As the title suggests this post will be about my hat. Thanks to Kyra I have a hat I really like for winter biking. A couple of years ago she bought me a fleece Carhartt hat with a pull-down face mask. As a side note, I think Kyra bought the hat to push the online order over the free shipping price limit. Turns out that little afterthought purchase turned out to be a great hat for biking in the cold. I like this hat a lot because it is both warm and thin, so it fits in my helmet without squeezing my brains out my ears. The face mask can be pulled down for very cold days, or tucked into the hat for days that are merely chilly.
This hat has worked well for me. It isn't cold enough to use it this year, but I have worn it on a couple of mornings. In the past couple of years I have worn the hat when I ride to and from the bus, a short 1.5 mile ride. On this short a ride this hat is entirely sufficient to protect from North Carolina cold (The lowest of low is usually around 20°F or -7°C). We will have to see how it holds up to longer rides in the cold.
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