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I have a full face Bell helmet. And I wear glasses. It's a pain in the butt to pull the helmet on, and then fish the eyeglass bows in thru the front and find my ears. The snug fit of the padding prevents the bows from easily sliding in. There are gaps or seams in the padding, but they don't line up with where the bows have to go. Has anyone found a way to form or cut a slot or channel in their padding? Any tips or techniques to share?
(P.S. If you can solve this question, next I will ask how to keep my hair neat so I don't look like a wild man when I take the helmet off !)



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I have found that I look for glasses that have the thinnest arms that I can get for this very reason. They are also straight (i.e., no ear curl) Mine slide in rather easily and they also cut down on the pain produced by having them being pressed against my head because they are slim, straight and smooth.

I realize that this may not be helpful right now, but something to consider when you have to replace your glasses.

As for the "Hairdo by Honda" I wear a "skullcap" which is also moisture whicking. The helmet slides on better (ears are pinned to my head somewhat) and comes off easier. There's still residual hairdo issues but not nearly as bad as without it.
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I had the same problem with eyeglasses. The last time I went to get new eyeglasses I took my helmet with me. The ladies at the eyeglass place thought it was pretty cool. The solution for me was a flat wire frame that's not too wide and temples that are also flat wire and fit tight against the side of my face. I also splurged on a Shoei photochromic visor. Even though my glasses are photochromic they don't darken properly behind a clear visor. The photochromic visor is worth every penny. Works much better than sunglasses. Really cuts the glare. At night the visor is perfectly clear. No more fumbling around with a separate pair of sunglasses. I just wear my one pair of photochromic glasses. Behind the photochromic visor they are clear. When I take my helmet off the glasses darken and act like sunglasses.

There is only one way to keep your hair neat when wearing a helmet. Find a pretty young hair stylist that likes to ride on the back. When you stop for gas she can touch up your hair.

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+1 on the skullcap, it keeps your helmet liner cleaner longer as well.
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The way that my last pair of glasses was put together, they were wider than usual at the spot where the ear pieces meet the frame around the lenses. That made them more difficult to slide into a helmet. Add to that a snug fitting helmet and they weren't fun to get back onto my face. My solution was to grab the bottom of the helmet right underneath my ears and pull it away from my head. That made it a little bit easier to get my glasses back over my ears. I didn't take my helmet with me when I bought my last pair of glasses, I took my pair of over-the-glasses MX goggles. I figured that if the glasses fit in those easily, then they would also fit into a helmet easily. I was right.

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Thanks for the responses. Some good ideas there. I do need new glasses soon. Never thought of bringing my helmet with me.
I like the idea of straight side bows for helmet use, but I am also spend time on boats... Afraid of them sliding off when looking over the side into the water. Present glasses have thin wire bows and I slip a finger along side my cheek to press the pad aside. But the wire bows snag the pads and bend easily. But I guess if the inconvenience of wearing glasses is the worst problem I face, then life must be pretty good.
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My solution was to get cataract surgery - now I only need glasses for close-up stuff, like reading...
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tamathumper wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:13 pm
+1 on the skullcap, it keeps your helmet liner cleaner longer as well.
I wear a skullcap for 2 reasons.

#1 it totally covers my ears so that when I pull the helmet on, my ears don't get folded over.
#2 my eyeglasses can be on at the same time.

#3 it soaks up the moisture and my helmet stays dry.

oh, I said 2, didn't I? :mrgreen:
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My solution: I wear contact lenses for riding. :)

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OldguyGlen wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:25 am
I have a full face Bell helmet. And I wear glasses. It's a pain in the butt to pull the helmet on, and then fish the eyeglass bows in thru the front and find my ears. The snug fit of the padding prevents the bows from easily sliding in. There are gaps or seams in the padding, but they don't line up with where the bows have to go. Has anyone found a way to form or cut a slot or channel in their padding? Any tips or techniques to share?
(P.S. If you can solve this question, next I will ask how to keep my hair neat so I don't look like a wild man when I take the helmet off !)
The struggle is real.
Even though I wear contacts, must have polarized sunglasses. Same issues.
Complicated by having a buckethead, here.
Since my (5XL) helmet was still snug, with minimal 'glasses room, got my helmet, a $6 soccer ball, an $3 inflation needle and access to an air compressor.
Took 2 overnight 'expansion' sessions to gain the eighth-inch clearance I needed on either side.
Worked great for me; YMMV!

