Stopping sweat getting into your eyes ?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by cyberknight, 13 Jul 2012.

  1. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Land of confusion
    How do you do it?
    I have tried it with a buff which tends to build up then leak or nothing at all which means after 8 miles or so i am wiping sweat with my gloves or i cant see.
    Considering Vaseline on the brow to form a barrier
  2. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    Your cycling all wrong! Fit a 2 stroke engine and relax :smile:
  3. Moodyman

    Moodyman Guru

    Cycle faster. The increased airflow will dry the sweat.:tongue:

    On a serious note. I've not idea, I just wipe my eyebrow before it starts rolling down to the eyes.
  4. I don't have a problem with sweat getting in my eyes, I think the pads in my helmet seems to absorb it. I've also heard of folk wearing a thin buff or a bandanna to do the same job.
  5. Red Light

    Red Light Guest

    There is no way that I've found. Tried your grease suggestion, headbands, caps, buffs, hats, anti-perspirant sprays, trying to make a silicone sweat deflector. The only one that works for me is to carry multiple cycling caps and swap them round as each becomes saturated. That's just too much bother though so I just wear one cap - the peak of which drips most of the sweat away from your eyes - and carry a small towel and wipe the sweat out of my eyes as needed.

    ♫They asked me how I knew
    My cycling was true
    I of course replied
    "Something here inside
    Cannot be denied"

    They said "Some day you´ll find
    All who ride go blind"
    When your legs are on fire
    You must realise
    Sweat gets in your eyes ♫

    (With apologies to Johnny Mathis and Bryan Ferry)
  6. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    Sweat seems to damage the paint and rust the crossbars of my road bikes.
  7. SquareDaff

    SquareDaff Über Member

    Shave all your hair off - then your head stays cooler. :rolleyes:
  8. CopperCyclist

    CopperCyclist Veteran

    Yes, I found that happened too, though I put it down to wet weather rather than sweat. Now I 'smear and polish' just the handlebar and stem with GT85 periodically to stop that. You can see when it's needs redoing in this weather as the rain doesn't sit on it properly!
  9. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    My method:-

    I always use a skull cap under the skid lid. My miussus made them for me, it's basically a lycra type high wicking fabric (called power dry from the US) and I have a band of double thickness material round the bottom. Theory is that the sweat is absorbed , then it is wicked away by the air flow from the helmet. The down side is you need a decently vented lid. I found helmet alone, or even an added sweat band only worked for a while, but soon started dripping. . I find it works really in virtually all conditions. The only time it doesn't work well is climbing a steep hill on a very hot day, not enough air flow, and sweat can drip.

    Wouldn't be without one now.

    Now, a bandana would probably work very well if you don't wear a helmet.
  10. Alun

    Alun Guru

    Given your location, it's probably the persistant rain that's causing the damage :whistle:
  11. tyred

    tyred Legendary Member

    I'll have you know that it rarely rains here. We only get 15 minutes rainfall every quarter of an hour:rain:
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  12. Gixxerman

    Gixxerman Veteran

    Market Rasen
    I have the same issue. I have always sweated like crazy. It is even worse if you have sun cream on, as you get a mixture of sweat and suncream in your eyes which feels like acid burning your corneas off. The best I can manage is to wipe my brow with the back of my gloves or my sweatbands, but as you have pointed out, these very soon become waterlogged. Would be great if someone has a reliable solution to this.
  13. I don't seem to get the problem; my cycling helmet has internal padding that works quite well and my cycling glasses have a small sponge bit on the top above the lens that works well also.
  14. buddha

    buddha Veteran

    There's something called a "sweat gutr" - which is a small plastic headband, with a "gutter" to channel away the sweat. Never used one though as this problem seems to have gone since getting a Bell helmet.
  15. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    What about huge comedy Dennis Healy type stick on eyebrows?
    Fnaar likes this.
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