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    sweat in the eyes

    I don't know if this has really been discussed seems it has not but after today help! I have road many miles and now it seems I have issues with sweat running in my eyes and stinging. Is there some trick of do you just wipe it out with gloves. I normally wear sunglasses but actually prefer nothing over my eyes. Seems sunglasses make it worse. I guess the more I ride I find this gets to be a problem because I like to stay focused on the ride and it makes for poor eye sight.

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    When I first started riding I bought ear warmer that are great for keeping the cold air out of my ears in the winter but it also works great as a sweat band. So now I never ride with out it. You could just buy a sweat band that does the same thing. It will eliminate the sweat getting into your eyes.

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    Halo II or Headsweats headband. The Halo II seems to work a little better at preventing sweat from getting into my eyes, but the headsweats is a little more absorbant overall. I use both.

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    Halo II is an awesome headband. I have about 5 and never ride without one.
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    Get yourself a sweat-wicking headband, worn under your helmet...problem solved. FYI - unless it's extremely hot(over 90 deg F), profuse sweating is often caused by simple over-hydration. Three sips every 10 minutes is usually more than most people need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sosojeffcc View Post
    Halo II or Headsweats headband. The Halo II seems to work a little better at preventing sweat from getting into my eyes, but the headsweats is a little more absorbant overall. I use both.
    This^. They have that little strip of rubber on the inside that prevents sweat from getting in your face. Works perfectly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
    unless it's extremely hot (over 90 deg F), profuse sweating is often caused by simple over-hydration. Three sips every 10 minutes is usually more than most people need.
    Not sure where you got this info from. Any sources for this? Because honestly, it seems wrong, and quite dangerously so.

    In my understanding, profuse sweating is quite normal for many reasons, not just heat; and drinking less when you are sweating heavily is in almost every case the exact opposite of what you should do.

    I may well be wrong, but until I see anything compelling to back that up, I really think this is bad advice.

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    Another vote for Halo.
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    I often bring folded paper towels in my jersey pockets to "mop my brow." But I usually only find it necessary when I come to a stop - seems like air motion does enough to evaporate the majority of the sweat while moving. I also sometimes find it helpful to have a small bottle of Visine or Clear Eyes eye wash to flush the salt out if it does get in.

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    I also use a halo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
    Get yourself a sweat-wicking headband, worn under your helmet...problem solved. FYI - unless it's extremely hot(over 90 deg F), profuse sweating is often caused by simple over-hydration. Three sips every 10 minutes is usually more than most people need.
    See me recent ride data on the garmin thread. I sweat like crazy and it years of training. I load up before the ride just like my years of marathon running.

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    Take some chapstick or vasoline, put a line of it in or at the top of your eyebrows and across the middle (if you don't have a unibrow!). It makes the sweat go off to the sides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by and1homer View Post
    Not sure where you got this info from. Any sources for this? Because honestly, it seems wrong, and quite dangerously so.

    In my understanding, profuse sweating is quite normal for many reasons, not just heat; and drinking less when you are sweating heavily is in almost every case the exact opposite of what you should do.

    I may well be wrong, but until I see anything compelling to back that up, I really think this is bad advice.
    You are absolutely correct -- you sweat to keep cool -- not because you have too much water in your body! At 90 degrees, you can easily drink a bottle every ten or so miles, and still loose water. If you're concerned, weigh before and after riding. If you drop more than about 4 lbs, you need more water. If you gain weight, you're drinking too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepro View Post
    You are absolutely correct -- you sweat to keep cool -- not because you have too much water in your body! At 90 degrees, you can easily drink a bottle every ten or so miles, and still loose water. If you're concerned, weigh before and after riding. If you drop more than about 4 lbs, you need more water. If you gain weight, you're drinking too much.

    Thanks. That's sorta what I thought.

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    HALO! http://store.haloheadband.com/HALO_II_pullover_s/9.htm I had HORRIBLE time with sweat in the eyes. I wear glasses and the sweat not only burned my eyes, but my glasses got filthy and difficult to see through. I didn't want anything that tied, so I got one of these since it fit my small head. I've done a 45 mile ride without any sweat drips. If I have a problem when it gets to be hotter weather, I'll buy a second one to use on my ride. This is a winner.
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    i use a castelli summer skull cap. works great.

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    Used to use the Castelli summer skull cap, now I use a Walz cycling hat with moisture wicking fabric:
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    Since I have a shaved head, this also helps to prevent helmet-vent-patterned sunburns on my scalp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikepro View Post
    You are absolutely correct -- you sweat to keep cool -- not because you have too much water in your body! At 90 degrees, you can easily drink a bottle every ten or so miles, and still loose water. If you're concerned, weigh before and after riding. If you drop more than about 4 lbs, you need more water. If you gain weight, you're drinking too much.
    Yesterday I went through 1.5 L in two miles. It was a brutal climb, and hot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 18hockey View Post
    Take some chapstick or vasoline, put a line of it in or at the top of your eyebrows and across the middle (if you don't have a unibrow!). It makes the sweat go off to the sides.
    interesting...but seems annoying.

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    Tried the Halo sweatbands after a friend talked so highly about them. They worked really great except that the rubber around the band irritated the heck out of my forehead. I found some pretty thick sweatbands at Wal-Mart, where they sell their tennis stuff, that came 2 in a pack for around $2.50. They work really well in the Florida heat and also help keep the helmet from sliding around.
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    So glad to see this thread. I have a similar problem with sweat in my eyes and messing up my contacts. I've lost a contact on 3 occations in the past month. I'll be ordering a sweatband tonight.

    Actually, one thing that did help me signficantly was a helmet with more vents to pass the air through to help wick away some sweat.

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    Anyone using a cycling cap?

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    Tried the Halo bands and they worked great for sweat for me.....but during the hot summer here in SW FL we get a lot of tstorms.....found that the cheap $2 cloth sweat bands worked better over all......not as good for sweat only conditions as the Halo....but in heavy rain, the cloth worked far, far better in preventing the water that entered my helmet from picking up the sweat and bringing it into my eyes....the Halo band just couldn't keep the heavy rain from rolling salt into my eyes...

    on longer rides, I keep 2 or 3 in my bike bag and trade them out about every hour or so....

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