Cycling sunglasses are not just to make you look cool on the bike, but are a rather essential part of your cycling attire. That being said, cycling goggles are one of the most overlooked attire by most bike enthusiasts. Start cycling in the sun and you will start squinting your eyes in under 5 minutes from the sun, dust, and wind.
It’s good to have a pair of cool cycling glasses housing your face, but it’s more important to get a pair that’s more functional and secure. Today we discuss 7 important tips you can consider when buying your new pair of cycling eye wear.
Before we begin it is very important to understand that you are not a Froome, Sagan, or Avermaet. You don’t need the higher end ridiculously priced Oakley cycling glasses. A pair of cycling goggles that offers good utility and perfect fit (and not too heavily priced) can be ideal for you.
To get through this guide I chatted with several daily cyclists, and a local optometrist who happens to enjoy cycling as a hobby. After analyzing my conversations with all of them, I arrived a list of 7 tips that all of them consider their personal criteria when choosing the best cycling sunglasses.
A large number of cyclists consider UV protection their primary factor when buying a pair of decent cycling sunglasses. Apart from premium brands, several unbranded cycling sunglasses are layered for proper UV protection. The polarized lens ensures deflecting harmful direct sunrays, and light reflecting off surfaces (road, cars, billboards etc.).
Several academic researchers have already concluded that cycling for long hours in the sun without proper eye protection degrades the retina. It is important that your cycling glasses reject UVA, UVB, and most harmful ‘Blue Light’ rays of the sun.
Everybody loves to look stylish, but for a large audience the price is a major concern when looking for cool cycling glasses. Remember, as I mentioned earlier, the most expensive cycling eyewear is not particularly the best. Even if you can afford a higher end brand, a simpler athletic bike sunglass may be enough for you.
Latest cycling sunglasses now come with customized frames that allow replacing lenses depending on the weather outside. For instance, these simple road bike glasses on my store comes with five replaceable lenses that include:
Interchangeable lenses are ideal for cyclists who take long tours and for those who experience different weather conditions across the year.
The era of the plastic nose pad is over, primarily because of the discomfort and the fact that they fall off in case of road shocks. Rubber nose pads are popular nowadays because they easily accommodate different nose contours and don’t fall off easily. Rubber nose pads are essential in events of accidents so the cycling glasses stay on even if the rider falls off.
Widescreen lenses that fit closely to the face are brilliant feature to look at. A widescreen lens ensures that you have better peripheral vision, allowing you to stay aware of surrounding road conditions. Close fitting lenses are also a good feature to look at too. A loosely fit glass on your temples lets in wind and the point of wearing the glasses is annulled.
Anti-fog cycling glasses are a popular feature sought out by cyclists who trek in the morning and in cold weather. Cyclists usually have to carry fog duster wipes and have to constantly stop to clean the lenses if the glasses are not layered to be anti-fog.
Anti-fog glasses are layered at the back with a hydrophilic layer. The layer absorbs vapor and vacates it through the layer constantly disallowing the lens from getting foggy.
Several cyclists I talked to discussed that they prefer buying explosion proof cycling sunglasses. By explosion proof they simply meant that in case of an accident or impact the lens doesn’t get the cracking lines. Most Polycarbonate lenses are made to be tough, bendable, and explosion proof to ensure the rider’s eyes are safe in case of colliding with a tree, branches, debris, rubble, and the road.
Most recreational cyclists who don’t like interchangeable lens frames go for photochromic lenses. These clever eye wear change color depending on time of day. In the sun the lens turns dark, while during the night the lens remain clear & white. Usually, cyclists who cycle during both day and night will find photochromic lenses very helpful.
I really hope these 7 tips will help you pick out the best cycling sunglasses for your daily trips. If you have any questions simply leave them in the comments section below and I will do my best to answer them for you. If there is a tip you think is missing mention that below too and I will add it to the list.
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