Tuesday, January 30, 2007


What do you get when you combine a 10-degree (f) ambient temperature, 15 mile-per-hour headwind, knit polyester balaclava and 45 minutes of huffing and puffing? Yes, it's the eminently lickable and delicious chincicle! Yum!


Ted Ressel said...

Mr. Babilonia,
Is that you in the picture wearing the goggles? Do you wear prescription glasses? I tried using a balaclava for my winter commute but my prescription glasses fogged up. I am considering wearing ski goggles but I am concerned the goggles will fog when my head gets hot and sweaty. Do you have a method to avoid fogging?

Thank you,
Ted Ressel
Cedarburg, WI

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Hey Ted, please, call me Michael.
That is me in the photo, and I wear prescription glasses, but usually not when I'm riding. I wear contacts and either cheap safety glasses (from Menard's) or, when it's really cold, an inexpensive pair of ski goggles. Ski goggles are designed not to fog up, and indeed they don't, even with a balaclava. The only problem with ski goggles is that they tend to be a little too bulky for use with a helmet. I've heard that some snowboard goggles are more compact and fit better under a helmet, but I haven't yet found a reasonably-priced pair.

If you'd like to keep wearing your glasses under a pair of goggles, you may want to check out Kroop's.

Don't think I'll be riding much this coming week!

Tarik Saleh said...


I can't index it as it is the one true icicle that in the cold and darkness binds your balaclava to your chin.