Today we’re going to talk about cycling glasses just a quick little brief history of why I am going to tell you about cycling glasses. I’ve been a pretty avid cyclist since 2007 that a little bit of belly drum. Racing not much it all had a pretty without perfect cycling sunglass. So, there is the details guideline on how to pick the best cycling sunglasses.
Many miles also does some trail riding mountain biking commuting as well just love bikes and I feel like if you’re on two wheels. Life is better also been in the eyeglass sunglass industry since 1996. I’ve been a certified optician since 1999 and my life is about prescription and non-prescription cycling glasses so that’s why I’m going to tell you about cycling glasses.
You should follow some parameters to pick best cycling sunglasses.
Alright, so the first thing you want to talk about is what makes a cycling frame a cycling frame like why is it important to have a frame. Specifically for cycling what are the ingredients what’s the definition of having a good cycling frame, there are a few things that you really want to consider when getting a cycling frame.
Another important thing is coverage in the cycling position what you really want to make sure is that when you’re on the bike especially a road bike especially aggressive geometry. If you’re on a TT bike or a triathlon bike and you’re in the drops or the arrows a lot of times with regular glasses when you’re kind of in that bent-over position. You look over the top of the glasses so you really want to make sure that there’s enough coverage around your eyebrow. There’s a system here so that when you are kind of bent over you are not looking over the top of the glasses which would let the wind in debris.
So, a true pair of cycling classes were designed in mind to be worn in that cycling position. So that it’s you’re not looking over the top of the glasses and you’re not looking that the through the frame as well. These are obviously not rimless glasses. But they were designed these are the okay jawbreakers by the way so that you really cannot look over the top you need a really aggressive kind of geometry.
Most true cycling sunglasses are going to have features like that so that it’s really hard when you are in that position to be looking over the top it’s really annoying to have that frame in your way can be distracting you bothersome. It could be unsafe so that’s a really big important feature right there to make sure you’re not looking over the top of the glasses.
Well, in that aggressive geometry so the next thing for me that’s really important is how do you straight back temples the reason why I really like straight back temples is. If you have your helmet on first which is how most people do it and then you put your glasses on if there’s a hook if it’s like an old-school regular pair of glasses and you have to have a hook.
You’re kind of just trying to struggle and figure out a way to get it in there and then the strap system and the retention system. The hook and it’s all just kind of a jarred old mess so having straight back temples is the way to go and yes you’re supposed to weigh your temples over the top of your straps for coolness euro points. So that’s another important factor is having that straight back temple the next really important thing for me is rubberize nose and rubberized temples. You do not want these things sliding off; I have the scent you don’t want to be messing with them constantly pushing them up and down on your glasses.
If you’re hopefully gonna be sweating a little bit maybe you’re much faster than fitter than me you’re not sweating up. The hill but I am so I like a lot of grips definitely need rubberized grip the more the better on the temple and the nose piece so real true cycling glasses are going to have a lot of grips there so.
The next thing, of course, is going to be the coverage you want to have a lot of wind protection a lot of degree protection. These are the tried and true racing jackets used to be called the Jawbone’s and these things are basically like little shields for your eyes. Again can’t really look over the top even though there’s a frame-up. There it’s got the straight temple super comfortable and a lot of rubberized grips and then you’re getting full coverage.
You really don’t want to have anything bothering your peripheral you want to have a look. Basically this is like a windshield right I mean you’re out there in the elements and you need to have a lot of coverage. So that’s going to make a big difference for fit on the glasses. I think that’s just about it for truly what’s going to make a cycling frame. A cycling frame and probably the thing that people are don’t think about an overlook. Next it bothers them when it on the bike again is that over the top when you are in that cycling position.
So that’s about fit on the frame so the next important thing to think about when choosing cycling gasses is the tint on the lenses. My slogan on this is more pop and less stop contrast. I’m an optician and a cyclist and bike enthusiast and not a safety expert. But into safety and I’ll continuously see people wearing really dark lenses on their bike and to me, that is a no-go I would always recommend to err on the side of a lighter lens and a darker lens. Here’s the situation that I explain a lot to people be doing a long hard climb.
Springs here in East County San Diego and you’ll be climbing that thing and it’ll be a nice warm day. The Sun is in your face and you wish you have the darkest most mirrored most polarized lenses on earth to get that sun protection. While you’re doing this long brutal enjoyable suffer-fest of a climb and then you get to the top and you crest it and you’re coming down the backside or you’re just turning around and coming back and do an outback.
Now that sun’s not in your face and there are shadows on the road and there’s debris on the road and somebody dropped a beer can on the road and there are potholes and having that too dark of a lens. At this is going to mean that you’re not seeing all that stuff as much as you possibly can in and out of the shadows. Especially in and out of tunnels a lighter lens is going to give you more contrast. If the ground is great if the shadows are great, the potholes are great if it’s a great day and you’re wearing grey lenses glasses. What everything’s great and you’re not going to be seeing everything out there. So don’t worry so much about how dark the lens is with the right color and the right hue and the right tint and the right contrast on the lens.
My opinion is much more important so I do not prefer dark grey lenses on a bike. even here in sunny in San Diego, California where it’d be really bright and a little bit brutal so, for example, an amazing lens is going to be like the Oakley Prism Road which has this awesome Rose tint.
Specifically, the design is to help bring out the pop in contrast on the road. Definitely want to go with more of an amber lens or an on the inside of this lens it’s not as dark as the mirror is sometimes. You can have a cool mirrored look but the lenses are going to be that dark sometimes they’re going to have a blue tint. I prefer the blue tint over the great tip even though it’s still a dark lens.
