5 Hacks To Care For Your Cycling Sunglasses

5 Hacks To Care For Your Cycling Sunglasses


– Cycling eyewear, in my opinion, is a vital piece of kit for riding. Not only do they help protect your eyes from UV rays, they also give you clearer vision, as you don’t have to squint looking into the sun. Or, in the case for some people out there, where it’s windy, raining,
or there’s some dust or bugs or a little bit of road debris coming up into your face. However, they do need looking after. (upbeat music) Now, a really simple way of cleaning your sunglasses in a
hurry is with clean hands, to run the glasses
underneath some warm water to remove any initial dirt or grime, then, apply a couple of
drops of washing-up liquid between your fingers and just rub them in a circular motion on
both side of the lenses. And then, also work
that washing-up liquid, more dish soap around the
nose, pads, and the arms, and any rubber grippers too. Once you’ve done this,
you’re gonna want to rinse thoroughly with warm water and if you live in a place with hard water, so lots of calcium and magnesium, use distilled water for this process. This prevents any streaking. Now, for a fully thorough clean, if you have lenses that
can easily be removed, or designed to be removed, you’re going to want to take those out. It’s amazing how much salt from sweat can gather inside of
the lens and the frame, as well as also, around the nose pads or rubber ear grippers. And also, the oils from your sweat can actually damage these bits, so you are going to want to take particularly good care of them. So, once you’ve done all of that, you’re going to want to shake or tap the water from the glasses,
and in an ideal world, if you have an air duster, then blast the water droplets off with that. Or, you could even use a hair dryer on the cool setting to remove the water. Now, a tip here, if you have the lenses removed from the frame,
is to hold the lens by the edges, so you don’t actually get any smears or smudges
on them from your fingers. Now, what you don’t want to be using for drying your lenses is paper towels or 100 percent cotton. The reason being these paper towels can actually contain tiny little bits of wood, believe it or not, and in turn, they can actually scratch up the lenses. And the same can happen with cotton, as little bits of particle can get trapped in amongst them, and when you’re polishing up those lenses,
they can get scratched, and that’s not what we
want to happen, is it? Instead, get yourself a microfiber cloth, or a cloth from an optician’s, although, they eventually do give up and use those instead, because they are designed for the job. (upbeat music) Fogging up sunglasses. That’s a problem which I’ve encountered with every single pair
of sunglasses out there whilst riding along. Now, many lenses do, in fact, come with an anti-fog
coating on the inside, which does help a little bit, but once you get that humid weather, they do tend to steam up, particularly when briefly stopping roadside, so here’s a few great cheeky little hacks for you to try and stop
yours from fogging up. First up, shaving foam. What you’re gonna need to do here is spray a small amount, just
on the inside of the lens, and then, with a microfiber cloth, simply buff it away until it disappears, and hopefully, you’re gonna be fog-free. Next up is a product which I hope every household out
there has, some of this: dish soap, washing-up liquid, whatever you want to call it, what you’re gonna need to do with this is add a couple of drops
to the inside of the lens, and get this, you’re also gonna add a couple of drops to the
outside of the lens, too. So, for the inside, you’re gonna put it on and buff it on with your
microfiber cloth again, and then, the same goes for the outside of the lens, so the outside purpose is to actually try and
repel any raindrops, or that, or a bit of
grease, that kind of thing, to stop them from sticking onto the lens, and the inside, it’s
gonna stop it fogging up. Now, the next one is something, which, personally, I’ve
never tried myself: saliva. That’s right, essentially,
you’re going to dribble onto the lens and then buff it in with the microfiber cloth. I am not going to dribble
onto this lens on camera. In fact, I’m not gonna do it at all, but you can try it at home, in the privacy of closed doors, where
no one else can see you. Give it a go and let me know what happens in the comments. The final hack for the anti-fog is to grab yourself a bar of soap. I do hope that most
households out there have one, and then simply rub away
on the inside of the lens, so you have some streaks of the soap on the inside there, and then, again, with your cloth, just
rub it away and buff that until it disappears and hopefully, that’s going to leave you mist-free. Now, you’ll notice that most of these, other than the saliva,
are kind of soap-based. So, obviously, there’s a
chemical reaction there, or lack of reaction, really, to prevent that misting happening. So, you could try also, some
other soap-based products, but again, don’t do it on your favorite pair of sunglasses out there that you can’t afford to risk damaging, because I can’t be held responsible for anything that does happen. Now, other than those
absolutely brilliant hacks I must say, there are specific products for the job, too. So, you’ve got anti-fog treatment as well as hydrophobic treatment, so the hydrophobic treatment, well, that goes on the
outside of the lens, and it basically, the idea
of it is to get rainwater to not stick and obscure your vision, and then, of course, the anti-fog does what it says on the
tin, or bottle, in this case, stops the inside of your lens fogging up. (upbeat music) The moment you scratch your sunglasses, quite honestly, it’s heart-sinking, and there’s nothing worse than that first scratch you get on a lens. Now, the next method, I can’t vouch for, and neither can myself or GCN or GCN Tech be held responsible for
any damage being incurred. I have heard that if you use toothpaste on a scratch and gently
rub that in with a cloth, it can, in fact, remove some scratches. Now, I have been told that the toothpaste you need is quite a basic
one, so a non-gel one, a non-whitening, a
non-abrasive, basically, the most basic one you can find. Have I said basic enough times? Anyway, let’s see how it goes because whilst I was looking
around in the bottom of Ollie’s bag for his dinner money, I found a scratched up old lens, so let’s have a look and see if it actually works on ’em. Well, it’s not really done
anything, to be honest, so, I think I’m just gonna go and put this back in Ollie’s bag and well, he won’t notice anything other than his eyelids will smell ever so minty. So, there we are! A pair of sunglasses that are not only sparkling clean, but also no chance of fogging up. Now, you may wonder where on
Earth I dreamt up these ideas; well, believe it or not,
when you’re away racing, and in between races, you’ve got a lot of spare time on your hands and when your imagination is as wild as mine, that’s the sort of thing I get up to. Crazy, I know. Now, if you’ve got any
ideas for how to stop your sunglasses from steaming up or for looking absolutely spot-on, leave ’em down there in the comments. I wanna know. Now, remember as well, to like and share this video with your friends. Give it a big ole
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