TRAIN YOUR EYES
We told you to raise your helmet’s visor so you can see
farther down the trail. Now we are going to contradict that
advice for this riding exercise. We want you to add a
visor—to your sunglasses.
Get a roll of Scotch-Blue painter’s tape for multi-sur-faces. This tape has a medium-adhesive backing and feels
like paper. Cover the top 10 percent of your riding glasses’
lens with the tape. This stuff is so thin, you can trim it
with a fingernail rather than a blade that might scratch
your lens or frame. Now, go ride.
That little sliver of material will bug you for sure. It will
also force you to lift your head to see whatever distance
you normally look down the trail. Ride with the blinders
S LOOK AHEAD
for 66 rides. Why 66? Research published in the European
Journal of Social Psychology found that it took, on average,
66 days to form a new habit. Hey, you might be a quicker
Once you have ridden 66 days (or at least a few weeks),
remove the tape. Presto! You have trained yourself to look
farther down the trail.
Can we remind you here to use a bit of common sense?
This exercise will reduce forward visibility if you are not
making an effort to lift your head. Try it on a mellow trail
where there are no overhanging obstacles the first few times
to become conditioned to it. If you feel like your vision is
being too restricted, stop and peel the tape off. ;
You need painter’s tape, scissors and
Eyeball a proper length of tape to
cross one lens.
Cut that section off the roll.
Cover about the top 10 percent of the
Use your thumb to press the tape on. Use your fingernail to score the tape
between the lens and frame.
Peel the unwanted tape away from the
One side complete. Now, do the same
to the other lens.
Your forward-vision training glasses are
ready. Use them wisely.