How to Keep Goggles from Fogging Up

It can be frustrating to deal with constantly foggy goggles when you’re trying to work or swim. Luckily, though, there are some simple ways to get rid of the fog quickly. If you have swim goggles, you can try using saliva as a quick fix or buy an anti-fog spray to get rid of the problem completely. If you have scuba gear, consider burning away the film to keep your goggles from fogging up, and for other protective eyewear, try to select a breathable, anti-fogging design.

EditUsing DIY Fixes to Prevent Fog
Splash cool water on your face to slow down condensation. By lowering the difference in temperatures between the outside of the goggles and your face, you might be able to decrease the amount of fog that forms on the lenses. Splash a little bit of cold water over your face 4 or 5 times immediately before putting your goggles on to cool your face down.[1]
While this might work on the fly, this isn’t a great long-term fix. Consider investing in different goggles if the problem persists.

Rub a small amount of saliva on the inside of the goggles for a cheap solution. Just before putting on your goggles, spit lightly into each lens. Use one finger to lightly spread the saliva around the lenses until both are covered, building up a small film that can reduce fog.[2]
While this isn’t a long-lasting method for preventing fog in your goggles, it is one of the most effective methods that won’t cost you a cent. Use this technique if you need to stop your goggles from fogging up for a short period of time.

Try using baby shampoo or another liquid soap to stop condensation. Put a small drop of a liquid soap on your finger and rub it around the lenses of your swimming or work goggles. Dip the goggles in some clean, non-chlorinated water and wash the soap away. A tiny amount of soap remaining on the inside of your goggles will stop fog from forming on the plastic.[3]
Make sure you wash the excess soap out of the goggles before putting them on, so as to avoid getting soap in your eyes. Using baby shampoo or something similar may also help, as it will hurt less if you get it in your eyes.

Instead of soap, you can also use a tiny amount of shaving cream smeared thinly over each lens. Again, make sure you wash it off to avoid getting any minty gel in your eyes as you swim.[4]

Rub a cut potato over your lenses to repel water. Cut a small chunk from a potato to expose some of the flesh. Rub this over the lenses of your goggles to build up a thin protective layer that will work to repel water and moisture from sticking. Wash the lenses in clean water to remove any visible residue.[5]
While this may work on plastic lenses, it’s generally most effective when used on goggles with lenses made from glass.

Clean your goggles with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the inside of your lenses. With a clean, damp toothbrush, spread the toothpaste around and lightly scrub the inside of the lenses. Rinse your goggles in clean, unchlorinated water to remove any leftover toothpaste.[6]
The light abrasion of the toothbrush and the toothpaste will remove any protective film on the lenses, as well as giving it a thorough clean. A thin layer of toothpaste will remain, that can help prevent fog from building up on the lenses.

EditUsing Commercial Options to Keep Your Goggles Clear
Opt for an anti-fog spray or fog prevention wipe for a long-term solution. If you don’t like the idea of putting saliva or soap on the inside of your goggles or don’t find that either of these methods lasts long enough, you can also purchase anti-fog products from your local sporting goods or swim store. You should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided, but here are a few products and the recommended way to use them.[7]
Spray a small amount of anti-fog spray on the inside of your goggles. Use a clean cloth to rub it into each lens before rinsing them clean. This will get rid of excess spray and leave a thin layer on the inside of your goggles.

Take a single fog prevention wipe from its packet and use it to wipe down both lenses of your goggles.[8]

Choose protective eyewear that sits further from your face to reduce fogging. The main cause of fogging in protective eyewear or masks is moisture from your breath or face getting heated and trapped inside the goggles. Look for eyewear with better ventilation, or that will sit further from your face to reduce the amount of moisture and heat that can build up on your goggles.

Purchase anti-fogging swimming goggles for an easy solution. There several different swimming and scuba goggles that come pre-coated with a layer of material that prevents fog from forming. Look at your local swimming or sports store for goggles that are marked as “anti-fogging” or something similar to easily reduce condensation.[9]

Burn away the protective film over the inside of your scuba goggles. Scuba diving masks are often made with a thin, protective film coating the inside of the lenses, which will easily accumulate fog. Hold a lighter around away from the lenses and move it around, trying to cover the whole surface of the glass. Let the goggles cool naturally before rinsing them.[10]
Make sure not to burn or melt any silicon, rubber or plastic insulation around the edge of the goggles, as this may stop them from being entirely waterproof.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, your local diving shop may be able to burn your goggles for you.

Try not to touch the inside of your goggles with your fingers, as this will transfer oil and grime to the lenses that can leave big smudges.[11]
If you’re swimming in a chlorinated pool, rinse your goggles in clean water when you’ve finished with them. The chlorine will cause the thin film on your goggles to disappear more quickly, requiring you to apply more soap or anti-fog spray much more often.

