Face/Breathing Masks

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by l4dva, 19 May 2010.

  1. l4dva

    l4dva Über Member

    Location:
    Sunny Brum!
    Hi there,

    Not sure if this has been done before but I was just woundering what your thorts are on those breathing masks (not sure what they are called).

    I was cycling back from central london today and I could pretty much taste the polution in the air, I noticed a few people with these beathing mask type things covering there mouth, im assuming they filter out all the crap allowing you to breath just clean air or clearer air, dose anyone here use then? could anyone recomend one too me as well??

    Thanks!
     
  2. toekneep

    toekneep Senior Member

    Location:
    Lancashire
    Greenfly filters probably.:sad:
     
  3. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    Now that is something I could really use :smile:
     
  4. arallsopp

    arallsopp Post of The Year 2009 winner

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Good training aid. Strap one of those to your face for the daily commute and just watch how much better your lungs get at processing 20% of the normal intake.
     
  5. I've heard bad story's about them, folk needing to spit, throwing up etc. plus the restraint on breathing naturally. I don't think I'd like anything constraining my breathing but then again I don't commute in london.

    The Saturday before last at about 9.30 a cyclist came past our club meeting point wearing a massive one (mask that is), it seemed a bit overkill for a Saturday morning in Edinburgh.
     
  6. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    I doubt if wearing one of those things would do me any good. I have been riding for that many years and have done that many miles that any damage from pollution that might be done has probably already been done.
     
  7. dondare

    dondare Über Member

    Location:
    London
    You get used to the pollution.
     
  8. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Greenfly filters.....great idea. By the time I had finished yesterday's ride, I didn't need my dinner!
     
  9. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Location:
    Somerset UK
    Last research I read said they were totally useless, just reduced respiration efficiency.

    It also said a cyclist breathes in less pollutants than a car driver/ passenger.

    Fortunately I don't need to worry about it these days, and like dave r I'll have breathed in so much over the years that any more wouldn't make any difference anyway!
     
  10. OP
    OP
    l4dva

    l4dva Über Member

    Location:
    Sunny Brum!
    hmm ok thanks for your advice, ive gone off the idea now!

    I suppose it can't be as bad as the dirt you breath in on the underground...
     
  11. NigC

    NigC New Member

    Location:
    Surrey
    I'm sure you all remember the SARS and Swine Flu outbreaks recently? Well, my wife, being from Hong Kong where SARS really started to come to the attention of the world, told me that these masks are a regular sight in HK.

    But they're not being worn to protect the wearer from contracting any nasties, but to PREVENT them from spreading it should they be unlucky enough to catch something. Pressumably the mask's main function is to prevent coughs and sneezes from releasing germs into the air.
     
  12. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    I used to have to wear rubber gloves in a job I did. They were always said to be protecting the public, but I wore them to protect me from the public.
     
  13. Alan Whicker

    Alan Whicker Senior Member

    These are those Respro things? I used to wear one, but it was more trouble than it was worth. Whe I got mine about ten years ago, it was all about keeping 'diesel particulates' out of your lungs. It would never stay in place, it gave me spots and the area under the mask got all sweaty and red. In fact, I'm sure I read somewhere once that because you have to breath harder, the benefits of the mask were negated.
     
  14. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    I read somewhere that those masks simply concentrate the toxins unless the filter is changed extremely regularly.
     
  15. Andy 71

    Andy 71 New Member

    Location:
    Chelmsford
    That's why your lungs have mucus - to pick up the particulates you inhale.

    Wasn't there a study recently saying something like you breathe in 10 times more crud sitting in a car in stationary traffic, than would do if you were outside riding a bike past the queue?
     
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