KEEPING THOSE HANDS WARM

Are you tough or are you a wimp? Do you ride thru the winter or hibernate? If you do ride do you manage to keep your hands warm enough? Over the years I have tried numerous gloves, mittens, and chemical hand warmers. I have also tried using bar end mitts. I wish I could say that I finally landed on a combination that works great for me, but alas, it just ain’t so. However, what I am using now is working as good as anything I have tried. I use a combination of hand knit wool mittens made in Russia. Over those I use a larger pair of mittens. And when needed I use chemical hand warmers inside of the wool mittens.

The wool gloves do a pretty decent job of keeping my hands warm as long as the wind isn’t a factor.

The larger mittens do a pretty good job of “breaking the wind”.

That’s it …  that is what I use … at least at this time. The wool mittens I got off of Ebay for about $10. The larger mittens I bought at a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store for about $30 I think. The best price I have found for the chemical hand warmers is Walmart. I think they were less than 60 cents each.

I hate winter and don’t like dealing with it. That being said it is just part of life and I have to deal with it. As long as I live where I do I will have winter to deal with. And it is likely I will remain living here where I am at. Winter or not I do try to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

(while staying warm)

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BAR END MITTS – MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Earlier today I received a pair of bar end mitts I had ordered a couple of days ago. I installed them after getting home from my daily ride, but I wasn’t feeling like going back out to try them. However, later on I decided to try them out. It is a good day for it as it is windy today and feels pretty cold as a result. They definitely made a difference as far as greatly reducing the wind I feel on my hands. In fact, I can’t say that I felt any wind on my hands so they are doing their intended job. I only wore a pair of wool gloves inside of them hoping that the wool gloves would be sufficient to keep my hands warm. They weren’t. This disappointed me as wearing anything more will be a little problematic as there just isn’t a whole lot of room inside of the bar end mitts. Having the bar end mitts installled presents problems as the handlebars are no longer accessable like they were before. I have to use the handlebars to lift my trike up and down out of the back of my truck. And using the locking brake lever is quite difficult now with the bar end mtts installed. I don’t know how much difference there is between brands, but these I bought just don’t allow much room inside. The brake levers are right up against the front of the bar end mitts making them harder to use. Also it would be best not to have my fingers come in contact with the bar end mitts when using the brakes as in doing so coldness is transferred via conduction. I have twist shifters and with the bar end shifters they are very difficult to use to shift gears. So the verdict is out at this point in time. I just wish they was a lot more room inside of them so that these issues were non-issues. If I have to use additional gloves or mittens on my hands to keep my hands warm using the bar end mitts is going to be even more problematic. I will let you know further down the road how it all works out. Meanwhile I hope to …

KEEP ON TRIKIN’

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