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Old 12-04-07, 11:03 AM   #1
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Glasses & cold

I wear a pair of safety glasses on my commute.

Last night, on my way home the temp was hovering around 33F (regardless of what they said the low temp was at the airport, it was a few degrees cooler 15 miles away). Other than needing some thicker socks and gloves, I was fine, except for the bridge of my nose. The glasses got cold and were causing pain where they set on my face.

As a stop-gap, just to get me home, I pulled a small piece of foam out of my helmet and stuck it across the bridge. This fixed the cold issue, but it also put the glasses a few centimeters further from my face. So my nose was not hurting anymore but the wind was causing my eyes to water considerably for the remainder of my trip.

I've tried ski goggles before, but the humidity here made fogging a real issue.

Is there such a thing as a sleeve of some sort to put around the bridge of the glasses that will keep the cold plastic off of your nose? Fleece or felt maybe?
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Old 12-04-07, 11:09 AM   #2
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My Ryders have a rubbery bridge and although I've had initial cold there (where I assume the wind pushes down the lenses onto my face) I've not had lasting issues, once I'd warmed up riding I was OK.

Maybe just use some folded up kitchen towel as an "insert" to the bridge? or fleece/felt as you mention maybe better.
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Take a 'fabric' bandaid and cut the sticky part to fit the bridge of
the glasses to insulate the skin contact point. Works great.

One point. Make sure that you remove all skin oils from the
bridge of the glasses and wipe the bridge of your nose each
time you put on the glasses to keep the skin oils from loosing
the tape. A pain I know but once or twice a day isn't bad.
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I wear a pair of safety glasses on my commute.

I've tried ski goggles before, but the humidity here made fogging a real issue.

Is there such a thing as a sleeve of some sort to put around the bridge of the glasses that will keep the cold plastic off of your nose? Fleece or felt maybe?
I just got myself a pair of safety goggles at Loew's for $5, they are a specifically for chemistry labs:
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've been wearing them especially on my downhill commute, and neither my glasses nor the goggles fog up.

Okay, they don't look overly cool -- in fact they are downright geekish -- but hey, they work and they keep my eyes from watering, keep much of my face warm, and don't fog up. I love them. well worth the stares.
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Thanks for the replies.

These are what I wear. They really do their job of keeping bugs, debris & wind out of my eyes.



I've got some 3mm adhesive-backed foam that I am going to try applying to the glasses. If that doesn't work, I've got a few other materials to experiment with. I was just thought there might be a company already producing something along these lines.
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I just got myself a pair of safety goggles at Loew's for $5, they are a specifically for chemistry labs:
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've been wearing them especially on my downhill commute, and neither my glasses nor the goggles fog up.

Okay, they don't look overly cool -- in fact they are downright geekish -- but hey, they work and they keep my eyes from watering, keep much of my face warm, and don't fog up. I love them. well worth the stares.



Just when I thought it we couldn't get any geekier. Seriously, this is great. I love and embrace the fredness.
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My metal framed prescription glasses are the type with rubbery nose pads. I've never had any nose discomfort cycling at 26F and walking for extended periods at -10F

Perhaps the harder and continuous mass of plastic of the safety glasses conducts heat much better. Can you get safety glasses with separate nose pads?

Are you sure the pain is just from the cold alone and not also perhaps due to the pressure points?

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Just when I thought it we couldn't get any geekier. Seriously, this is great. I love and embrace the fredness.
Main criteria: Cheap and very effective. If that means fredness, so be it! I have to admit though that I have thought about using a marker to color the little white plastic things so it looks a tad less geeky.
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My metal framed prescription glasses are the type with rubbery nose pads. I've never had any nose discomfort cycling at 26F and walking for extended periods at -10F

Perhaps the harder and continuous mass of plastic of the safety glasses conducts heat much better. Can you get safety glasses with separate nose pads?

Are you sure the pain is just from the cold alone and not also perhaps due to the pressure points?

Al
They are really light weight and don't put any pressure to speak of on my nose. The "craft foam" that I mentioned really seamed to fit the bill.
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Thanks for the replies.

These are what I wear. They really do their job of keeping bugs, debris & wind out of my eyes.

I use the exact same glasses in similar conditions and never noticed the cold....

toughen up!
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I use the exact same glasses in similar conditions and never noticed the cold....

toughen up!
Did I mention that I'm a total wuss, when it comes to being cold?
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