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    How does one avoid blindly glaring sunrise & sunset?

    Sunset, Sunrise: There is a time after & B4 each respectively where the sun is in our eyes when driving a vehicle impairing our vision.
    Tough on vehicles, tougher on cyclists & peds.

    Does anyone know of either a calculation or a program where one can list a location & date & get the "dreaded time". I believe its more complicated than an hr after & an hr B4, but I could be wrong
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    This is probably a start http://ptaff.ca/soleil/?l1pays=USA&l...w+the+graph%21

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    I have a very long aftermarket visor on my helmet. I'm often able to angle it down enough to block the worst of it. I also wear prescription sunglasses until the sun has gone down, they don't have a very dark tint, but it probably helps. I'm surprised more people don't retrofit their helmets with longer visors. The ones they come with these days seem to be more vestigial and for show/aesthetics rather than function.
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    SunSet tonight.

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    I'm more concerned with car drivers not being able to see me. There are certain roads I drive where you are completely blinded by the sun in a few areas, even with sunglasses. I try to avoid riding when drivers can't see well.

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    I wear prescription sunglasses, and I've found that curved ones, even though they are optically correct, are harder to see with in direct glare than regular lenses.

    I've also found a blinky (MEC brand) that is really bright, even in sunlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2 wheeler View Post
    I'm more concerned with car drivers not being able to see me. There are certain roads I drive where you are completely blinded by the sun in a few areas, even with sunglasses. I try to avoid riding when drivers can't see well.
    +1 Agree

    I've heard polarized sunglasses help cut glare better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewel View Post
    +1 Agree

    I've heard polarized sunglasses help cut glare better.
    If you haven't already, go and try on some polarized sunglasses. My wife was convinced I was throwing away my money as I only wore polarized, but then she tried some and has never gone back. My regular sunglasses, cycling glasses, and safety glasses for work are all polarized. It's physics; the polarizers physically block out rays of unpolarized light (e.g. sunlight) and reduce glare. Tinted glasses are just trying to reduce the intensity of the light.

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    A hat, with a front brim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    A hat, with a front brim.
    That's what I like. The visor on my bicycle helmet works OK. I wish I had a visor for my motorcycle helmet. Maybe one of those dual-sport helmets.

    I share 2 Wheeler's worry, too. When I have a choice of going due west into the sun, or south a ways on a busy highway to find a different, less traveled road, I'll go south first. All too soon it will be dark for both my morning and night rides and it won't matter.
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    Retire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Retire.
    5 years, 11 months. But who's counting?
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