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post #1 of 28 Old 03-30-2015, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Man, quit buggin' me

When taking rides in the country during summer months I get my fair share of bug guts on the wind screen of my helmet. I've been thinking about putting together some sort of wind screen cleaner bag that holds two small spray bottles - one with slightly soapy water and another with just water and three cotton t-Shirt pieces one for the soapy water, one for just the water and another piece to dry off the screen.

What do you guys do to clean you wind screens of your helmets on long rides in the summer?

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post #2 of 28 Old 03-30-2015, 11:08 PM
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I'm thinking of throwing a small spray bottle of soapy water and a soft towel in the trunk of my bike for that purpose as well. Not sure if you would need a rinse bottle as long as you didn't put too much soap in the one?

Be interesting to hear other's solutions to this, I live in a super buggy area as well!

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post #3 of 28 Old 03-31-2015, 12:28 AM
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I make my own and put it in spray bottles I get free from my eye doctors office.
1) 3ounces of water w/2drops of Dawn dish detergent
2). 50/50 solution of isopropyl alcohol & H2O.
3).cotton t shirt material

Done in that order.

BTW: the BEST personal bug repellent ==100% Eucyliptus Oil. Do not ride in B.C. without it!!!

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I used to ride home from work in the dark, now I ride to work in the dark so bugs on the visor are a constant nuisance for me.

My Credo: No matter how annoying a large affixed insect is, don't attempt to dislodge until you're ready to stop because it will invariably turn into an even more annoying smear of What Is Contained Within The Insect.

I just use those little bottles of eyeglass cleaner we always seem to have around along with the little microfiber cloth that invariably comes with said bottles. That kit is always in my handlebar bag when it's warm. Once a week I handwash the cleaning rag. I've found that if the cloth goes in the laundry along with anything we use fabric softener on, it doesn't work as well afterwards and smears.

I use a solution similar to masterlink's above to clean my house windows and it leaves them streak-free: don't see any reason why it wouldn't work on a visor.



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post #5 of 28 Old 03-31-2015, 11:29 AM
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I use 1 wet bath cloth, rolled up in a plastic bag, carried in my jacket pocket. I also carry a dry bath cloth, also in jacket pocket.
I usually don't even need to use the dry cloth.

I try to remember to toss the wet/buggy cloth into the laundry or at least soap and rinse out the bug guts each evening if on a road trip. 3-7 days forgotten in the jacket pocket, ya' might just throw it away.

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Really great ideas guys!!!! Anyone else feel free to chime in.

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cloth soaked in the hottest clean fresh water available - flop it on the bug splatted area - leave for a minute - bugs rinse off.
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post #8 of 28 Old 04-01-2015, 09:21 AM
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I just keep turning my head a little to move the bug(s) out of my field of vision until I can't stand it anymore. Then I head for a gas station and use the restroom sink to rinse off the bugs.
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I just keep turning my head a little to move the bug(s) out of my field of vision until I can't stand it anymore. Then I head for a gas station and use the restroom sink to rinse off the bugs.
Back in the '70s, when face shields were almost butter 'soft', I'd ride 22 miles 'round trip' for a Week. Bug guts and all! Turning my head to see around them, then remove and soak the shield in a sink full of hot water for a while, before 'Gently' rubbing off the bugs.

Thank goodness for modern plastics, some can even take a bug sponge at the gas station. Of course, some still Can't!

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I use a windshield and have no problems.
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