Originally Posted by Jan in CA
If there is a chance they'll be on the road during cold weather a hat/scarf combo would be a good idea, too. Since the scarf is attached to the hat it wouldn't fly off or vice versa and you can make it short enough to keep them warm w/o being long enough to get caught in the bike.
When they're riding across the desert they'll probably encounter some cold weather at night, but they probably won't be riding at that time. I was thinking the same thing about cold weather gear, and I thought a helmetliner might be a good idea (I knit one of those for my bf last winter who is also an avid cyclist) -- but, they both have dreadlocks, so the design wouldn't quite work. It'd need something open in the back for the hair, sort of bandana style...
The soap sack is a good idea, Mary! If I can manage, that'll be next on my list right after the cotton socks and wool socks.
I need to give some thought to cold weather head gear though...