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    Polarized Sunglasses Disappointment

    I really wanna get polarized sunglasses for riding. But the roadie forum tends to say they're lousy for vision for distortion reasons. But I really liked driving with them except for the distracting "ooh, pretty colors" when looking out tinted side windows. So I'm gonna go for contact lenses and interchangeable lenses but NOT polarized sunglasses for riding.

    But I really would like to cut the glare.

    Thinking I'll buy them online.
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    Only real drawback I can think of is if you use a cycling computer/GPS, you'll have a hard time reading the LCD screen. LCD screens work by polarizing light so if you're wearing polarized lenses, chances are you'll see a blank screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
    Only real drawback I can think of is if you use a cycling computer/GPS, you'll have a hard time reading the LCD screen. LCD screens work by polarizing light so if you're wearing polarized lenses, chances are you'll see a blank screen.
    You simply have to adjust the way the light is reflecting to see properly. I normally wer polarized Oakleys, and do not have a problem with GPS or Clyclecomputer.

    I do, however get the pretty colors on such odd things as the tar that is used as crack filler and on some types of gravel bits used in ChipSeal.

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    My opthalomologist says that UV is Not My Friend, so I wear polarized lenses when outdoors period. I haven't had any signifcant issues with them at all.
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    I've got polarized lenses and not had a problem.
    Distortion? get a good pair and it's not an issue, something like Oakley or Rudy Project.

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    Without any sun or glare, try taking off your polorized sunglasses and rotating them in front of your face, while looking at your GPS or cyclometer. The screen should go black when you have the polorization running perpendicular.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    MMACH is correct. However, in practice I have never had it be an issue.

    Both using the GPS in the car and with my cyclocomputer, I have never had any issues with vision seeing or being able to read the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griffin2020 View Post
    MMACH is correct. However, in practice I have never had it be an issue.

    Both using the GPS in the car and with my cyclocomputer, I have never had any issues with vision seeing or being able to read the screen.
    Oddly enough, my cell phone's screen is the only one I have that seems to be polarized perpendicularly to my sunglasses. My GPS, watch and cyclocomputer only go black if I look at them sideways.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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    I love my polarized shades. Riding over very fresh pavement makes me woozy. Certain cars' windscreens really threw me for a loop at first.
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    Yeah, it is really easy to see who skmiped on the tint job. Good tinting is clear, whereas cheap tinting looks like an acid trip (not that I would know what that looks like). I have seen a few with an interesting pattern of diamonds lately...wonder if it is a new type of film.

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    They are supposed to be bad because it's harder to see wet areas on the road.

    I really like my Rudy polarized lenses. They do cut the glare a lot, and especially help when the sun is low and directly ahead.

    I've only seen LCD interference with a cheap bike computer. My Sigma computer's screen is clearly visible.

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