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Old 01-25-10, 08:17 PM   #1
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What should I wear to prevent dust from getting in my eyes?

I live on dirt roads and cars passing me will probably dust me out so what should I wear to block the dust from getting in my eyes? These big semi trucks on the dirt roads make it look like a dust blizzard when they drive on dirt roads and they dont even use the stop signs at all.

Probably wouldnt be dusty if the trucks went at normal speed limit.
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Old 01-25-10, 08:35 PM   #2
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Regular glasses don't help much? You may want to try these:

http://www.kroopsgoggles.com/bicycling/goggles

I found them ineffective in cold weather to keep cold wind out of my eyes due to excessive fogging but in warm weather they should work fine to protect you from dust. They're cheap ($12) so you can give them a shot.

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Old 01-25-10, 09:53 PM   #3
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You may want to look into safety glasses used by landscapers. They look like regular sunglasses but are sealed against dust. You could try motorcycle sunglasses too.
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Old 01-25-10, 10:11 PM   #4
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Regular glasses don't help much? You may want to try these:

http://www.kroopsgoggles.com/bicycling/goggles

I found them ineffective in cold weather to keep cold wind out of my eyes due to excessive fogging but in warm weather they should work fine to protect you from dust. They're cheap ($12) so you can give them a shot.

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I might give those a shot myself, before looking into Rx sunglasses. How badly did they fog up on you?
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Regular glasses don't help much? You may want to try these:

http://www.kroopsgoggles.com/bicycling/goggles

I found them ineffective in cold weather to keep cold wind out of my eyes due to excessive fogging but in warm weather they should work fine to protect you from dust. They're cheap ($12) so you can give them a shot.

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Nothing on their site about UV protection.
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Just get some UV-blocking shades. Tight ones to keep 'em from sliding down.
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I might give those a shot myself, before looking into Rx sunglasses. How badly did they fog up on you?
Badly. I couldn't finish my 40 min commute. The first longer stop and they fogged beyond usability. Even when using the Spit antifog spray. They were worse than the WileyX goggles I have which will last through my commute with minimal fogging towards the end. I think the problem is that the lens is very close to the face, much closer than any other goggles plus less air volume inside causing them to collect warm moisture quicker, so even the extra ventilation holes don't help much. Also, the lens is made of soft plastic that is folded into creases (not molded into shape, but folded) that cause unpleasant distortion in peripheral vision. At least I didn't like that.

They may work fine in warm temperatures though.

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Nothing on their site about UV protection.
No, I don't believe they provide UV protection. It's just thin plastic.

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I ride with clear motorcycle glasses. They look like partial wraparound sunglasses, just clear, light. You can find some on eBay, not very expensive but you have to choose carefully. They fog at stops if its cold, but there is enough ventiation that it's no problem while moving. For long rides, it makes a big difference keeping dirt and bugs out of your eyes. I've also enjoyed it being alot more relaxing in cold weather avoidng that wind blowing into the eyes. Big thumbs up.

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sounds like you should just avoid those roads! how can you ride a bike on a dirt road with trucks? there's no way riding in that dust storm makes sense.
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Actually, short-wave - the bad kind of UV - is blocked by any old glass or plastic lens. It even bounces off paper. The "UV-Protection" hype is just that - hype. It's a way to make $5 sunglasses sell for $20.
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These - industrial polycarbonate anti fog safety glasses - $4.20 a pair, less if you buy in bulk.

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/s2510st.html
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sounds like you should just avoid those roads! how can you ride a bike on a dirt road with trucks? there's no way riding in that dust storm makes sense.
The OP lives in OK, as do I. When he said people tend to ignore stop signs on those dirt roads, he ain't joking. My wife is from a really small town in NE OK (K-12 under one roof). The first time I went to her parents house, she explained the rules of the road while on dirt:

-Speed limit signs are primarily for target practice.
-You take your half out of the middle of the road- never know when some critter is gonna come over/under a fence.
-When approaching stop signs, look for approaching dust clouds. If you don't see any, that means either no one else is approaching the intersection, or they are moving slow enough that you can make it through safely.
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