Advice for being able to see in the rain

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Worst day I ever had for this was out in my self-darkening cycling glasses on a cold foggy winters day. It was quite bright, despite the fog/cloud so not only did they steam up but they also thought "ah ha, it's a sunny day" so they went dark as well. That was possibly my last non-summer ride in them.
 
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wajc

Senior Member
I'm going to get a cap, hopefully I can find one for my massive head, sure I can.
Trek have a cap that is made from thermal fabric that covers your ears as well as a peak - good for the cold weather at this time of year so dual purpose.

Trek Cap

According to the review on the site it's possible to ride with the visor (peak) up or down. This is worth considering as speaking from experience having the peak down can cause you to have to lift your head up slightly more than you would do normally. This is more apparent if you ride in a more bent over position as the peak can be in your field of view, which in turn can lead to a bit of neck ache after a while. The ability to tilt the peak back up when not needed to combat the rain is helpful.

I'm a glasses wearer as well through necessity unfortunately - wearing a peaked cap certainly helps to keep most of the rain off but it's not the complete answer.
 

anonymous

Regular
As above: long peaks on hoods or hats, bigger glasses (aviator or cowboy styles). Vented builders' safety goggles (about £2 at merchants) sometimes help.

Keep glasses cleaned regularly with a good slippy cleaner. Most opticians' cleaners are good - washing up liquid seems hit and miss and the saving's not worth the misses IMO. And try not to breathe out on them, either directly (puffing clouds forwards then riding into it) or redirected by a buff or scarf.
I used to make my own using isopropyl alcohol, and water (50% of each)

Now I've noticed that screenwash is even cheaper than that, and I could mix it as 25% screenwash, 75% water. That seems to work quite fine too
 

carpenter

Senior Member
Location
suffolk
I was told off by my optician when I mentioned that I used dilute Fairy liquid to clean my glasses - apparently it can take the antiglare coatings off the lens.
I have very poor eyesight, but luckily I can manage without glasses on my bike (although I would be in big trouble in my car!).
 
Location
London
I was told off by my optician when I mentioned that I used dilute Fairy liquid to clean my glasses - apparently it can take the antiglare coatings off the lens.
I have very poor eyesight, but luckily I can manage without glasses on my bike (although I would be in big trouble in my car!).
I'd always wear glasses on the bike carpenter for reasons of basic safety - they don't have to be prescription lenses.
 
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