Editor’s Note: After running a piece on balaclavasa few issues back, we heard from a few readers for whom full-face coverage simply doesn’t work, for various reasons.
Along with a tip from one of those riders, we’re adding another for keeping the “down under” region warm on cold rides, as well.
First, Kevin Mooney wrote:
“A full-face mask just does not work for me. Cold air produces a running nose without fail that quickly makes the lower part . . . ugh! Instead, a fleece headband designed to cover the ears works much better. Worn upside down and backwards, the band cups the chin and the ear flaps come up almost to the cheekbones. With a cycling beanie under the helmet, this combination has kept me almost too warm down to about 15 degrees. And keeps my nose free for wiping as necessary.”
And Richard Stum wrote:
“For winter cycling, to keep your private parts warmer (despite wearing windproof tights), consider wearing a thin pair of running shorts over your tights.”
If you have an idea for a QT, fire away. We’re always looking for good info we can share with fellow roadies. We would love to hear from you with any suggestions you have. Contact us by clicking Quick Tips Ideas.
—John Marsh & The RBR Team