I don’t know what you do about your ears in winter. Even in beautiful Brisbane’s balmy winter (ha!), first thing in the morning on the bike, my ears just freeze.
Unless I wear a Buff.
I’ve had the same three Buffs in rotation for at least five years now. These things really don’t wear out, but they eventually do start to look a bit ratty. I did have to throw one away, after an unfortunate trailside mishap which really doesn’t bear discussing here.
If you don’t know what a Buff is, well it’s just a tube of woven synthetic fabric, usually made of Coolmax or similar. It’s a soft-feel and stretchy fabric. I wear a Buff as a helmet liner, as an ear-warmer, and as a neck-warmer as well.
So it seemed to me like it was finally time to buy a couple of new Buffs. Checked at my favourite bike shop, checked online, and yes they are somewhere north of $30 EACH.
And it’s true that five years or more ago when I bought each of the Buffs that I currently own, I paid about that. So it’s not like they are poor value. But it’s a lot of money for a tube of fabric.
Maybe I’m just in a stingy mood. So I looked around a bit on eBay and such-like. Wow, there’s a lot of these things available. I actually ended up somehow on Ali Express, which is a place where you can buy buckets of very cheap stuff (mostly from China I assume).
Long story short, I seem to have 10 items of tubular headwear (not Buffs). They cost me $15. Not each, but in total.
I don’t need 10 imitation buffs. Maybe two is all I want.
The quality is probably less good than a brand-name Buff. But equally I am certain they will do the job that the brand-name versions does, quite adequately.
So, for the first eight (8) people who fill in the Competition Form below and correctly answer the super-hard Competition Question, you have the chance to WIN AN ITEM OF TUBULAR HEADWEAR!!!!!
Here are the Terms and Conditions of this Briztreadley Contest.
1. This is not a game of skill.
2. The prize carries no obligation and is 100% free. However, it sure wouldn’t hurt to buy Andrew a coffee sometime if he’s giving you an item of synthetic tubular headwear.
3. Pirates are better than ninjas.
4. The judges decision is final. Correspondence maybe entered into, but that won’t mean much.
OK, get to it, I don’t know why you’re still reading this, when you could be WINNING FREE STUFF.