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Do you now carry a face mask in your saddle bag or jersey pockets?

Old 07-11-20, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
No. No plans to, either, but I haven't been in a store while on a ride in years, so that's not an issue. If I crash, the last thing I'm going to worry about is putting on a mask.
Really? That's the last thing, if you require assistance of any sort? Or if someone needs your assistance?
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Old 07-11-20, 05:25 PM
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Hop in car = mask on console ready to put on

Hop on bike = mask in Ziploc ready to put on
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Old 07-11-20, 05:45 PM
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No. Because the respirator is on my face between the time that I step out of the apartment until I return, since I usually ride for the purpose of going into an enclosed space filled with people along the way.

I usually have to touch surfaces with my hands along the way (like an unresponsive crosswalk signal switch or door handles), so it's counterproductive to use the same hands afterwards to touch the respirator/mask to put it on my face if I had it in a bag. Plus, if you immediately take the mask off after getting out of a store and put it in your bag, then you're taking it out again and putting it on shortly after when you go to another store, then you're cross-contaminating.

So since I'm usually only on a short 20 minute ride to the store, I just put the respirator on before getting out of the apartment and then only taking it off once I return and then storing it in a paper bag for at least 5 days before reusing it. For the short rides I duct tape the exhalation valve (on a disposable respirator without one-way valves).

For longer rides, like 1-2 hours where I still have to go into enclosed spaces along the way, I wear a reusable half-face respirator with an exhalation valve and one-way flow valves, which keeps it fairly easy to breathe through and cool. Yes, I know that an exhalation valve doesn't filter the exhaled air, but it's not practical to not have an exhalation valve on more strenuous rides, because without one, it soon becomes too difficult to breathe and too hot to wear. I think it's safer to wear the respirator with an exhalation valve the entire 2 hour ride without taking it off, than to constantly put on an off a respirator without an exhalation valve and risk contamination with the surfaces.

If I'm on a ride without any plan to go into an enclosed space, then I don't wear or carry a mask in my bag. If I'm going far away, then I'll consider taking a mask in my bag just in case.

Also, in this city, bike paths usually share space with pedestrian paths, both of which are sometimes extremely narrow, with walkers coughing and sneezing over their shoulders into the direction of your bike.

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Old 07-11-20, 06:48 PM
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I'm a lone ranger when riding but I carry one on my jersey bag packet. Just in case I need to use one.
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Old 07-12-20, 10:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
Really? That's the last thing, if you require assistance of any sort? Or if someone needs your assistance?
Yeah.
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Old 07-13-20, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Bandana or buff so you can pull it up as needed.

Pretty standard around here.
Same with me. Always have it if you need it
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Old 07-13-20, 11:25 AM
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I sure do

Originally Posted by Chubby715 View Post
I only carry a spare tubular in my saddle bag, so am curious if other riders here have recently added a face mask to their bag (or jersey pockets)? I usually do a 90 minute loop by my house so never stop, but was thinking I should carry a mask in case I need to get a ride home from Uber/Lyft due to a mechanical failure.

I sure do. It doesn’t take much space and although I don’t always stop, at times, if I need to get something and need to go into a store, I will need it to stay safe. If I enter an establishment during my ride, after I lock up my bike, the first thing I do is sanitize my hands, put in the mask. When I leave, I sanitize my hands THEN remove my mask. Just a little bit of peace of mind for me and my family.

It would be safer- don’t forget all of us ride with Murphy and his stupid laws...
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Old 07-13-20, 11:27 AM
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For me in this day and age a MASK is a must.

As a former EMS worker I have since the 80's (AIDS) always carried a zip lock with 2 exam gloves and a mask with me. I have some stashed in every car, truck, camper and bicycle I have now and forever regardless of the latest thing out there to kill us. It is just the smart thing to do.
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Old 07-13-20, 11:32 AM
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Yes

I wear a UV protectant fisherman’s neck scarf that easily pulls up, and shoved a tiny hand sanitizer and some alcohol pads under my saddle. Regardless of your opinions on how affective or necessary a mask is, there’s no need to blatantly disrespect the people around you by not having one on when necessary. I ride with it down, but if I’m close to people I wear it, cause I’m not a complete *******. I live in NYC, and if you aren’t wearing one, you’re frowned upon and shamed.
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Old 07-13-20, 11:42 AM
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I carry a mask all the time now. bandana, cooling type neck tube or mu2 sport mask.
I wear it riding through the neighborhood until I'm on back roads then it goes I'm my pocket.
This is to set an example and show respect for people walking through the neighborhood.
I wear it into shops or when I can't social distance, like riding on trails or bike paths.
Most of my rides are solo now or time shifted from the group.
I avoid riding in the slip stream of other cyclists.
I don't want to bring the virus home and infect my family.
I don't want to loose the privilege of cycling.
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Old 07-13-20, 11:42 AM
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Doesn't do much good in a pocket

