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Old 04-27-07, 08:13 PM
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Sweat in the eyes -

Okay,

With the help of all you great people I've got a road bike that fits, pedal extenders to keep my big feet off the chain stays, a saddle that holds my butt well, wheels by Mr. Garcia that keep me from creak'n and pop'n spokes. Now I just need one more thing and I've reached my Heaven: How the flip do I keep the sweat out of my eyes.

Dumb question I know. I've tried sweat bands - 15 mi and they are soaked and I'm blinded.

I've found the orientation of helmet pads matters a lot. Horizontal pads above the eyes helps keep the sweat out.

Is there something I'm missing here? As it stands if I take a small towel I can stop at about 15 mi and "empty the pads" and towel off but I'm only good for another 5 mi and I have to stop again.

What do you all do to keep the sweat out of your eyes?
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Old 04-27-07, 08:20 PM
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I put my sweatband over my helmet straps (put it around your neck while strapping on the helmet). Then you can rotate it around to a dryer spot from time to time. If that still isn't enough, a spare around your neck and swap them after a while.
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I use a bandana "gangsta" style, under armor skull cap works great too.
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Old 04-27-07, 08:26 PM
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Get a skull cap and wear it under your helmet, you will be amazed at how well they work at keeping the sweat from running across your face. The synthetic ones - Under Armor and the various knock offs are not any hotter than a helmet, actually seem cooler to me.
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It could be a ventilation problem. I notice than when I am keeping a decent pace the wind seems to keep the sweat at bay but when I stop or slow down the sweat starts pouring down into my eyes. I agree with the recommendations for sweat bands and dew rags but you should make sure your helmet allows enough air to flow across your forehead.

Maybe a more ventilated helmet would help. Just a thought.
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I just got one of these to try out. I will give a review once it gets hot enough around here.

http://sweatgutr.com/
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Originally Posted by Dewey Oxberger
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What do you all do to keep the sweat out of your eyes?
Head-bands, sweat-bands, bandanas etc. all are good for wicking the sweat away, but I've found that smearing a very light coat of Vaseline petroleum jelly around the eyes, eyebrows and sides of the nose help keep the sweat from getting in the eyes. On a long ride, another application might be required. As always, YMMV…

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I see Ray already mentioned the sweat gutter, good, this would have been my suggestion as well.
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This works great for me...

http://www.haloheadband.com/sitemap.html

Sweat gutter might work, but it looks too much like a length of surgical tubing to me.
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I also use the Halo headband and find that they work very well.
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Originally Posted by Terrierman
Get a skull cap and wear it under your helmet, you will be amazed at how well they work at keeping the sweat from running across your face. The synthetic ones - Under Armor and the various knock offs are not any hotter than a helmet, actually seem cooler to me.
+1 That and a good vented helmet.
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Thanks everyone! I knew you'd all have some ideas. Rotating the head band, dual headbands, goop around the eyes, better air flow, Halo headbands... "I'll do it!"

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What kind of helmet are you using? Try one with more ventilation. I also use a Halo headband when the temperature gets over 90.
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I use two sweat bands. Put one on and hang the other from the handlebar. Swap them when one gets too wet.
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Originally Posted by Ray Dockrey
I just got one of these to try out. I will give a review once it gets hot enough around here.

http://sweatgutr.com/

Same here - they work great!
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Old 04-30-07, 09:37 PM
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YOU PEOPLE ROCK!

I found a local store with the Halo II bands. Did 24mi today at 82 degrees. Zero sweat in the eyes.

Heaven I tell you... Heaven...

Thanks everyone!
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