Originally Posted by wa1200lt
Jeff, it surprised me to see this post resurrected. I have a good supply (20?) of the heat exchange pads, I have figured out that the quick disconnects between the pump and the pads are available from the pc/ server world. Water cooled cpu's have tubing of appropriate size. The pumps are easy. Duty cycle would be my only worry here.
In short, no. I haven't built one yet but have completed enough research that if it should ever get hot here I could put one together fairly quickly. We have been unseasonably cool here this summer and I don't think we have had more than 3 days in the 80's. Plnenty of rain but no heat. I like it this way.........
Yes, I have a tendency to revive old threads. This one isn't even all that old.
I did read your other thread where you had included the instructions for you cooling vest.
It's a neat idea, but I'm afraid it would dry out too quickly here in the Texas summers. We used those headbands/neckbands w/ the same technology, and they didn't last near as long as the company claimed. I've used them in the midwest and Iraq, and they're only so-so.
Are you saying you made 20 of these vests as shown in your other thread? Are you looking to sell any of them? I might be interested.
I am really interested in you other idea- something similar to the veskimos. I visited that website, and that guy is proud of his stuff. Does't even off free shipping, which most retailers offer for just their jackets. Anyway, the vest looks to be the most complicated. that pump and associated plumbing is just too easy. Thanks for the tip regarding the quick disconnects. I hadn't thought of the PC world, and I'd imagine they're trying to ensure the fittings don't leak when disconnected.
You seem to have a nice problem concerning your mild summer temps., but I don't think I'd get much riding in w/ all the rain you've alluded to. I guess I'm more of a fair weather rider.
Please keep us informed of your projects.