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    importance of cycling sunglasses?

    Strange question but one that has been bugging me. I typically ride with out sunglasses but almost everyone i see has them.

    Is it important to have eye protection from debris while on a road bike? i can see a bug getting lodged in your eye if you didnt have them.....

    and a second question...if the answer is yes you should have them....do you need cycling specific glasses due to some magic they possses or safety feature (aka shatter proof lenses in the event of a crash)?

    I have normal sunglasses but dont want to ride with them if i wreck and they shatter right into my eyeball.

    A person i typically ride with just picked up a set of very expensive Oakleys.....whichh are not cycling specifc but im sure are shatter proof.

    I guess maybe its a dumb question now that i read my post again

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    if you go fishing i have the Seen under the water Sunglasses By Berkly They Work very well at night and in the Day they Prevent The Sun From Shining in my eye

    it doesnt really matter if you where any sunglasses or not

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    Cycling sunglasses offer protection from bugs, rocks, wind, rain and protect eyes from damaging sun rays and glare from the road (you wear sunscreen for the body, sunglasses for the eyes). Cycling specific glasses usually have better visibility to the left/right so you can see behind you (that's why they're not fully enclosed in the frame), and you can switch out the lenses for the time of day and weather conditions, and things that might be passing you. The expensive ones (~$130) usually just do a better job at these things and have fewer impurities in the lens that you're staring through.
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    Ten-buck safety glasses will protect your eyes nicely. Tinted or clear, your choice. Spend your money on what is important to you.
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    I really dont see the need to purchase Top of the line glasses if their just gonna protect your eyes Just buy a cheap pair and Work with them

    My glasses are 25.00 thats my last buy on glasses that expensive

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    I have a pair I got from Performance that has different colored lenses you can change out. I wear the clear lenses for my morning commute and the sunglasses in the afternoon. I think they were about $35.

    If you've ever been hit in the face by a flying beetle while riding 35 mph downhill, you'll know why eye protection is a good thing.
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    I wear them to keep the sun out and for protection from debris. The brand probably doesn't matter but I've worn Oakleys for a while, well before I started cycling, so that's what I wear

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    My eye doc recommends wearing sunglasses with uv protection outside. I think he said they can help prevent or delay cataracts.

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    well i had to ask while eye wear was on onsale at Performance this week just in case I think ill keep my $8 yellow/orange tint pair. They are great in the day time and dusk....

    i figure since they were on sale this week it might be time to upgrade if there was a real huge benifit that i wasnt seeing. Thanks for the replies. Helped me a great deal and saved me a few $$.

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    i have to wear glasses, so i have prescription sun glasses i wear sometimes. in addition to letting me see if i am riding into the sunlight, i like them as they keep the wind out of my eyes so my eyes don't tear up and i can't see. if you don't have to wear glasses, you can get away with any pair that you like. there is nothing special about cycling glasses (that i know of).

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    I've had too many gnats in my eyes not to wear sunglasses. Those little bugs sting like crazy! Also a decent downhill section (40mph+) really hurts unprotected eyeballs after a little bit.

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    Anarchy sunglasses are great. I got these from ebay for like 25 bucks clearance sale. They have an amazing tint and my eyes feel really relaxed when I wear them. Great visibility, no frame on the way.They look nice as well.

    I would avoid cheapo stuff you get at a convenience store. They might cause vision problems later on.
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    I've twice had wasps land on my face and sting me before I can brush them away. I've also seen wasps making a beeline (oops) for my sunglasses and bounce right off.

    I'd hate to have one land right by my eye and sting me there.
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    I spent $20 on my eye protection; $5.00 for safety glasses at Wal-Mart and $15.00 for a pair of "sport" sunglasses from a kiosk at the mall.

    I prefer to have glasses, even at night (twice getting a gnat in my eye is the reason).
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    I wear safety glasses at the drop of a dime! It began long ago when I used to play racquetball and I realized that I had a competitive advantage by wearing eye protection *all the time* rather than only wearing them *if required* to compete. I came to realize that I had removed the "distraction" by making them the norm. I also realized that I was more willing to push the envelope because I was less vulnerable.

    Fast forward to my time in the Army. The very macho culture of my early career shunned "safety" and valued unobstructed vision (scanning for and engaging targets...). But data showed that eye injuries were the worst culprit for removing troops from duty than anything else (during peace-time training). Eventually the culture has evolved to embrace macho eyewear! Now, troops declare how badassed they are by what they put on their face.

