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Old 04-19-20, 11:56 AM
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Helmet visor for bugs?

There's a gravel trail that I like to ride a on a lot that sometimes has 100s ++++ small little bugs. I had to ride with one hand shielding my eyes while I rode.

I was looking for recommendations for helmet/visor combo that does not fog up that would be good for this. I am long long long way from hitting 25mph so not concerned with aero and saving watts.

I saw some of these on amazon.

Lixada Bike Helmet with Detachable Magnetic Goggles Visor and LED Back Light Mountain & Road Bicycle Helmets Adjustable Size UV Protective Adult Cycling Helmets

Giro Vanquish MIPS Bike Helmet

Oakley ARO7 MIPS Men's MTB Cycling Helmet


SLS3 Triathlon Helmet | Aero Helmets | Aero Bike Helmet with Removable Shield Visor

Tommaso Sole - Lightweight Cycling Helmet Retractable Eye Shield Road & MTB



Basecamp Bike Helmet, Bicycle Helmet CPSC Certified Cycling/Climbing Helmet BC-069 with Detachable Magnetic Goggles Visor&LED Back Light

Exclusky Aero Bike Helmet with Removable Shield Visor Time Trial for Men Women
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Old 04-19-20, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
There's a gravel trail that I like to ride a on a lot that sometimes has 100s ++++ small little bugs. I had to ride with one hand shielding my eyes while I rode.

I was looking for recommendations for helmet/visor combo that does not fog up that would be good for this. I am long long long way from hitting 25mph so not concerned with aero and saving watts.

I saw some of these on amazon.

Lixada Bike Helmet with Detachable Magnetic Goggles Visor and LED Back Light Mountain & Road Bicycle Helmets Adjustable Size UV Protective Adult Cycling Helmets

Giro Vanquish MIPS Bike Helmet

Oakley ARO7 MIPS Men's MTB Cycling Helmet


SLS3 Triathlon Helmet | Aero Helmets | Aero Bike Helmet with Removable Shield Visor

Tommaso Sole - Lightweight Cycling Helmet Retractable Eye Shield Road & MTB



Basecamp Bike Helmet, Bicycle Helmet CPSC Certified Cycling/Climbing Helmet BC-069 with Detachable Magnetic Goggles Visor&LED Back Light

Exclusky Aero Bike Helmet with Removable Shield Visor Time Trial for Men Women
I have dealt with those things before, nasty little *****...

I would just carry some swim goggles to throw-on for a second, then just put your regular shades back on.
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Old 04-19-20, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Ross520 View Post
I have dealt with those things before, nasty little *****...

I would just carry some swim goggles to throw-on for a second, then just put your regular shades back on.
My over sized prescription oakley sunglasses mostly worked ( I bought them for when I used to ride a motorcycle ) did not work good enough enough for that trail.

I like the idea of swim goggles. thanks.

maybe those little bugs we could under the visor anyways? they got past my sunglasses :/

Mine are similar to this.

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Old 04-19-20, 12:34 PM
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My worry about those tiny insects is the possibility of inhaling one.

What about making a sort of bag out of black mosquito netting and just pulling it over your existing helmet?
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Old 04-19-20, 03:04 PM
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I've considered snowsport goggles for seasons with clouds of bugs. They should be relatively resistant to fogging up. Check user reviews to be sure there's enough clearance for a helmet.

I have one of those Basecamp aero helmets with the magnetic mount visor. Works great. I mostly got it for days when my sinuses are so congested it's painful to wear sunglasses or safety glasses on the bridge of my nose. And if I'm still riding after dark I can flip the tinted visor up -- the magnet mount holds securely and the visor hasn't been blown or jolted off the helmet.

However I usually prefer to ride with a mirror mounted on my glasses or helmet (limited neck mobility from injuries), so I usually wear my regular vented road helmets. No way to combine a mirror with the Basecamp aero helmet and visor, although I also have a bar-end mirror on the left side of my drop bars on two road bikes.
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Old 04-19-20, 04:49 PM
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Mosquito netting like fishermen use will do the trick. Kind of a PIA to deal with gnats and flies.
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Old 04-19-20, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by rollagain View Post
My worry about those tiny insects is the possibility of inhaling one.

