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post #1 of 26 Old 12-14-2013, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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9 degrees Farenheit

That's what the thermometer at my back door read when I set out for a ride this morning. OUCH! Heated gear worth EVERY penny but the weak link in my gear is at my neck. Silk gaiter isn't enough. Maybe I'll have to get me a long woolen scarf ala Baron von Richthofen.

Also found out that the Wee isn't good for ice skating. Dumped her twice: once on the ice in my driveway and again on ice in my buddy's driveway.
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For the neck MC superstore sells a wrap that velcros to the bottom of your helmet. Works well and helps your chin too.

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I feel your pain, man! Single digits here as well. I just got some BB Storms and Rox risers out there in the garage and I can't even think about installing them in this weather without my fingertips getting prickly...:yes nod:

I guess I'll just have to decorate the tree and try to join the non addicted-to-riding world and get in to the spirit of things……(where's the Santa icon?..)

I talked to my brother on the phone this morning and he was bitchin' about winter and all I could manage was "hey, its only 4 months until April". Friggin' depressing!


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That's what the thermometer at my back door read when I set out for a ride this morning. OUCH! Heated gear worth EVERY penny but the weak link in my gear is at my neck. Silk gaiter isn't enough. Maybe I'll have to get me a long woolen scarf ala Baron von Richthofen.

Also found out that the Wee isn't good for ice skating. Dumped her twice: once on the ice in my driveway and again on ice in my buddy's driveway.
Damn about the drops! It was only 3 degrees warmer here. I moved the bike from the driveway to the back yard -- terrified of dropping it in the frozen solid, snow covered back yard, but I made it okay.

As to neck gaiters, I've got a couple that are windproof and worth their weight in kilocalories. I like the ones shaped like this one, they fit the helmet better. I have one made by TurtleFur that's my fave, but haven't been able to find another. The pict is from REI. Some of them are just too thick and bulky.



Or you can go the balaclava route, but I keep a neck gaiter in the tank bag all year, they work great in the pouring rain too.

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I have a thin balaclava from a ski shop but it works
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The neck gaiter problem I'm having is that it all gets in the way of the damn helmet strap when I'm trying to thread it through the D-rings and snap it into the whatever-its-called sockety thing. Pulling it up AFTER I secure the helmet strap doesn't work and I'm afraid that a balaclava thing would also 'get in the way' of the helmet-strap-securing procedure. Oh well, I guess I'll have ALL f***ing winter to figure it out while the bike is up on its center stand.

I'm starting to recognize more and more advantages to modular helmets. But I'm reluctant to lay out the cash for a Nolan, this soon in the game, given how much my Arai set me back three seasons ago.
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I'm thinking about getting a Nolan soon too (been asking everyone for Revzilla gift cards for xmas) But the cold weather I've been having lately has me wondering if the modular style helmet might be too windy in the cold. Anyone heard anything about that?

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I'm thinking about getting a Nolan soon too (been asking everyone for Revzilla gift cards for xmas) But the cold weather I've been having lately has me wondering if the modular style helmet might be too windy in the cold. Anyone heard anything about that?
I had (still have) a Caberg trip, I loved it but never really used it for it's purpose so just went back to fullface Caberg Ego, the Trip wasn't really noisy but I wanted a change and thought I'd give the Ego a try. Modular helmets are great for toll booths, custom borders, gas stations and a drink of course, and if you want more air when it gets hot, again, I like my chin protected so kind of never rode it open.
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I find a polar fleece turtleneck pretty much fills the gap between my jacket collar and the helmet. Grow that beard, Austin! Hair too!


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The neck gaiter problem I'm having is that it all gets in the way of the damn helmet strap when I'm trying to thread it through the D-rings and snap it into the whatever-its-called sockety thing.
A neck gaiter has to be thin enough to stay out of the way while still blocking the wind. That's why I like the odd shaped one, it doesn't bunch up and get in the way of buckling the helmet.

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