Keep your goggles as dry as possible when you’re not using them. Any moisture that gets trapped inside the lenses will turn into condensation the next time you go swimming.

Try and avoid putting goggles on your forehead at any point while you’re swimming, as this will add more moisture to the inside of your lenses.

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Today in History for 28th December 2018

Historical Events

1944 – Leonard Bernstein’s musical “On the Town” premieres in NYC
1963 – “Double Dublin” closes at Little Theater NYC after 4 performances
1984 – Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress party wins election in India
1987 – In Arkansas R Gene Simmons kills 2, later bodies of 14 of his relatives are found at his home near Dover Ark
1989 – Earthquake at Newcastle Australia, 11 die
2015 – Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII “comfort women”, Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation

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Famous Birthdays

1805 – Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer
1921 – Eddy Doorenbos, Dutch vocalist/pianist/guitarist
1922 – Nyron Sultan Asgarali, cricketer (West Indian opening bat 1957)
1931 – Georg “Org” Marais, South African economist/underminister of Finance
1938 – Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1973)
1982 – Cedric Benson, American football player, born in Midland, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1673 – Joan Blaeu, Dutch cartographer/publisher (Atlas Major), dies at 77
1795 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (b. 1747)
1862 – Joaquim Casimiro Junior, composer, dies at 54
1948 – Mahmud Nokrashy Pasha, PM of Egypt (19..-48), assassinated
1959 – Ante Pavelić, Croatian leader of Nazi Germany puppet Independent State of Croatia, dies from wounds received in an attempted assassination two years earlier at 70
2001 – Samuel A. Goldblith, American food scientist (b. 1919)

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How to Do a Wheelie

Popping a wheelie is a great way to impress your friends or look cool on a bicycle or motorbike. Although it’s one of the easiest tricks to learn, if you don’t have your balance right it can be a difficult one to master. By accelerating quickly, pulling up on your handlebars and knowing how to position your weight for balance, you can learn to pull off a wheelie on almost anything with two wheels.

EditDoing a Wheelie on a Bicycle
Set your seat to a middle position. One of the biggest problems when trying to do a wheelie is overbalancing and falling backward off of your bike. Set your seat so that it is at a medium height or in a middle position, to help adjust your center of balance and make the trick easier.[1]
As you get more practice at pulling off a wheelie, you can adjust the seat height to whatever you want. Keep in mind that this may change your center of gravity and mean you need to relearn how to balance your bike.

Lower your gears as far as you can. When you’re first learning how to do a wheelie, you don’t need to be going very fast at all. In fact, it’ll be much easier to do your first wheelie if you are going slowly. Set your gears to a low gear, between 1-1 and 1-3 to practice.[2]
As with the seat height, you can adjust the gear whenever you want. You should be able to do a wheelie no matter what gear you’re on. It’s much easier to learn on a lower gear, though.

Find a large area where you can practice. It’ll be much easier to get the right build-up and pull off a wheelie if you can find a large space to practice. Go to a local park or a large field so that you can practice doing wheelies without having to turn around too often.[3]
Local parks will be great as they are both large and grassy, which will mean you’re less likely to get hurt if you fall off your bike. If you don’t have a big park nearby, you can also practice on an empty sidewalk, a very quiet road, or anywhere that you can safely ride a bike.

If you can, try practice your wheelies on a very gentle uphill incline. This will make leaning backward and balancing the wheelie more natural.

Start cycling at a slow to medium pace. Get on your bike and start pedaling to build up a little speed. You should aim for something slightly above walking pace, which will give you just enough speed to pull off a wheelie without going too fast.[4]
Once you gain more confidence, you can start doing wheelies when traveling at a higher speed. Start slow and gradually get faster as you practice doing a wheelie.

Hold the pedal with your dominant foot at the 2 o’clock position. As you’re cycling, work out which is your dominant or stronger foot. Cycle that foot around until it is at the 2 o’clock position on the rotation of your pedals so that you can easily push down on that pedal to quickly accelerate.[5]
If you don’t know which is your dominant foot, try doing a few wheelies leading with each foot and see which way feels more natural.

Your dominant foot is the foot that you put forward when you feel yourself falling over. While standing straight up, get someone to give you a light shove and see which foot you put forward to stop yourself.

Push down on the pedal sharply and lean backward. Use your dominant foot to push down on the pedal, quickly accelerating the bike and lifting the front wheel slightly. As you do this, hold onto the handlebars and lean backward to pull the front of the bike off the ground. Once you’ve done this, you’ve done your first wheelie![6]
Start with small wheelies at first and slowly try and bring the front wheel higher and higher off the ground as you get a better sense of the balance of your bike. It’s much safer for you to undershoot the wheelie and let your bike land back on the front wheel than it is to overshoot it and fall backward of the bike.

