Shades – more hassle than mud in the eye?
Proper muddy 3 hours today and I was subject to countless blobs of mud in my eyes. I hate wearing glasses and opt for contacts when riding because of the agro from misting, smearing,and more fiddly stuff to deal with instead of just riding. However today the mud stepped over the line and I need to defend myself!Posted 6 years ago
So I’m bombing along thinking how is this going to work? If I get shades then within minutes they are going to be speckled/blobbed and after half an hour or so it’ll become untenable. I’m absolutely covered in dripping mud (having a great time by the way)and I don’t carry water just energy drink in my bottles. Have I really got to stop and find a clean hanky every time? My eurika moment was to fit a little mister bottle of cleaner in a handy to reach holder and just spray myself in the face!
Opinions from those older and wiser would be much appreciated.somoukSubscriber
There is a certain element of MTFU but getting mud in your eyes can be a pain on a ride.
I wear a pair of the old style swappable lens glasses instead of the new cool eye fitting oakley style things and I never have mine steam up as there is sufficient ventilation to allow the hot air to escape.
As for the not wiping them on the gloves thing, you’re doing something wrong if the back of your gloves are so filthy that you can’t wipe your glasses on them.Posted 6 years agoReluctantMember
Mud in the eyes sucks – and very painful if you wear contacts. Good pair of clear spex always does it for me. Yes, they get blobs of mud on, but you can still see better than if the mud was actually on your eyeball. Keep a lens cloth in your pocket and give them a wipe at the end of every section. Works for me.Posted 6 years ago
Thing is I’m enjoying training for future events. I like to go fast for several hours without stopping more than is absolutely essential. I hate faff but if I’m going to do some endurance events then I’m going to cop a clod in the eye at some point. The backs of my gloves were covered with mud, snot, sweat, more mud…Posted 6 years ago
My jersey pockets were wet, so kitchen roll would have disintegrated, my entire body was covered in a carapace of solidified mud with dripping mud on top and this was with a rear mudguard and front neo.
It really was a smashing day. However still picking bits of grit out my eyes 4 hours later.globaltiMember
Not only is mud in the eye a pain but it’s positively bad for your eyes; the cornea is very easily scratched and takes a long time to heal as the blood supply is poor; a damaged cornea can easily get infected and you really don’t know what is being thrown up from the trail. You certainly don’t want an eye infection.
Nurse in the casualty dept. of Manchester eye hospital tell us that the most common reason for eyeball abrasions is finger nails in domestic disputes.Posted 6 years agofivespotMember
Safety glasses and home made neo guard type thing here. The copy neo guard is by far the best defence from a face full of crap, cutting out about 90% or more of the s*1te the front tyre throws up. Also not too proud to use F&R Crud catchers. I had to laugh at Llandegla today when we got back to the cafe, there were more people who looked like miners than mountain bikers, covered from head to toe in cold /wet crap. Some of them must have doubled their body weight 8)Posted 6 years agorandomjeremyMember
I use a neoguard and a pair of magic Oakleys with hydrophobic transitions lenses, they work wonderfully well, much better than I ever expected. Before that I was using cheap bolle safety glasses with rainx but these Oakleys are quite a bit better at shedding mud and water.Posted 6 years agomattsccmMember
I wear lenses so I hate mud in my eyes.Posted 6 years ago
Solution is easy.
1. bit of inner tube around forks . I believe you can buy a ready made thing but who in with any brain pays for something you can make?
2. Glasses. I use Oregon chainsaw glasses. They cover better than “cycling” glasses, last longer, ventilate more and are cheaper.
3 Stop every so often and wipe them. Where is the problem. If they are muddy lick them. Or wipe them on you jumper under your outer layer.
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