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The ride home from work this morning was a little brisk. 9 news says it's 33 deg right now and 7 news says 34 deg, either way it's chilly.

I wear a pair of snow baording pants I got on sale at the end of last season and a wind/water proof jacket with a fleece liner. My riding boots seem to do fine for my feet, an extra pair of socks will help when it really gets cold. A piar of firstgear semi winter gloves, don't like'em too thick.

My neck and my nose seem to take the brunt of the chill. Any ideas for curing that?

It's days like this I wish I still did drugs!
 

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I have these Joe Rocket gloves I think with Thinsulate lining. They are warm but like your gloves they are thick and you loose alot of feel which I don't like. I have this hood like thing, don't know name, but the part over your head is pretty thin so I can still get my mellon in the helmet and from the chin down it is like a fleece. the bottom part I tuck in my jacket...take away most drafts...and the top you can have just your eyes out or eyes and nose or your whole face depending upon how you want it. Originally bought for my daughter for sled riding and she didn't like it, I tried it one day and it worked great. Watch out for those slick spot...be safe and warm.
 

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For keeping your nose and face warmer, some helmets have an add on chin attachment that helps. Shoei calls it a chin curtin. I'm thinking of getting one. When I used to ride in really cold weather I used to wear a balaclava...

Did a great job of keeping my face warm and actually helped cut down on fogging.

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I wear a balaclava too, they're awesome. When your head is warm so is the rest of you (generally speaking). And it fills the gap around your helmet and jacket. And plus, you are riding a ninja right LOL! They're not big, mine's a special thermal one, thinner than a sock but really warm. I can fit it in my pocket when I take it off. That's the only cold gear I have.
 

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I wear a balaclava too, they're awesome. When your head is warm so is the rest of you (generally speaking). And it fills the gap around your helmet and jacket. And plus, you are riding a ninja right LOL! They're not big, mine's a special thermal one, thinner than a sock but really warm. I can fit it in my pocket when I take it off. That's the only cold gear I have.
I suspect you don't ride in cold weather at all buddy... at 0C (32F) , going at 100km/h , the windchill is -20C(-3F)... I sure as heck ain't going anywhere with just a balaclava..

The trick is layering of course. Below 5C(40F?) wear long johns under my jeans works great.. a sweater under my leather jacket is perfect for the upper buddy and the helmet takes care of the melon.. I think a balaclava is a great idea for fogging probably.
 

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My balaclava is a nomex racing one I had left over from when I used to run cages. Like Grunt said...it's thin and fits in a pocket. I usually stuff mine in my helmet with my gloves. It only goes down to your shoulders so you wear it and put your jacket over it and it helps keep you air tight and wind resistant..

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I suspect you don't ride in cold weather at all buddy... at 0C (32F) , going at 100km/h , the windchill is -20C(-3F)... I sure as heck ain't going anywhere with just a balaclava..

The trick is layering of course. Below 5C(40F?) wear long johns under my jeans works great.. a sweater under my leather jacket is perfect for the upper buddy and the helmet takes care of the melon.. I think a balaclava is a great idea for fogging probably.
LOL buddy, I live in Canada, I'm just referring to cold, not WINTER riding ;) We have snow and ice, so yes I know about cold. And I was talking about "extra" gear I use in addition to my normal stuff when riding in the spring & fall. I assumed layering was a given. I also use the liner in my jacket etc, but I thought that would be a given ;) I wasn't suggesting you ride with just a balaclava and your Fruit-Of-The-Looms :) I dunno where you live, but in Canada a helmet is req'd by law.

Anyway, if you look at the original post, he wanted to know what would help his cold nose & neck areas...(drumroll please) a balaclava!

Just by using the balaclava I extended my riding season into December last year (before the snow started). The season before I didn't have one, and when it got that late in the year I used to freeze my poor noggin. The balaclava works wonders, I think you'll find it's better for a lot more than just foggin if you try one. Without one, like you said, the wind will get pretty chilly.

I still need to get some better gloves though.



Edited by - Grunt_99 on 10/22/2002 19:06:54
 

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The funny thing is I am canadian too :) .. and I thought you really meant riding with just a balaclava... with the weather we have been getting they'd have to thaw you off the bike!!.. what you say makes sense.. I will start using one probably.. specially if I am to continue riding a few more weeks..
 

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I rode this morning in 32 degree weather with khakis pants, my normal jacket, racing gloves and a helmet with open air vents ( the locks are all broken, so they're all opened)....yall are sissies....:)
 

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Not sissies, just smart<img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle><img src=icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle>

I'm joking!

How does your bike run in the cold??? Mine seems slugish when riding in 30F and below. The eng temp sometimes does not get above 145. Should I use something to block the ridiator to hold some of the heat in???



Thanks for the info guys, I'm looking around right now for one of those balaclava dealies. Sounds like there the way to go.



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Edited by - aqon2welz on 10/23/2002 23:36:23
 

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My bike loves the cold...once the ram air snap becomes noticeable around 10,000+ rpms it pulls really hard in the cold. It does anywaym but there's a little extra there when the temp drops outside.
 

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Call me a sissie all you want but there is nothing I can wear that will keep me warm enough to ride in the winter. Sorry, me no like no cold.
 
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