Do any of the over 50 crowd have cycling sunglasses with RX inserts them?
Do any of the over 50 crowd have cycling sunglasses with RX inserts them?
I just bought a pair with inserts,actualy I just dropped off the insert to my optician he said they'll be ready in a couple of days.I'll report back when I get them back and try them.
I use the Btwin SG800 (optic). Relatively cheap and has a plastic insert. This is the first I have ever bought so do not know better.
The eye lashes touch the insert and require getting used to. If I slide the glasses down a bit on the nose to make space, the alignment of the lower window of the bifocal gets too low.
Cleaning the lenses cannot be done on the fly. The outer lenses require to be removed to clean both effectively. This is inconvenient when you are out on a long ride.
Notwithstanding the observations above, I am truly happy to own a pair of such glasses which allow me to 'see' and view readouts of the bicycle computer comfortably in all light conditions and also use a pair of well designed cycling glasses.
I found this thread which may be of use : http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...eading-glasses
Last edited by Pattobin; 10-29-13 at 02:04 AM.
I've worn them for two years and, while they work OK, they are a compromise and not ideal. There are sometimes issues with eyelashes touching the inserts or occasional misting, plus the inserts are too small for varifocal lenses, which can be a problem at cafe stops, map reading, etc.
I am about to try out some throwaway contact lenses, which work out at about £1 a day, to see if that's a better solution for bike rides. I haven't worn contacts for more than 30 years but people tell me these daily lenses are much more comfortable, plus the optician has told me I can wear them even though I have had retina tear surgery on both eyes about three years ago.
If the contact lenses don't work out I'll stick with RS inserts as they do the job (of sorts).
I just bought a pair of prescription Oakley sunglasses, with progressive bifocals. Not too happy with them. In the upper portion I see a lot of color fringing. On any bright white line I'll see a margin of blue on the top and red on the bottom.
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Got me a pair from Zennioptical.com for about $40.00 The insert is built into the frame, not removable, and they are cheap plastic frames. The insert par is also smaller than my regular glasses, so the peripheral vision is less. But the work very well on the bike, and for $40.00 I not too concerned about losing them or breaking them. Just read all the information about sizing and fit if you order on line.
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Oakley prescription user here also. While better than no prescription not as good as my usual glasses. Mabey it's the curve or I need to get my eyes checked.
Personelly I do not, but I do have some Rudy Project sunglasses that have exchangeable lenses, RX included.
Sunglasses with readers of your choice. Work just as well as my mega expense prescription Oakleys, and at the price not worried about losing or dropping.
Inserts might be OK, but you're looking through 4 surfaces with added reflections, dirt etc that reduce contrast. I wear progressive bifocal and chose a suitable frame (big curved lenses and sits high enough for riding in the drops) at my optometrist's and had top notch coated lenses installed. He didn't have any suitable frames in stock so I picked out a few in catalogs he had and he got them in for me to try.
Yep ... Rudy Rydon (? or something, can't remember the name) w/inserts. They're ok, but as others have said not ideal for several reasons. I believe I can now get the lenses themselves in my rx for my frame, so that is what I'm going to try next. Bloody expensive, but worth a try I think.
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Yes. I've had 3 pairs of Rudy Project sunglasses with inserts.
The #1 thing that I've learned has to do with bifocals. If you need them to see both the road and map, go cheap and get lined bifocals. I found that the line-less, progressive bifocals require a lot of head movement and have much worse peripheral or side vision. The lined bifocals are an either/or proposition which works better for me on the bike.
I've had popup glasses in the past in case I get caught out in the dark. Now I just get sunglasses where the darken lenses are readily replaceable. If I get caught out in the dark, I just pop off those lenses and ride using the inserts.
Speaking of replaceable lenses, seriously consider getting some yellow lenses also. They are terrific on cloudy or rainy days even when driving a car.
My current pair are Ruy Project Rydon's. I like how the prescription insert pops in and out easily for cleaning. As mentioned before, I don't like the progressive bi-focal lenses in them. I also don't like the frames. Where it goes over the ears is rather shape. The frames hit my helmet and causes a sawing motion that was actually cutting into my ear! I had to put some material on the frame to stop that.
I like my older pair of Rudy Project Exceptions best. They are flip-ups.
I used to have Bolles with inserts but I didn't like how much of my peripheral vision they took away.
Now I have prescription sunglasses - not cycling specific but they wrap around pretty well and keep the wind out of my eyes. I've got a pretty tough progressive lens prescription with myopia, presbyopia, and astigmatism but they work very well for distance and cyclocomputer reading. I didn't believe they could fit my lenses into the frame when I saw it but the optician said they'd be fine and they are.
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Why mess with another pair of glasses?
We use prescription glasses with no-line bifocals and sun sensor lenses.
Works great for us!
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I've been using the Bolles for a long time. They're ugly but they get 'er done.
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Goggles with inserts - If you can find them
OK these are for a Gasmask but the ideas the same.
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Back to the OP, I have the Rudy Project Rydons with a lined bifocal in the insert. They work pretty well (I have the photochromic and yellow lenses). The biggest drawback I've found is in misting rain. Full on rain wasn't too much of a problem, but the heavy fog or mist, the inner two surfaces (the "inner" of the replaceable lens, and the "outer" of the insert) get fogged up and there's no easy way to clear it. I ended up just taking out the insert and riding with no vision correction. Couldn't read street signs, or the GPS, but I can at least see cars, intersections, and where my turn is. Next rain I'm going to try using my prescription raquetball glasses; they're clear, but I figure I really don't need dark lenses if it's raining.
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