As an infectious diseases researcher and former virology postdoc, I don't mess around with COVID and always try to send the proper message. So I wear a mask during all my rides. Yes, the exposure risk is super-low unless I pass very nearby a cyclist or pedestrian or am stopped at a light among other cyclists. But I feel the responsible thing to do is always wear a mask in public (unless actively eating or drinking outside in a properly distanced manner). Of course, it feels hotter and gasping for air often knocks a couple mph off my pace. But I was fortunate that U.S. tax payers provided me with a prestigious NIH/NIAID virology postdoc fellowship, and I'd be doing a public health disservice I failed to take appropriate safety measures and spread the word -- rather than the virus -- at every opportunity.
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Old 07-13-20, 12:07 PM
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I wear a gator around my neck for just in case it's needed , I can just pull it up on my face.
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Yes. In my pocket and available if I have to stop and am near people.
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Yes

I do. Even if not required in a store, I still do out of respect for the workers who I have to interact with.
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Old 07-13-20, 12:34 PM
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I've started carrying a bandana (which has come in handy in other ways) as a just-in-case measure. I plan my rides around not stopping anywhere, and not being close to anyone.
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Yep -- since I stop at least once on my longer rides, I've got a mask stashed in my bag. And I actually wear it.
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Old 07-13-20, 01:07 PM
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I live in Massachusetts where mask wearing is "mandated" for going into any store. If I'm going for a ride where stopping for a bottle refill is probable (anything over 30 miles or so) -- then yeah, I'll put a mask in a zip-lock bag and stuff it into a jersey pocket. If I'm just going for a quick "fitness ride", then I'll leave it at home.

I don't wear my mask while riding; all of my riding is solo and I only rarely see other cyclists or pedestrians.
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Old 07-13-20, 03:23 PM
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I wear one of these around my neck and can pull it up whenever I need it. On Amazon, multiple colors. wear it and toss it in the washer.

WindRider UPF 50+ Neck Gaiter, Face Mask

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
I wear mine while cycling. Required at all times when away from home. I find the light weight paper ones to be the most comfortable. As we speak I have three men digging a trench, all wearing masks.
I usually carry a mask in my jersey pocket. I had the unfortunate situation of a non-repairable flat, and got a ride home one evening with no mask. Since then, I do carry one as long as I remember to bring it along.
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Mine stays on the bike handlebars. I wash it and hang it there to dry. I put it on with the helmet, but most of the time it is around my neck. Only pulling it up when I am near others, or riding with a group. I also take wet wipes with me to make sure my hands stay clean and germ free.
I would like to stay free of this crud, had pneumonia once and it took 4 months to get back to where I could bike again, and that was an early catch, and antibiotics. So within a week it was on its way out, just the lungs had to heal, takes a long time. It sucked.
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Originally Posted by Chubby715 View Post
I only carry a spare tubular in my saddle bag, so am curious if other riders here have recently added a face mask to their bag (or jersey pockets)? I usually do a 90 minute loop by my house so never stop, but was thinking I should carry a mask in case I need to get a ride home from Uber/Lyft due to a mechanical failure.
I always carry a face mask (but have only worn it when going through a town that has a $300 fine if you're in public, not wearing one--which is way beyon the state's (massachusetts) guidelines...I also carry a small hand sanitizer. I've been riding most days for the last month or more, and have only used these things when I'm on my way home, and stop to pick up lunch to go).
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I never leave home without one, usually wearing one, even just for walking in the neighborhood, and I wear one on every ride. I use the standard/common blue ones. My riding glasses fog up some before I get going -don't need/wear regular glasses, but they clear up as soon as I get going. I also wear gloves, but you didn't ask about that. I started wearing these masks even when we were being discouraged from doing so by certain experts and authorities, in part because I am in my 8th decade of riding, --although thanks in good part to biking and other healthy behaviors, I'm thankful not to have any conditions that are linked to serious consequences. Today I also wear one as a political act, and as a sign of intelligence, even if only to myself. Best health to all!
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Old 07-14-20, 12:07 AM
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Absolutely not.

If anyone gives me any grief, I just pull my underwear up over my face.
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Old 07-14-20, 01:46 AM
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Regrettably, its still pretty much required here in crowded places.

Its just for show, you don't want to spook the herd.

I don't wear it when I'm all alone outdoors though, that's just silly!


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I was caring a bandanna in my pocket in case I ran into somebody I wanted to talk to. I just put a mask onto a bag today and put it into my bag.
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