Sunglasses and Cycling

24
May
2013

Bolle Sunglasses for Cycling

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again….“my mamma says I was born with a pair of sunglasses on my head”.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a pair of sunglasses on no matter what the season and no matter what I am doing.  No other accessory has been such a strong part of my character and being…and I doubt this will ever change.

Loving the Bike WebsiteI guess that’s part of the reason I’ve posted so many times about sunglasses over here at Loving the Bike.  You can have a look through all our sunglasses related posts by entering the word “Sunglasses” into the search box found in the upper right side of our website.  It’s a great search tool for finding information and articles here on our site.

One of my favorites was this guest post that explained what to look for when purchasing a pair of sunglasses for cycling.  It also includes a great infographic as well.

But one area I’ve never gotten into is the idea of prescription sunglasses and how great they can be for a cyclist.  I can sense a strong push that’s currently happening right now as eyeglass companies realize just how valuable the cycling market can be to them.  But it’s for good reason.

If you wear glasses, I highly recommend you looking into getting yourself a pair of prescription sunglasses.  Although I don’t have any myself, my best advice to you is to get a good quality pair of prescription sunglasses.  These will have a lens that will live up to all the road has to throw at them.  Along with that, I also recommend you getting an updated prescription before purchasing them as well.

Your Turn: Do you wear prescription sunglasses?  How do you like them for cycling?

 

 

 

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  • G

    Thanks for all the great information Darryl. I have worn prescription bifocal glasses for many years, primarily for reading, computer work, etc. I rode with a Oakley and Rudy non-prescription sunglasses and carried my regular glasses in case of flats, mechanicals, etc. The cost for prescription lenses was prohibitive for me. While I could read the large text on my cycling computer screen, the small text was blurred. About 2 years ago I found the Dual Eyewear company and their sunglasses. This company produces sunglasses with a bifocal magnification area much like those in reading glasses found at a pharmacy. Dual Eyewear sunglasses are available with the magnification area in different strengths. Because the price point was within my budget, I decided to take a chance and ordered a pair. I have ordered the SL2 version with removable lenses. I have been very happy ever since and have purchased and use 2 additional accessory lenses: the Amber (for overcast days) and Clear. I would highly recommend Dual Eyewear sunglasses to others requiring a bifocal for close reading. http://www.dualeyewear.com/

    • Eric

      I have been using these and LOVE THEM! Its perfect, now I can finally read my cycle computer again. :)

      • gswbike

        I agree… that is exactly how I felt when I made the switch to them. I’m glad they have really worked out for you too. Bike Fast / Live Slow… Ride On.

  • Julie Starling

    I now need reading glasses to read everything, which means I’m wearing photochromatic sunglasses and carrying a folding pair of reading glasses in my pocket. I’m due for an exam in the fall. I think I will be springing for transition lenses with no script on the top, magnification on the bottom, and photochromatic lenses with extra flexible frames. Then I could actually read the maps on my cell phone without so much muss and fuss.

    • gswbike

      I would recommend Dual Eyewear sunglasses.

  • Roger Adam

    Same with me. I ride with sunglasses all the time, even when it’s raining. I wear contacts and I don’t have a current prescription for glasses. If I did, I would look into getting prescription sunglasses definitely.

  • http://mghollis.blogspot.com/ Melinda

    I finally have a pair of prescription sun glasses. No, they aren’t cycling specific, but I LOVE them. I like them better than my regular glasses. I might try cycling specific later, but these are working fantastic for now. Oh… they are Kate Spade brand. Really nice.

  • Chris P.

    I do use prescription sun glasses. I haven’t yet jumped on trying out contacts. My last eye exam I got a pair of prescription Ray Band with transition lens. They work great. However, they are not really cycling specific. They don’t hug your face like a pair of Oakleys might.

    Next time, I am either getting contacts so I can choose from any sunglasses I want. Or find a nicer cycling specific transition lens glasses.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Chris. It seems like a lot of glasses companies are now making prescription lenses for pretty much any type of sunglasses….including Oakleys.

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