As for the neat hair, can't help. If not tied back, it's at my elbows.

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For the hair part, you could always shave your head ;)
As to the helmet. Some models have channels molded in for glasses. I went from a Bell that didn't and just accepted that it always pressed in on my glasses. Then I got an HJC that has the channel for glasses, and boy what a difference. I did not know what I was missing. I'm not sure what it would take to modify a helmet that doesn't have them, but if you looked over both styles, you might find it's something you can tweak, or maybe just get a new lid.

Looks like a laser and a razor will fix you right up. :lol:

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Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:03 am
My solution was to get cataract surgery - now I only need glasses for close-up stuff, like reading...
I did the same about ten years ago, and after wearing 'coke bottle' glasses for better than 50 years, was able to throw them away.
TIP:
My ophthalmologist said every one has the beginnings of cataracts, but they only develop in some people. By removing that"beginning" and implanting a lens, it became corrective surgery(covered by insurance), whereas Lasik was considered cosmetic, and wasn't covered.

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I cannot tolerate contact lenses and I am too terrified of surgery to go under the knife. I have found the solution to be both choice of eyewear and choice of helmet. My most recent helmet has been a revelation, I wear a Shoei Neotec 2. As it is a flip up helmet it is very easy to insert my glasses after putting on the helmet, and with the helmet in the closed position, the eye wear is still very comfortable. I always take my helmet with me when trying on new glasses. Alas, my glasses still suffer from misting during the winter months, though riding with the visor cracked open prevents this - and makes it rather cold.
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brettchallenger wrote:
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:27 am
I cannot tolerate contact lenses and I am too terrified of surgery to go under the knife. I have found the solution to be both choice of eyewear and choice of helmet. My most recent helmet has been a revelation, I wear a Shoei Neotec 2. As it is a flip up helmet it is very easy to insert my glasses after putting on the helmet, and with the helmet in the closed position, the eye wear is still very comfortable. I always take my helmet with me when trying on new glasses. Alas, my glasses still suffer from misting during the winter months, though riding with the visor cracked open prevents this - and makes it rather cold.
yes,
I have the Shoei Neotec modular and have to raise the outer visor window just a crack to keep my eyeglasses from fogging up.

it helps if my lower my Madstad windscreen down low enough that the helmet gets some air across the top, and that allows the air in the helmet to vent out the back.

I can't stand the thought of Contact Lenses.
I chose to get new Cataract Lenses which has been a godsend for me....
my vision went from blurry and unable to read, and quit riding, to clear as a bell at distance.
I chose to have the lenses set at 20/20 and get a prescription for Reading glasses, as well as Bifocals for driving and seeing the instrument panel of a car/bike.

My sister chose to have one eye set for 20/20 and the other eye set for Reading.
For driving, she has prescription glasses that correct both eyes for distance. It works well for her.

My sister has had laser surgery on her eyes in the past, from her experience with that, I will never do that.
it is damn near irreversible if the surgeon gets it wrong.

at least with Cataract Lenses, they can be replaced if they are wrong.
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I had Lasik at least 10 years ago.

It was perfect for two years, then in the third year it started to degrade, and eventually I ended up right back where I was, with astigmatism and unable to see well at a distance.

Now, with cataracts and needing reading glasses, I'm considering the inner lens replacement.
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I can only tell you, that having the cloudy cataracts replaced with a new clear lens was a real godsend for me.

It has now been about 3 years, and there has been no change for the most part... Just slight astigmatism which was there before, and easily corrected with eyeglasses for perfect vision.

just one comment on cataract lens replacement.
It takes several months for the little black spots to go away.
That was explained to me as tiny drops of blood that have to be absorbed by the tissue around the lens.
Those are now all gone... although it was worrisome during the process of healing.

