I drink alot of coffee. I know you all think you drink a lot of coffee too, but I actually drink a ridiculous amount of coffee. As a result I have all these ‘old-fashion’ coffees can. I say old-fashioned because these days it seems like a lot of coffee comes in plastic freeze dry bags. However they are not actually the ‘old-old-fashioned’ cans made of tin, but are the newer old fashioned cans of plastic.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Extra Lap: Staying Warm
I also do a lot of winter riding. I know you all think you do a lot of that too, and I am sure you do. However, with the exception of Lindsay, I think I got that one covered.
The problem I have encountered (drum roll please) is I seem to have a time limit of 3-hours before my hands expire. That is, I don’t seem to be able to keep my hands warm after 3-hours. I bumped into Lindsay the other day and we got around to disscussing Arrowhead and winter riding in general. He suggested the Expedition Pogies from Epic Designs, which are arguably the best bar mitts on the planet, but they might be a bit of overkill for a 5-hour Winterpeg ride. What to do?
I have tried the old MEC perogies, which definitely helped keep the cold out, but were exceedingly annoying because they flopped around and were so hard to get in and out of. I have used chemical heating packs, which are also helpful, but run out of steam just when I need them most. I just recently started using the exothermal packs, which work too well and don’t work long enough. So I was thinking about all this one day while warming my hands with a cup of coffee when it hit me. After a little work with a drill, a jig saw and some tape I came up with this.
I might look like an idiot (ask me if I care) but my hands were at least 50% warmer and comparatively dry.
With some minor modifications and adjustments I think these ‘hand shields’ will become a permanent part of my winter setup.
Better to be smart and warm then stupid and cool.