What about making a sort of bag out of black mosquito netting and just pulling it over your existing helmet?
It's funny when that happens, always seems like that stupid bug is stuck in there somewhere for way longer than is feasible. When I worked in the desert I'd average 2 or 3 flies a day....

A mesh visor would make more sense, like one of those chainsaw ones. At least you could count the bugs caught on it.
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Old 04-19-20, 05:12 PM
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I use sunglasses generally but at times opt for safety glasses with foam rubber around the frame. If you want better optics, though, focus on motocross goggles.
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Old 04-19-20, 05:22 PM
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Ski goggles. Or these bad boys:


"Luke, I am your father!"

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So - question - if these bugs are wearing visors, don't we risk chips on our expensive sunglasses when we hit them? (I've hit some heavy bugs hard.)

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If the trail or road is so thick with bugs that wraparound sunglasses won't protect your eyes, I think I would just go home. I have occasionally ridden through a cloud of knats or little bugs. It is horrible, but fortunately, not something that was continuous.
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I use these on our local river trail with swarms of tiny bugs as you describe. They are Carhartts.
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sorry for the ugly photos.

so you know when you are riding a bike you have to lean forward say at 45 angle. Your glasses tend to slide down a little. Now there's a gap for all the little bugs :/ This photo is exaggerated a little for effect.

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I use these on our local river trail with swarms of tiny bugs as you describe. They are Carhartts.
That looks like that ticket. How are they fogging etc? do you only wear them for bugs or they nice eye protection for the rest of your ride?
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Old 04-19-20, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Ski goggles. Or these bad boys:


"Luke, I am your father!"
that's pretty cool. that's probably what I need so I don't end getting the bugs in my mouth and nose.
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
If the trail or road is so thick with bugs that wraparound sunglasses won't protect your eyes, I think I would just go home. I have occasionally ridden through a cloud of knats or little bugs. It is horrible, but fortunately, not something that was continuous.
Yeah, it's the gnats that swarm in clouds. So far I've been lucky on my rides and see them in time; I just take a deep breath and squint a little and power through ... not had to take my own advice yet, lol!

As to eye protection, I wear prescription glasses and on the rides I've got the big over-the-glasses sunglasses-- I look like a tourist in Florida or something, but it keeps the bugs out of my eyes.
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Originally Posted by tyrion View Post
Ski goggles. Or these bad boys:

"Luke, I am your father!"
haha should do the trick
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A couple of years ago I did a spring ride with massive amounts of pollen getting past the regular bike glasses so I switched to Oakley Flight Jacket. Pretty wide coverage incl the raised rimless top part of the lens. & nowadays there seems to be a trend for bigger bike glasses. So it might be simpler than a helmet/visor combo or goggles.


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Been wearing this at work a lot. Different variety of bug, however. So far it has worked.




Sorry, couldn't resist. Carry on.
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Been wearing this at work a lot. Different variety of bug, however. So far it has worked.




Sorry, couldn't resist. Carry on.

If I thought it would stay on my head when I am at 45 leaning forward I would be happy to ride with that through the swarm of bugs. ha-ha
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Old 04-20-20, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by sean.hwy View Post
That looks like that ticket. How are they fogging etc? do you only wear them for bugs or they nice eye protection for the rest of your ride?
I got them for general riding. They work well and don't fog. You can get them in a few different lens colors as well.
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If I thought it would stay on my head when I am at 45 leaning forward I would be happy to ride with that through the swarm of bugs. ha-ha
There's a knob in the back which draws the mounting system TIGHT. Believe me, it's secure, and believe me, if you never find yourself wearing something like this, be happy.
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Try a hiking bug net I've used one, it stopped them from getting in my mouth and nose

https://www.rei.com/product/780999/s...ummit-head-net
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Old 04-21-20, 06:28 PM
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swim googles was a fail for me today. They fogged up right away.

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I have a basecamp. if you like their style I'd suggest buying a spare sheild either clear or tinted. it's handy to have both. their customer service actually responds when messaging them





there's a gap at the top where the magnets are for venting. it works well, but I have fogged them in extreme winter conditions. & the vent space allows rain water to drip onto the inside of the shield. so it's an OK rain helmet but then I'll add a helmet cover with front brim. another thing, in the warmer summer months I need more ventilation on my face so I switch to just glasses & my summer helmet w/ more vents

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