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Old 04-30-20, 02:39 PM
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Mask for cyclists

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 04-30-20, 02:53 PM
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Old 04-30-20, 03:50 PM
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not needed
Really, in Covid-19?
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Old 04-30-20, 03:53 PM
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Really, in Covid-19?
Correct. Not needed if you are biking/running/walking outside, so long as you do not come within 6 feet of other people. At least those are the rules in PA.
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Old 04-30-20, 03:55 PM
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You could get it from just one drop. The 6 foot rule is not a guarantee of anything just a starting point. I wear n95 for shopping but surgical mask if I go biking and it will likely be busy out.
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Old 04-30-20, 03:58 PM
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You could get it from just one drop. The 6 foot rule is not a guarantee of anything just a starting point. I wear n95 for shopping but surgical mask if I go biking and it will likely be busy out.
I don't disagree with you; I was just reciting the rules for PA. I'm not sure about anyone else, but I make sure to not come within 10-15 feet of pedestrians while biking. I also bike in the evening/night so that makes this even easier.
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Old 04-30-20, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bran1986 View Post
Correct. Not needed if you are biking/running/walking outside, so long as you do not come within 6 feet of other people. At least those are the rules in PA.
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.

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Old 04-30-20, 04:22 PM
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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've seen some wearing N95's with valves. Great for drywall sanding, not good for those around you on the street, in stores, etc.
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Old 04-30-20, 04:38 PM
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My wife made us masks. I can walk with the mask on, but I'd get short of breath quickly on a bike. I'll carry a mask with me in case I seek or offer help.
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Old 04-30-20, 05:10 PM
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No, and never will, when cycling anyway.
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Old 04-30-20, 05:12 PM
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Nope. Sometimes I'll wear a surgical mask on cold dry winter rides to minimize sinus headaches. But I can't breathe well enough in warm weather for more than a walking type exertion on a bike ride. I've tried wearing them before to reduce pollen but it makes things worse by substituting one problem for another. Switching to a more effective antihistamine and inhaler worked better than wearing a mask for allergies/asthma.

Since the earliest reports of the coronavirus I ride solo and rarely come within 50 yards of anyone else. Pretty much the same practice I do every winter. I usually skip most group rides until spring or the cold/flu season is mostly over. I'm immune compromised so I have to be careful anyway.

I do wear a mask in shops, to check the mail in my building, pretty much anywhere I'm around people. I'm just walking so it's not bad.

To be effective for bike rides or any aerobic exercise I'd need a positive pressure cooled air respirator. It's possible to do, but not worth the hassle and expense since I can easily avoid people on my usual bike routes. But such a device could be useful for folks in urban areas where they can't avoid people outdoors.
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Old 04-30-20, 06:04 PM
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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?
the great outdoors will dilute any exhaled aerosol to nothing in seconds, add the killing effect of sunshine UV, and IMO unless someone coughs directly into your face, nothing is going to happen. I avoid group rides, because Id rather not be directly behind someone gasping and wheezing for any period of time. The few social distancing rides we did were weird - not one thing or another, so we tacitly decided to discontinue these

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Old 04-30-20, 06:52 PM
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Yesterday while I did a 40 miler.
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Old 04-30-20, 06:56 PM
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I see an occasional rider in a mask-- more power to 'em. I won't do it. Too hot, too restrictive of breathing. Then the whole thing about the negative effects of re-breathing your own breath.

I keep one in a jersey pocket should I need to stop somewhere. Worn while riding? Nope.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:06 PM
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I don't wear one. I also don't ride MUPs. I stick to back roads and not concerned about the few cars that pass.
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Old 04-30-20, 07:16 PM
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I wear a bandana and only pull it up if I get close to anyone, or anyone w/o a mask passes me and I'm in their slipstream. I'm seeing about 30/70 percent riders with/without face coverings where I live in SoCal. We're required by law right now to wear one when we go out. It's really not THAT hard. I had this tool yesterday pass by me on a slow hard climb, huffing and puffing, about a foot away from me, maskless, and starts talking to me, and he's freaking spitting when he talks. Jeezus. I've already had covid-19, but still, no one knows how this thing behaves, even the experts are winging it.
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Old 04-30-20, 08:02 PM
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Two days ago I saw some recreational riders ride past my house wearing masks and no helmets.

