Author Topic: Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?  (Read 7404 times)

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Offline njdaniel

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« on: May 14, 2006, 08:56:34 pm »
I'm looking for a pair of sunglasses to wear probably everyday while on tour (road) this summer. Is there anything I need to know?  Is there a type of sunglasses just for cycling or does it really matter?  Unless I hear otherwise, I'm looking at maybe picking up a pair of wrap Bolle sunglasses.


Offline wanderingwheel

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2006, 01:52:28 am »
There are plenty of companies that would love to sell you cycling-specific sunglasses.  Just take a look at Performance or Colorado Cycling for some of them.  In truth, any pair that is comfortable and protects your eyes will do, cycling-specific or not.  It is nice to have glasses that extend back past the eyes to protect from wind and glare.  Also consider how the glasses fit with your helmet.

Sean


Offline JayH

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2006, 12:42:53 pm »
Any of the usual AV A/B blocking sports sunglasses would work fine. They make lens that are more shatter resistant than others (road debris) and if you use a mirror for your eyeglass, that might be another thing to look at but  most of the name-brand wrap sunglasses are fine these days, whatever style you like...  I would though stick with a lighter tint than most of the really dark ones, cause then you can still use the lens in evenings and under cloud cover. I have a lens with only like 85% transmission that I use for commuting and touring.

Jay


Offline DaveB

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2006, 12:48:11 pm »
The only recommendations I have are:

1. Avoid glass lenses for obvious reasons. That's no problem these days with various plastics pretty much universal.

2. Be sure the frame has a "closed bridge" nosepiece.  A lot of frames have nose pads and they leak air (and bugs).

3. If you can get glasses with interchangable lenses, be sure to get a pair of clear lenses.  You may have to ride under very overcast or even night conditions.  

There are a wide variety of fashion sunglasses sold as sports glasses in an enormous range of prices. Some of the boutique glasses are absurdly priced.  Performance and Nashbar have some reasonably priced fully functional house brand glasses. Also, Campmore had a great range of good sunglasses at closeout prices.    


Offline Toml

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2006, 02:11:43 pm »
I would not recommend polarized lenses.  In certain light conditions they make reflective highway stripes appear to shimmer.


Offline read

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2006, 05:35:17 pm »
If you're a heavy sweater you may find ones that stay towards the front of your nose are best.

i.e. try pairs that rest away from your face, or they'll end up in your pocket.

Offline jimbeard

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2006, 06:29:11 pm »
I like wraparound because they don't block side vision

Jim

Offline gtmtnbikr2001

Is there anything such as cycling sunglasses?
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2006, 02:12:32 am »
I personally use a set of bugeyes from a local motorcycle shop.  they have a nice foam that wicks nicely, come with 3 sets of lenses, (clear, dark, tint)and come in a nice little pouch for all of the lenses.  I think i purchased them for around 25 dollers.