If you feel like you’re going to fall backward, pull on the rear brake. This will stop the back wheel from moving and set you back down safely on the front wheel.

Shift your weight around slightly to find your point of balance. Once you’ve lifted the bike off of the ground, start shifting your weight back and forth on the bike to try and find a point of balance. It might take a long time to work out the best position to be in to keep your wheelie going. Keep at it, and eventually, you’ll get it right and be able to hold your wheelie for longer.[7]
If you feel yourself falling backward, tap on the rear brake to lean forward slightly. If you start falling forward, pedal a little faster to gain some more acceleration and tilt backward a little.

Keep in mind that you’ll also need to maintain your balance side to side. Try and keep your weight centered down the middle of the bike to prevent yourself from tipping over. If you feel yourself tilting to one side, slightly shift your weight to the other side or turn the handlebars the other way.

Tap the rear brakes and straighten the front wheel to land the wheelie. Once you start losing balance, you see a shift in terrain coming up, or you just want to stop, hold down the rear breaks to end your wheelie. As you do, make sure that your front wheel is aligned with the rest of the bike. If it’s slightly off or facing another way, your front wheel will swerve when it touches the ground and you could fall off.[8]
Try not to land on your front wheel too harshly. While front suspension will cushion some of the blow, you don’t want to put the wheel under any unnecessary stress.

EditDoing a Wheelie on a Motorbike
Wear full protective gear. Riding a motorbike can be dangerous enough without trying to do tricks on it as well. Always wear full protective gear when riding a motorbike, and especially when practicing tricks.[9]
Full protective gear includes a helmet, face shield, gloves, jacket, pants, and proper boots. Make sure everything is covered to prevent serious injury if you fall off.

Find a quiet stretch of road to practice. In order to pull off a wheelie, you’ll need space to get up to speed, do the wheelie, and land it safely. Try and find a long, flat stretch of road that won’t have many cars on it. Take some time to practice riding up and down this road to see how your bike rides and brakes on it.[10]
Make sure the road doesn’t have any big potholes, cracks, or anything that could throw your wheelie off unexpectedly. Find the smoothest, bump-free road that you can when first starting out.

Start riding on first gear at around . Start riding your bike and get it into first gear. You don’t need to reach a very high speed when first learning how to do a wheelie. Aim for something around , which will let you easily pull off a wheelie without going too quickly.[11]

Snap the throttle back when you reach 6000rpm. Keep riding your motorbike until you get to a comfortable speed and your torque is high enough that the RPM meter is around 6000. In a quick, singular motion, pull the throttle back to quickly accelerate your bike and lift the front wheel off the ground slightly.[12]
As you do this, lean backward on your bike to lift the wheel up further and get a higher wheelie. This will take a little practice to avoid getting too high, so start small at first.

Rotate your hand slightly forward and around the throttle before you pull it backwards. This will make pulling back on it sharply much easier, as well as naturally bending your elbow to help you lift up the front of the bike slightly.[13]

Move around on the bike to balance it. Once you get the front wheel off the ground, you’ll need to maintain the balance in order to keep your wheelie going. Shift your bodyweight backward to lower the center of gravity, and use the rear brakes and throttle to tilt the bike slightly forward and backward as you need to.[14]
If at any point you feel like the bike may start “looping” and fall back onto you, hold down the rear brakes immediately. This will stop the wheelie and set you back on the ground.

Lean forward to bring the front wheel back down. The final part of a perfect wheelie is landing it. Lean forward to bring the front wheel toward the ground, staying on the throttle until you have landed. Once both wheels are on the ground again, ease off the throttle to begin slowing down.[15]
If you need to bring down the front wheel very quickly, shut the throttle off and don’t accelerate again until the wheel is just about to touch the ground. Tap the throttle just before the front wheel touches down to soften the landing slightly.

Practice makes perfect! It’ll take a while to get the balance of your wheelie just right. Keep at it and trying slightly different ways until you find the method that works for you and your bike.

If your bicycle has rear shock absorbers, it may be more difficult to maintain your balance. Remember this when practicing your wheelies and choosing a bike.

Riding a motorbike is very dangerous, especially when you a performing tricks. Always be very careful if you choose to attempt a wheelie, and know that it can be very risky.

Check the road rules for motorbikes in your country, as it’s illegal to do a wheelie on the road in many countries.

Always wear a helmet when wearing a bicycle. For extra safety, wear knee and elbow pads as well.

Don’t attempt a wheelie on a bicycle with clip-in pedals. If you feel yourself falling over, you won’t be able to do anything but fall.

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