Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-10-08, 10:30 AM   #1
GRedner
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Brookline, MA
Bikes:
Posts: 514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Visor for keeping rain out of the eyes?

Continuing my quest to improve my wet-weather commute, I'd like to find a way to keep rain out of my eyes. I really hate rolling along while blinking like crazy to keep my eyes clear, or while my glasses become covered with drops and impossible to see through.

Have any of you guys discovered nice ways to deal with this? I've thought about putting a cycling cap under my helmet, or maybe one that attaches to the helmet. I don't want a helmet cover, since I prefer to let my head get wet (keeps me from overheating). Or, how about a cheap pair of clear glasses coated with Rain-X?
GRedner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 11:23 AM   #2
ellerbro
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 130
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've wrestled with this same issue. Rain-x helps but small water droplets still stick messing up your vision so it's not a perfect solution. I tried a cycling cap under the helmet. It helped but the bill wasn't big enough. I currently wear one of these under my helmet. The bill is about the same as a baseball cap. It keeps a lot of the rain off your glasses/out of your eyes, though not all especially if the wind is blowing it in your face or if you're riding fast. I find that it's also great at keeping oncoming cars' headlight glare out of your eyes and when riding all day in the hot sun it keeps the sun off your face. One thing I'd change is to make the forehead part of the visor a little thinner so that it fits better under your helmet, but it's not bad.
ellerbro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 11:41 AM   #3
mr_nickos_jr
Eugenian
 
mr_nickos_jr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Eugene, OR
Bikes:
Posts: 46
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A simple solution would be nice (I am curious as well) - though I'm inclined to put up with it for the rest of the rainy season myself. Only been really bad a few times for me.
mr_nickos_jr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 12:22 PM   #4
Chriffer
Newbie sounds about right
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They do make helmets with visors. I would think that would be a good way to get a visor on your head. I know you probably lose about 10 cool points and 0.003% more drag or something, but that should be worth it so you can see. Many mountain bike helmets have visors that you can clip off, but they may be a bit fragile if you are going to take them off and put them back on a lot.
Chriffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 02:18 PM   #5
becnal
I'm made of earth!
 
becnal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Bikes: Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Baseball cap pulled down low works good for me.
becnal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 02:21 PM   #6
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 23,379
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by becnal View Post
Baseball cap pulled down low works good for me.
Yeah--on a nice summer day. It's zero degrees F with 45 mph winds here today. I would not want to be hassling with a baseball cap. I vote for the visor on the helmet. Or just stop and wipe the glasses every few miles.
__________________

"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 03:17 PM   #7
warriorphan
ORTrekguy
 
warriorphan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oregon
Bikes: Trek7.5 FX disc
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I do not see it on their current website but I bought a Champion C9 hat last year at Target. It has a long bill ( plastic or vinyl that resists water ), reflective material on rear strap and bill, and polyester fabric that wicks well. I wear it year around. I found it cheaper and more effective than a Headsweats bicycle specific hat.
warriorphan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 07:28 PM   #8
ATRodger
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 16
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bought my Bell Influx helmet because I know I tend to get caught in the rain during commutes. The visor on it is detachable, extremely easy to snap on an off, and thin and flexible enough to store in my trunk (I ride with it most of the time anyways). I do wear contacts, but I usually don't feel any discomfort from the rain since it mostly slides away from my face due to the of the angles of the helmet.

The main reason for my purchase was that one of the previous models saved my roommate's life while he was on the trails a few years back. The helmet was in a few peices after his crash, but he had no head trauma at all.

http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Influx-Bi.../dp/B000BOC8SC

Maybe something to look into?

Last edited by ATRodger; 02-10-08 at 07:41 PM.
ATRodger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 07:40 PM   #9
Allen
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 4,752
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Goggles with RX inserts.
I got tired of always eventually giving up and pocketing my glasses.
Allen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 08:27 PM   #10
oboeguy
34x25 FTW!
 
oboeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: NYC
Bikes: Kona Jake, Scott CR1, Dahon SpeedPro
Posts: 6,013
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've found that European-style cycling caps worn under the helmet help.
oboeguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 10:03 PM   #11
AndrewP
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Montreal
Bikes: Peugeot Hybrid, Minelli Hybrid
Posts: 6,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Before they introduced automatic landing aids on aircraft carriers, the batsmen who guided the aircraft down were issued glasses with electric wipers. Visors only work if you ride real slow. You can make a chamois sleeve to put around the thumb of your glove which you can use to wipe your glasses.
AndrewP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-08, 10:10 PM   #12
chipcom 
Infamous Member
 
chipcom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
Posts: 24,366
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Yeah--on a nice summer day. It's zero degrees F with 45 mph winds here today. I would not want to be hassling with a baseball cap. I vote for the visor on the helmet. Or just stop and wipe the glasses every few miles.
I've got a fleece cycling cap and a wool tanker's cap, both with small visors...perfect for windy, rainy/snowy winter commutes. You don't need a long visor, one that you can pull down somewhat over your glasses has always worked fairly well for me. The fleece cap fits under a helmet nicely too.
__________________
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey
chipcom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-08, 12:44 AM   #13
becnal
I'm made of earth!
 
