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    Seeing through eye glasses in rain

    I have been avoiding investing in rain gear because my glasses always get clouded with rain drops. If I can not see, then there is no point to riding in the rain. Does rain-x work? Will it work for my eye-glass mounted mirror?

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    Rain X works for my car, never tried them for my glasses. I am also know Oakley makes s product that makes their eye wear water resistant. Unfortunately, they only sell them (last I've checked) as a four pack online and that would probably last a life time.
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    I wear a big brimmed booney hat. You know, the sort that has a chin strap. Hey it works!

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    I buy helmets with visors. If you don't dig helmets, almost any hat with a strap to hold it on your head will work. Also, a cycling cap with the brim turned down in the front might work for moderate or light rain. Get one that fits snug.
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    I have been wearing a $5 pair of safety glasses over my rx glasses on rainy/foggy days. There's a bit of a conflict w/ the brim/visor of my baseball hat but it works out, and keeps the major droplets off my rx lenses (although there is some fog coming from me late in a cold ride but can't have everything...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechanicalron View Post
    I wear a big brimmed booney hat. You know, the sort that has a chin strap. Hey it works!
    In a similar way, I wear a billed baseball cap under my helmet and it works well. As I mentally hunker down in the rain, I imagine I'm under a canopy looking out and enjoying the view.

    I would think the baseball cap has a more rigid bill to withstand the wind.

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    The fogging problem was what made me decide to get contacts. I only wear them when I'm riding. It's easier to put sunglasses on than clean off foggy spectacles.

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    rx glasses:
    depends on the coatings on your lenses
    RainX may have a tendency to dissolve coatings after awhile.

    i.e. like when people clean their Rx glasses with Gin.

    i use contacts.
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    Hard brimmed cycling caps like Pace help quite a bit a keep rain off your glasses. Get into the drops or otherwise keep your head down as much as possible.

    Riding in misty, rainy, drizzly Seattle the only time I have a real problem seeing is at night in a heavy rain. I just slow down when that happens.

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    Exactly the reason I rarely Bike commute in the winter here in the Pacific Northwest. I'm really nearsighted and when its raining and or foggy the glasses get wet I can't see diddly squat. Its not so bad during the daylight hours but I leave for work at 4:15 AM so its twice as hard to see in the dark and rain. I figure I'll live to ride another day.
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    I know this isn't what you're asking for, but I don't use my glasses on the bike unless I have to. Contacts don't fog, don't streak, don't refract, and don't limit my field of in-focus vision.
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    If my glasses get rain spattered or fogged to the point I am having trouble seeing I take them off. But then, my vision isn't so bad I can't ride safely without them.

    Riding on a foggy night without glasses is fun. It's like riding through... The Twilight Zone.
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    I put my helmet visor on when it is raining/snowing ... makes a *huge* difference for me. It really helps keep the water off of my glasses, which goes a long way towards keeping them from fogging up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noteon View Post
    I know this isn't what you're asking for, but I don't use my glasses on the bike unless I have to. Contacts don't fog, don't streak, don't refract, and don't limit my field of in-focus vision.
    The downside of contacts is that when you're on a long ride or riding at the end of a long day, say at 1 am after bar hopping for the last six hours or so, they'll get dried out and start flopping around. Bombing down a hill, in heavy traffic, especially on Seattle's crappy pavement, and having BOTH my contacts go wonky on me convinced me to switch to glasses.

    I still prefer contacts for hiking and skiing, and if I didn't use my bicycle as my primary form of transportation, I'd prefer them for daily life.

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    Anti fog ski goggles. $20 and up. I use them in various weather in chicago. I don't wear glasses, but I could see easily finding a pair that would fit over your glasses.

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    You can use a layer of liquid soap on your lenses to get rid of fog. It's a little strange but works in a pinch. I forget how well that works for rain.

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    A hat brim is the best bet for raindrops.

    spit on your lenses works pretty well for steaming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    In a similar way, I wear a billed baseball cap under my helmet and it works well. As I mentally hunker down in the rain, I imagine I'm under a canopy looking out and enjoying the view.

    I would think the baseball cap has a more rigid bill to withstand the wind.
    +1 I've found this works very well.

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    i just do the finger squeegee thing...works well enough for my 5.5 mile commute

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    My glasses still get wet with a helmet visor, so I have conceded that they will just get wet when it is raining. My vision is impaired somewhat, but not so much that it keeps me from riding. Especially if I am very familiar with my route.

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    One more for the visor. If your helmet comes without one, you can get Salamander Revisor that attaches to a helmet with velcro. It might seem expensive, but it is sturdy. After your helmet dies, you can move it to the next helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    I have been wearing a $5 pair of safety glasses over my rx glasses on rainy/foggy days. There's a bit of a conflict w/ the brim/visor of my baseball hat but it works out, and keeps the major droplets off my rx lenses (although there is some fog coming from me late in a cold ride but can't have everything...)
    So this morning I forgot the safety glasses until I had my helmet on; between the glasses being way scuffy and needing scrubbing, and not wanting to take my helmet off to put them on after scrubbing them in the rain, I rode in w/o them and the baseball hat did well enough until the very last traffic light when I massively steamed my rx glasses up from the inside.

    Things like this make me think about contacts. Then I wouldn't need rx shades either and it wouldn't be a c-note issue every time I sit on or lose the rx shades...

    But I'd have to stick my fingers in my eyes and that doesn't seem right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaticdart View Post
    The downside of contacts is that when you're on a long ride or riding at the end of a long day, say at 1 am after bar hopping for the last six hours or so, they'll get dried out and start flopping around. Bombing down a hill, in heavy traffic, especially on Seattle's crappy pavement, and having BOTH my contacts go wonky on me convinced me to switch to glasses.

    I still prefer contacts for hiking and skiing, and if I didn't use my bicycle as my primary form of transportation, I'd prefer them for daily life.
    Interesting--I wear mine for hundreds of miles at a time and don't have this problem, and you've got me wondering what the difference is. Do you use bike goggles? I rarely go out without eye protection anymore.
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