Yeah I got a few pairs of these off ebay as well for a $1 each, great value.DrkAngel wrote: Cold Ears!
Solved 2 problems!
Cold ears and The annoying sound of wind in my ears!
At 20 mph +, wind is distracting enough to drown out the sound of birds and rustling leaves.
A knit cap helps with wind noise but doesn't keep the cold off of, or out of, my ears.
Partial solution was a felt lined knit cap I found at local "Dollar Store".
Several variations available:
Basic Fleece allows good sound and warmth without the annoying wind sound.
Fuzzy gives extra warmth and comfort.
Some have a vinyl exterior for best wind protection and warmth, but sacrifices hearing.
Recommend use in conjunction with hat for cold weather, but I will likely use the lightweight version for better hearing, less wind noise, year round.
Snowmobile helmet is an HJC with $200 retail price!DrkAngel wrote: Got my Snow Beast ready, just in case ...
Oh! ... Picked up a snowmobile helmet over the Summer at a yard sale.
Has 3 separate adjustable vents and a dual layered windshield with a heating element between the 2 layers.
Connection should be 12V, but will try to confirm before I try it.
Since I will power the helmet, will likely add a flashing tail light and possibly a headlight?
Blue color matches my Snow Beast.
I got one of those and tested it out during our sub zero temperatures yesterday. It kept my face warm, but the foam in the bib was toast and leaked out all over my clothes.DrkAngel wrote:Forced to commute in the worst weather?
Nice, cheap, inexpensive, anti-stylish alternative.
US Military ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) Mask
Closed cell will pool moisture. Wicking wool is best.DrkAngel wrote:Cold Feet!
After trying many types of insulated shoes, boots etc. I finally hit upon a simple thin add-in insulation solution that works better than anything else.
The sheets of closed cell foam that often comes in electronic components packaging. Less than ⅛" thick but works much better than thicker "normal" foam inserts
Place foot on sheet
cut about 2"+ in front of toes and 1" around rest of foot
fold foam back over toes, fold up sides, slice foam at small and large toes
slice similarly near both sides of heel
insert in shoe or boot
test for fit with thin socks
trim any bunching on corners?
Optionally you can tape into desired shape ... on foot before inserting in shoe?
Caution: might provoke stinky feet. Use foot powder?
Sorry to hear man. Hope all is better. You should post picsDrkAngel wrote:Was a bit too late getting into my Winter mindset!
1. Made the mistake of forgetting my glasses and hit high winds assaulting my eyeballs with stinging snowflakes.
2. Clear sunny day, in parking lot with recently coated blacktop, some snow piled on fringes.
Riding my Summer bike and didn't notice some snow had melted and frozen onto blacktop (black ice).
Turned, but front tire slid out, silently, straight.
Lots of aches and pains ... because I forgot to lower seat to defensive mode.
- Don't recognize-remember how, over the next partial second:
- Scraped and bruised both ankles, on inside
- Twisted and bruised right knee
- Bruised right outer thigh
- Bruised Left hip
- Bruised and sprained right wrist and elbow
- Buggered Left wrist and elbow
During hazardous conditions I typically lower seat, allowing flat footed surface contact for skiing mode.
Likely, could have quickly lowered feet and remained upright! ... avoiding any injury?
1. Wet pressure treated lumber can be nearly as treacherous as ice.drew12345 wrote:I really hate falling on ice and wet bridges because it happens so fast you don't have time to react.