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    Protective Eyeware

    Went for a ride today and the only problem I had was a stiff headwind which did a number on my eyes. Right now they feel gritty and irritated. I've been wearing my regular eyeglasses when on the bike to see the computer but I think the numbers are big enough to see without my prescription glasses. Can anyone recommend some decent eye protection...wraparounds, sports goggles, etc?
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    I wear the Performance "Dorado" glasses. Relatively cheap at $30 (when they are on sale) and they protect my eyes from wind very well.

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    I use Home Depot safety glasses. They cost about $10, are wrap around and completely block the wind and debris. Also, they look OK.

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    I've used cheap plastic industrial safety glasses. The ones I checked gave UV protection, even the clear ones. That irritated, gritty sensation just might come from ultraviolet light, by the way. Oddly, I could not use my prescription lenses for exactly the same reason. The computer is to close to focus on with the glasses.

    I switched to a pair of Bolle with polarized lenses. The lenses give slightly less distortion due to the curvature of the wrap around lens. I'm not at all convinced the improvement is worth the $100.00 extra, but that is a personal choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    Went for a ride today and the only problem I had was a stiff headwind which did a number on my eyes. Right now they feel gritty and irritated. I've been wearing my regular eyeglasses when on the bike to see the computer but I think the numbers are big enough to see without my prescription glasses. Can anyone recommend some decent eye protection...wraparounds, sports goggles, etc?
    There are lots of Cycling specific googles out there and any GOOD LBS will carry a stock of different types. Couple of suggestions though- Try them on before you buy and wear them for at least 5 minutes to make certain they fit. The other suggestion is to get a pair with interchangable lens's to cater for differeing conditions.

    I use Rudy Projects and find they are fantastic for me. Bit on the pricey side but have had them for over 8 years with no problems- In fact I like them so much- I bought 2 pairs with different lens types so I don't have the hassle of changing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm
    I use Home Depot safety glasses. They cost about $10, are wrap around and completely block the wind and debris. Also, they look OK.
    AND they are garanteed not to shatter if a flying stone hits them ... or a BB ***.

    I personally used similar glasses as target practice [let the william tell jokes begin] with a BB *** to see how sturdy they were. They did not crack nor shatter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm
    I use Home Depot safety glasses. They cost about $10, are wrap around and completely block the wind and debris. Also, they look OK.
    I can't believe someone else has discovered this. I too wear Home Depot $10 saftey glasses on cloudy days or night rides. I like my Oakleys' in the sun, but the price was not so good on those.

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    I use $7 Nashbar glasses that came with 3 different lenses.

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    you could have allergies. pollen could be getting in your eyes. pop some over-the-counter claritin, see what happens

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    I do have allergies but that wasn't the problem yesterday...just plain dirt and grit.
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    I wear Nike Skylons.

    Replaceable lenses, so I have a dark grey for sunlight, a light yellow for low-no light, and an orange for cloudy days.

    They do "wrap" around your face. And, they're very lightweight.

    A also like the vented rubbery nosepiece. My last pair would always start to slide down my face when I got too sweaty. These stay comfortably in place.

    Plus, I'm a "Battlestar" fan, (the new one!) so I get a dorky sci-fi reference in there as well!

    The only drawback is the price. ($80)
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    www.originalkds.com

    KD's, or "Kool Daddy's" were invented by west coast Hells Angel's types in the 50's because they keep the wind out of your eyes. They are still in use because they still work. Real Ray Ban KD's are hard if not impossible to find, but the cheap ones from the above link do just fine. Other than safety glasses at work, KD's are the only sunglasses I wear.
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    I had a look at the Home Depot web site. Prices from $5.95 tp $19.95. The $5.95 model has side shields that are a molded part of the eye shield. May actually give better protection but more likely to fog over IMNSHO. The $9.95 ($10) model looks a little low budget but a lot more like some of the fancy-schmantzy models in bike catalogs. The $13.95 and $19.95 models look like actual framed glasses. I'll get a set of those to drive with. I passed the eye exam at the DMV but they didn't change the "corrective lenses required" note on my liceinse. So I need "Glasses" in case I am stopped. Might as well get a set that does some good.
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    When I deployed to Iraq they gave us some near indestructible sunglasses with padded eyepieces called "Willey X". They are available commercially for around $100, and also come with a clear lens.

