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post #1 of 39 Old 04-12-2012, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Riding in and out of shadows

While riding in mountainous areas late in the day, especially on roads with lots of twisties, I have found riding in and out of the shadowds to be a little nerve wracking. This is especially true when you enter a tight turn in bright sunlight and exit in the shadows.

Other than slowing down, do any of you you have any tips on how to handle these situations? Would a particular type of sunglasses help?
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If there are any shadows around then I am always wearing my clear safety glasses.

If you are entering a tunnel, I have learned a cool trick. Close one eye as you approach the tunnel, open it as you enter and you will have pretty good night vision in that eye.

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Polarized glasses in amber give the best definition etc.

The polarization cuts the reflected light from the "sunny" pavement making your eyes exposure setting better for the shadows.*

Amber is the center of the spectrum so it is the natural true focus with minimal spherical aberration.


Little trippy with some face shields

* also good for looking in water and through car windows
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It's even more of a problem out here where there is less water vapor in the air to scatter the light; contrast between sun and shadow is very, very intense.

Yeah, all you can do is slow down...and before you enter the shady area try to look as far ahead as possible to anticipate your course during the blackout. All of my helmets have a Super-Visor (Super-Visor Motorcycle Helmet Visor Sun Shade Safety Visor for Motorcycle Helmets, supervisor) which acts like the bill of a baseball cap. It helps to shade the eyes going in so adjustment to the shady area is faster.

I HATE sun in my eyes while riding.

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Fall is worse time of year, sun is at lower angle when leaves are off trees, shadows extend further, spring shadows are shorter, and soon leaves will be out, no more zebra striped roads, winter shadows are not usually as bad, more diffused reflections of light when there is snow cover



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I get light headed when I'm in and out for a long time!!!!!!!
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cd, how old are you? I noticed at around age 60 my eyes began adjusting to the change of light levels more slowly.

I haven't found a helmet with a retractable internal sun visor that I like, but flipping that up or down might work, if you can take a hand off the bar. The one eye trick might work, give it a try.

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I have a HJC symax2 helmet with the retractable visor.
That gadget doesn't help in the intended way, but comes in really handy; this is what I do:

- tape some electrical tape at the bottom of the clear visor
- flip it up to cast a shadow on my eyes
- use the retractable visor as eye protection
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shadows

Hwy 35 (skyline) in S.F. Bay Area Penninsula is a good example. I rode it once with polarizing shades - that was the last time that I wore shades of any sort while riding my MC in potentially variable lighting conditions
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cd, how old are you? I noticed at around age 60 my eyes began adjusting to the change of light levels more slowly.

I haven't found a helmet with a retractable internal sun visor that I like, but flipping that up or down might work, if you can take a hand off the bar. The one eye trick might work, give it a try.
I'm 55 and I have no doubt that my vision isn"t as good as it used to be. I'm wondering if a helment with a rtractable amber sun visor would help?
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