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Old 10-13-07, 06:07 AM   #1
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maybe we should carry eye wash on the bike

Even tho I was wearing my Rudy's on a local ride today, when I turned my head downward some kind of bug flew right into my left eye. I was not even carrying water because the ride was to be a short 15 mile ride to do an errand in an adjacent city. The vision in my left eye got sort of blurry and watery for quite awhile. Think it was pretty lodged, pulling the eyelash over the other eyelask trick did not seem to get the bug out. Luckily it was some kind of small gnat over something like a bumble bee. Tears must have gotten it out eventually? The message is, never go on a ride without at least one water bottle, no matter how short the ride.
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I have really sensitive eyes and found myself crying when I was riding in the dark because of the wind/dust/bugs that were hitting them. I quickly bought a pair of sunglasses with switchable lenses and that solved the problem. Clear lenses in the dark, dark lenses in the bright light, and lightly tinted lenses for cloudy/sunrise/sunset situations..
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Glasses (tinted or clear) do the trick for me. Anyone use one of those green-tinted glasses that are reputed to work well in low light or bright sunlight?
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Old 10-13-07, 09:55 AM   #4
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Considering that my eye must have watered for 5 minutes solid, I really belive in large size wrap arounds. Often I let then hang slightly low on my nose to allow for some ventilation for fogging. Keep em tight to your face , I guess.
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Even tho I was wearing my Rudy's on a local ride today, when I turned my head downward some kind of bug flew right into my left eye. I was not even carrying water because the ride was to be a short 15 mile ride to do an errand in an adjacent city. The vision in my left eye got sort of blurry and watery for quite awhile. Think it was pretty lodged, pulling the eyelash over the other eyelask trick did not seem to get the bug out. Luckily it was some kind of small gnat over something like a bumble bee. Tears must have gotten it out eventually? The message is, never go on a ride without at least one water bottle, no matter how short the ride.
Getting a bug , or any other road debis, in your eyes will NOT happen with proper eye wear.

Like it or not cycling eye wear is all about fashion and not protection. If you value your
eyes at all then this.......

http://www.eyesave.com/brands/b281-d...ses/index.aspx

is what you should be wearing while cycling. Believe it or not.......
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tightwad. In the past I have noticed small particles of grit getting into my eyes, when using glasses that a less than 'wrap around.' This time it was just my headed tilted downwards and the glasses not tight to the face. Same gnat sized bug somehow got in.
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tightwad. In the past I have noticed small particles of grit getting into my eyes, when using glasses that a less than 'wrap around.' This time it was just my headed tilted downwards and the glasses not tight to the face. Same gnat sized bug somehow got in.
Solar Shield Fit overs allow for the head to be tilted as you would riding. While not glued to
your face they have no peer when it comes to keeping stuff out of your eyes. If you notice
the clear pair on the page I linked to then you will see the exact same pair used in industry
to keep metal particles out of the eyes along with other junk.

It's exactly as I said. Cycling glasses are all about fashion with no nod to meaningful eye
protection. Like so many other items involved with cycling today fashion has to much
to say
in what's popular because safety is, well........dull.

Your eyes..your choice. But you still only get one set of eyes in a lifetime. Think about that.
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Old 10-14-07, 06:41 PM   #8
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tears will almost always wash dirt out

but bugs are a different matter. they can squish and the goop will burn
your eye and not come out.

also tiny bug legs have tiny hooks that can scratch your eye as they try to crawl
off your eyeball. no fun


better to immediately stop and try to roll
it off on your finger.
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