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Old 07-25-07, 05:05 PM   #1
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Question - Rain and glasses?

I haven't ridden in the rain yet, but I'm sure that time will come eventually. Thing is, I wear glasses (can't wear contacts), and the idea of riding with rain-covered lenses blocking my vision is SCARY.

I'm guessing there must be a very common-sense solution to this... but what is it?
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Old 07-25-07, 05:11 PM   #2
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my brother said the problem was not rain on the glasses - generally if they're clean it just runs off - the biggest problem was the eyeball side of the glasses would fog up - one possible suggestion, no idea if it'll work, is the hydrophobic/water repellant lens treatment stuff from oakley

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Hat brims or visors work to some extent, but there is no solving the problem of rain on glasses, you can only mitigate the problem. Myself, I wear contacts, and when it rains, I don't use any protective glasses (I usually ride with sunglasses with replaceable lenses for varying light conditions) because of the rain.

I have heard of people carrying a cloth in their pocket to wipe the lenses periodically. When I do wear glasses in the rain, most of the time a sweep of the finger across the outside of the lenses to remove beaded water works okay. But other than that, you just have to deal.

EDIT: Using some sort of anti-fog solution will keep the lenses from fogging and let the water run off. This probably works okay as well. I have also heard of people using Rain-X (the stuff you put on windshields of cars to make the water bead up), but beware that it might not work on plastic lenses. I would try it first on some old lenses to make sure it didn't etch the surface.
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A good old fashioned cycling cap worn under the helmet on a rainy day will keep most of the rain off your glasses.

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I don't wear glasses in certain conditions. Rain tends to wash a lot of small debris and bugs out of the air. Really thick fog is also hard to ride with glasses. Riding with glasses in the dark is significantly worse than riding in the light.

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Washing the lens with hand soap will possibly work as a cheap anti-fog remedy. Rain-x would probably harm polycarbonate lenses with coating such as scratch-resistance, UV, etc.
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Thanks Good to know it's manageable, if not ideal. Guess I'll get a cap and keep my glasses clean, and start saving up for lasik...
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Anti fog lens cleaner does wonders!
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I ride in the rain about 2-3 times a week at this time of the year.....I wear a sweat band under my helmet to prevent water from running down into my eyes, and I bought a plastic wind visor (L Garneau) that velcro's onto my helmet.....comes down to nose level, so eyeglasses never get hit by rain....looks a bit strange, but no rain hits my face and more importantly, traffic going by kicking up spray never hits my face either....I always have my Dinotte tailight flashing when riding in the rain.....they can't miss seeing me!
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I never have a big problem with it. I can see through the little droplets. It's when it dries into water spots that sucks.
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I've been rained on as well (with glasses) and basically you have to learn to look past the drops. Kind of like looking past the windshield on a car not AT the windshield. It's not that bad - I was kind of worried too but after the first time you realize that you survived so you can do it again

Now we'll see what the winter brings when my breath fogs them up...
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I've found the air drag generally blasts the lenses clear. As for fogging, I haven't tried the Oakley stuff, but SCUBA shops and better sporting goods stores sell really good anti-fog gel for dive masks. I figure if it works *in* the water, a little rain should be nothing.

If you know anyone who dives, ask them to borrow some of their anti-fog to see if it works for you.
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I wear glasses all the time. I don't think vision is too significanty impaired when it is raining. As mentioned above, you just look past the drops.
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Who need to see?

In all but the hardest rain, a visor and clean glasses will do wonders. Rain-X and similar products help too.

The only time I recall having to take off my glasses because of rain was during this years Santa Fe Century when the freezing rain was coming in sideways. (No Rain-X on the glasses that day)
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I've used Rain-X on ski goggles and polycarbonate sunglasses. It works great, and the faster you go, the quicker the beads of water roll off.
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A good old fashioned cycling cap worn under the helmet on a rainy day will keep most of the rain off your glasses.
A big +1 for this. I'm something of an old dog, but I only stumbled onto this even older trick this year. The brims are just long enough to screen your glasses, but short enough so that it doesn't block your vision.

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I haven't ridden in the rain yet, but I'm sure that time will come eventually. Thing is, I wear glasses (can't wear contacts), and the idea of riding with rain-covered lenses blocking my vision is SCARY.

I'm guessing there must be a very common-sense solution to this... but what is it?
I keep my helmet's removeable visor in my bag and just throw that on. It doesn't rain enough in my area for it to be a problem. Your glasses will get wet. It's not a big deal.
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For fogging up (for me, mostly a problem in cold weather), a thin coating of dish soap does help, although it can be a bit blurry if it's on too thick, and it's annoying to have to wash them every time you get somewhere. Maybe if you have more than one pair, make one your riding glasses so you can just switch to the other pair (packed in a dry spot) once you get to your destination, and keep the soapy pair as they are for the ride home. I've also had people recommend a product called "Cat Crap", although I have not tried it myself.

For plain rain, I don't have any recommendations. My vision is not so bad without them, so I just take them off and don't wear anything on my eyes. It probably helps that my helmet has a visor so the rain doesn't sting so much.
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Get a cycling cap. That works great in light rain for keeping water off your glasses. Also good for cutting out glare. IF my glasses get really wet, sometimes I just take them off and put them in my jersey pocket. I always keep a bandana in a plastic ziploc bag in my pocket for cleaning my glasses, and will wrap them up in the bandana if they get so wet it's hard to see. My vision is good enough that I can ride without my glasses, however, if necessary.
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Thanks Cycling cap is definitely on my list, now. And I'm much less worried about the whole thing!
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I dial it up to 4000 watts and let the heat of the air friction evaporate the raindrops
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I frequently ride in rain and wear glasses, and even though they get covered with rain drops i can see still perfectly. No need for any special equipment, you will be able to see.
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I put glasses (espressos from MEC) on for the rain. It's a lot nicer than getting eyewash from the road, and it doesn't seem to be a problem. I do fog up at intersections though...
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this may seem sill but it has worked for me(i don't wear glasses though). it's an old trick actually but some shaving cream stops rearview mirrors in cars from fogging in the winter, i've also put this trick to use to stop my bathroom mirror from fogging after a shower as i live in a very old apartment without an exhaust fan. worth a shot anyway and i'm sure it's cheaper than anti fogging products. i can't think of a reason it wouldn't work since the instances it works for me is basically the same reason glasses fog.
hope that helps

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this may seem sill but it has worked for me(i don't wear glasses though). it's an old trick actually but some shaving cream stops rearview mirrors in cars from fogging in the winter, i've also put this trick to use to stop my bathroom mirror from fogging after a shower as i live in a very old apartment without an exhaust fan. worth a shot anyway and i'm sure it's cheaper than anti fogging products. i can't think of a reason it wouldn't work since the instances it works for me is basically the same reason glasses fog.
hope that helps

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It's the soap trick again. Shaving cream is basically foamed or gelled soap.
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