Indonesia cyclist share experience

Indonesia cyclist testing the street pollution by checking the Totobobo filter after riding in the traffic

Indonesia cyclist testing the street pollution by checking the Totobobo filter after riding in the traffic

Translation by Google:
In connection with the many discussions about air quality in Jakarta, moved their hearts to know how the hell the air quality in Jakarta this.
One day I bought a mask totobobo, and idly opened its website. In the website there totobobo blog written by two French people who travel around the world by bike, in every country where they singgahi mereke meberi lecture on air quality.

In the blog they will, they also compared the experience of cycling in the cities they pass by comparing how dirty totobobo filter masks they wore. Filter masks are compared after they were cycling for at least 6 hours in the cities they will be. In each city, they use a new mask filter, and so on. This reference links to his In this blog can be compared to a mask filter impurities used in India, Bangkok and China.

Inspired by the blog above, I conducted personally kecil2an test.
His tests conducted by:

-cycling and wear a mask for a month totobobo
-In the month is used as much as 4 times (3 times a day week, Saturday 1 times)
Cycling-Line: Tarogong – Jl Metro Pondok Indah – Jl. Margaguna – Jl Radio Dalam – Jalan Metro – Road sudirman – Jalan Thamrin – Monas – Thamrin Turn back again – so as to Tarogong again.
-Range biking: At 7 am left Jam – Best Jam Tarogong late until 9:30 in the morning. Every time Gowes time approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

Well this is the result. Figure below shows the level of dirtiness of his two filter masks

dirty filters from Indonesia

dirty filters from Indonesia

Figure below shows a comparison between the new filter and that was used

clean vs dirty filter

clean vs dirty filter

The next image shows the inner defilements tinggkat filter (the filter is located inside the mask)

the inside of the filter

the inside of the filter

That is a personal test that I do. I’m not going to make any conclusions from the results they will be because I am not an expert on air quality. I leave assessment to friends as well

-Test is done by not using standard scientific methods you know about the air testing, therefore the results can not be used as a standard for judging that the test subject.
-This test is a personal test, not a formal test.


How to say nay to hay fever?

When hay fever season strikes, sufferers feel the brunt of mother nature on their nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. The itchiness, sneezing, watery eyes, post-nasal drip, and runny nose are sometimes too much to bear. Going about daily activities can be difficult and tiring, or downright painful at times. Taking an anti-histamine or other medication can have little or no effect, and the side affects, like sluggishness or drowsiness, can be equally disruptive to carrying out one’s day. Due to these reasons, during the Spring and Summer season, people in Japan look for anti-pollen mask to prevent minor disorders like allergies and seasonal hay fever.

A good filtering mask helps to keep airborne irritants out of the breathing passages and is an effective measure to combat hay fever or other seasonal allergies. Allergens like pollen and dust enter the nasal passage and cause itchiness and swelling in the nose, throat, and eyes and trigger an increase in fluid and mucus production. While in many cases hay fever and seasonal allergies are minor, an estimated fifty million Americans alone suffer from these symptoms. Wearing an appropriate mask minimizes contact with the allergens that cause these physical nuisances. On the other hand choosing the appropriate mask can be a complicated endeavor.

Protective masks can be broadly divided into two types: one time use, disposable respirators and reusable respirators which can be used multiple times. A high quality multi-use protective mask provides the best fit, but often they are bulky and not easy to carry around. They are often more expensive than their disposable counterparts. Disposable respirator masks, on the other hand, are more compact, but sacrifice quality of filtration for convenience. They are easily distorted after one use, so a second is sometimes out of the question. Both types require professional fitting in order to ensure proper fit and filtration—which means you need a “fit-test” every time you wish to wear a protective mask. This severely reduces the convenience of either type of mask if you want guaranteed high-quality protection.

