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Old 05-23-20, 06:58 PM
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I saw these air masks specifically made for cyclists

I saw them on FB.You probably have seen the ads. They are black masks with air filters and the claim is that they reduce the pollution you take in and give you more air.

I would feel better knowing Iím wearing a mask specifically for cycling. I donít want to ride in fear and guilt everyday.
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The only way any mask is going to give you more air is if it's hooked to a tank on your back. And that tank is filled with pressurized air.

I don't wear a mask on the bike now, and will not wear a mask on the bike at any time in the future. If you don't ride around a bunch of people, you don't need a mask. I choose that.
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Old 05-24-20, 01:40 AM
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I rarely see any legit products advertised on Facebook. It may be the worst platform for advertising. Several friends are artists, creators, photographers, musicians, writers -- not a single one of them has said they got any value from paying for a sponsored or business page. And Facebook has aggressively pestered, suspended and shut down pages that FB deems cross the line from personal to business pages.

That pretty much leaves Wish, the most bizarre and inexplicable advertiser on any platform anywhere. They'll sell you a mask for your cat.

I've seen a few masks advertised on FB and if it's what you saw, they appear to be ordinary fabric masks with some sort of exhalation exhaust vent that may or may not be as effective as a respirator that meets standards for NIOSH, MSHA and others.

A simple fabric mask with some sort of valve might filter out some droplets from nearby persons and might feel less uncomfortable than masks without exhalation exhaust valves. But if I wanted one I'd buy it somewhere else after checking to see which standards it meets.

People with medically diagnosed respiratory ailments might qualify for prescriptions for positive air pressure masks and tanks or generators. Those could be mounted on the bike. Folks without a medical diagnosis could probably buy them but without insurance or Medicare/Medicaid they'd be expensive.

Or get a scuba certification. Make your own respirator system.
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If the mask has a valve to allow exhaled air to escape, you should not be wearing it. The purpose of a mask is to prevent you from spreading the virus, and the valve defeats that function.
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Old 05-24-20, 05:29 AM
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It's okay to wear both a mask with an exhalation valve and a surgical mask (or comparable fabric mask) over it. That's what my medical providers have done the past couple of month during urgent care appointments. That's pretty standard with the N95 mask in many health care situations.

That's also why surgery suites and many health care clinics are so chilly. Masks -- especially double masks -- and other PPE are hot. Medical providers may work for hours wearing PPE so the rooms are kept cool so they don't get overheated.
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Old 05-24-20, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post

I would feel better knowing Iím wearing a mask specifically for cycling. I donít want to ride in fear and guilt everyday.
You are overthinking this way too much
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Old 05-24-20, 09:27 AM
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I bought 2 diferent models. the difference between the two are how they go around my head. one loops over the eye aside from thr back of my head. that one fits better. also the fabrics are different one is neoprene with holes the other is a mesh. that 's better, it lets more air in. it also has the ear holes

they both have a filter material & valve. the better one came w/ cheap surgical masks to be worn underneath, so when you exhale you don't spread the bugs

for airflow, they both feel restrictive & I wouldn't recomend them for exercise

but they look cool. I bought them so I may start using them here & there, maybe for shopping? I might try them cycling but I doubt they can keep up w/ my volume requirements

they took weeks to arrive, only to disappoint me













might just as well ride with the cheap surgical style you can get at cvs for $2

but I've been using something else

for riding this has turned out to be my go-to unit. it's a little long so you can cut it in half. I find it easy to pull up & down as needed. good for general road dust too. it provides enough flow for me, except at full throttle or climbing steep hills. for that, I can't wear anything

Sun Dust Protection Breathable Elastic Face Scarf Mask for Hot Summer Cycling Hiking Fishing




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Old 05-24-20, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
If you don't ride around a bunch of people, you don't need a mask.
but easier said than done for most ppl who are used to the growing number of paved trails
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Old 05-24-20, 04:27 PM
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What masks?
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Old 05-24-20, 04:45 PM
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Originally Posted by DreamRider85 View Post
I saw them on FB.You probably have seen the ads. They are black masks with air filters and the claim is that they reduce the pollution you take in and give you more air.

