Gear Scout: Cycle Wipes

Summertime in most of North America brings an abundance of two things: motorcycles, and bugs.

Unfortunately those two don’t mix very well. A bug encrusted visor is not just irritating, it can be a safety hazard. I’ve tried using baby-wipes in the past but they often have aloe-vera or moistening agents that leave a residual film on the visor. And stopping at service stations to use the windshield-squeegee gets old after a while, especially when many of them are embedded with grit and sand, guaranteed to scratch the plastic of your visor.

Enter Cycle Wipes, a simple and useful solution. Cycle Wipes look like baby wipes, and come in a similar, resealable soft pack that fits in a coat pocket or tank bag. But that’s where the similarities end. These are lint-free so they don’t leave bits behind, have ultra-soft fabric to avoid scratching your visor, are ammonia-free so they won’t take the coating off a tinted helmet, and are pre-moistened with a proper visor-cleaning solution, so they easily remove the bugs but don’t leave a film behind. We also find them good for removing the oily film you get when riding in the rain-spray of summer thunderstorms.

We’ve used these on a couple of long trips now and they have become a must-have piece of kit.

Available in bike shops around the country, they retail for $6.95 for a pack of twelve.

Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.