December 5, 2009 at 1:12 am #3601
So I’ve been riding to work all week. Mornings have been a battle to keep the visor from fogging up too much to be able to see, and I’ve altered my route to keep out of areas that are usually foggy on cold days (temps in the high 20’s in the morning). So this morning, everything looks clear…
Until I hit the last mile. Fog. And my visor AND the safety glasses I wear under go white and I can’t see a [email protected] thing. I’ve got traffic on my a$$, I’m in panic mode, throw my visor up and reach in to pull the glasses down enough to be able to see. At the next intersaction I pull over to take the glasses off, and just ride in bare-eyed. I had to do that once last winter also, and it took my eyes half the day to recover. No different today.
And as I’m getting ready to go home and wishing my co-workers a good weekend, I mention “pray for no snow”. Sure enough, in the last mile heading home, the light rain turns into light snow, which slowly becomes sleet pelting me… Fortunately nothing sticks on the road (yet), and I make it home safe. First time riding in falling snow…
Be safe, every one!December 5, 2009 at 2:40 am #23601
Whew…glad you made it home safe. I never ride with glasses on under my FF. Fortunately I don’t need prescriptions so I am lucky in that way. as far as fog I just slightly raise my visor and it holds a small gap…maybe all of about 1/16th of an inch. Which creates an updraft enough to keep moving air across the surface and not allow fog to form.December 5, 2009 at 3:03 am #23603
I use a Scott no-fog cloth on the inside of the visor, but it was cold enough yesterday that my breath was freezing on the inside of the visor before it could clear, even with the visor cracked. I’ve only ever had the safety glasses fog up twice — today being the second time, and both times in cold fog. The safety glasses aren’t prescription, I wear them so that I can open the visor and still be legal (eye covering required in Washington).
I ordered a double-layer visor last night — we’ll see how much that helps.December 5, 2009 at 9:58 pm #23612
Did you order one of those pin-lock visors? Everyone seems to rave about them. I had a bad time last Sunday riding along I-5 in the rain. Went into a particularly heavy patch and my visor fogged up. Had to alternate between lifting my visor and having it closed as neither option was good (60mph in the rain with a visor open is no fun either but slightly preferrable to being blind).
No snow in Seattle but this morning is a cold crisp dry morning. Decided to head up to Kerry Park about 1/2 mile from my house before heading out on a ride. Kerry Park is several hundred feet higher than where I am and is where the picture postcard view of Seattle is taken. Gorgeous view this morning, see for miles and the snow on the mountains was breathtaking. Head round a corner out of the direct sunlight and I see frost at the side of the road and the road is wet. Turns out that wet was ice. Good job I was only doing 5mph and this patch was only about 30ft long. After getting through that in one piece I decide just to head back home. Finding surprises like that at anything above walking speed would not be nice. Live to ride another day is my new motto!December 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm #23613
A pinlock visor was the first thing I bought for my bike after my helmet and jacket. I can get it to fog up, but I have to really _try_.
I should get a f$ commision for how much I’m plugging pinlock on this site, but it really does work, better than you would think it would. (I was doing the visor / safety glasses thing at first, but this is a vastly superior solution.)
…It stopped snowing, but it still looks kind of evil outside right now. It’s either the coffee or the weather, but I’m starting to twitch.
SDecember 6, 2009 at 2:57 am #23615
…I’d buy it in a heartbeat.
Gmax makes an “electric” visor for the 68, for snowmobiling… Not sure what that actually does — if there’s a fan inside or elements like a rear window defroster. Looks kinda goofy too.
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