I would feel better knowing Iím wearing a mask specifically for cycling. I donít want to ride in fear and guilt everyday.
I mentioned these a few weeks ago. At first, I thought they looked great. Then I noticed that I saw the same mask being advertised every day, but with a different company name each time, like 4 or 5 times. Big red flag to me. I also did some searching, and there was some weirdness, like the website shut down, claiming that it was getting too many orders, then reappeared but with a different name (but ostensibly the same company), and many people were complaining about not receiving orders. The kicker was when someone who did receive their order said that it was not like what was advertised. They said that it came with a flimsy paper filter and tape to attach it, not an n95 filter that fit in a pocket. I gave up after that. Too bad.
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Old 05-24-20, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
but easier said than done for most ppl who are used to the growing number of paved trails
I'm finding it damn near impossible to avoid people. The rail trail 30KM out of town that is usually deserted was packed last week, so I aborted my attempt. I went out at 6:30 in the morning the other day to try and avoid people, and I saw more people then, ALL WITHOUT MASKS, than I usually see at 1:00 in the afternoon. My next idea is to try and ride at night, but I'm not too optimistic about reduced crowds.
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Old 05-24-20, 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
You are overthinking this way too much
No, he's right on the money. Too many people underthinking it.
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Old 05-24-20, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Rider_1 View Post
not too optimistic about reduced crowds.
time to take up mountain biking?
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Old 05-24-20, 08:39 PM
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time to take up mountain biking?
Night ride for the win! I just got back and there was nobody out. It felt good,
Yeah, mountain biking might be a good alternative.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
The only way any mask is going to give you more air is if it's hooked to a tank on your back. And that tank is filled with pressurized air.

I don't wear a mask on the bike now, and will not wear a mask on the bike at any time in the future. If you don't ride around a bunch of people, you don't need a mask. I choose that.
No need to go full SCBA in most cases.

PAPR will give you plenty of air, and be a lot easier to handle.

Of course, you could try an oxygen supplement for those hills.
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No need to go full SCBA in most cases.

PAPR will give you plenty of air, and be a lot easier to handle.
Yeah, but then you have to choose between bonus oxygen and a helmet.

I dream of seeingó in personó any rider in any situation using any kind of supplemental air supply. Amazing.
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Yeah, but then you have to choose between bonus oxygen and a helmet.

I dream of seeingó in personó any rider in any situation using any kind of supplemental air supply. Amazing.
Obviously WADA would try to ban it as soon as it came out. It might not take a lot of oxygen to make a difference, if one could extend the aerobic/anaerobic threshold slightly in an all out sprint or hill climb.
I suppose the question is, say a rider is pumping out 1000W. Is the rider able to keep the arterial oxygenation up near 100%, or does the blood oxygenation fall with exertion?

What about at say 5,000 to 10,000 feet elevation?

Pressurized O2 would require strong, bulky containers. Liquid O2 would allow higher density containers with far greater capacity. Could one use it as quickly as it boiled off?

Of course, I'd hate to be doused with LO2 in a crash, or have Compressed O2 take off like a missile.
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donít some pros bleed off and rejuvenate their blood then just before they ride they put the blood back in!?
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i use a regular dust mask & cover it with a BUFF > nothing is comfortable in heat & humidity
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Snorkel... Exhale up, not out.
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What trail is that?
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Old 05-27-20, 09:31 AM
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What trail is that?
park at White Pond Rd Maynard, MA 01754




https://www.google.com/maps/search/a.../data=!3m1!1e3

https://www.traillink.com/trail/assa...er-rail-trail/

https://www.arrtinc.org/map/

https://www.arrtinc.org/brochure.pdf

https://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploa...reduced5MB.pdf


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Thanks! I'm very familiar with the Assabet because in normal times I ride it on a route from Nashua to Marlborough to form one side of a century triangle, but never took the detour to ride on the Maynard. Looks really nice. I haven't been riding in MA this year, Assabet is closed?
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Assabet is closed?
the visitors center might be closed but the park & parking lots are open. I havenít checked the outdoor restrooms lately
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Back to masks ... Although that looks like a fun area to ride in.

I thought I was ahead of the game and ordered what was supposed to be a bike mask back at the end of March. Delivery got pushed back repeatedly, and then it showed up a week earlier than they promised. And it stunk. The design was OK, but I'm quite certain the material was off-gassing some toxic chemical. I literally couldn't wear it for more than 30 seconds. Then I left it outside in the sun and wind for a few days. Still too smelly to wear, so I tossed it. Didn't feel like dicking around with returns.

So I'll stick to a kerchief around my neck. I can leave it down and do a quick pull-up if I encounter hikers or dog-walkers in the middle of the road. It works well enough and shows I'm a good fellow-citizen. People already don't like us cyclists, doesn't hurt too much to wear it.
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