Duck's Bum

Important scientific fact for cyclists on a frosty Winter's morn'


Why is it with warm clothing too boot to guard against the dreaded wind-chill during the Bobbin Head descent approaching 50 km/h on a frigid, pristine Winter's morn', a cyclist's exposed face doesn't complain?  Yet the chill on the tiny gap between a glove and sleeve can be a source of irritation all the way to the bridge. 
Why do we bury our torso in thick blankets on a cold Winter's night?  Yet our face is exposed! 
As the late, but colourful Professor Julius Sumner Miller regularly espoused to his science classes, "Why is it so?"

Because a cyclist's face is made of the same stuff as a duck's bum.  A duck has all that feathery down to cover it above the water, and is still able to float around in frigid water without freezing its arse's off.  Faces are made of the same stuff as a duck's butt is beneath its bum fluff.  

Test of the Hypothesis:

If you don't believe Bank Teller, try sub-merging your face in a frosty duck pond for the same time as it takes you to descend to Bobbin Head bridge.  And then dip your butt in.  The nerve ends in your face will contend with the frigid pond better than your butt. 

Risk Warning:
Before attempting this experiment,
wear floaties to stabilise your torso, as unless you are obese, a human's butt, relative to its torso, generally isn't large enough to float well in a pond the way a duck does.  They are shaped differently.

Why is this so important to cyclists? 
Because it is difficult to descend to Bobbin Head bridge on a frosty Winter's morn' with one's face covered in blankets.