You Lookin' at My Jugs? Use Gallon Milk Jugs to Make Hand Windshields on Your Bike

If you ask me, one of the biggest challenges to riding a bike in the winter is having your fingers freeze from the wind chill. Even if the ambient temperature is quite cold, it can be overcome with the effort of cycling. But having the wind, either natural or self-created, hit your fingers sucks out warmth in a hurry. And numb fingers can mean difficult shifting, braking, and steering, all of which are major problems in the more difficult terrain of winter riding.

Sure, you can wear three pairs of gloves, ride with pogies, or use a fairing. Or you can make up homemade windshields for a few pennies. All you have to do is cut away half of a plastic gallon container, then secure it onto your handlebars using some tape. If you want to go the extra step, line your milk jug windscreens. I found some fancy fake fur at the thrift store (warning to animal lovers - a pink stuffed rabbit was harmed in the making of this project), and attached it with rubber cement.

I'm the type of person who has cold finger all winter long. In fact, they're cold at this very moment, as I'm sitting here typing. And my fingers get cold in a jiff when I'm riding in the winter. But these inexpensive homemade windshields have made my rides much more comfy. I imagine these wouldn't be the best choice for extreme cold, but they work quite well for the type of riding I do in the winter.

The only real down side is the attention they attract. I keep having to fend off stares by shouting, you lookin' at my jugs?

Comments

  1. I love that they are pink with pink fur.

    They are so nice it would be even more luxurious if it was real fur. I might make me a pair too.

    I have an old aunt who has a bunch of really nice fur coats what got red paint splashed on them and she is too proud to ever wear them so I could cut one up and you make a few set of those jug things for sell! Except they would not be pink. These would be brown or grey with some bright red streaks.
    And you could put Nascar number stickers 19,99$ at country gas station. With fur lining. It would be pimpin.

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  2. Omg, LOOOOVVVEEE the idea about the stickers!! I really wanted to put the pink fur on the outside, too, but knew that would get a wee bit messy in the snow/rain.

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  3. The fur isn't for everyone else. It's for you. It goes close to your hand.

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  4. So true. Kinda like wearing your best pair of undies with sweatpants and a t-shirt.

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  5. What a great idea. I wonder if I could rig it to work with my 10 speed handlebars....

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  6. What a great idea! You need to market these and sell them on infomercials!! My fingers are always cold too!

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  7. I'm thinking of making my husband and myself a pair of his and hers for Christmas. We bike as early in the spring and late in the fall as possible; but once the snow hits we're done. Come up with a way to catch the contents of my runny nose and I might reconsider ;)

    VERY FUN!

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  8. LOL, what an awesome idea! I love them...the fur is totally rockin'... I'm TOTALLY lookin' at your jugs!

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  9. My mom would love these for her bike. I think she would at least get a huge kick out of them and I would love making them for her. Thanks for the great idea!

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  10. Mommybowl - I bet you could figure out a way to fit them to rams horns. I used the not-so-sophisticated method of smush and tape to attach mine.

    The best part is that these really work quite well. I rode my bike for all of my errands yesterday, 25+ miles in 30 degree (F) weather. I was out for hours, and my hands never did get cold.

    If any of you guys make a pair, could you please email me a picture? My address is under my profile.

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  11. Um, and HOW come you arent patenting this and making them commercially and becoming a millionaire in the process and buying a house in tuscany so we can all go and cook there? hmm???? these are AWESOME! someone should make them for motorcycles and call harley davidson! Hugs! Alex

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  12. Um, this is an AWESOME idea - cold hands will stop me everytime! And pink fur is just the da-bomb! Oh, yeah I am looking at your Jugs!! And I agree with Alex - patent this and buy a home in Tuscany so we can come visit!

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  13. Is there good forage in Tuscany?

    At first, I was thinking of lining them with a fake sheep fur. But then, I thought, well, if you're gonna use fake fur, when not go full-on Muppet?

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