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    Riding + Sunglasses...

    Aright here we go...

    I just picked up a pair of Oakley M-frame Strike riding / sunglasses for work and road rides. I have 2 sets of lens, dark and light for them also. This got me thinking though, how many riders ride with sunglasses on the road? It is interesting that only a handful of riders in our club ride with them...

    What do you all think...
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    I always ride with them. I consider them saftey equipment even more important than my helmet. If you get a stone kicked up in your face, you'll thank yourself over and over for wearing glasses and not going blind. Even if it's not that severe, dust or water could get in your eyes and temporarily blind you, which is obviously not very safe. Even riding very fast into the wind is enough to irritate some people's eyes

    To put it in car-speak, your sunglasses are your windshield. Or sunglasses are helmets for your eyes.

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    My parents insisted on getting me transition lenses for my prescription glasses, that darken in the light, so there's not much point me getting prescription shades also. These don't cover my whole eyes, so they don't do much to protect from wind/pebbles/etc.

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    I wear glasses on the bike ALL the time. Helps with keeping the sun out of my eyes and I have had numerous rocks, bugs, sand and rain bounce off my glasses.

    If I didn't wear glasses there are a bunch of times I would have crashed or gone out of the bike lane in traffic due to something getting in my eyes.

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    I agree that sunglasses are helmets for the eyes...But for me, I am extremely sensitive to bright light..I wear sunglasses even in a supermarket.. I have noticed how irritated my eyes get even from just the wind..
    Have not noticed stones as initially needing sunglasses..Initially, bugs seemed the greater threat. Imagine a yellow jacket being pushed into your eye sockets.
    I see photos of pros riding w/o them..Why...Photo ops at 30 mph?

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    I dunno why the pros don't wear them...

    IMO I look better with sunglasses, they cover up the dark bags under my eyes

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    Ya the pro thing is a good question.

    I got them because I was tired of the wind at 30 MPH (and at 25 +)
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    You can tell by the tan lines about the eyes' on pros, it is rare they don't wear sunglasses..But, I have thought they must take them off when the paparizzi are about? Personally, when I am forced to have my picture taken outside in the bright light, I leave my sunglasses on..It is more like me..Plus, I would squint anyway if I didn't ...
    But, then it seems many pro's have their eyeglasses off when they cross the finish line. Seems a rider would not stage that photo op when he needs concentrate on not shaving off a 1/4 of a second in his acculumated time.

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    I ride with my Oakleys all the time. Great eye protection not only against dust and stones but also against the deadly UV rays.

    Get more reviews about Oakley eyewear on this site: THE OAKLEY REVIEW
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    Naw, forget oakleys, what you need is some bubble goggles. Stylish and functional...Actually more functional.

    "Riding bikes on the street is the fuggin jam!" Juvi-Kyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    Aright here we go...

    I just picked up a pair of Oakley M-frame Strike riding / sunglasses for work and road rides. I have 2 sets of lens, dark and light for them also. This got me thinking though, how many riders ride with sunglasses on the road? It is interesting that only a handful of riders in our club ride with them...

    What do you all think...
    Interesting, in our rather large club, it is rare to see someone without sunglasses. I wouldn't ride without them - much more comfortable.
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    I wear contact lenses, and I cannot ride any meaningful distance without sunglasses of some sort. I have been too cheap to buy some nice clear or amber lens dealies, so I even wear plain ol' sunglasses when it's overcast or even raining. One of these days I will break down and get a nice set with interchangeable lenses so I can swap depending upon conditions. Even without the contacts, I think it would be pretty difficult to ride very far without; the wind really dries out the eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    I wear contact lenses, and I cannot ride any meaningful distance without sunglasses of some sort. I have been too cheap to buy some nice clear or amber lens dealies, so I even wear plain ol' sunglasses when it's overcast or even raining. One of these days I will break down and get a nice set with interchangeable lenses so I can swap depending upon conditions. Even without the contacts, I think it would be pretty difficult to ride very far without; the wind really dries out the eyes.

    That's why I ride with my eyes closed.
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    There have been many times when a bug would bounce off my sun glasses, making a loud "thwack!" sound... and I have been so happy it wasn't my eyes that took the impact. I once hit a bee on a descent at about 40 mph, and it stung my face from the impact. All of these times I was so happy to have my glasses on, and I don't ride without them. How much is your eyesight worth?
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    Thanks all,

    I just picked a clear heater lens for night also. I noticed quite a few more people today with sunglasses, the sun was killer on out ride...
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    To show the need for sunglasses to protect your eyes..
    Somewhat related to bee's and cyclists...A friend's wife was riding down a steep descent...A bee flew up her baggies..Stung her on the upper thigh...Could have been worse..That would not have happened if she were wearing traditional cycling shorts, since bee's can't fly up tight fitting, cycling shorts.
    So a bee could fly into your eye's...
    I wear sunglasses and cycling shorts both..
    Rather have a beer sting me about the chest than near the arse.

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    I ride with clear Oakley Dartboard which are similar to the M frames...I love how they keep stuff outta my eyes.
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    I have a pair of safety glasses I picked up from Home Depot. They're not too dark but they have a silver reflecting coating. Look cool and protect my eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junioroverlord
    Naw, forget oakleys, what you need is some bubble goggles. Stylish and functional...Actually more functional.


    oh man, we'd look cool with those babies on

    Lycra, colorful jerseys and bubble goggles, I can only imagine the comments

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    Wind at about 20+ was what bothered the heck out of me. My eyes teared up. I always wear glasses, and I use the clear lenses at night.
    "There'll be time for complacency when I'm six feet under. "

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    I started wearing sunglasses primarily to stop bugs colliding with my eyes. Keeping out UV rays is another consideration.

    I have a couple of pairs of Rudy Projects that come with interchangeable lenses so I can change to clear lenses at night and orange lenses in low light.
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    I picked up sports sunglasses at the Flying Pig Marathon expo last year. Three sets of lenses (charcoal, copper, and amber) and reasonably priced. Work great for cycling -- keeping the bugs and UV out of my eyes. Look at

    http://www.precisionsporteyewear.com/

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    I like Smith Moabs. Very similar to the Oakley M Frames but a bit larger lens and a bit cheaper price



    They came with 3 different lens. Gray, amber and clear. Works good for me. I even got them on sale for $49

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    Thanks all,

    I just picked a clear heater lens for night also. I noticed quite a few more people today with sunglasses, the sun was killer on out ride...
    What is this "sun" you keep speaking of???

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    I just ride with any pair of sunglasses, if you want to go all out there are many LBS that you can bike sunglasses for like $50-$100+. I have used a pair of sunglasses that my brother lended me and they work fine.

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