    The older I get (mid-40s now) the more careful I become. I wear eye protection, helmet, gloves, and either neon/flourescent colors or at leat something bright and contrasting. I never stick anything in my ears while riding (but always wear earmuffs--AND eye protection--to mow the lawn or use a power drill). Call me a sissy if you want. But I'm not going down over some stupid little shard or fragment (or sound wave!) that found the one-in-a-thousand shot at my peepers. Not if I can make the odds one-in-a-million by simply donning some fashion.
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    I'm with davlafont on this one. The older I get (50s) the more careful I am. Recently I was down in Alabama riding through a small town that must have had a rock quarry. Lots of dump trucks carrying gravel passed me. One truck threw a rock and it glanced off of my tinted safety glasses. It put a huge scratch in them that I got to look through for the next 300 miles.

    I buy my safety glasses locally for about $5. ANSI Z87.1 compliant. I'll admit, they probably LOOK like safety glasses! I'm getting too old to care.

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    You need to protect your eyes against UV, insects, dust etc. Riding in bright sunlight without sunglasses takes energy that would be put to better use in your legs.

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    I wear Maui Jim Kanaha sun glasses for the shatter proof lenses, UV filtering, and anti-glare polarization. Keeping your eyes safe is important, they don't grow back, why risk them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Ten-buck safety glasses will protect your eyes nicely. Tinted or clear, your choice. Spend your money on what is important to you.
    Last year I got a piece of toxic metal in my eye. Now I always wear my safety specs.

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    IMHO- eye protection is the most important safety element you can add to riding. They can actually prevent some harm, more important than a helmet. Don't ride anywhere without mine on. Cheap hardware store safety glasses are ok, just like other cheap cycling gear- they will function ok.
    However better quality glasses will be more comfortable and effective. I have a pair of Specalized mtn bike glasses with vents at the edges of the lens, they almost never fog up - no matter how warm, humid, cold, wet etc. They have been well worth the extra cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
    You need to protect your eyes against UV, insects, dust etc. Riding in bright sunlight without sunglasses takes energy that would be put to better use in your legs.
    This is just silly. I have never ridden with sunglasses because other than the "coolness factor" I don't really see a need for them. When I started cycling, I got the shorts becuase my butt would kill me, I got a jersey becuase my cotton t-shirts would get sweat drenched.... but I never had such a need for glasses.

    Sure, things have gotten in my eye, but I normally just can rub it out, and it happens so infrequently, I don't see the need to always be wearing glasses.

    The only real way I see glasses being useful is if you live in an area where there are few hills and the landscape is flat, so if you're riding in the morning or night when you're facing the sun, you're not looking straight into the light. that... and the coolness factor.

    If I do get glasses one day myself, It will probably just be for the coolness factor. Also, I don't like looking at the world with a tint.

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    I never ride without some eye protection, not anymore.

    Too much stuff out there blowing in my face -- bugs, dust, crud from the road.

    I use prescription sunglasses but have also used glasses I got cheap from Lowe's. They worked pretty well.

    I can't believe the prices I see on the cycling-specific ones. I just don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
    Ten-buck safety glasses will protect your eyes nicely. Tinted or clear, your choice. Spend your money on what is important to you.
    $10 safety glasses will do a good job of protecting your eyes from impacts. Protecting your eyes from UV radiation? Not so much.

    $10 safety glasses are absolutely useless to those of us who wear glasses to actually, like, see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamabb View Post
    This is just silly. I have never ridden with sunglasses because other than the "coolness factor" I don't really see a need for them. When I started cycling, I got the shorts becuase my butt would kill me, I got a jersey becuase my cotton t-shirts would get sweat drenched.... but I never had such a need for glasses.

    Sure, things have gotten in my eye, but I normally just can rub it out, and it happens so infrequently, I don't see the need to always be wearing glasses.

    The only real way I see glasses being useful is if you live in an area where there are few hills and the landscape is flat, so if you're riding in the morning or night when you're facing the sun, you're not looking straight into the light. that... and the coolness factor.

    If I do get glasses one day myself, It will probably just be for the coolness factor. Also, I don't like looking at the world with a tint.
    I suppose when you have 5000 feet more of air between you and the sun, UV isn't as much of an issue to you. But I live where I can have up to 14,000+ feet less air between me and the sun. UV radiation becomes something that you think about way up here where the air isn't quite so thick.

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    just looks so much cooler than glasses
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    $10 safety glasses .... Protecting your eyes from UV radiation? Not so much.
    FWIW, most plastic lenses do protect from UV radiation with nothing special added, it's the nature of most plastics - even saran wrap blocks a good amount of UV.

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