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Old 05-01-20, 02:15 AM
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I'm asthmatic so wearing a mask is not very nice, rumours are the UK will make them compulsory shortly
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Old 05-01-20, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Texboy View Post
I have seen plenty of sport masks on Amazon. Do you wear a mask while cycling? Are these breathable and cool during the summer?
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Old 05-01-20, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Texboy View Post
I have seen plenty of sport masks on Amazon. Do you wear a mask while cycling? Are these breathable and cool during the summer?
No, absolutely not. If I were commuting in Beijing I could see the point, but if you live in a place where your visibility is 2km or more on an average day, you don't need one. In regards to viruses, your odds of getting infected while riding a bike are about the same as being attacked by a grizzly bear in the Empire State Building. It's possible, but not possible enough to lose sleep worrying about.
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Old 05-01-20, 05:18 AM
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Absolutely not, as well. I don't ride "on paths" so, any rider I pass will be going in my direction, and we'll likely chat for a moment and then I'll pull away. Risks? Zero. More likely, I'll crash and break my neck. Plus, who says I haven't already had the virus, was asymptomatic, and fought it off? That's just as likely.

Silly thread./
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Old 05-01-20, 05:38 AM
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As others have said I have a dense bandana that I keep around my neck and pull up as engineering other people. I tend to ride late afternoons and early evenings on roads because the local public areas are so crowded there's no way not to be near people.

I live in eastern Pennsylvania and from my informal survey about 90% of those out walking on nice days do not have masks on.
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Old 05-01-20, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Melvang View Post
Charcoal filters are only good for a certain time frame. After they, they do nothing. That is essentially the mechanism for organic volatile filters for respirators. Once that package is open, it is only good for 3 days, no matter how much you actually breath through it.
I had no idea! Thanks for the heads up.
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Old 05-01-20, 05:52 AM
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No mask while riding. Stay away from multi use paths and go around with a wide swing when I pass. I try for about 10 meters. It is pretty easy as long as I stay away from the coast . I do carry one with me in case I need to stop and get a drink or something.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Ross520 View Post
Pointless. You're not protected from anything wearing that. Not even household dust.

Also, I don't understand the need to wear a mask to mountain bike. Unless you're gonna be riding around a lot of people, why bother?
The mtb trails around me are filling up with hikers and other risers so still plenty of people around. You do realize that the advisement to wear a mask isn't to keep you from inhaling the virus but more to keep others from inhaling your exhaled droplets and you getting them sick? Works decent for that.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Ross520 View Post
Pointless. You're not protected from anything wearing that. Not even household dust.

Also, I don't understand the need to wear a mask to mountain bike. Unless you're gonna be riding around a lot of people, why bother?
The point of wearing a mask is not to protect yourself from getting the virus, it's to reduce the chance of you giving the virus if you happen to be an asymptomatic carrier.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Texboy View Post
Really, in Covid-19?
https://www.nationalreview.com/corne...pread-indoors/
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Old 05-01-20, 07:56 AM
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At first I thought not, but with everybody and their brother walking on the MUP I try to wear one. We've passed people as they sneeze, cough and vape and we suck that up.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by RandomlyWest View Post
On Facebook, a "friend" told me that cyclists who rode without masks in the San Fernando Valley were "silent killers in Lycra."

I told him to read this. (Which is definitely worth the click.)
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2...nfectious-dose
Indeed a good read - also this article that describes how the whole "contrails of death and contagion" scenario is based on speculation, not science, but it had good graphics, so the press picked it up and ran with it. What started as a speculative white paper has become gospel.
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Old 05-01-20, 08:12 AM
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I wore the mask to the grocery store..... and I burped in the mask and had to breath it... not good.
I am so tired of seeing media and actors at home with the mask on.....newscaster on location outdoors with the mask on....too much about nothing.
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Old 05-01-20, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Russ Roth View Post
The mtb trails around me are filling up with hikers and other risers so still plenty of people around. You do realize that the advisement to wear a mask isn't to keep you from inhaling the virus but more to keep others from inhaling your exhaled droplets and you getting them sick? Works decent for that.
Spandex offers practically zero protection for the user AND those around them. You need something with much finer pores. Heck, even an old t-shirt would be more effective. If you can easily breathe through it, itís useless.
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Old 05-02-20, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Absolutely not, as well. I don't ride "on paths" so, any rider I pass will be going in my direction, and we'll likely chat for a moment and then I'll pull away. Risks? Zero. More likely, I'll crash and break my neck. Plus, who says I haven't already had the virus, was asymptomatic, and fought it off? That's just as likely.

