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    Sunlight Problem

    So, I get annoying sunlight infiltration between the top of my sunglasses and the bottom of my helmet when riding. Anyone else? Any solutions? Thanks.

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    What's Sun?

    Haven't had much of it this year but not a problem I experience and that could be down to the type of glasses I wear--Rudy Project and my helmet has a small peak fitted (Ex Mountain biker that likes peaks). I also wear my helmet well forward to cover the forehead.

    But cycling caps with a peak. Should cure the problem but may also cut down the forward vision if you are not used to one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPedal View Post
    So, I get annoying sunlight infiltration between the top of my sunglasses and the bottom of my helmet when riding. Anyone else? Any solutions? Thanks.
    Duct tape?

    Sorry, we have a lot of sun here, and I have never had that problem. Perhaps bigger sunglasses - mine are quite large, Does it get into your eyes or is it on your skin that bothers you?

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    Sunglasses which fit snuggly over the eyes should fix it, Oakley and other brands make several that would fit the bill.
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    We used this trick for our motocross racers with sunglasses rather than goggles. Get a small piece of an old motocross goggle's lens in the darkest tint you want to do the blocking. Cut a strip of the lens wide enough to fill the gap using an Exacto knife and a straight edge, with about 1/8"-1/4" extra. Glue this strip to the top of the sun glasses with a non-reactive adhesive (don't melt the the lens or your glasses frame.) The lens can be a used one a shop or rider will give you, several strips can be made from one lens, or you can buy the lens off the rack at most any shop. If I had a dark tinted lens I'd send you a couple, I only run the clear lens, personal preference as I wear Rx sun glasses under my OTG goggles.

    If you like the peak form a MTB helmet you can add a strip of the dark lens to the end of the peak if it isn't long enough to do the job.

    Best of luck in stopping the perimeter light leak. it can be bothersome.

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    Check out Volz cycling caps.

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    Helmet visor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPedal View Post
    So, I get annoying sunlight infiltration between the top of my sunglasses and the bottom of my helmet when riding. Anyone else? Any solutions? Thanks.
    get one of those time trial helmets with the built-in visor ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Helmet visor?
    For me, a helmet visor required me to raise my head more to see ahead, causing neck problems.

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    Thanks for all the tips. Same thing happened when on my motorcycle. I was able to get a fighter pilot's shade strip for the top of the full face helmet and it worked well. I'm also considering a flip -up clip- on to keep in the up position. @ DnvrFox: It's the light in the eyes that's the problem. Blue eyes are more light-sensitive I guess.

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    blue eyes in North America are an Invasive species ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by iPedal View Post
    ...It's the light in the eyes that's the problem. Blue eyes are more light-sensitive I guess.
    No guess--blue eyes, and grey, are more sensitive to light. My wife has brown eyes and I have blue and believe me, the light bothers me far more than it bothers her.

    http://www.dukehealth.org/health_lib...ve-to-sunlight

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    My mountain bike helmet has a visor and helps considerably. It is small enough that I don't have to strain my neck. Evening time has me wishing for a longer visor.
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    Cycling cap.
    Pull the cap visor down as low as you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timtruro View Post
    Sunglasses which fit snuggly over the eyes should fix it, Oakley and other brands make several that would fit the bill.
    +1 And here's a cheaper option than Oakleys... from Wall Mart. Also make sure your helmet is not tilted back on your head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CraigB View Post
    Helmet visor?
    Yep, this is the answer! Join the Freds of America and get a visored helmet for the road.
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    Problem with visors is they give you neck ache on the road.

    Must be all that additional weight.

    Rode MTB's for many years and a visor is necessary to stop mud and crud getting in the eyes. Doesn't stop it but does stop most of it. However when I changed to road- I started getting neck ache. Cured it by taking the visor off so I did not have to lift my head up to look below it. But I did miss it with our UK Weather and road dirt from the bike in front is just as bad on the eyes. Last helmet I got and it does have a small peak fitted that is unobtrusive and works just as well as the larger ones I used to have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    No guess--blue eyes, and grey, are more sensitive to light. My wife has brown eyes and I have blue and believe me, the light bothers me far more than it bothers her.
    http://www.dukehealth.org/health_lib...ve-to-sunlight
    No kidding!? I have blue when in a good mood and gray any other time. That explains a lot. I always have to wear a visor of some sort because bright sunlight hurts and glare on my glasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iPedal View Post
    So, I get annoying sunlight infiltration between the top of my sunglasses and the bottom of my helmet when riding. Anyone else? Any solutions? Thanks.
    It could be that the glasses are slipping down because the nose piece and pad are not adjusted properly. Or it could be that the glasses do not have the proper nose piece to fit your face. Most optometrists have technicians who can help to identify the problem and offer solutions.

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