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A real cold gear test

So, this morning when I left the house, it was 3 degrees F (-16 C), with windchill bringing the temperature down to -18 F (-28 C). A good opportunity to test out all of my cold-weather bicycling gear.

My face was comfortable, which is a far cry from how it was with the scarf. No cold stabbing me in the eyes, warm eyebrows, cool but comfortable cheeks and lips. While the ski goggles themselves did not fog over, my glasses started to fog by the time I reached campus. My friend in Boston reported something similar and said she switched over to contacts, but unfortunately I don't have that option. The goggles were still totally worth it, though, because it took much longer for my glasses to fog over and they didn't fog over nearly as badly as they have with the scarf.

I wore neoprene shoe covers atop my shoes, but I should have gone ahead and doubled up on socks. If the commute were any longer, my feet would be cold and numb.

One of the other things I need to remember, if I want to go on longer rides, is to use a Camelbak instead of a water bottle. I guess maybe I can keep the straw from freezing by running it through a sleeve?

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 26th, 2015 03:49 pm (UTC)
whiskey in the water bottle. keeps the water from freezing. so I'm told ;-)

prrsss...
tylik
Feb. 26th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
I've been looking at the shoe covers, and should probably get more serious about them - during the winter most of my rides are about 3-5 miles, so it's been pretty easy just to wear extra socks and get cold, but jeez. (And I'm in a similar position on contacts - at least unless I end up taking the magic allergies-no-more stuff. Maybe what I really need to do is put the anti-fog goop on my glasses.)

I've done a couple of things for drinking solutions, which may or may not fit your situation. One, I have a Zojirushi drinking thermos for which I have an unholy love. Second, I will put hot water into my metal water bottle, and then try to get through it fairly quickly. (This was more of a doing martial arts forms in the snow thing, really, though.)

This morning I actually had my bike out before I ended up deciding there was just too much snow for it to be safe even with the carbide studded tires. I'm sad. (And late.)
annikusrex
Feb. 27th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
sounds like you figured it out, but thought i'd mention this knitting pattern my friend hillary posted on unnamed social media: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ninja-bike-mask-of-awesomeness.
rebeccmeister
Feb. 27th, 2015 06:09 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm glad to learn she's active on Ravelry! I miss hearing about her creations. Given that I've got a sizeable yarn stash, I might just have to knit one up anyway!
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