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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 05-21-14, 11:18 PM   #26
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is it true that yellow tinted is best for dusk?

my cycle glasses came with 3 colours: shiny reflective, blue tint, yellow tint. I don't know what they are supposed to be used for.
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Old 05-21-14, 11:45 PM   #27
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Get some photochromic lens. You get best of two worlds. Clear lens during the dark and dark lens during the day (depending on how much sun is out). Another advice. Unless you can afford to replace your expensive Oakleys, I suggest getting another non-Oakley pair of cycling glasses. I bought a pair of Tifosi with photochromic lens for $60. It's sturdy, reliable and I won't cry over them if it falls off while I ride or if I fly over my handlebars.
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Old 05-22-14, 07:44 AM   #28
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i have tifosi Logic. there are 6 or 7 different shades of lens available, BUT they do not hold up if you're swapping them out all the time. the lenses have tabs that fit into the frames and after 10 or so changes they will break. so if you want to switch them out often, get some frames with 2 separate lenses, not the single lens.
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Old 09-23-14, 06:38 PM   #29
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Apologies for the bump, but we're getting into "that time of year" again, when rides that start in bright light finish in much-less-bright light and I was wondering if anyone who hadn't had a chance to contribute to this thread, had anything new to contribute vis-a-vis transition/photochromic/dark-in-the-light-and-light-in-the-dark lenses?

The Tifosis appear to be the go-to brand on here, but the Amazon reviews are a mixed bag to say the least, and to be honest I've never seen a pair on anyone I ride with.

I have a pair of New Balance shades that came with dark and yellow lenses, but no clear, and the yellows aren't light enough once the sun/cloud gets low enough. So I want to get this shades thing right, without spending Radarlock-level money that could go towards new wheels etc.
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I've just used a $20 pair of dewalt safety glasses, they won't break my heart when I inevitably drop or lose them. I would imagine purpose built ones might be better on the anti fog performance, but they've been adequate for me.
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Old 09-24-14, 04:52 AM   #31
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I'm another safety glasses guy. These are my "go to" safety glasses for dusk riding. Minus the camo frames. Rigids are also good ones.

Jackson Nemesis Safety Glasses Camo Frame - Anti-Fog Lens :: Jackson Safety - Nemesis :: Shop by Brands :: Eyewear :: eSafety Supplies, Inc.


I even have a couple of pairs with 1.5 readers in them. I got those before changing to a computer with a larger display.

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Old 09-24-14, 05:07 AM   #32
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I have a yellow lens that I switch to for dawn/dusk riding.

For night riding, I bought some clear Smith & Wesson safety glasses. I figured if they were good enough for shooting, they should work for cycling, and they fit well and work for me. I paid $5 a pair after doing some searches for them.

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I have a yellow lens that I switch to for dawn/dusk riding.

For night riding, I bought some clear Smith & Wesson safety glasses. I figured if they were good enough for shooting, they should work for cycling, and they fit well and work for me. I paid $5 a pair after doing some searches for them.

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The Smith and Wesson Magnums is what I wear for work. I can't stand glasses that dig into the side of your head rather than hook around your ears as I get an almost instant headache from the straight arm glasses. I usually toss them in the locker after work, but if I know I'm going to go riding at dusk, I would just take them home with me and wear them.

My sunglasses are just regular sunglasses you get at clothing stores. I can't remember the brand. I like the dark bronze color for sunglasses and they must be UV resistant and polarized.
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Old 09-24-14, 06:08 AM   #34
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I like my photochromic Tifosis. They lighten up enough for dusk riding.
Been using these for a year of so and like them.
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Old 09-24-14, 06:29 AM   #35
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I have a couple of pairs of safety glasses that I've used on my most recent couple of rides, but the obvious problem is the mid-ride glasses change. Not that I'm not comfortable going to the pocket while on the move, but there's the annoyance factor of bringing 2 pairs of glasses, or even 2 sets of lenses, along on a 4pm ride that will finish as the street lights are coming on, or a 9am weekend ride that will finish after the marine layer has burnt off.
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Wife rode with Dewalt safety glasses the other night and I had some very lightly tinted shooting glasses on. Big mistake for me. On the way back I could barely see my light let alone the trail, I was a nervous pervis. I plan on wearing a pair of Dewalt safety glasses tonight. We are fortunate that we ride out with the setting sun at our backs and it is pretty much set on the way home as we ride towards it. I just need to put new batteries in my light.
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WileyX makes clear lens safety glasses that look just like their sunglasses
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Old 09-24-14, 03:49 PM   #39
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Any Tifosi model with the "Light Night Fototec" lens: Fototec | Tifosi Optics Sunglasses
Thanks, I just ordered a set from Amazon using some credit I had there.

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my 2 cents: I use clear racquetball glasses...
This is what I use on my night rides today.

But I do a lot of rides where I start at dark and it gets light or I start when its light and it gets dark, so the idea of having one set that changed with all of that is cool.
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I've just used a $20 pair of dewalt safety glasses, they won't break my heart when I inevitably drop or lose them. I would imagine purpose built ones might be better on the anti fog performance, but they've been adequate for me.
Yea, find some safety glasses that you like the looks and fit of and get some in bright orange, yellow and clear. I used to like yellow the best, but recently found some bright orange that really, really brighten things up. And the frames fit me really well and are comfortable. I won't mention the brand (can't really remember anyway) because the only way to pick them is just to try them on and grab the pair that feels and looks best to you.

Sure, maybe hot the quality of good sport glasses (i'm not arguing that there's no difference in quality!), but seriously, any decent pair of glasses that fit will work for cycling. You can throw them in your kit bag without fussing over them too much and will never forget them.
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I use the Smith Pivlock V2 Max, it comes with 3 lenses out of the box, one being clear, and another their 'ignitor' lens, which I use in low light conditions that don't call for the clear. The best thing about them is there is no top brim to the frame, so nothing gets in the way when looking up the road while in the drops.
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For night riding or low light, I found fine safety glasses the wrap around at Home Depot for $10 or so.
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For what its worth, I have a pair of Oakleys with the Red Iridium lenses. These lenses are amazing in that they are awesome in pure sunlight, but they are so easy to see out of when it gets darker as well. These lenses really make the road and the riding environment much more "vibrant". I am glad I made the investment!
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Another vote for the Tifosis. I bought mine on ebay for $60 shipped and they work in all lighting conditions.
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Switch Vision | Product Details

Switch sunglasses. They come with polarized and amber lenses. I bought the clear separately for night rides. The lenses are attached to the frame by magnets and are the easiest and fastest changes I've seen. I carry the extra lenses with me and can switch quickly due to changing conditions...
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Old 09-25-14, 06:26 PM   #47
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I use $10 clear shooting safety glasses.
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I've tried the photochromic lenses Tifosi lenses, but they didn't get dark enough for bright sunlight. I prefer to switch to clear lenses if I know I'll be finishing a ride in the dark.
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I have photochromatic orange which work well. I tried clear safety glasses for when it's really dark (using a headlight) and the visual distortion is horrible. Not that some safety glasses won't work, but choose them wisely.

My cheapo performance bike photochromatic glasses (grey and orange lenses) have been well worth $25.
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For those suggesting clear lenses for Oakleys (and other interchangeable frames), have you actually tried switching lenses back and forth on a daily basis and did they last? I had some big-$$$ Rudy Project RX lenses that broke after a couple lens changes.

These days I have a separate pair of clear RX Oakley Flakjackets and polarized RX Flakjackets and just carry both if I'll be riding into the night, or starting before sunrise. Way easier than stopping to change lenses with downside of keeping the other pair safe.
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