Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 25 of 25
  1. #1
    Senior Member BeckyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    My Bikes
    2007 Raleigh Venture 4.0
    Posts
    461
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    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?
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. #2
    POWERCRANK addict markhr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    North Acton, West London, UK
    Posts
    3,783
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

    http://oakley.com/pd/4806
    shameless POWERCRANK plug
    Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
    Condor Cycles - quite possibly the best bike shop in London
    Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!

  3. #3
    Senior Member Brian Ratliff's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Near Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Three road bikes. Two track bikes.
    Posts
    9,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
    "If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter

  4. #4
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    30,053
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A good old fashioned cycling cap worn under the helmet on a rainy day will keep most of the rain off your glasses.

    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  5. #5
    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    My Bikes
    Custom Winter, Challenge Seiran SL, Fuji Team Pro, Cattrike Road/Velokit, РOS hybrid
    Posts
    10,569
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

    I got LASIK specifically to help me with cycling. Best money I ever spent.

  6. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  7. #7
    Senior Member BeckyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    My Bikes
    2007 Raleigh Venture 4.0
    Posts
    461
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  8. #8
    The Site Administrator: Currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes,please contact my assistnt admins for forum issues Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    South Florida
    My Bikes
    Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
    Posts
    16,114
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    4 Thread(s)
    Anti fog lens cleaner does wonders!
    on light duty due to illness; please contact my assistants for forum issues. They are Siu Blue Wind, or CbadRider or the other 3 star folk. I am currently at home recovering from a couple of strokes. I am making good progress, happily.


    . “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Cape Coral, FL
    My Bikes
    '79 Schwinn Varsity
    Posts
    389
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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!

  10. #10
    The quieter you become... Falkon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Huntsville, AL
    My Bikes
    1973 Raleigh Superbe, 2006 Trek 4300 with no original parts, 1984 Ciocc, Custom Keith Anderson
    Posts
    1,283
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by TechKnowGN
    San Jose has to be the most boring place I've ever been. And I live in Ohio.

  11. #11
    Plays in Traffic 1ply's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Posts
    486
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...
    2006 VFRfive less than 5000k for sale. 2011 MB FantomCross 105
    Originally Posted by Pig_Chaser: Obesity epidemic, Global warming. If only there were a common solution. B'ah that's crazy talk.

  12. #12
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Reston, VA
    My Bikes
    2003 Giant OCR2
    Posts
    2,369
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  13. #13
    One Man Fast Brick hubcap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Chicagoland
    My Bikes
    Specialized Langster, Bianchi San Jose, early 90s GT Karakoram, Yuba Mundo, Mercier Nano (mini velo), Nashbar Steel Commuter, KHS Tandemania Sport
    Posts
    1,121
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  14. #14
    Part-time epistemologist invisiblehand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Jamis Nova, Bike Friday NWT, STRIDA, Austro Daimler Vent Noir, Haluzak Horizon, Salsa La Raza, Hollands Tourer, Bike Friday tikit
    Posts
    5,202
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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)

  15. #15
    yak
    yak is offline
    Zircon Encrusted Tweezer yak's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Marshfield, MA
    My Bikes
    SantaCruz Tallboy Surley Pugsley Fuji Reveal 2.0 Kestrel RT 700 Lemond Zurich Cannondale Team Comp
    Posts
    1,003
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Speedo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Boston Area
    My Bikes
    Univega Gran Turismo, Guerciotti, Bridgestone MB2, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Serotta Ti
    Posts
    1,998
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    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.

    Speedo

  17. #17
    Senior Member littlewaywelt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,509
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyW View Post
    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.
    One Less Car
    Conservation begins with you.

  18. #18
    Commuter JohnBrooking's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Southern Maine
    My Bikes
    2006 Giant Cypress EX (7-speed internal hub)
    Posts
    2,568
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.
    Quote Originally Posted by MadfiNch on Commuting forum
    What's the point of a bike if you can only ride it on weekends, and you can't even carry anything with you?!
    Portland Maine Bicycle Commuting Meetup

  19. #19
    Senior Member tarwheel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    My Bikes
    Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Gunnar Crosshairs, De Bernardi SL
    Posts
    6,259
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    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.

  20. #20
    Senior Member BeckyW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Southern Ontario
    My Bikes
    2007 Raleigh Venture 4.0
    Posts
    461
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks Cycling cap is definitely on my list, now. And I'm much less worried about the whole thing!
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Leeds UK
    Posts
    1,914
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I dial it up to 4000 watts and let the heat of the air friction evaporate the raindrops

  22. #22
    Senior Member aMull's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Leader 735TR 09 58cm 46/17
    Posts
    1,777
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Toronto
    My Bikes
    Miyata 600, Marin Larkspur, Marin Muirwoods, GT tequesta, Fuji Ace
    Posts
    970
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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...

  24. #24
    Kyleness
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    129
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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

    kyle

  25. #25
    Senior Member Brian Ratliff's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Near Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Three road bikes. Two track bikes.
    Posts
    9,636
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by smyth View Post
    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

    kyle
    It's the soap trick again. Shaving cream is basically foamed or gelled soap.
    Cat 2 Track, Cat 3 Road.
    "If you’re new enough [to racing] that you would ask such question, then i would hazard a guess that if you just made up a workout that sounded hard to do, and did it, you’d probably get faster." --the tiniest sprinter

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •