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Old 01-20-11, 09:03 AM   #1
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Face Rain

No, I'm not crying.

41*F raining with a 20 mph wind blowing directly from the north this morning. I ride directly north. I used a shower cap over the helmet, which worked great.

What if anything can I do about rain in my face? I'm thinking some clear glasses would help, but would I be able to see out of them after a bit (Think car with no wipers)? Any recommendations?

I'm also thinking that I just have to put up with the cold water on the other parts of my face, once I got warmed up it was not so bad.
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Old 01-20-11, 09:13 AM   #2
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Try a baseball hat under your helmet tipped down, helps some.
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Old 01-20-11, 09:29 AM   #3
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You need to use clear glasses at least, and wear some gloves you can wipe them with.
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Old 01-20-11, 09:32 AM   #4
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I wear clear safety glasses at work, so I also wear them for the ride in, since I leave home at dark thirty. Cat Crap anti-fogger keeps the rain off them.

I have a really long carbon fiber visor on my helmet. My head is more upright, since I ride a recumbent, so a visor becomes more important.
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I ride in baseball cap (nylon, water resistant fabric) + have the hood
on my rain parka up, over the cap.

Was cold last night, removable hood from down filled coat,
keeps my ears warm.

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A good Bacaclava and tilting your helmet down will help.
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Clear glasses and a (wait for it!) cycling cap.

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Will a cycling cap actually keep rain off of glasses though? I generally end up pulling up onto the sidewalk and making a special place in my panniers for my glasses after about 15 minutes of riding in the rain (after my gloves become too saturated to help) and spend the rest of my ride blind as a bat (but at least I can still make out tail lights and all that).

Was looking for a solution to this problem, didn't think a cycling cap would be it though.
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Well, now that I reread the OP, no. Nothing will keep the rain off glasses in a 20mph headwind. But it definitlely helps. Also, a dose of Rain-X (available at your local auto parts or hardware store).
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Old 01-20-11, 12:30 PM   #11
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So noone uses these?
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Old 01-20-11, 12:31 PM   #12
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Have you done that before? Just curious, I don't know how I feel about having that near my eyes.
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Cat Crap did much better on glasses than Rainx for me.
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I've worn glasses in the rain and don't have as much of a problem seeing out of them.
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I'll have to check out that Cat Crap crap, Bud Bent, thanks.

I generally don't have much of a hard time and just avoid going out when it's raining too hard, but when it comes to going to/from work in a heavy downpour I have no choice and it happens about once a month April-November. Whatever it takes to not compromise my vision, especially when drivers often have just as hard a time seeing me as I do them.

Might try some Rain-Ex on my mirror though, maybe that would help with that.
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Have you done that before? Just curious, I don't know how I feel about having that near my eyes.
The Rain-X goes on the outside of the lenses.
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41 degrees and raining with a headwind. Sounds like my daily winter commute here in the Seattle area.

I don't wear riding glasses - too much of a pain. I do wear contacts. I wear a mtn. bike helmet with a visor and tip my head forward slightly. The visor keeps the rain out of my eyes. The rest of my face gets wet, but hey, I am not made out of sugar so no lasting effects. A hat with a brim will work as well as others have mentioned.
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Will a cycling cap actually keep rain off of glasses though? I generally end up pulling up onto the sidewalk and making a special place in my panniers for my glasses after about 15 minutes of riding in the rain (after my gloves become too saturated to help) and spend the rest of my ride blind as a bat (but at least I can still make out tail lights and all that).

Was looking for a solution to this problem, didn't think a cycling cap would be it though.
That is why I made a mini squeegee to wipe my glasses with. It is made from a old Trac II razor and a windshield wiper blade.
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The Rain-X goes on the outside of the lenses.
And you would normally only use Cat Crap on the inside of the lenses for fogging. On the outside, it sheds water like Rainx. I use Rainx on my truck, but had better luck with Cat Crap on my glasses.
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That is why I made a mini squeegee to wipe my glasses with. It is made from a old Trac II razor and a windshield wiper blade.
Does that work well?
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I use a full scuba kit when I bike in the rain.
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So noone uses these?
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Try a baseball hat under your helmet tipped down, helps some.
In the cold weather like you were riding in this is what I use as one of my layers...works for snow as well. For warmer temps I use a visor. An adjustable wrap around works real well, though I can see using one of the plastic types working, too. Just never tried one. Full coverage fenders is an absolute must as Raceblades or something like them allows for a 'rooster tail' off the front tire which will spray your glasses, too. Oh, and Rain-X helps a little as well.

41*F and 20 mph headwind? Nice.
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I've been really pleased with a moderately broad-brimmed hat in all sorts of weather, adjusting the tilt of hat or head to keep sun, headlights, mowing detritus and of course rain, out of my eyes. Barring a sandstorm I thought I had it all figured out until I got caught out in snow the other day. It fell just slowly enough to fall past the brim and straight into my eyes at any angle. Probably sucked upward by some aerodynamic factor too. Anyway, ouch. May need to scare up some clear lenses after all.
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I usually just look down, and it's not a problem most of the time. If I have a balaclava on, I pull it down as low as it will go over the eyes without obstructing my vision and that provides a barrier.

The other day I looked up and got hit in the eye with a snowflake though. That hurts. Don't do that.
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