my desk, put my helmet on my desk, and my gloves. Pretty sure I put my skull cap down as well... but apparently I didn't. I've seemed to have lost my skull cap. I've had that cap for 7 years. I'm truly disappointed... loved that thing.

So, I need ideas to keep my noggin warm for the ride home. I work at a hospital in IT. Tissue paper? lol. Temperature will be upper 30's. I don't remember the last time I've ridden without a skull cap in temps like that. Route will take an hour. Do-able? Ugh. My heart is broken. Thanks to "flex time" - or lack thereof - I was in a hurry this morning to get clocked in on time. I must have lost it in the haste.
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I guess I could just use my undershirt... but I don't think my helmet will fit if I have my shirt all clumped on top of my head.
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I keep a 2d hat at work for walking around during the day which I could press into service for the bike ride home; just a thought for the future.

Your choices are either HTFU or borrow some kind of ski hat from someone and loosen up the helmet a bit to make it fit.
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If you work in a hospital, can't you get a surgical cap? You really just need to battle wind chill, so anything will be a significant improvement. You could use a t-shirt, and just tie a knot at the base of your melon.
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Old 01-06-16, 01:42 PM
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Wrap your head in gauze and pre-warm your helmet in an autoclave before you leave.
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
If you work in a hospital, can't you get a surgical cap? You really just need to battle wind chill, so anything will be a significant improvement. You could use a t-shirt, and just tie a knot at the base of your melon.
I might just do this. I don't want to bother the surgery unit.
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Old 01-06-16, 02:06 PM
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^ oh they're not doing anything important anyway...
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Old 01-06-16, 02:10 PM
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Put your underwear on your head.
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Rubber glove over the skull should work well.

Or, just tape over the vents...
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My hair works pretty well for me
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See if you can borrow a fashionable toque from someone...

... or stop by the LBS on your way home and get another skull cap.
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Ideas only keep the inside warm; you need a cap for the outside...
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Do you have a Jewish Chapel at your hospital? Perhaps you could snitch a cap from them.

Seriously, I have a snowboard helmet that I tried last year. I sweated like crazy. I can't take it out unless it is sub 20 or so.

Lately I've been going out with just my regular bike helmet, down into the low 30's and upper 20's. At times my fingers and sometimes toes get cold. The ears and head have been just fine.

I'd encourage you to try to tough it out. You might discover you've been overdressed for years.
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+1 for a surgical hat or 2.. they aren't very thick but 2 might help a bit. There is usually a non-sterile area that will have boxes of them. You won't be bothering anyone. You could also ask for a piece of instrument wrapping paper/cloth and make a bandana like thing. that is thicker.

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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
I might just do this. I don't want to bother the surgery unit.
No worries. Just grab some TP from the john. You can adjust the thickness to exactly what you need
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Old 01-06-16, 02:46 PM
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Don't they give condoms away at the hospital? You could stretch that over your head too.
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got access to a kitchen and plastic wrap? cover your helmet with clear plastic wrap. no seriously
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Old 01-06-16, 03:21 PM
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There are all sorts of things that you can use to keep your head warm...
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I think I've got my answer. Will just htfu. It's been a while since I've ridden sans cap in the winter... otherwise I'm going to wrap my undershirt. I don't have a cat to put on my head... and I don't think we have condoms here to use. Bummer. Taping up the helmet vents is a good idea though... but I'll just give riding capless a shot.
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Originally Posted by kevmk81 View Post
I think I've got my answer. Will just htfu. It's been a while since I've ridden sans cap in the winter... otherwise I'm going to wrap my undershirt. I don't have a cat to put on my head... and I don't think we have condoms here to use. Bummer. Taping up the helmet vents is a good idea though... but I'll just give riding capless a shot.

Ace bandage. Cover the ears, that's all you really need. If anything simply tape your ears so they don't get hurt by the wind.
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
Ace bandage. Cover the ears, that's all you really need. If anything simply tape your ears so they don't get hurt by the wind.
As long as it is above 32 degrees outside, there is no real danger to anything, fingers, toes, or ears.

One can talk about wind chill all one wants, but if it is above freezing, it won't freeze.

Your ears might feel cold. But, they're not going to turn crispy an fall off.
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On a serious note, I just got an unbelievable helmet liner from Cycle Gear yesterday and wore it this morning. It's 50% off at $9.99.

It's almost too warm for so cal, but it should work great in the Midwest. And at that price point you could keep a few lying around.
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As long as it is above 32 degrees outside, there is no real danger to anything, fingers, toes, or ears.

One can talk about wind chill all one wants, but if it is above freezing, it won't freeze.

Your ears might feel cold. But, they're not going to turn crispy an fall off.
Ahh, yes. Nothing like the joy of having to pedal faster to stave off hypothermia. While descending from 6000ft @ ~35F, I chilled so badly that no matter how hard I pedaled, my heart rate continued to drop. I was turning ~95rpm, moving at ~27mph, and my HR dropped to 77bpm. It was well past "feeling cold." When I made it to around 2,000ft (and mid 40s temps) I started shivering so hard my entire back was sore for two days following.

So there may be some tiny element of danger. Just a smidge.
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Ahh, yes. Nothing like the joy of having to pedal faster to stave off hypothermia. While descending from 6000ft @ ~35F, I chilled so badly that no matter how hard I pedaled, my heart rate continued to drop. I was turning ~95rpm, moving at ~27mph, and my HR dropped to 77bpm. It was well past "feeling cold." When I made it to around 2,000ft (and mid 40s temps) I started shivering so hard my entire back was sore for two days following.

So there may be some tiny element of danger. Just a smidge.
And a toilet paper turban would have saved you from the chills? Was it a Halloween ride?

You probably should have turned around at about 3000 feet, and headed back up another 500-1000 feet, before resuming your descent.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Put your underwear on your head.
Naturally, that was my thought. Do they have a washcloth at the hospital? Or a rag from the custodian-perhaps a clean one? A surgical glove stretched over your head and blown up Howie Mandel style? That would give you a nice insulating layer of air, and you'd look great too.
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