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Old 09-26-05, 10:13 PM   #1
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Riding in the Rain With Glasses?

That is the only deterrent for me.
What do any of you do?

I have thought of LAB glasses
like the cheap tinted plastic
sunglasses but made of clear
plastic.

This will be a problem for me soon
as the rainy season is coming again
in Southern California

What do you 4 eyed folks do
to solve the problem?

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Old 09-27-05, 12:18 AM   #2
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Baseball cap keeps face and glasses clear and clean.
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Old 09-27-05, 05:17 AM   #3
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Baseball cap keeps face and glasses clear and clean.
I second that, works great for me.
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Old 09-27-05, 06:14 AM   #4
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Helmet with a visor seems to help as well, but isn't perfect. I bet the baseball cap does a better job.
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Originally Posted by nedgoudy
That is the only deterrent for me.
What do any of you do?

I have thought of LAB glasses
like the cheap tinted plastic
sunglasses but made of clear
plastic.

This will be a problem for me soon
as the rainy season is coming again
in Southern California

What do you 4 eyed folks do
to solve the problem?

Ned Goudy

I finally started using contact lenses just because of this problem.
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Old 09-27-05, 07:17 AM   #6
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Try some Rainex
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Old 09-27-05, 08:22 AM   #7
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I second that, works great for me.
Do you wear this instead of a helmet, or under your helmet?

I've got the same problem. Seems like there ought to be some sort of goggles that would fit over glasses. Maybe ski goggles?

I wore contacts for years, but worried about their long-term effects. Glasses are so much more convenient and practical.
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Do you wear this instead of a helmet, or under your helmet?

I've got the same problem. Seems like there ought to be some sort of goggles that would fit over glasses. Maybe ski goggles?

I wore contacts for years, but worried about their long-term effects. Glasses are so much more convenient and practical.
well, I don't wear a helmet, so it's not an issue, I guess I never thought about it with a helemt, others might be able to comment on that though.
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I third, or fourth, or whatever the baseball cap thought. I ride with and without a helmet depending on where i am going and i wear a cap under my helmet if its raining.
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Old 09-27-05, 02:44 PM   #10
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Baseball cap keeps face and glasses clear and clean.
I do this now but have never tried it in the rain
for help with the glasses issue. Sounds like a plan.

As for helmets, I may pay a high price, but
I don't wear em anymore. I am afraid I look
like too much of a geek anyway.

Rain-X sounds interesting too!
Thanks for the tips everyone!

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Old 09-27-05, 03:00 PM   #11
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I just switched to contacts after several years of wearing glasses. They are much easier to use than you think. I can even leave mine in for a week at a time.

They are great for cycling because you get so much more periferal vision, and you don't have to clean them like glasses.
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Old 09-27-05, 03:29 PM   #12
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sorry to hijack quick, but, ahhhhhhhhh what a sigh of relief, we all can state matter of factly that we do or don't wear helemts and no one jumps on either for their choice, nice! Nothing like living carfree or working on it.
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Do what I did........Install a small motorcycle windshield on your
bike!! Sound a little daft I know but it works fine.
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Old 09-27-05, 04:00 PM   #14
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Do what I did........Install a small motorcycle windshield on your
bike!! Sound a little daft I know but it works fine
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I would love to see a picture of this.
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Try these:

http://www.labsafety.com/search/defa...&dept_id=36371

These were recommended by another poster on this forum some time ago for riding in snow and sleet. I just received mine in the mail today, but I haven't had a chance to try them on an ride yet. They do look like they'll do the job, though, and the price is right.
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http://www.labsafety.com/search/defa...&dept_id=36371



These were recommended by another poster on this forum some time ago for riding in snow and sleet. I just received mine in the mail today, but I haven't had a chance to try them on an ride yet. They do look like they'll do the job, though, and the price is right.
I see that the model in the picture is *not* wearing glasses. So will these fit comfortably over glasses? I tried an inexpensive set of safety goggles. I found that they fog up in the rain -- was better off without them.
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I bought some Adidas glasses with interchangable lenses and prescription inserts. The water stays on the outside so I wipe them off with a finger occasionally. They have air flow slots in the side to keep them from fogging up most of the time. That plus a helmet visor for hard rain works pretty well for me, but I may try rainex on them this winter.
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Has anyone actually tried RainEx on glasses? With glasses costing $300 or more (much more) I would hesitate before knowing if it was safe. In particular, does RainEx work on polycarbonate plastic lenses?
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here's what I do.

carry a clean _cotton_ hanky or rag (a piece of old t-shirt is fine) in an easily-accessible, waterproofed pocket (ie an inside pocket of your rain jacket, or luckily my slicker has a little chest pocket with a waterproof zipper).

when you get all dropletted, pull over and wipe off your glasses with it.

this'll work until they invent little windshield wipers
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Fenders.


seriously. i get more water in the face from my wheels than the rain.

oh, and, yeah, a baseball cap.
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My vision is such that I don't really need to wear my glasses to ride. But I have found out a few things about them too. My normal glasses are not good for riding. They allow an air current to come in behind them which start making my eyes tear at high speed. I've found that safety glasses work much better, as they enclose my eye (the newer styles), and keep the air currents from irritating my eyes. I do have a problem with them fogging when I'm at a stop light, but that goes away as soon as I start moving. When it mists out, I find it better not to wear any eye protection, as the mist (Oregon is famous for it) cannot simply be wiped away as it forms again in seconds. Regular eyes, with the blink reflex, work there. But again, I don't need correction to see at distance.

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Ski goggles work pretty well. The amber tint brightens up the gloom a bit too. They're pretty easy to clear with a wipe of the hand. Look dorky as sin though. I wear contacts most of the time now.
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I use clear safety glasses for my every day riding. I hate getting anything in my eyes while I'm riding, so I always ride with my "windshields." Motorcycle catalogs have this thumb mounted squeegee that they use to wipe off their visors. I'm sure you could use this with your glasses. My biggest problem in the rain is fogging.
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I was sooo happy when they started making helmets with visors. Although some of those ice chest looking things in the past were so thick anyways. I usually put some rainex on the front side of my lenses

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I use clear safety glasses for my every day riding. I hate getting anything in my eyes while I'm riding, so I always ride with my "windshields." Motorcycle catalogs have this thumb mounted squeegee that they use to wipe off their visors. I'm sure you could use this with your glasses. My biggest problem in the rain is fogging.
Right there with you on the fogging. Found this stuff the first time I played paintball, it works well. http://www.motosolutions.com/
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I would love to see a picture of this.
Wish I could show you, mate. I mounted this small whindshield on
my "utility" bike which is a "crusier" type bike rather than a road
or MTB. Would it work on those bikes?? Sure, it would.

Remember, that it's only "different" till eveybody likes the idea.
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