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Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 06-12-13, 06:29 PM   #1
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Dang safety glasses work pretty well for sunglasses on the bike

I lost my Tifosi fotochromatic sunglasses last week, have no idea what happened to them. (Hopefully they'll turn up again.) I've been using Tifosis and Native eyewear for the past 3-4 years pretty happily.

Didn't find a replacement model that I really liked, but still needed eye protection, so on a whim, since I was buying stuff on Amazon prime, ordered some Dewalt safety glasses. Figure I could at least use them for minor home repair tasks even if they suck on the bike.

Was more than a bit surprised to find they fit as well (slightly better actually) on my face than the Tifosis, and look totally fine. Used it on a sweatfest ride, and didn't notice any problems whatsoever. Although I will add that I tend to sweat so much on the hard climbs that optics are pretty worthless to me - I always get a few drops of sweat onto the lenses at some point, at which point high quality optics go out the window.

http://www.amazon.com/DPG52-6C-Contr...rmance+glasses


Not bad for $4.15 shipped. The nice thing about this frame for folks who ride TT bikes more than standard road bikes (triathletes mainly), is that the frameless rim means that nothing interferes with your vision when you're tucked into your aerobars with the head tilted down. Works great.

I'm still shopping for a pair of sunglasses I'm gonna love, but honestly, I'm starting to seriously consider just getting multiple pairs of safety glasses since I do seem to lose at least one pair every year.
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Old 06-12-13, 06:31 PM   #2
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yeah.......ummmm, no.
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Old 06-12-13, 06:34 PM   #3
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I wear the fancy Mike Holmes version from Home Depot, $14. Seriously.
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Old 06-12-13, 06:37 PM   #4
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I use some clear safety glasses for mountain biking. Look similar to those and work well.
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Old 06-12-13, 06:49 PM   #5
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Yep... some of them are actually quite good looking and they fit well.

Australia has a much more acute awareness of occupational health and safety, and safety glasses are required wear in various industrial settings. And manufacturers have become more attuned to the fact that to get workers to wear them, they need to look better.

I've used them a lot over the years, although now I wear prescription glasses.

The best I have seen are supplied with tools made by Stihl. Warp-arounds, nice colours...

And best of all, industrial glasses are cheap as chips, so if you bust 'em or scratch 'em, no big deal.
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Watch your back Oakley.

I've got a pair of Stanley safety glasses and a pair of DeWalts, one in dark smoke and the other in dark amber. Neither cost me more than $12 and they are comfortable, protective and my vision through them is excellent. But that still doesn't answer the fashionista's question: Do you wear your sunglasses over or under your helmet strap?

Some time back I was boating with a guy who bragged up his new $100+ Oakleys . . . until he lost them into the drink less than an hour later. Ruined his whole day as all he did was whine about his Oakleys. Lose my DeWalts and it's about 10 seconds of "oh crap" and then back to having fun.
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Old 06-12-13, 07:07 PM   #7
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I use some clear safety glasses for mountain biking. Look similar to those and work well.
Clear glasses are also great for riding at night, especially in summer when there are many insects about.
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Safety glasses offer no UV protection. It's kinda important.

You can get basic sunglasses with UV protection for a very affordable price. E.g. http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Fisherm...rds=sunglasses
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Amber safety glasses work well on the trails.
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Old 06-12-13, 07:13 PM   #10
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Safety glasses offer no UV protection. It's kinda important.

You can get basic sunglasses with UV protection for a very affordable price. E.g. http://www.amazon.com/Flying-Fisherm...rds=sunglasses
I think pretty much all polycarbonate lenses offer UV protection. It's an inherent property of the material.
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Old 06-12-13, 07:24 PM   #11
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You should see the guys on a construction site. Everybody looks like raccoons bc the glasses protect from the sun so much better than sunscreen.
I use the pyromex intruder. They're less than $2 each from safetyglassesusa.com. I've always worn these working, and they're what I'm used to. I mean, they're made to wear 8-12 hours at a time, and so that you don't have any blind spots while you work. All day comfort, no blind spots, cheap to replace if you stomp them on accident...what else could you ask for? One can get a case of each tint made for cheaper than one pair of some of the more popular styles.
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I could never understand why so many on this forum balked at safety glasses in the past. They are no worse than Ryders etc. They don't have the Oakley cool factor but they don't carry the price tag either. If Jens was seen wearing them, the 41 would be rushing Home Depot tomorrow.
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Old 06-12-13, 07:38 PM   #13
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I think pretty much all polycarbonate lenses offer UV protection. It's an inherent property of the material.
I think you're confusing UV coatings for UV resistant polycarbonate. The former protects the wearer's eyes, and the latter protects the plastic material itself.
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Old 06-12-13, 07:56 PM   #14
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According to this website from the American Optometric Association: http://www.aoa.org/uv-protection.xml