Silly thread./
Except wearing a mask is more about protecting other people, not about protecting yourself.
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Old 05-03-20, 12:49 AM
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Here in Dubai, we are required to wear a mask at all times outside the residence. I am taking advantage of the movement limitations and office occupancy limitations to ride to work and just park my bike behind my desk. The mask is warm, but not too bad when I ride to work in the mornings at 83-84 degrees F, but it is rather miserable when I go home at 100+ degrees. I can breathe through it, but it holds the heat around your nose, mouth and chin.
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Old 05-03-20, 03:40 AM
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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
The 6 feet is for a static distance. When you are following or passing someone, you need to keep out of their slipstream. which can be up to 60 feet long for a cyclist from one study.

Now the mask will help protect other people from you unless it is n95, which protects you to, but try to get one of those.

That slipstream "study" was complete nonsense according to every virologist and epidemiologist who's commented on it. The sixty feet thing is utterly implausible.
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Old 05-03-20, 05:35 AM
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No mask while biking. I'm also only riding on streets, no paths that I'm sharing with pedestrians. I do wear a mask everywhere else, it's on as soon as I open my car door. Here in MA, this week it will be required to wear a face mask anywhere outside where social distancing is not possible. I feel that biking solo on fairly deserted streets meets the distancing criteria, hence no mask.
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Old 05-03-20, 05:47 AM
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I just wear a neck gaiter. Not a big deal!
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Old 05-03-20, 09:42 AM
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Latest information shows that fresh air and sun shine kills the china virus.
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Old 05-03-20, 10:42 AM
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Only time I wore a mask is during winter riding when I wore my balaclava and even then, I hardly pull up the mask part. So tired of this mask ordeal and living in fear. Live free or die hard.
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Old 05-03-20, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by GeneO View Post
The 6 feet is for a static distance. When you are following or passing someone, you need to keep out of their slipstream. which can be up to 60 feet long for a cyclist from one study.

Now the mask will help protect other people from you unless it is n95, which protects you to, but try to get one of those.
I cannot remember the last time I passed or followed another cyclist. Not all of us live in the city. If I need one, so does everyone driving in their cars. Do you wear one when in a car?
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Old 05-03-20, 11:45 AM
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I want a full face shield. But not for covid19, for the swarms of tiny bugs I encountered on my last ride.
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Old 05-03-20, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by alloo View Post
I just wear a neck gaiter. Not a big deal!
If you don't find a way to pinch it shut around the sides of your nose, it's useless and you might as well leave it at home.

That's a simple fix, though, and I use something similar (Buff headband style)--I pull it as far up on my face as I can without blocking my vision, and put my glasses on over it. The nosepieces on the glasses seal it shut on the sides, at least as well as anything I've worn before and better than the dust masks typically worn in wood shops and other such areas.

Also, I fold mine over so it's three layers thick.
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Old 05-03-20, 12:44 PM
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I have been wearing a neck gaiter, that I pull up over my nose and mouth when I go indoors someplace, but I generally don't cover my face when I ride. While there is always a degree of risk, my view is, the risk is relatively low riding alone on the roads. The risk is somewhat higher on MUPs of course since you have cyclists coming the other way, sometimes at less than 6'. Even there, the risk is somewhat lower than it is in an enclosed space, like indoors. That will be the challenge, is deciding once the gym opens up whether it is even possible to work out at the gym while wearing a mask.
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