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    People who wear glasses - what do you do when it's raining ?

    This question has probably been asked before but riding in the rain while wearing glasses can be a real pain, especially on a hot muggy day. Anybody have any ideas ?
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    I just take mine off and blink alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    I just take mine off and blink alot.
    I wish. The coke bottle I have on the left side means that I can't see much of anything beside or behind me from my left shoulder without my glasses. I can see well enough without them looking straight ahead but my peripheral vision on the left side is a real problem. Maybe I could wear a monocle with a wiper blade on it ?

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    I just keep wiping, but I live in the desert and don't have to deal with it much.
    There's a product called Rain-X, made for car windshields, that makes water bead up. I've used it on my cars for years and usually can drive though anything with the wipers either off or on intermittent--the water just blows away. You might try that--costs about $6 a bottle now (a year's supply for two cars), and you'll love it on the windshield even if it doesn't work on the glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanknm View Post
    I wish. The coke bottle I have on the left side means that I can't see much of anything beside or behind me from my left shoulder without my glasses. I can see well enough without them looking straight ahead but my peripheral vision on the left side is a real problem. Maybe I could wear a monocle with a wiper blade on it ?
    You should market that idea
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    "Rain-X is not an anti-fog chemical. It is designed to make water droplets slide together in a sheeting action and blow off. I have used it on motorcycle helmet shields and it does NOTHING for anti-fogging, although it does make droplets blow off at 70MPH if you turn your head sideways."
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    it also appears to remove any anti-reflective coating off of plastic lenses as well.

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    I just ride. When the water gets in the way, I wipe it off. That's why they put that terrycloth on the thumbs of bike gloves.
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    I take mine off. With my astigmatism I can't read any signs at all, but I can still see stoplights and cars just fine. I guess I'd be screwed if I didn't know my way around town.
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    I wear a lightweight baseball cap under my helmet when it rains. The visor doesn't keep all the rain off my glasses but works pretty well. I lose the ventilation of the helmet, but in the Pacific Northwest most of the rain comes during cool weather so that isn't a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    You should market that idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I just ride. When the water gets in the way, I wipe it off. That's why they put that terrycloth on the thumbs of bike gloves.
    Same answer as BluesDawg. I rode over 100 miles in the rain last Sat. Terrycloth works as a wiper, even if it's already wet.

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    hmm.. The anti reflective coatings on my glasses are supposed to be hydrophobic.
    It looks like they are ( I just tried it ). Too bad I can't ride at 70 mph.

    Bah.. I'll just go back to wiping. I've heard about using a lightweight cap or visor too. I might try it sometime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanknm View Post
    This question has probably been asked before but riding in the rain while wearing glasses can be a real pain, especially on a hot muggy day. Anybody have any ideas ?
    I use my fingers as "windshield wipers".

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    Hockey buddies polish their visor with a drop of dish soap on a soft cloth to prevent it from fogging up. Just a drop though. The soap is streaky if you have too much.
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    what do you do when it's raining ? I get wet.

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    I use a product called Fog Fixer by Encon... works well on my plastic/polycarb lenses and my SCBA mask. I sweat a lot so if the humidity rises my glasses will fog up no matter what I do but the Fog Fixer seems to cut down a lot of it.

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    Also works good on my helmet visor
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    I just ride. When the water gets in the way, I wipe it off. That's why they put that terrycloth on the thumbs of bike gloves.
    Yep this is what I do also
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    Used my fingers (frequently) tonight in the mist, mainly because it was getting dark. I think most of it was road spray from the front tire! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by rnorris View Post
    I wear a lightweight baseball cap under my helmet when it rains. The visor doesn't keep all the rain off my glasses but works pretty well. I lose the ventilation of the helmet, but in the Pacific Northwest most of the rain comes during cool weather so that isn't a problem.
    +1

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    I take them off. My bad vision is still better than raindropped glasses. Its not safe to go fast, but the rain slows me down anyway.
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    I just ride, the only time it is a problem for me is when my glasses fog up heavily, then I have to stop and wipe them as the fog seems to form on the down wind side of them. Its not a major problem for me really.

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    I just wipe 'em off and keep riding. Works for me.
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