TOTOBOBO mask innovatively solves both the problem of quality and convenience, the best option for combating hay fever and seasonal allergies:

• Design: The mask’s special design and unique material allow the wearer to custom fit the mask to their face; it is held firmly onto the face by a pair of ultra-elastic and flexible straps. They are stronger and longer lasting than rubber. The material is an elastic polymer that is comfortable on the skin. One mask fits all, and can be trimmed with ease to fit any age, shape, or size. When not in use, it folds up to fit comfortably into a pocket. As for weight, it is a meager 20 grams.

• Seal: The TOTOBOBO mask forms a snug seal to the wearer’s face to ensure exclusive airflow through the filter. Unlike other masks, the TOTOBOBO mask combines high airflow with high filtration. The patented “body valve” design allows low resistance exhalation so that you uninhibitedly take in clean air with each breath.

• Simplicity: Whereas other protective masks need to be professionally checked for a proper seal that takes time, the TOTOBOBO mask is quick and easy to check for a safe seal to the face. Both children and adults can use the same mask, one mask fits all!

• Filter: The filters are European designed and of the finest quality, capable of keeping out particulates as small as .3 microns. Using static electricity to snag the particles as they enter the filter, the TOTOBOBO mask keeps out everything from motor vehicle and industrial exhaust, cigarette, woodfire, charcoal and incense smoke; biological components such as pollen and mold spores, dust mites and cockroach allergens; fine fibers such as asbestos; to common soil particles and dust.

• Health: The mask is anti-viral thanks to Biocote®, a silver-ion anti-microbial agent— an important consideration when the heat and humidity of the interior of the mask is taken into account. You can further ensure the cleanliness and safety of the TOTOBOBO mask. The mask is easy to clean with soap and water. Best of all, it is reusable. After each use, just replace the filter. The rest of the mask can be used many more times.

• Cost: As for economy, the TOTOBOBO can not be beat when it comes to bang for your buck. Compared to the leading competitors on the market, the TOTOBOBO is unparalleled when it comes to value.

Of all the respiratory mask available on the market, TOTOBOBO is the only one to combine these three factors: easy fit-check, easy customization, and easy storage.
When it comes to hay fever and seasonal allergies, the TOTOBOBO mask is a crucial addition to the list of non-medicinal treatments to prevent severe reaction to allergens. The high quality filter keeps 94% of particles as small as .3 micron out of your breathing passages and reduces the irritation they cause. Plant pollen and dander, dust and dirt, animal hair and dander, as well as smoke, soot, pollution, exhaust, mold and mildew are all filtered out of the air before you take a breath with the TOTOBOBO mask. Whether you live in the city or in the country, the TOTBOBO mask keeps airborne irritants that could potentially trigger an undesired allergic reaction out of your mouth and nose.

Can cycling and walking be bad for your health?

Dear EarthTalk: I ride my bike to work along busy urban streets. Should I be worried about inhaling pollutants from vehicle emissions and other sources?

— J. Kaufman, San Francisco, CA
Aside from the obvious physical safety considerations (especially when talking on a cell phone!), biking on highly trafficked roads exposes riders to considerable amounts of fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds spewing out of tailpipes

Aside from the obvious physical safety considerations (especially when talking on a cell phone!), biking on highly trafficked roads exposes riders to considerable amounts of fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds spewing out of tailpipes.

The short answer is, yes, probably. Cars, trucks and buses emit considerable amounts of airborne pollution as they make their ways along city streets and highways. The fine particles, nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) spewing out of tailpipes have been linked to a wide range of human health problems, from headaches to respiratory illness to cancer. Though Australian researchers found that exposure to these pollutants is actually higher while riding inside a vehicle than while riding a bike, turning your handlebars in the direction of back roads might still be a good idea, for safety’s sake as well.
Western Washington University Geophysicist Bernie Housen, concerned about the air quality on his own bicycle commute along busy Bellingham roads, recently launched a study of the magnetism in local trees to gauge air quality along his route and elsewhere in his region. The magnetism in a tree’s leaves is created by tiny particles of iron oxides and other pollutants that drift through the air, emanating primarily from eroding vehicle brake pads and diesel exhaust. The particles are small enough to pass through our nasal passages and get lodged in our lungs. Housen and his colleagues found 10 times as much magnetism on urban roadside tree leaves as on their rural counterparts that contend with little traffic.