Because it’s going to give you that contrast so doesn’t be afraid of going non-neutral lenses are going to be more of a grey lens and non-neutral lenses. Rose lenses, Rose copper lenses, amber lenses, orange lenses, yellow lenses even for a real overcast day is going to be more your friends you want to get as much contrast as you can out of that lens. I think that’s all I got to say except contrast more pop less top don’t be afraid of a lens.
It’s a little bit too light oh maybe I should add this photochromatic lenses are pretty cool. a lot of companies are coming out with photochromatic self-adjusting lenses and transition lenses they also know so that the lens actually changes throughout the day. For you, so you don’t actually have to think about stopping and changing your lenses did I bring the right color lens out for the day and also a lot of these lenses are interchangeable.
So, you can have different lenses for different light conditions. I think that’s it on fences all right so now that we learned a little bit about frames and how to pick a correct cycling frame and we learned that contrast lenses are our friends and we don’t want to go too dark and there’s photochromatic and interchangeable. Let’s talk about some of our favorite cycling glasses. So I’m just going to start on my leftover here and kind of work my way over and talk about some of our favorite cycling frames.
So right here we got the Oakley radar this is the pitch model the Eve stands for extended view. We do have a full video on this pair of glasses and what I love about the extended view is that it does give you an extended view really hard to get over the top like I said that’s really important. They have venting unbelievably comfortable. For the rubberized grip – how do you get in the more you sweat the stickier and tackier unobtainium get one of my favorite glasses. This frame will come in a variety of colors and it is available with the prism rode lens this one is brand-new this is the Oakley Evie.
The zero range of these things is big and comfortable and unbelievably lightweight. if you’re after a super lightweight, if you’re a weight weenie and measuring your tubes to see which ones the least amount of grams you’re going to love this frame a lot of coverage unbelievably lightweight almost feels like it’s so lightweight it’s going to fall off, but they stay on really well.
I like this guy as well really cool frame that’s the radar Evie range. Sorry not the radar the zero and then we got the tried-and-true classic. I personally have eight pairs of these glasses from my collection still one of my favorites still rock them tried-and-true classic. This is the racing jacket that started off being known as the jawbone has unbelievable interchangeability vented lenses really comfortable.
Now this frame for me is like a perfect just sits right in my eye socket just gives unbelievable wind protection never slide off, never slip. I probably put in I would say at least 20,000 miles in different pairs of these glasses. Over the years at least still pick them out of my collection all the time I just feel like they just work love them. Especially for mountain biking as well the racing jacket is just a great tried-and-true parallax’s and very durable.
I’ve been up those things a lot but what a lot of the pros are wearing right now in the peloton. I believe the first three stages of the Tour de France this year also were winners were wearing the jawbreaker this one has amazing interchangeability unbelievable coverage not rimless but still designed.
Specifically for the cycling position so this pair really stays in place really well. a lot of coverage vented really well, I’ve had a lot of trouble with fogging these up I’ve been wearing these lately on the bike even warm a couple of times in mountain biking. Really like this pair of glasses, the black 2.0 XL can be used for a lot of sports but actually is a really popular cycling fare. Sometimes people want something just a hairless aggressive not that I pick up a less aggressive color for this glass is going to do a really good job.
If you still want a sporty pair off the bike obviously they’re not a tuxedo pair but these are a little less of cycling road. So the flat 2.0 XL is another really popular one from Oakley. Adjustability on the nose so you can actually make them wider and less wide narrower they come with three sets of lenses they are interchangeable amazing price point.
So you’re getting amazing peripheral vision and again they work great in the drops I have the original kid lock that came out many years ago and I still rock that one I really like these glasses. Then you got the bowl the sixth sense this is again going to be almost totally rimless. They have a little bit of a bar right here what I really like about the sixth sense is the adjustability.
If you have a really hard to fit in nose bridge this nose bridge is actually adjustable really lightweight just a clean sweet pair glasses are just nice simple parry glasses from Bolle also very lightweight because of the frameless design. Then we got some rudy projects over here this is the trial ax this is the unbelievable vented lightweight para glasses. again these have energy interchangeable lenses but also adjustable nose pad which is really nice and just they just kind of feel like nothing but Aman you must forget you have glasses.
On when you have these on having written them yet personally I plan to I hope to but just playing around with them. In the office and reading some other reviews about them. I can see why people are really liking this pair glasses and then this is one of my personal favorite movie projects these guys are the AEGON and these are not quite as lightweight. They’re super lightweight I mean considering sunglasses in general but they’re compared to the other Rudy’s they’re not quite as lightweight but they have adjustable temples. They have adjustable nose pads they have interchangeable lenses they kind of have more of this half design and I find these give me great coverage and really hard to fog so another fan of these and then can’t talk about cycling glasses.
I gonna give you amazing quality and value bang for your buck this is a new one called the crit and it was named appropriate. I think you can do a lot with these glasses they’re vented their lightweight ever just simple nose pads. The temples actually have to me feel like that just a slight adjustment as well coming to a bunch of cool colors this one’s photochromatic. So a great option, if you’re trying to save a little bit of money so I don’t know which one of these would be my favorite. luckily I got to play with all of them but there are 10 amazing pairs of cycling Glasses get all of them well. I hope you guys learned a lot about cycling glasses and cycling frames and cycling lenses.