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Old 01-18-02, 11:16 AM   #1
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Waterproofs and glasses

Can anybody recommend any waterproofs or galsses specifically for cycling please?
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Old 01-18-02, 12:27 PM   #2
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ahhh niall, another brit on the forums!

a southerner but that's ok! well i have to say that cos i have family in guildford

depends how much you want to spend really...

the ultimate waterproof material is gore-tex (supposedly) but it's also the most expensive. it breathes better than other materials which is a bonus when riding a bike but i have to say it doesn't breathe well enough for higher intensity cycling.

for a good gore-tex cape you're looking at around 80/90 - 120. i have an 'exte-ondo' gore-tex cape which was about 100, it's a racing style cape but 'karrimor' do some gore-tex capes more suited to touring (map pockets in them, etc) if that's your thing?

other materials include 'pertex' which is more showerproof than waterproof...pertex is a very light material which acts a bit like blotting paper...kind of crap in a downpour really.

different clothing makers have their own names for waterproof membranes and materials all claiming different's pretty much down to what you want to pay and the style of the jacket should suit your touring jackets have more pockets for carrying things etc.

also buy a cape/jacket with a storm flap to keep draught out, essential when wet to keep that cold draught off your chest.

i assume you're only looking for a jacket/cape? i'm not too sure on cycling overtrousers.....not something i've known anybody wear on a bike.


go for sport specific glasses that offer good coverage over your the wrap around type....or something close fitting to your face. you want glasses that protect your eyes from the sun's uva and uvb rays.

the more expensive brands are usually of better quality and usually offer more choice of styles, colours etc. look out for the more expensive brands such as 'oakley', 'briko', 'bolle' (40/50+) and cheaper brands such as 'madison'. if i remember rightly madison do a pair of glasses for about 20 and you get 3 different lenses with it of different tints for different weather conditions.

well that's all i can think of, i'm sure somebody else will have more advice or better advice than me niall.


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Old 01-18-02, 12:57 PM   #3
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I don't have anything to add about waterproofs than what cabledonut said, but I can recommend Bolle glasses, I have the ones with the prescription inserts.

They give good protection from wind and sun, and the different lenses work well in different lighting conditions. I use them for both cycling and cross country skiing.
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Old 01-18-02, 01:37 PM   #4
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I think we need a translator? Sometimes y'all write with an accent.
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Old 01-18-02, 03:02 PM   #5
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People cycle in Guildford!!
If you are a habitual wearer of glasses like myself, then get a helmet with a removable peak. I like the cheaper Met ones with adjustable headbands. Peaks are very effective in the rain.
You do use mudguards, dont you?

Ive come to the conclusion that you can't fight rain. I have used Gortex for several years. It is OK, as good as any breathable waterproof gets, but overhyped. It works less well on damp days, and will leave you with a clammy feeling when you climb hills. My Gore Jacket is cut for touring rather than racing, so I can use it over a fleece in winter (off the bike).

Pile and Pertex clothing does not keep rain out, but keeps you comfortable. Ive used it successfully in the recent cool rain we have been having. In light rain it will dry out whilst you are riding, and in heavy rain it will stop you getting cold.
Have a look at the Techlite clothing at

It is important to wear fabrics which handle moisture well. For riding around town I use Rohan trousers. For commuting or general winter riding I use Ron Hill tracksters.

I am a pretty cold rider, so I make good use of some Freestyle pertex pants in winter. Very cheap and very effective.

Foot wear is the biggest problem, but I still havent solved that.
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People do indeed cycle in Guildford, but there are rather too many posh 4WDs for comfort...

Plenty of nice riding in the Surrey Hills, too.

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I used to live in Guildford, and work up on the North Downs at Holmbury St Mary. There was some wild lunchtime MTBing, but I always felt the roads were too much of a racetrack to risk cycling. For US readers, the N Downs are 30 miles from London, in the "stockbroker belt" . The roads are too narrow for 2 regular UK cars to pass, so there are crossing points every few 100m. When a 4x4 and a small car meet, the small car gets off the road.
The smaller rural roads are old winding horse cart tracks, worn down by thousands of years of use, so sometimes they are edged by earth banks a few feet high. In places the banks are 10ft high.
They are very scenic and test your driving skill to the limit.
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Old 01-20-02, 11:51 AM   #8
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I'm a great fan of the cheaper glasses with interchangeable lenses. The ones I have are called Body Specs and I don't know if they're still available or not, but they're excellent and low-priced. There is no way I would ride without protective glasses. But there's also no way I would pay the exorbitant sums wanted for the big brand names.

However, if you need corrective lenses in those glasses, it may be necessary to pay the extra. Luckily I only really need glasses for reading.
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Old 01-21-02, 11:02 AM   #9
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Thanks for the advice guys and yes, people do cycling in Guildford, but generally only students avoiding 4WDs that are utterly superfluous to the driver's needs.
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Old 01-22-02, 02:40 AM   #10
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There's nowt up wit' a northern accent! I understood perfectly! Rain in the North West is not exactly unknown or for anywhere else in the UK come to that.

I have a set of Jeantex trousers and jacket which are only used when its absolutely p!ssing down. If it is only drizzly or even slightly raining, then I tend to leave the waterproof trousers at home as they make my legs wetter due to the increase of sweat. Ron Hills are great and they dry fast - if you commute. They are also my prefered choice in winter.

I think the best bet for the glasses is just to go to a decent bike shop with a good choice and try them out for yourself. Its a taste thing you know. It also depends on your budget and their intended use e.g. commuting, touring, racing or all of the above. Virtually all come with the usual uva/uvb protection certificates and the more expensive ones like Oakley will have you believe that they stop martian death rays from Outer Space as well. I have 3 sets from different manufactures.

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