Housen has also altered his own bike route to campus to avoid the more polluted thoroughfares. “One underlying concern is that if you are riding your bike, you are being more physically active; you are breathing deeper and breathing more air in, and so if you are doing that in an area where there is a concentrated elevation of this material it might not be such a good thing,” he added.

Ironically, many cities that offer dedicated bike lanes often lay them out right next to busy bus lanes, unintentionally ensuring that bicyclists breathe in as much diesel exhaust as possible. “I ride along one of these high-traffic bus routes,” Housen says, “and … there was between two and five or six times more magnetic fine particulate matter along the bus route than [on less-busy streets].” Housen would like to expand his research so it could be used by urban planners to better design bike and pedestrian routes so as not to intermingle so much diesel transit and pedestrian/bicycle traffic.

Of course, there are other ways to track urban pollution levels. In the UK, for instance, researchers from the government-funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have created the Urban Pollution Monitoring Project, which builds and distributes GPS-enabled mobile pollution sensing systems that can be carried by hand or placed on a bike rack. The group is using data gleaned from the sensors to map where and when pollution levels are at their highest around London and other UK cities, and hopes to use its research to influence the way roads and urban areas are planned in the future as well.

Those who want or need to keep on riding through polluted areas should consider wearing an anti-pollution respiratory mask, many of which can filter out upwards of 95 percent of particulate pollution before it enters the human lung. Some leading manufacturers include Totobobo, G-Flow and Respro.

CONTACTS: Urban Pollution Monitoring Project; Totobobo; G-Flow; Respro.

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How do I know if Totobobo will fit?

Side by side: Totobobo mask and simulator

Side by side: Totobobo mask and simulator

Face mask fitting is a personal issue. Even a certain mask fit many people, it doesn’t mean that it will fit you. Just like buying a pair of shoes, you can’t really tell until you actually put it on and try.

But unlike buying a pair of shoes, no one will let you try a new mask unless you have bought it. Once you open the pack, you can not return the product because of obvious hygiene reason.

Some company make a business out of this problem and sell a set of “sampler masks” which contains a number of different models so that you can try them. The idea is the mask samples allow you to try them one by one and identify the most suitable so that you only need to order that model in the future. But whether you found one or not, you will have to fork out the money and pay for the set of “samplers”.

We decided to do it differently. We create a downloadable paper dummy which we call it “Totobobo simulator”. The simulator is a full size dummy of the actual Totobobo mask, very easy to put together. Although it does not have filter and does not work as a filtering mask. It is possible to use this simulator to test if the actual product will fit your face size or not.

Even more, you can trim the simulator, just as cutting the actual mask to check how it can fit better for smaller faces. It is especially useful for people who do not want to damage their mask unnecessary.

This is a concern we heard some times: “How do I know it will fit better after cutting the mask smaller?” You are worried that cutting too much, the mask can never go back to the original size.

No need to worry any more,??just download the “Totobobo mask simulator“, print as many copies as you need, experiment different sizes and see which one fits the best.

Here is a few step by step illustration:

1st step: cut it out

1st step: cut it out

2nd step: fold it

2nd step: fold it

3rd step: join the edge

3rd step: join the edge

After three simple steps, you have your very own simulator!

Now is the time to have fun testing the fit. If it is too big, just cut it smaller. ?If you cut it too small, just make another one!

The position of the lines are comparable to the real thing, you can follow the lines to get M,S or XS sizes, or even any size in between.

However, a simulator is not the real thing. Especially around the nose bridge area, the paper simulator is flat and the real Totobobo mask has a 3D curved profile which fit human face better.

Testing the size

Testing the size

Simulators cut to different sizes for test

Simulators cut to different sizes for test


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