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    Is it cheesey to ware a snowboard helmet and goggles?

    I'm sure I'll get laughed at by all the hardcore riders out there. I'm thinking i might commute to work tomorrow, and I was thinking that it would be warmer. How do you normally keep warm while riding in the winter?

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    I don't think a snowboarding helmet and goggles are cheesy. Go for it. I was even thinking of trying them out.

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    I wear the snowboard helmet when it gets too cold for my cycling helmet. It tends to be too warm, but for my short commute its great. I don't wear it if I'm doing a hard ride; as it's just too hot.

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    With a regular bike helmet, a thin hat, balaclava or skull cap will probably fit underneath it with a slight strap and tension adjustment. Try taping the front vents up as well. If still cold, get a helmet cover and some ear muffs.

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    There are some 'hardcore riders' around here wearing them. They're great. I don't wear one just because I would overheat too easily.

    More importantly, who gives a rat's ass what you wear? Good on ya for commuting, wear whatever you want.

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    Clad i went with the snowboard helmet and goggles, it was freezing rain for at least half my commute. Although if I were going any farther I surely would have over heated. On the flip side I really wish i had a fat bike. I put 2.5" DH Tires on my XC bike which was nicer than the normal tires, but i bet one of those fat bikes would be an absolute joy to ride. Thanks for the input everyone.

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    Head up to Fairbanks sometime, then you'll see some goofy looking commuters lol.

    I say go for it

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    I've got a Light & Motion 360 headlamp that I have grown to really like. Are the snowboarding helmets built in such a way that I could attach it to one? I'm not a boarder so I've never really looked at those helmets. But I had this same thought a while back.

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    I like my snowboard helmet and googles especially if it's chilly or windy, goggles can fog up though. I find I can wear lighter layers with my snowboard helmet and still stay warm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_cowboy View Post
    Head up to Fairbanks sometime, then you'll see some goofy looking commuters lol.

    I say go for it
    HAHAHA... I lived up there in the early/mid 90's and yeah... I saw all sorts of "fashion statements" on bikers during the winter.

    Like other folks have said.. when it comes down to it.. you should wear what works for ya.

    I'm wondering about a skater helmet with skull cap/ear protectors?
    There are way fewer vents, more head coverage, less insulation (if you count the safety foam inside).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConfederateLawyer View Post
    I've got a Light & Motion 360 headlamp that I have grown to really like. Are the snowboarding helmets built in such a way that I could attach it to one? I'm not a boarder so I've never really looked at those helmets. But I had this same thought a while back.
    Look at my helmet above, I use the the slots on my Giro to mount my Niterider,, it has a strap that goes through the slots.

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    I wear a bolle ski/snowboarder helmet every day in the winter. It covers my ears, still allows for ventilation and keeps me warm, and it's easy to mount my light to it. Depending on weather I wear either nothing on my eyes, clear lens bike glasses, or when it's really a blizzard I wear ski goggles. I commute every day even when we had the 20 below windchill and when we got the first full foot of snow.

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    I've been commuting as much as possible, scaled back the clothes i ware so i can still ware the snowboard helmet. My wonderful wife made me a set of poggies, so I'm pretty much in the same clothes as i wore on a rainy fall day if it is 10-25 degrees. That windstorm totally sucked trying to ride in last week, i had a headwind my whole commute.

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    I did more night rides this week and noticed that with a heavier headlamp, the front of the snowboard helmet with the little visor wanted to drift down obstructing my view some. I think a helmet with an occipital strap like most bike helmets would help prevent that.

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    Cheesy

    I ride with full face for winter can't imagine otherwise. The folks that need to worry about looking cheesy are the fat asses in their mobiles. Winter riders inspire the lethargic masses. If you are worried about being a dork then park the car.

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