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Dust dust and more dust. What to do about all the dust??

Old 09-02-19, 08:37 PM
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Dust dust and more dust. What to do about all the dust??

Should you want to ride say 500 miles of dry dusty road, and by dust I mean blowing in the wind, kicked up in the air by trucks, dust.

How do you deal with all that dust? Make like Festus and wear a bandana? Climate chart says dry season is not dry all the time. So I will put some old nobby mud capable tires on the old bike and roll. There are a few places in the world where horses and saddle shops out number cars and gas stations. But what about all that dust?

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I think a bandana and fenders is about all you can do. Hopefully someone will post something else. When I've toured in very dusty environments, the locals were wearing bandanas. To me, that basically means that all you can do.

Who's Festus?
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Originally Posted by 3speed View Post
I think a bandana and fenders is about all you can do. Hopefully someone will post something else. When I've toured in very dusty environments, the locals were wearing bandanas. To me, that basically means that all you can do.

Who's Festus?
Fictional character from television series Gunsmoke.
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not much you can do. bandana and sun glasses.



uncle fester would approve.

https://tenor.com/view/uncle-fester-...t-gif-14177926
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Ride while it is dry and hope for not too much rain...

I've done a few longer gravel roads. As far as dust goes, I typically could hold my breath through the worst of the dust as cars/trucks came past. Wind-blown dust was a bit more persistent but still tolerable. However, in most all those cases it was worse on the gravel/dirt roads when it rained and roads turned to peanut butter...



First and third gravel roads in Russia. Middle was dust storm in Argentina.
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Originally Posted by riverdrifter View Post


Fictional character from television series Gunsmoke.

Gunsmoke came from old stories, diaries, court records, etc. Fictional is a very stong word.


Mev,

What about your trip to northeast South America? I wanted to read about it.



Not a lot of gravel, just hundreds of miles of dirt. I see you understand that rain + dirt road = mud. Without gravel mixed into dirt, the mud could get, well muddy.

Festus is the good old boys, fester is a real character.



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If I know I'm going to ride a lot of dirt roads I'll bring a respirator along with me. I find that it's more effective and comfortable for me than what a bandanna is. YMMV

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If preparing in advance and bringing things with, a high quality mask in the style that nurses wear or something might be good to use. Are respirators comfortable to wear for extended periods, or is it that you prefer the discomfort rather than dealing with the dust?
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I think a large bandana would be good...there are also a lot of bandana-like wraps and safety glasses for dusty environments available on some of the construction and military/survivalist sites (consider who's country you will be in before selecting). Also, I'd take a blow gun that fits on a standard air chuck to blow down my bike and gear whenever I find a service station with an air hose...you could cut the nozzle shorter and re thread the nozzle end to make it more packable. https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/77a...0&odnBg=ffffff
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If preparing in advance and bringing things with, a high quality mask in the style that nurses wear or something might be good to use. Are respirators comfortable to wear for extended periods, or is it that you prefer the discomfort rather than dealing with the dust?
Which one
He might mean a paper 3m mask. The large plastic ones are good for 40 hours, and expensive.
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Which one
He might mean a paper 3m mask. The large plastic ones are good for 40 hours, and expensive.
Or perhaps a mask like this one that a fellow rider used in some of the more smoggy areas in coal region of China
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