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Keeping breath warm/glasses unfogged?

Old 10-08-17, 12:47 AM
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Keeping breath warm/glasses unfogged?

Sorry that I missed this forum. I posted the following in Classic and Vintage and have received several suggestions on how to protect against bronchitist due to cold/dry air and fogging of my prescription riding glasses. I post this again here in hopes that other's have encountered this issue and can offer solutions that worked for them. My rides will be on days where the temperature will be in the upper 30s to 40s as I do not ride in snow or when the trial is frozen, to avoid a fall and potential broken hip.

Help-winter riding-keeping breath warm/glasses unfoged?
The Problem:

I plan on training through the winter this year, which means the only days off will be if the trail is frozen or under snow. I have all the gear for rain and fenders on my bike, but I have an issue with breathing cold air.
When the air drops into the low 50s I risk bronchitis and that can blow a training plan to hell when you lose a week or two (a left over from an injury in a mountain climb 3 decades previous where I breathed very dry/very cold air during a descent in a white-out).


I learned post injury to wear a baklava over my mouth and nose to remedy the mountain climbing injury and that worked for all climbs thereafter, but never when riding the bike. I think Iíve figured out why it didnít. I wear glasses and when climbing while my glasses got as cold as the surrounding air, that air was quite dry due to elevation so the moisture in my breath rather than fogging my glasses got sucked up by the dry air. However, at near sea level the cold glasses work like a glass filled with ice and the moisture from my breath condenses on them fogging them up.


The Questions:

Are there cold air breathing masks, or other product/ ideas, that have worked for you when riding a bike in cold air, to warm/moisturize the air you breathe?


Are there any products that have worked for you to keep glasses from fogging on a typical low 40s day riding in the rain?


Thanks for any help/advice you can provide.
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Old 10-08-17, 03:40 AM
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I guess that any against polution air mask will do the job since you breath out through valve warm and moisture air and it warm mask inside when you breath in colder (outside) air.
See masks that are made for activities in big cities like: RZ Mask Mesh 2.5
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Originally Posted by since6 View Post
The Questions:

Are there cold air breathing masks, or other product/ ideas, that have worked for you when riding a bike in cold air, to warm/moisturize the air you breathe?


Are there any products that have worked for you to keep glasses from fogging on a typical low 40s day riding in the rain?
My glasses would fog up when wearing a balaclava over my mouth and nose, and a lightweight, nylon balaclava at that.

A few years ago I started cleaning my glasses with warm water and hand soap, liquid or solid, and blow drying them with an empty pen tube, pinched straw or pursed lips. The soap leaves a slight residue, which I can't see, but it acts as a surfactant and keeps moisture from sheeting. THis is the basis of products like Rain-X for car windshields.

Anyways, since using soap, I have fewer fogging incidence. And when they do happen, I try breathing through my mouth with an exagerated overbite and that seems to help.

However, if you are using some sort of mouthpiece, I don;t know if that will work.
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Help-winter riding-keeping breath warm/glasses unfoged?
BobbyG has the right idea. I wear a balaclava for winter riding and rarely have an issue with my glasses fogging up. Usually the wind is enough to keep them clear. But, for my riding glasses I also copy the methods I use to keep my swim goggles from fogging. I read once that the thing that really causes swim goggles to fog is due to the gunk that gets built up mostly on the inside of them (albeit minuscule in glasses and goggles) and the moisture sticks to that gunk. (Think how the inside of your car windshield gets more foggy when it's dirty). But, the article explained, moisture is much less likely to stick to protein. That's why swimmers lick and spit into their goggles...the protein in their spit helps prevent fogging. But, other crap gets built up in them...oils and other stuff in the water. So, it said that simply keeping the goggles clean helps a lot. And I'll attest that it does. Sometimes swimmers will clean their goggles and then apply a very thin coating of baby/no tears shampoo (on the inside).
So, keeping your riding glasses/goggles very clean, with a mild soap, (and maybe thin coating of baby shampoo) might do the trick.

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face mask + goggles over your glasses?
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Thanks for your advice and suggestions, we had our first frost on the ground this morning so I'll soon be trying them out.
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