becnal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Bikes: Raleigh Aspen touring/off-road hybrid, and a Bob Yak trailer. Yak very useful for us car-free types that like to buy lots of beer.
Posts: 2,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roody View Post
Yeah, a baseball cap on a nic summer day. It's zero degrees F with 45 mph winds here today.
Then a baseball cap with a winter hat pulled on top to cover your ears and keep in warmth.
becnal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-11-08, 07:42 AM   #14
knobster
.
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix Comp, Soma ES
Posts: 3,979
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I vote for the MTB helmet. I have one that I use when it's rainy and it works great. They can be very inexpensive also. My visor that came on mine is about 3 inches long.
knobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 10:03 AM   #15
jo8243
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 103
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Lasik would let you get rid of the glasses totally. That's what I'm doing.
jo8243 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 10:11 AM   #16
GGDub
Dog is my copilot.
 
GGDub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Bikes: Lemond Maillot Jaune, Specialized Stumpjumper, Kona Jake the Snake, Single-Speed Rigid Rocky Mtn Equipe, Soon-to-be fixed Bianchi Brava
Posts: 802
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You can get a cycling cap for less than 20 bucks. Trust me, it will solve your problems. There's a reason why you see the pro's wearing them during wet races/stages.

You can even get wool ones (I have one from swobo) with ear covers for those colder days. I have never had a problem with overheating when wearing one on a rainy day since they aren't waterproof.

Even if you don't wear glasses, they keep the rain out of your eyes when you're riding hard.
GGDub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 11:11 AM   #17
Wilbur Bud
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Fishers Indiana
Bikes: Longbikes Slipstream
Posts: 354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Someone else posted this in answer to a similar question one time, it's a carbon visor to add to your existing helmet.
__________________
Longbikes Slipstream
Wilbur Bud is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 11:40 AM   #18
jeff-o
Recumbent Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes: Rebel Cycles Trike, Trek 7500FX
Posts: 2,991
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Louis Garneau makes a plastic windscreen that attaches to your helmet with velcro. It covers from the bottom edge of the helmet to your nose, and back to your ears. It's about $10. It works very well for rain and cold, and doesn't fog up unless you're also wearing a balaclava or face mask as well.
jeff-o is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 11:42 AM   #19
recursive
Geosynchronous Falconeer
 
recursive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: 2006 Raleigh Rush Hour, Campy Habanero Team Ti, Soma Double Cross
Posts: 6,312
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wilbur Bud View Post
Someone else posted this in answer to a similar question one time, it's a carbon visor to add to your existing helmet.
Holy fred! This is awesome!
__________________
Bring the pain.
recursive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 01:05 PM   #20
Eli_Damon
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Alexandria, VA (formerly Amherst, MA)
Bikes: Miyata touring bike, Xtracycle, Montague DX
Posts: 280
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use a Louis Garneau "western helment cover". It's kind of ugly but works great for keeping water out of my eyes.
Eli_Damon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 01:15 PM   #21
bigbenaugust 
derailleurs are overrated
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Bikes: 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets
Posts: 1,980
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Many years ago, a friend lent me a neoprene device that went all the way around the helmet and had a visor at the front. Unfortunately, I lost it on light rail one day. I wish I still had it, because I bought one of the sweet-deal helmets at the campus bike shop, but it has no visor. I carry an old-school cycling cap for the rainy days.
__________________
--Ben
Carrboro Bike Coalition - putting the "bike" in "CARrboro" :)
2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: openSUSE Leap - LinuxMint Debian Edition 2 - Mac OS 10.6 - Android 4.4 - CyanogenMod 13
bigbenaugust is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 05:01 PM   #22
HardyWeinberg
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Bikes:
Posts: 7,470
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
bell triton has a reasonable visor (and is big enough for my melon), but I think a baseball hat is the ultimate solution.
HardyWeinberg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-08, 07:25 PM   #23
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 33,594
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Cycling cap:

caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-08, 10:07 AM   #24
n4zou
Scott
 
n4zou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes: Too Many
Posts: 2,393
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Cycling cap:

+1
Sew your own cycling cap and use clear plastic for the bill.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandaface/278411178/

The see through bill should be longer and not so rounded so it will cover your eyes when down. You can make custom graphics for your cap. Look around the computer printer supply area of your favorite X-mart or office supply store and find Ink Jet iron on T-shirt transfer paper. Create your design, print it on the transfer paper, transfer the graphics from the paper to the cap material, sew your cap, and enjoy one of a kind cycling caps!
n4zou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-08, 07:43 PM   #25
Mr_Finster
Rather-be-riding...
 
Mr_Finster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: H-town, TX
Bikes: Merlin X-light, Surly Cross-Check, Bianchi Pista Concept 2006, C-dale RT1000
Posts: 48
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cycling cap the only way to go. Especially in group rides, too.
Mr_Finster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:20 AM.