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Old 09-07-09, 07:24 AM   #1
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How do you keep glasses clean?

Short question.

I wear glasses, I've tried contacts and I simply cannot get used to them. When it is raining and snowing and whatnot, how do you all keep your glasses clean enough to see?

I really hope you all's solution is not to wear huge, obtrusive, skiing goggles or something. I hope you have a nifty, simple, cheap, effective way to do this.

Am I asking for too much?
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how do you all keep your glasses clean enough to see?
I don't.

I've come to accept that there's no solution that works for me. Goggles cause fogging, CatCrap and Rain-X are a concept that doesn't work in practice.

I've learned that I don't need high-resolution vision to avoid things like cars, curbs and trees. I accept that I'll hit more road debris and potholes in the rain. By working with what I can see (shapes, colors, outlines) as opposed to what I can't, rain riding became much easier and less of a headache. I also slow down and allow more space around things.

A good visor helps some, but most visors have holes for ventilation, which lets the rain through.
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Sigh. I was afraid this would be the answer. I've tried all sorts of things to no avail. A lot of the time I simply get frustrated and ride without glasses...which isn't safe for me or anyone that happens to cross my path.
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I ride in the rain pretty frequently, and having water on my lenses is not a major problem for me. I'm more annoyed by the fogging I get when going from air-conditioned buildings or cars into the hot and steamy Florida weather, it causes a total white-out for a few minutes...

I'd suggest checking with an optician, there may be a product that would help without damaging the anti-reflective coating on your lenses.
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Old 09-07-09, 09:21 AM   #5
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Short question.

I wear glasses, I've tried contacts and I simply cannot get used to them. When it is raining and snowing and whatnot, how do you all keep your glasses clean enough to see?

I really hope you all's solution is not to wear huge, obtrusive, skiing goggles or something. I hope you have a nifty, simple, cheap, effective way to do this.

Am I asking for too much?
When raining I wear a billed baseball cap under my helmet and it keeps my glasses sufficiently clean enough for me. In cold weather below about 35* F, I wear cheap plastic safety glasses over my eyeglasses. They provide enough windscreen to prevent tearing yet are open enough for ventilation to prevent fogging. I have a further modification that I use velcro on the goggles to attach them to a woolen cap under my helmet to hold them up from being pushed down on my nose. I've used this set-up down to single digits above, and a few below, the coldest it gets around Boston.
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A baseball hat under the helmet for light rain seems to work, however not much. I have no solution and ride fuzzy. I am particularly challenged on humid/misty nights when the on coming headlights cause a white out - I ride like a school marm, peering over the glasses during on coming traffic and through when it is more contrasting.

I've been debating getting prescription goggles that were mentioned on BF last year but haven't gotten around to searching.

I also keep intending to get cat crap or other goop (a potato had been suggested) but never remember and have relatively few days that it is a problem.
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I still wear sunglasses in the rain to keep it out of my eyes, so when I come to a stop (which is when they have a tendency to fog up) I just slide them down to the end of my nose so they are still under the visor but not close enough to my face to be fogged up. Then while riding I find that a constant flow of rain is enough to keep them from fogging up and if they get too wet I just shake my head and most of the water rolls off.
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