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    Whats the point of a helmet visor?

    Does it really block out that much sun? What if you ride with sunglasses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
    Does it really block out that much sun? What if you ride with sunglasses?
    Helps a little like a baseball cap. It shades your eyes, but doesn't do much for glare.
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    It helps with sun even with sunglasses. In rain it helps keep rain from getting between your eyes and glasses.

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    Makes it difficult to see where you are going when riding in the drops. Thus, allowing you to destroy your bike and then funding your LBS when you need a new bike. All because of a silly visor. They also contribute to global warming.

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    What they said - it helps in sun and rain. I still wear sunglasses with mine during the day though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    Makes it difficult to see where you are going when riding in the drops. Thus, allowing you to destroy your bike and then funding your LBS when you need a new bike. All because of a silly visor. They also contribute to global warming.
    Drops? No such things on my bikes. You've scared me away from pursuing drop barred-bikes in the future.

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    I find the drops quite comfortable, so I'd not go that route. Helmet visors are supposed to be fred traits. Don't care, I find it helpful with the sun's glare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
    Makes it difficult to see where you are going when riding in the drops. Thus, allowing you to destroy your bike and then funding your LBS when you need a new bike. All because of a silly visor. They also contribute to global warming.
    Disagree totally. My visor actually makes drops much easier, as it catches just enough air to give me substantial lift, much like an airplane wing, which makes me aerodynamic. The result is that I can now do 10 to 15 foot drops and barely feel it when I impact the ground, because I am only hitting at 30% to 40% of the force I used to without a visor.

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    I think the design of most visors on helmets pretty much suck. I took the visor off mine. When I want a visor I wear one in addition to the helmet. Shades my eyes better and the sweat band of the visor works better to keep rain and sweat out of my eyes.

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    A helmet visor is for folks that have not yet discovered cycling caps.
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    If you're going to wear a helmet and are sensitive to sun glare, visors help. They do not get in the way at all when you are in the drops.
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    Typically if you see a visor on a helmet, it will be listed as a mountain biking model... Thus the issue of whether the visor is an issue in the drops doesn't apply.

    However, try it. If you like it for your riding style, use it.
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    I've got a visor. I've not noticed much of a difference with or without the sunglasses on. No problems with rain on mine either.

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