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Old 07-05-14, 12:24 PM   #1
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What do you wear to guard against the sun? (eyes)

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I wear prescription glasses, and I don't have contact lenses and neither do I have sunglasses (they won't fit, or would need to have force too)

Thing is, if riding during the day (which is rare since I commute in the morning and come back early evening) I sometimes can hardly see anything. At some point, near 11h30, I have one eye closed and the other half-closed urg.

Is there such a thing as a cap that goes under the helmet? and doesn't heat you up like crazy..?

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Old 07-05-14, 02:56 PM   #2
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Well I have always worn a regular baseball hat under my helmet together with my Rx shades. Just need to get the helmet big enough to fit it all in. My own head is big enough that I am already at the top size of helmets, so if I don't have the hat, the dome is still likely to fit fine.
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I always wear an impact resistant safety lens of some sort. Usually Remington shooting glasses, I don't see a of difference between gravel shot from a passing truck tire or a side blast from a revolver barrel gap. Clear at low light levels.

Gray (UV protection) during the day.
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Hello,

I wear prescription glasses, and I don't have contact lenses and neither do I have sunglasses (they won't fit, or would need to have force too)

Thing is, if riding during the day (which is rare since I commute in the morning and come back early evening) I sometimes can hardly see anything. At some point, near 11h30, I have one eye closed and the other half-closed urg.

Is there such a thing as a cap that goes under the helmet? and doesn't heat you up like crazy..?

Thanks!!
Bolle Parole with RX adapter (And additional lenses wrapped in microfiber cleaning cloths in my glasses case. Which lenses are stowed depends on if it's morning or evening. Optic yellow are worn in the early morning/night and Polarized gunmetal any other time)

I wear an MTB helmet with a visor to keep the sun off with a headsweat sweat cap.
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Bolle Parole with RX adapter (And additional lenses wrapped in microfiber cleaning cloths in my glasses case. Which lenses are stowed depends on if it's morning or evening. Optic yellow are worn in the early morning/night and Polarized gunmetal any other time)

I wear an MTB helmet with a visor to keep the sun off with a headsweat sweat cap.
Me too. Works great.
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I do an mtb helmet with visor as well, with a cycling cap backwards underneath to keep sun off my neck and absorb sweat.
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I always wear an impact resistant safety lens of some sort. Usually Remington shooting glasses, I don't see a of difference between gravel shot from a passing truck tire or a side blast from a revolver barrel gap. Clear at low light levels.

Gray (UV protection) during the day.
Do they stand up to being dropped on asphalt? I have cracked several lenses while off the bike because my helmet won't let me keep them on my head.
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I don't have OP's exact problem - I wear a contact lens - but would like to add some thoughts.
First - some of my clubmates have clip-on lenses to go on their prescription glasses. Some have prescription sunglasses.
Second - I always wear some sort of safey glasses. Sunglasses during daylight, clear lenses after dusk; or yellow if I have to deal with car headlight glare. I've avoided eye injury several times with them. Once when skidding on my face on pavement, several times when bugs are out or with tree branches hanging lower than I thought. I've also scratched a cornea (non bike-related) and you don't want to have that happen.
Third - A bike jersey pocket works great to hold the glasses you aren't wearing. My evening rides often require both sunglasses and clear lenses as the sun sets midride.
Fourth - If sunlight glare is blinding, consider that you may be invisible to motorists who are also riding facing the sun compounded by less-than-pristine windshields on their vehicle. Consider modifying your route and your lane positioning around sunrise and sunset.
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Old 07-06-14, 01:47 PM   #10
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Is there such a thing as a cap that goes under the helmet? and doesn't heat you up like crazy..?
Why does it have to fit under the helmet? I use one of these and it works great!

Treadley Helmet Hats

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While I wear Rx glasses, it's only for one eye, thankfully, (secondary glaucoma) and only when driving. I wear safety glasses just about every other waking moment. They are cheap, available in a variety of tints and work as well as any high end (Oakley, etc ) glasses at a fraction of the cost IMO. For pollin sensitive eyes, foam lined glasses seem like they would work well.
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You might look into something like this:


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i bought these in Kyoto in large white with purple lenses (polarised as well) and cheap for reasonable glasses:

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Why does it have to fit under the helmet? I use one of these and it works great!

Treadley Helmet Hats

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You either have to be kidding or live in the land of the tundra.

The major benefit, to me, of my S-Works Prevail is it's cooling ability. I don't have any scientific proof, but I swear that my head is cooler with the airflow provided by the helmet and the insulating properties of the foam. Plus, it's silver.

That goof assed hat thingy would be pure misery on a 95 degree afternoon right after the near daily rain.
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Is there such a thing as a cap that goes under the helmet? and doesn't heat you up like crazy..?

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There are a ton of great cycling caps out there, check out these: Walz Cycling Caps

They fit perfectly under a helmet. Most of the cotton/polyester blended cycling caps you can get pretty inexpensively do the trick too. I've even ridden in 100% cotton cycling caps to keep sun/rain out of my eyes and although they get sweatier than the blends, they do the trick and are often cheaper.

I've got a cotton one for most days ($7), a 65%/35% poly/cotton blend from Walz for the hot days ($22, free shipping), and a wool one for colder days (Not sure of the price, was a gift). I also have one made by Giro, that was around $15 that has a flap to cover my ears on chilly days.

On super sunny days I also break out my Rx Sunglasses, just a pair of RayBans. Too expensive to buy both regular and cycling specific sunglasses.
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