If you happen to see me out biking when the temperature is lower then ten degrees Fahrenheit, there is a good chance that I will be wearing this to keep my face warm and protected.
This ensemble is composed of a helmet, which is covered by a waterproof shell, a balaclava and a pair of ski goggles. It is a setup that works well for me, it keeps me warm in the coldest temperatures but is breathable enough that my goggles don’t fog up. Thankfully, it is also super comfortable to wear.
There is just one drawback to wearing this: I look quite ridiculous. A glance in the mirror tells me as much, but unfortunately there is overwhelming evidence even aside from my reflection.
First of all, the most common reaction that occurs when I am spotted wearing my winter gear is that people burst into spontaneous giggles. Also, it seems impossible for people to look me in the eye. Instead they seem to focus on my nose and their mouth tends to twitch at the corners while they are talking to me.
Then of course, there are the things people say to me while I quickly putting on or taking off my headgear.
You look like Darth Vader!
But…I am not anyone’s father…
Going to rob a bank?
Yes, I have a speedy getaway vehicle, the cops will never catch me.
Haha, you look like a ninja!
Would a ninja use flashing red lights to be easily seen?
Are you a spy?
Of course not! No way!
You look like you are going skiing.
You look creepy.
I know. Muahahaha!!!
So why am I talking about wearing a balaclava and ski goggles when it is currently 36 degrees outside?
Well, it has been warm for days and will likely be warm all week. I don’t know when it will be cold enough to wear them again and that makes me sad.
Not because I miss my alter-ego self where I appear as a ninja or bank robber that no one can pass on the road without staring at…
…But because I miss cold days and falling snow.
Or maybe I just don’t like the rain and dirt hijacking the roads and making me and my bike look like we survived a sandstorm.