This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Hot Foot, a new twist

    Those of us in colder climates know the challenges of riding when the temps get below freezing.  One product familiar to us is the small, single use hand warmers we put in our gloves.  The mittens I use frequently even have special pockets to hold them directly over the fingers.
They keep the hands nice and cozy in the coldest of wind chill and, being no more than iron, carbon and salt wrapped in cellulose, have little or no environmental impact.
   Last weekend I decided to try the Foot Warmer version.  It's a larger piece shaped like an insole which fits inside the shoe .  It created a very comfortable amount of  warmth right away.
They work just as the Hand Warmers do, until you are riding a bike.   Then, they become pretty useless.
Although the bottoms of the feet stay warm, the tops and toes are still exposed to the wind and resulting ultra-chill.  They still get really cold.  I think the better thing will be to use a Hand Warmer across the tops of the toes in a pair of shoes which will accommodate them.  It might  be a little cramped in some shoes but more comfortable than frozen toes will be.  I'll save the Foot Warmers for the garage on winter days when I intend to be wrenching away and standing on the cold concrete for periods of time.

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