So they made a decision that the odds of crashing and hitting their head was less than catching Covid-19.
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Where I live masks are required in any closed public space and recommended outdoors. I usually ride solo out in the country without a mask. I also rarely come within twenty feet of other cyclists or pedestrians.
Riding in town, however, I do wear a homemade cotton mask (Mom has found new meaning for her life making masks). It's hot and unpleasant and I can only put up with it for about half an hour.
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With the amount of air pollution rising in the Big City and the fact that I have seasonal allergies, I considered wearing an air filtration mask. The RZ mask is a reuseable mask made of nylon mesh that has a disposable charcoal filter good for 60 hours of continuous use and can filter .1 microns.

Unfortunately, all sold out now but when they're back in stock I test one out for cycling....
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First time I went out with a mask it was one the wife stitched up for use in the nursing home, triple layer; that was awful to experience. The purpose of the mask is to inhibit your breath and keep it closer to you and it doesn't take much. For the second ride the mask was a strip of soft, spandex type fabric with a slip at each end that fits over the ear. It does allow for much easier breathing and worked well. No problem 90 min on the mtb.
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Old 04-30-20, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
the great outdoors will dilute any exhaled aerosol to nothing in seconds, add the killing effect of sunshine UV, and IMO unless someone coughs directly into your face, nothing is going to happen. I avoid group rides, because Id rather not be directly behind someone gasping and wheezing for any period of time. The few social distancing rides we did were weird - not one thing or another, so we tacitly decided to discontinue these
What about overcast weather? And UV levels are low, whichvis how we survive on this planet thanks to the ozone layer.

UV used for disinfection, like in air handlers is very strong and will damage your eyes. Normal sunlight is much less potent.

And to who ever said to keep 15ft from runners. Do you have 20' wide bike paths? Not even accounting for the groups of people who still take the entire width of the path. Add up and downstream of the wind and you see how a droplet is just milliseconds in the air before it hits you.
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Old 04-30-20, 10:51 PM
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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
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Old 04-30-20, 11:27 PM
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What about overcast weather? And UV levels are low, whichvis how we survive on this planet thanks to the ozone layer.

UV used for disinfection, like in air handlers is very strong and will damage your eyes. Normal sunlight is much less potent.

And to who ever said to keep 15ft from runners. Do you have 20' wide bike paths? Not even accounting for the groups of people who still take the entire width of the path. Add up and downstream of the wind and you see how a droplet is just milliseconds in the air before it hits you.
The contrail behind a runner or cyclist is narrow ( assuming little wind). Trouble is someone riding or running on both sides of a path or two side-by-side.

This is why I am riding on roads now instead of paths, I am at high risk. I am planning on trying paths at night.
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First time I went out with a mask it was one the wife stitched up for use in the nursing home, triple layer; that was awful to experience. The purpose of the mask is to inhibit your breath and keep it closer to you and it doesn't take much. For the second ride the mask was a strip of soft, spandex type fabric with a slip at each end that fits over the ear. It does allow for much easier breathing and worked well. No problem 90 min on the mtb.
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?
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Originally Posted by Speedway2 View Post
With the amount of air pollution rising in the Big City and the fact that I have seasonal allergies, I considered wearing an air filtration mask. The RZ mask is a reuseable mask made of nylon mesh that has a disposable charcoal filter good for 60 hours of continuous use and can filter .1 microns.

Unfortunately, all sold out now but when they're back in stock I test one out for cycling....
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.

Fun fact, RZ mask blocked me from commenting on their FB advertisements for asking about NIOSH ratings.
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