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    Biking at night

    Hi everyone!

    I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions about night riding. I commute 15 miles each way to work in NYC, and about 60 percent of my trip is along the hudson river on the bike path.

    My issue is, now that it is gettin darker earlier, the headlights from the oncoming traffic are blinding. Thankfully I am in no harms way of the cars, I am however worried about other bikers, walkers, rollerbladers, and bushes! With the lights, it's very difficult to see ahead of me.

    I love riding along the hudson, because I feel a lot safer without the worries of traffic, and its a straight away ride since there are no traffic stops. So i would rather not alter my route home, so I was wondering if there were some type of glasses, or eye wear that would help reduce the glare from the headlights, without imparing my vision in the dark. Would glasses with the light blue or yellow tint do the trick??

    Any suggestions would be very helpful!!

    Thanks

    Dan

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    Polarized lenses, and bright headlights for your ride. The polarized lenses will cut down on glare and incedental light interference from oncoming traffic. Bright headlights will light things up for you to see them better, even with interfering light from oncomings.
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    A long helmet visor is a great help. And a powerfull light for your bike.
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    Thanks!

    I have a pretty bright headlight...so i will definitely look into Polarized lenses........any recommendations??

    Thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dforge06
    Thanks!

    I have a pretty bright headlight...so i will definitely look into Polarized lenses........any recommendations??

    Thanks!!

    Dan
    I have a pair from Native. The main selling point was that they were the only pair wide enough to properly fit me; the second point was that they came with 4 pairs of lenses (clear, yellow, orange, dark brown) all polarized. A little pricey at $115, but they're light, fit right, and serve all conditions well with the stock lenses.
    I got mine at REI. There's also about 5 different aftermarket lens colours you can get for them.
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    Nashbar's noframe lenses in yellow for about 8 bucks. Probably not near as good as polorized but cuts down on glare of headlights.

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    I'm stuck to wearing regular eyeglasses at the moment, since I ran out of contact lenses and can't afford to get more yet. I take more of the lane than I would during daylight and tend to look at the white line a LOT more...trick I was taught in driver's ed to help with high-beams and such: your eyes recover much faster.

    Sometimes I even slow down a bit...but so far only for the pitch-black sections of a particular backroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire
    tend to look at the white line a LOT more...trick I was taught in driver's ed to help with high-beams and such: your eyes recover much faster.

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