    However, as durable as they are (you really can't break them), they did have a tendency to fog up. I bet that's a problem with a number of safety goggles too.
    Good night...and good luck

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    Rudy Project Rydons. Love love love 'em!

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    Buy anti fog wrap around saftey glasses at the local hardware store. They are cheap so you can replace them often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by becnal
    Rudy Project Rydons. Love love love 'em!
    I agree. I bought a pair with the racing red lenses which I use for all but completely sunny days, and I have a pair of black laser lenses for those conditions. Albeit on the expensive side, the lenses take one minute to change out, they're light and very comfortable.
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    $19 motorcycle goggles. Only trouble is they can fog up when you stop moving, but there are ways to solve that. I love the goggles.

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    Price of the glasses wont make much difference in protection. Expensive ones will have slightly better optics, but cheap ones wont cause you to run into things.

    FOr style, i prefer ones with no frame under the lens, just along the top. With this style I find it easier to look over my shoulder. With eyewear that has a frame all around the lens, i find i need to twist my head farther to see traffic behind since the frame is in the way.

    I also like changable lenses since i commute year round, i can use clear for winter dark mornings.
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    Any one of these "fit over" glasses will do a good job for you with a
    side benefit ot safety. Most are Polycarbonate lens so they WILL stop
    rocks and other road debis from getting to your eyes. I wear the
    "smoke" $7.99 model and use the $7.99 clear in the shop. With
    my really bad "dry eye" problem I can't ride without them.

    http://www.eyesave.com/brands/b281-d...ses/index.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by SemperFi
    Went for a ride today and the only problem I had was a stiff headwind which did a number on my eyes. Right now they feel gritty and irritated. I've been wearing my regular eyeglasses when on the bike to see the computer but I think the numbers are big enough to see without my prescription glasses. Can anyone recommend some decent eye protection...wraparounds, sports goggles, etc?
    As a Sox fan, my suggestion to you is that you plunk down 2 or 3 C-notes for some designer shades.
    Then misplace them.


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    Cheap sunglasses actually CAN hurt your eyes. If they do not provide adequate UVA/UVB protection, they can cause problems (pupils dialate because of the dark lenses, allowing more bad rays in if there is no protective coating).

    You only have two eyes (I only have one left), so take care of them!

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    This is truly a very cool thread. I am so glad to see that others here have found that cheap safty glasses work great. I get the Milwaukee brand clear classes at my hardware store for 12 bucks. They are crystal clear and provide full protection from wind and bugs. I am pretty sure that polycarbonate plastic blocks most UV 'naturally', that is to say the nature of the plastic itself blocks UV even in a clear lense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna
    This is truly a very cool thread. I am so glad to see that others here have found that cheap safty glasses work great. I get the Milwaukee brand clear classes at my hardware store for 12 bucks. They are crystal clear and provide full protection from wind and bugs. I am pretty sure that polycarbonate plastic blocks most UV 'naturally', that is to say the nature of the plastic itself blocks UV even in a clear lense.
    Yes, 'WE' don't need no stinking designer, pretty boy, they cost way to much, glasses to ride with.

    Do we?

    Only fashion junkies buy that kinda crap!!

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    I have a pair of Bolle glasses, yes they were expensive. If I knew about a cheaper comparible product I would have gone for it. I like my glasses because I can change the lenses, and they are "break away". That is they don't shatter, and the lenses will actually fall out of the frame in a colision, instead of getting logged into my skull (I saw this happen to my friend with a pair of shatter proof glasses)

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