I am ever so thankful that I decided to go for 20/20 without corrective eyeglasses.....
When I am outside mowing the yard, working on equipment, etc. I do not wear glasses...
I only need them to ready tiny print up close...

for that, I order up eyeglasses online for cheap, if you break them, you only loose about $25-$50 bux.
and my eye doc told me plainly, they are the same quality as what the big boys sell you for $300 at the Optometrists office.

mine came from https://www.payneglasses.com/

My daughter orders up 5 pair at a time for the same price as one pair at the Optometrist's office.
If she sets on one and breaks it, "oh well".
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I had cataract surgery several years ago and no longer wear glasses for distance vision - I do use reading glasses for close-up stuff. My wife and I get reading glasses from the local Dollar Store - for a buck apiece we keep some in almost every room in the house!
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WingAdmin wrote:
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:44 pm
My solution: I wear contact lenses for riding. :)
I'm with you on this.
I got contacts waaaay back in 1974. I've been wearing them for so long that they are a part of me.
I used to get sore ears and nose bridge from glasses when I was young.
I absolutely HATED glasses.
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Surgery? :?:

How 'bout we consider an answer for the rider... ;)
OldguyGlen wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:25 am
I have a full face Bell helmet. And I wear glasses. It's a pain in the butt to pull the helmet on, and then fish the eyeglass bows in thru the front and find my ears. The snug fit of the padding prevents the bows from easily sliding in. There are gaps or seams in the padding, but they don't line up with where the bows have to go. Has anyone found a way to form or cut a slot or channel in their padding? Any tips or techniques to share?
(P.S. If you can solve this question, next I will ask how to keep my hair neat so I don't look like a wild man when I take the helmet off !)
Your eyeglass professional made a measurement to determine how wide your glasses need to be to have the eyeglass arms just touching your head as the arms reach back to the tops of your ears.

I wouldn't modify the padding to accommodate the arms. What you're gonna create if you do that is a channel that air is going to rush thru - and create a noise problem in your ears.

Yeah, it is a pain in the butt to install glasses on yer face with the helmet on. Millions of us do it all the time - including me. I'll add in the bonus of having in-ear monitors in my head as well.


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The solution isn't cheap, but it makes life so much easier. Get a Klim TK1200 modular helmet. Have the jaw bar up when you put the helmet on, so you can put on the helmet with your glasses on. It also has grooves in the padding for your glasses as well as a Transitions face shield. The fact that it only weighs a bit over 2lbs doesn't hurt either. As to your hair, shave the noggin and you're set. There, now let's address world peace. ;)
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A few years ago while wearing my helmet my glasses where pressing on my temples. I pulled back the liner and used a spoon to compress the foam just enough to relieve the pressure and my wife being a sewer put a little pleat in the same area on the foam and the results where perfect. This did not jeopardize the integrity off the helmet at all. Also made putting glasses on easier.

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I've had glasses with thin titanium bows for years . They flex out of the way if I am wearing a helmet.
As to my hair I am confident that I look good no matter how my hair is arranged. If I look like I ride a cycle that's because I do. My kids don't agree but what do they know.

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If you have ever seen the world famous "pilot's" glasses made by AO, there is your answer. They make glasses with straight "bayonet" type ear pieces that you can EASILY put on AFTER you put on your helmet. I bought a pair of frames only ($100 give or take a little) and had my prescription bi-focal lenses put in, complete with the auto shading thingy. I LOVE them. The frames may seem a little pricey, but they are exceptionally well made and have held up well for three years. Check out the AO website and choose the size frames you like. The straight bayonet ear pieces are the key. CAVEAT; these frames are not for working in the yard. They have a tendency to fall off when bending over. I keep mine in a hard case on the bike, and change glasses when it's time to ride.

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I wear either a modular or a half-helmet, depending on the season. I also wear a military grade helmet liner to ease getting the modular on without it hanging up on the bows and they're easier to wash than the helmet padding.

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My solutions

Problem 1: Flip Face helmet = much easier to have glasses on and easier on and off. If you get one with a fighter pilot flip down sun visor, even better.

Problem 2: Number 3 crop = no hair mess, no hair in eyes, not as bulky in helmet, easier on and off.
I have very thick and heavy hair, so much easier to manage with it short.


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