Thursday, February 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Cold Riding Tips
- If your jacket's insulating liner allows it, wear it as a separate layer rather than zipped/buttoned into the outer jacket. You'll be warmer and the outer jacket's main closure will be more wind-resistant.
- Protect your neck: gaiters, tubes, "cozies", wraps, scarves or balaclavas are brilliant for keeping those big arteries and veins running through your neck warmer. (They also keep you a bit cooler in the heat through shading, plus keep rain, flying and stinging things from getting down your jacket or into your helmet. My neck is covered on nearly every ride year-round.)
- Tape up any helmet or jacket vents that allow wind leakage. You're not going to use them in frigid temps anyway.
- A rain suit or waterproof glove covers can extend your gear's lower temp range (every piece of gear has it's limits, now matter how hi-tech).
- Never keep any gear, including helmets, in the garage/shed overnight. Even worse, if you happen to do that with any Outlast (or similar "phase-change" gel) equipped liners or gloves, you'll stay cold for hours, perhaps all day.
- Similarly, never leave your helmet, jacket or gloves on your motorcycle (even in tank bags or panniers) at stops of more than a few minutes.
- Avoid sweating like the plague. Don't put on those final layers until you're ready to go out the door. De-layer if you stop en route to push a motorcycle, fix a flat, take a hike, dance a jig, etc.
- Assist blood flow to your extremities by avoiding restrictive boots or gloves (watch those thick socks or liners), or excessive bunching of layers in the knees or elbows. Ensure your levers are adjusted to keep your wrists as straight as possible (most are set too high).
- Keep your bladder as empty as possible. Remember that your body has to burn energy to keep all that fluid warm, and the vasoconstriction-induced "gotta pee!" feeling is very distracting.
- Be smarter than me, own a bike with enough spare electrical output to support heated gear, ignore most of the above advice and crank up the electrons!
Friday, February 10, 2012
Airing One's Dirty Laundry
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Breaking: Extra-Corny Fuel Update
Monday, February 06, 2012
Revzilla's February Helmet Giveaway!
I bet you'd be happy with a high-tech motorcycle helmet such as the Bell Star Matte Carbon. I bet you'd be even happier if it were free. Hurry over to RevZilla's February contest page, create your Rider Profile, then wait for the lucky winner to be drawn. The First Prize winner this month will receive not only the Bell Star Matte Carbon helmet, but also a Transitions face shield, total value $769.90! Two Second Prize winners will receive $50 Revzilla gift certificates.