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Old 12-04-07, 12:14 AM   #1
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my eyes are frozen

today was the first day this year it was cold enough to make my eyes water and get really cold. and I wear glasses so im not even getting the direct blast . oh well been through it before and pretty sure it won't kill me.

if I dropped out of the biggest chainring and slowed down it wouldn't be so bad but for some reason it really bugs me to drop to a lower gear. I like resistance makes me feel like im doing something
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Old 12-04-07, 01:26 AM   #2
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Last year I was wearing goggles over my glasses by the time it got really cold. Mine are anti fog/transition lens dirtbike goggles that work great. You can be sweating and when you stop, no fog. Plus they self tint on bright snowy days. Money well spent over basic goggles. You could also try ski googles as I imagine they make the same sort of thing.

This year I've got contacts which get dry and uncomfortable, but again I'll be wearing googles at some point.
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Old 12-04-07, 01:41 AM   #3
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How cold is it, and what kind of glasses are you wearing? I've had no trouble at 3 F and Performance clear cycling shades (in the dark). Is air rushing in around the frames? I know how that is, and it sucks.
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How cold is it, and what kind of glasses are you wearing? I've had no trouble at 3 F and Performance clear cycling shades (in the dark). Is air rushing in around the frames? I know how that is, and it sucks.
I dunno the temp I gauge what I wear by feel most of the time . I just wear regular glasses. its hard to come by ski goggles in oklahoma though we get snow like 3 days out of the year
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Old 12-04-07, 10:22 AM   #5
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I'll second the goggles
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Old 12-04-07, 10:44 AM   #6
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I'll try goggles this year, last year my right eye froze over and my left eye tried to do the same this morning. I kept it closed through the worst of the wind and it was ok. Last year's incident freaked me out though.
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I just switched to ski goggles from regular glasses due to fogging/frosting. I switched over at about 25 degrees F. The ski goggles worked at 5 F last week.

You could order ski goggles online.
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Old 12-04-07, 10:55 AM   #8
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I've been wearing ski goggles at night to avoid the same problem, but I haven't liked how they restrict my view when checking lanes over my shoulder. I found these online for $10 after shipping: http://www.discountsafetygear.com/crstsago.html.



They are clear safety goggles that have been treated with an anti-fog coating. I should have them in a few days and will post a review on how they work in the cold.
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Old 12-04-07, 10:59 AM   #9
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Turbo fans

I've used these worldwide under all temps and when I am sweating hard on
cold days. unpossible to fog them

http://www.gogglesgiant.com/smtucamsego.html
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I have a pair of sunglasses which have a foam padded frame around them.... they stop most of the wind.... wouldn't work if you need "seeing" glasses though. I think they're a nice step in between glasses and ski goggles.
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Old 12-04-07, 12:46 PM   #11
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Glasses...

What you want is made by both WileyX and Panoptix. They are Rxable frames that have a gasket that conforms to the face and eliminates turbulent air (cold, hot or otherwise) from getting behind the frame. Another option is to consider LASIK. Goodluck.

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Rohmen: I tried a pair like those. They were only single lensed, and they frosted over in the first two miles at 5 degrees F.

I hope yours work better for you!

I ended up with the double lensed ski goggles, and they worked perfectly on another 5 deg day.
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+1 on the Wileys -- I have the SG-1 goggles and find them very comfortable and excellent at keeping out wind, rain, dust, and bugs. I wear them year-round.
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For $5 at Lowes I got these goggles that work great:
Safety Chemical Splash/Impact Goggle

The really nice thing about them is this: "Indirect ventilation reduces fogging and helps protect against chemical splash and dust." Not so worried about chemical splash on my commutes, but they don't fog up...

I also wear glasses, and I have a big downhill on my home-bound commute. When it gets cold my eyes water so much I can barely see.

Since I've started wearing these goggles I've had zero problems, plus my eyes actually stay warm. They're pretty geeky looking but they do the job.
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Hey which brand are those?

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Last year I was wearing goggles over my glasses by the time it got really cold. Mine are anti fog/transition lens dirtbike goggles that work great. You can be sweating and when you stop, no fog. Plus they self tint on bright snowy days. Money well spent over basic goggles. You could also try ski googles as I imagine they make the same sort of thing.

This year I've got contacts which get dry and uncomfortable, but again I'll be wearing googles at some point.
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The Wiley XL-1s look pretty sweet!

Wonder how they do in summer.

I miss my Rudy Projects where I could change the lens color, though...but it's hard to find anything where you can change lens color and still fit my prescription.
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