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Old 04-20-01, 07:48 PM   #1
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Good-bye winter of 2000-2001. Glad to see you finally go. Here is one last winter posting to round 'er off:

Here is a cheap and easy trick to keep your glasses from fogging up when you come inside from your winter bicycle commute.

While you are showering and doing your morning grooming, coat your glasses with a thin film of ordinary hand soap.

Allow the soap to thoroughly dry on the lens. Then, polish the dry soap off with a clean, dry, soft towel.

Your glasses will be crystal clear and they won't fog up when you go inside from the cold.

For you cats living in the warm south, this trick works when you leave a cool air-conditioned building and go out into the humid heat.
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Old 05-23-01, 08:53 PM   #2
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Anyone seen Mike's -40 degree (that's right, minus 40 degree) commute pic? I guess he knows what he's saying.

Mike, did your glasses ever crack in the cold? Do they offer
Pyrex(R) lenses up there in the Snowy Midwest?

Down here in "Gawgia," we have special Kevlar(R) tires that resist melting. Some carry mini fire extinguishers on their bikes. I am thinking of marketing an "air conditioned helmet." You should check out the size of our "humps" (camelbacks.)

Some of us are planning a cycling trip through Antarctica this winter...any cycling tips?

Seriously, you are the "coolest" cycling dude on this forum (I'm sure our Canadian cycling buddies will fight this contention with righteous passion!)

Right on, Snowman! (We did have snow last winter, you know. I took pictures.)

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Mike, did your glasses ever crack in the cold? Do they offer
Pyrex(R) lenses up there in the Snowy Midwest?
Hey, Pete Clark! Stop flaming this guy, Mike. He is a truly die-hard cyclist. You don't want him to leave too, do you! Geezy-Peezy!
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Old 10-07-01, 08:48 PM   #4
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A Note: Another thing you can use is gel toothpaste. Same method. Works well.

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Old 10-07-01, 08:51 PM   #5
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I must say, I seem to have more problems in this area during summer, with stupid levels of humidity, and thus heaps of sweat. (the sweat is OK, but drinking 10 litres of water in a day can be a pain in the butt).
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Old 11-27-01, 05:54 AM   #6
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Anyone seen Mike's -40 degree (that's right, minus 40 degree) commute pic? I guess he knows what he's saying.

Mike, did your glasses ever crack in the cold? Do they offer
Pyrex(R) lenses up there in the Snowy Midwest?


I never had my glasses crack, but I have had PVC material get brittle from the cold and fracture into a hundred shards of broken plastic.

People who have never experienced sub-zero temperatures might not understand the weird things that happen to materials at those feezing temperatures. PVC, for one, can become as brittle and fagile as glass. I put on a plastic (PVC) raincoat in freezing weather once to dig a snow cave. The thing got brittle, cracked, and broke into shards when I moved.
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Old 11-27-01, 07:44 AM   #7
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Another trick for fogging glasses

A trick I learned a long time ago, from living in Northern Ontario, which help with fogging glasses is when you come inside from the cold is to walk into the house backwards. Yes...backwards. It seems crazy and people will look at you funny but it works! The thing to remember is to come in at a steady pace and not just bust the door down with your butt and come crashing into the house. I don't think it is quite as good as the soap trick but if you have not had a chance to coat the lenses it will beat nothing.

Give it a try.


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Old 11-27-01, 10:18 AM   #8
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I learned to shake my head (as in vigorously saying "no"), while entering buildings when I lived in northern Illinois. Like walking in backward, it gets the warm air on both sides of the lenses as quickly as possible.

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Old 11-27-01, 05:35 PM   #9
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I started wearing contacts full-time this year when I lost my glasses.

Blinkity Bling - fog gone.
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Hey, here is one I just thought of for keeping your glasses from fogging up when you enter a room:

If you can avoid foggy glasses by walking into the building backwards or by shaking your head when you come in, how about:

Entering the building on your hands and knees. Ya know - crawling in like a lower primate.

I get this idea from life saving fire safety techniques. Maybe it would work for keeping your glasses from fogging since the cooler air would be lower to the ground.

Think about it, did you ever notice that tall guys' glasses fog up worse than short guys? A bit of deduction explains that phenom!

So, who is going to try this one out for us first?
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Entering the building on your hands and knees. Ya know - crawling in like a lower primate.

So, who is going to try this one out for us first?
Yeah, that's it! Perfectly logical. I'd try it, but...um...I live in Atlanta now. Yeah that's it. I live in Atlanta where it's too warm to test it out. You need someone from a colder climate.

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Yeah, that's it! Perfectly logical. I'd try it, but...um...I live in Atlanta now. Yeah that's it. I live in Atlanta where it's too warm to test it out. You need someone from a colder climate.

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Heck no, Man. You don't need to live in the snowy midwest to try this one out. Just sit in your (Atlanta) car with the air conditioner on HIGH.

Be sure to park near the building.

Then, when you get good an chilled, drop out of your car onto all-fours and scamper wildly into the building.

You first, Kevin.
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Just sit in your (Atlanta) car with the air conditioner on HIGH.

Then, when you get good an chilled, drop out of your car onto all-fours and scamper wildly into the building.

You first, Kevin.
Thanks Mike, but...No. (Sitting here firmly shaking my head "no," thus keeping my glasses unfogged.)

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Sorry to ressurect an old thread but does anybody else's glasses fog up outside ?

It's getting colder now and when I ride hard and have to stop at a set of lights, all that puffing and panting steams up my glasses.

The only thing I can do is get to the front of the queue at the lights, it doesn't stop the problem but if I keep looking forward then nobody can see what I look liket

Once the red blur turns to a green blur and I set off once more the glasses clear up instantly, so it's not much of a problem just an embarrassment.
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With the weather getting cold here, I've tried a couple of tricks for the foggy glasses trick..........best two....the coat soap on the lens trick........works well............and <drum roll please> Contacts!!....best choice when possible.......no fog...but now my eyes dry out quicker......oh no....another problem to solve!!
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