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Cycliq Fly6: Rain-shedding Performance

Cycliq says “Using the latest nanotechnology, Fly6 is safeguarded against any wet weather nature can throw at you.” That’s not quite the same as saying it’s waterproof, but the plastic lens cover sheds water surprisingly well.

We were caught in a brief downpour on a recent ride and, not unexpectedly, water covered the rear-facing lens:

Fly6 - Rain 1

Fly6 – Rain 1

A larger drop ran down the left side, merged with the previous drop, and blurred two thirds of the image:

Fly6 - Rain 2

Fly6 – Rain 2

Three seconds and a few major jolts later, the lens was mostly clear:

Fly6 - Rain 3

Fly6 – Rain 3

Half a minute later, it’s looking even better:

Fly6 - Rain 4

Fly6 – Rain 4

The jolts come from the deteriorated paving and poor patches along Rt 376, but at least they shake the water off the lens:

Fly6 - Rain 5

Fly6 – Rain 5

Ten minutes after the first image, both the lens and the sky were almost completely clear:

Fly6 - Rain 6

Fly6 – Rain 6

A pleasant surprise!

That transverse crack just behind me? Charlie Brown’s First Principle of Puddles applies: you cannot tell how deep a puddle is from the top. That sucker goes down through at least three layers of paving:

Crack - Red Oaks Mill

Crack – Red Oaks Mill

I forgot to put the Sony HDR-AS30V helmet camera in its waterproof housing before we left, so I put it in the (not exactly waterproof, either) underseat pack when the first drops fell. Sony makes no pretense that the bare camera can survive a rainstorm, but the packs are good for our simple needs.

Ed’s First Principle of Rain Riding: After the first five minutes, you don’t get any wetter.

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  1. #1 by bonnev659 on 2015-06-23 - 07:52

    i read another review that explains, how fly6 used something to help remove water/dust off the lenses. kind of cool

  2. #2 by solaandjin on 2015-06-23 - 12:17

    According to the internet, it’s using HZ0 hydrophobic coating (http://www.hzo.com) which is also used on the electronics. In theory, you should be able to submerse it entirely, fill up the housing with water, then just have it drain off and work fine again.

    • #3 by Ed on 2015-06-24 - 08:42

      OK, you do that on your Fly6 and report back! [grin]

      I’d be up to my armpits, pedaling against the tide, by that point…

  3. #4 by smellsofbikes on 2015-06-23 - 19:05

    I had a “if you can’t see the bottom don’t ride through” moment at the end of a century on Saturday. I know where the path goes, and as such knew that the water was only maybe 30 cm deep. I found out partway through that it had washed out the soil underneath the cement roadway, and the cement had dropped down another 30cm or so. Good thing I was going very slowly.

    • #5 by Ed on 2015-06-24 - 08:40

      Giving you all the more time to fall gracelessly into the muck. Works like that for me, anyhow.