  • UV Protection: Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses both block 100 percent of the sun's UV rays without the need for special UV-blocking lens coatings."
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Old 06-12-13, 08:17 PM   #15
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Do you wear your sunglasses over or under your helmet strap?
Under. Otherwise, you have to take them off to take off your helmet in T2.

Why is everyone looking at me funny?
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Old 06-13-13, 10:42 AM   #16
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I think you're confusing UV coatings for UV resistant polycarbonate. The former protects the wearer's eyes, and the latter protects the plastic material itself.
All polycarbonate (aka: Lexan) blocks 100% of UV A&B as it is a characteristic of the material. This material is also bulletproof and will protect your eyes. Plastic lenses (aka: CR39) requires an extra UV coating to block UV A&B, but will shatter upon high impact and will not protect your eyes like poly.

Another thing...

Safety glasses at Home Deport will protect your eyes and offer 100% UV protection, but there is still a benefit to utilizing Oakley, Rudy Project, Wiley X and many other premium eyewear. Most of these products have Anti-Reflective Coating on the rear side of the lens and a premium mirror coating on the front. If you are wearing lenses without Anti-Reflective coating, you are losing between 5-7% of the light to your eye due to reflections and glare. Also, many of these products can be ordered Polarized, which is the the only technology that truly eliminates glare. It is true that you are paying a higher price due to the "cool factor" and brand recognition, but most of the extra cost comes down to the manufacturing process. Producing Anti-Reflective Coating and Polarized lenses is an extremely labor intensive process as they are made custom one pair at a time. Safety eyewear are stamped out using molds and can be produced at a much lower cost.
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I actually much prefer the NON-polarized lenses. I have a pair of Natives that are polarized, and it creates some bizarre artifacts on things like manholes or other slightly textured profiles that I don't like. I've never noticed any increased effect for cycling with polarization. If I were fishing or maybe even shooting, I'd probably find great value in it, but not on the bike.
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Shoot. Well now that you've discovered my secret, I may as well give up my source:

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bolle-slam.html
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I actually much prefer the NON-polarized lenses. I have a pair of Natives that are polarized, and it creates some bizarre artifacts on things like manholes or other slightly textured profiles that I don't like. I've never noticed any increased effect for cycling with polarization. If I were fishing or maybe even shooting, I'd probably find great value in it, but not on the bike.
I usually ride at night after work. I get a lot of glare off of car windows and chrome. Polarized minimizes the blinding glare for me.
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Big Lots, $6.00 for clear on those early morning rides at dusk.

Vanity is overrated.
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Shoot. Well now that you've discovered my secret, I may as well give up my source:

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bolle-slam.html
Uhhh, sah-wheet.

Also cool.
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The one issue with safety classes is that many slip on me when I start to sweat. Cheap sunglasses are an equally valid choice, I like my $30 Uvex ones a lot. Spending more than abotu $40 on cycling sunglasses makes absolutely zero sense to me.
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I actually much prefer the NON-polarized lenses. I have a pair of Natives that are polarized, and it creates some bizarre artifacts on things like manholes or other slightly textured profiles that I don't like. I've never noticed any increased effect for cycling with polarization. If I were fishing or maybe even shooting, I'd probably find great value in it, but not on the bike.
What about when you have to shoot from your bike?
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These are the Dewalts I use
$8.18 at Amazon
They fit my face, the rubber tips hold them snug & they don't look bad either.
I've used 2 pairs in a year of riding, Scratched a lens when I was wiping sweat & it got caught on my glove & went flying, no big deal, those are now my mowing glasses!

I'll use my expensive sunglasses where they won't be lost or destroyed as easily as riding a bike, The Dewalts are my riding glasses.
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Old 06-13-13, 04:40 PM   #25
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Shoot. Well now that you've discovered my secret, I may as well give up my source:

http://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bolle-slam.html
Those are pretty sharp! I may order them. As much as I enjoy my new DeWalt's, there's something not just right about having the DeWalt logo clearly emblazoned on the temples. Bolle is doable though!
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