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Old 04-22-07, 11:27 AM   #1
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eyewear fog

Anyone here wear glasses, sunglasses, or goggles when biking?

Is there anything that can be done about the steam/fog that builds up on the lenses and reduces visibility?
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Old 04-22-07, 11:38 AM   #2
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I've found 2 things to be fairly effective.

1. Dish Soap - Clean and dry your glasses, then put a tiny bit on both sides of each lens and spread it around

2. Cat Crap - You can find it on amazon, do the same as the dish soap, works a little better, but it costs money I think 12ish after shipping, as compared to the dish soap being free

Also, it's only been an issue for me on cold/rainy days, so assuming your also in the Northern Hemisphere it shouldnt be that large of an issue until late fall.

Then for the winter, any decent skii googles shouldn't fog at all, just make sure you get the dual layer lenses.
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I where glasses (cause my eyes suck).
During the winter, it was horible, nothing could stop the fogging. I got Ski Goggles and it barley helped.

What i wanted was one of those breather things that redirect your exhaled breath. But winter was over too soon.
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Also, forgot to mention that anouther thing you can do that helps me a lot, is when I hit a red I'll take off my glasses and just hold them until the lights ready to change, this way my breath dosn't have a chance to go straight up and fog the glasses up at stops.
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I find it's only a problem when I stop, and it clears again once I get going. It's less of a problem when I wear my glasses, which are small and fairly far from my face.
I just wipe them with gloves when I can't see well enough anymore. seems to work ok. However, I do have a crizal antiscratch coating, which is really very effective (and kind of expensive) so even though I've had my glasses for 4+ years and just wipe them on any old thing, they still only have a couple of teeny little scratches on them.
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You could try dipping them in a dilute solution of baby shampoo. I use this on my scuba mask.
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I wear sun glasses and when its cold out they can fog over when I stop. its not so bad if I keep my head up and not look down. They don't fog over when Im moving.
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You could also look at industrial safety specs, the better ones have some form of anit-misting system.. either a coating on the lens or some form of ventilation tweak. And they can be very styish these days, I myself have these...

Pullsafe

In both clear, amber and smoked. They simply do not mist, in any weather. They stop my 'eyes' from misting as well, and if ever a car throws a stone at you they will stop it dead.
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Airflow helps the fog situation, I often ended up cycling with my head tilted down looking over the top of the glasses. Not pleasant. Saliva (eeew...) works as well as soap. You can get antifog solutions for windscreens, but I never tried this 'coz I don't want that stuff near my eyes.

I found that in serious rain either the lenses would fog up or there would be so many raindrops I couldn't see enough to ride safely.

After investigating prescription sunnies I decided to boot it all and go back to contact lenses. This has worked really well for me. If my sunnies or clear safety glasses (for wind) fog up or get too we I can just take them off. The sunnies are much lighter and less expensive than my -8.00 prescription lenses!
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Yeah, the safety glasses are better than my eyeglasses.
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Also, forgot to mention that anouther thing you can do that helps me a lot, is when I hit a red I'll take off my glasses and just hold them until the lights ready to change, this way my breath dosn't have a chance to go straight up and fog the glasses up at stops.
I breathe to the left of the right to avoid fogging.

I ride with shades myself (even at night). My shades are graduals and that the top is dark while the bottom fades out 90% clear. I just tilt the head up and the roads are clear for me at night with my dual light setup. Tho I can't ride yet at full speeds till my mate is done R&D to build a honking bright bike lamp for lamping those damn ninjas.

I only get foggingon cold days but most of the time I jsut breathe out to the left/right and the lenses hardly fog. If they fog a little it will go away once you start moving. If you want to defog a bit before moving (ie. at red and you want to pre-sweep left/right and the rushing hidden right turn lane then pull the glasses out a bit and move the head and the steaming will be gone.

BTW what the ohter guy said about the 'cat crap' errrr.... that's one interesting name for a product.
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... Cat Crap - You can find it on amazon, do the same as the dish soap, works a little better, but it costs money I think 12ish after shipping, as compared to the dish soap being free ...
If you want to avoid shipping, you can probably find this at any sports shop that carries ski equipment. It generally costs less than $5. Campmor has it for 4 dollars.
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If you want to avoid shipping, you can probably find this at any sports shop that carries ski equipment. It generally costs less than $5. Campmor has it for 4 dollars.
Cat Crap works well in temperatures down to about -15C, then nothing can help you. Also, be sure not to touch the lens with your fingers or get them dirty, otherwise you'll have to reapply the stuff. That's okay though, since it's an excellent lens cleaner as well.
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