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    Cycling glasses

    So my parents want to buy me a nice set of perscription cycling glasses as a graduation present for graduating from university. I've never really looked at getting a set before, as I haven't had the cash for them. Any suggestions for nice cycling glasses, preferably ones that keep the wind out of your eyes.

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    Rather than prescription glasses, have you considered getting contact lenses and then a set of interchangable lens glasses for over them? That way you can wear the contacts all the time and put whatever colour lens you need (clear or dark) on your cycling glasses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frodocious
    Rather than prescription glasses, have you considered getting contact lenses and then a set of interchangable lens glasses for over them? That way you can wear the contacts all the time and put whatever colour lens you need (clear or dark) on your cycling glasses.
    I would love to, but my perscription (double vision) doesn't allow for contacts.

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    Rudy Project Rydons, with prescription clip-ins. Fabulous. Wonderful. I love mine to death!!!

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    I have Louis Garneau cycling goggles that have an insert for prescription lenses. I have been using them for eight years. The kit came with three oversized snap-in goggles, grey (for bright sun), yellow (for overcast), and clear (for low-light).

    To change the prescription lenses, take the insert to an optician along with your prescription. You will want to order plastic, not glass, lenses. The last time I changed my lenses, I had bifocals installed so I can more easily read tiny maps without taking off my glasses, or holding a map an arm's length away from my eyes.

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    Check these out http://www.bbbparts.com/ Power view Matte black (color code 2001), is what I got, they are very good and a bit cheaper at 60.
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    I use my work safety glasses DeWalt Receptors from www.safetyglassesusa.com very reasonable prices.

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    Try some Oakleys they make some awsome glasses.

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    The Rudy's look great but their prescriptions are expensive. I got a pair of Oakley 5's 3.0 and had transition prescription lenses put in by a local guy. They are great cycling glasses, but like most cycling gear, they look a little bit weird off the bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bccycleguy
    The Rudy's look great but their prescriptions are expensive. I got a pair of Oakley 5's 3.0 and had transition prescription lenses put in by a local guy. They are great cycling glasses, but like most cycling gear, they look a little bit weird off the bike.
    Maybe, but my prescription lenses will never get scratched. And when my clear or tinted lenses do get scratched, I only need replace that lense, not get a new set of prescription lenses. I'll save money in the long run. Same reason I shave with a straight razor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahoonc
    I use my work safety glasses DeWalt Receptors from www.safetyglassesusa.com very reasonable prices.

    Aaron
    Ditto. Same peformance from $10 safety glasses as $100 'bike' statements. As far as prescriptions, I'm way too rough on my glasses to take them with me. They'll just get lost or damaged. Laser surgery is in the near future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm
    Ditto. Same peformance from $10 safety glasses as $100 'bike' statements. As far as prescriptions, I'm way too rough on my glasses to take them with me. They'll just get lost or damaged. Laser surgery is in the near future.
    Yeah that looks like a great way to go! I would be happy to avoid getting bike statements, but I do definitely want to get something that will work well for the purpose I am planning on using them for.

    Thanks, now I just wish I could try some of those on before I buy them. Darn interet stores.

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    bobotron,
    To try on the Receptors without the prescription insert, check around at home improvement centers, industrial sales, hardware stores, etc. even a DeWalt store if there is one near by. That is one of the reasons I use them, the safety glasses part is pretty easy to come by. When I scratch the outer lenses up, I can toss a $10 pair of glasses and put my insert in a new set.

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    I have Rudy Project Kerosenes which I really like. The only issue I have with prescription inserts is with my eyelashes touching the lenses. I have long eyelashes and it can be bothersome at times. A shop I've been frequenting does prescription lenses for Rudy Project, Smith and Spy Optic. They grind the outer lens to make they prescription. The shop is called Sports Optical. The guy who runs it is a cyclist so he knows our needs. I don't know how much the lenses cost, however. I've always used glass lenses except for one time when I got a pair of plastic lens inserts. Don't try to switch back and forth It'll cause brain damage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcm
    Ditto. Same peformance from $10 safety glasses as $100 'bike' statements. As far as prescriptions, I'm way too rough on my glasses to take them with me. They'll just get lost or damaged. Laser surgery is in the near future.
    Ditto. I buy the $10 safety glasses.

    I'm farsighted. I carry a set of readers in my underseat bag. Only disadvantage, sometimes can't read the computer or the gear on the twisters of my tourer. I have to look down at the gears sometimes....oops.....just like in the old days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monoborracho
    Ditto. I buy the $10 safety glasses.

    I'm farsighted. I carry a set of readers in my underseat bag. Only disadvantage, sometimes can't read the computer or the gear on the twisters of my tourer. I have to look down at the gears sometimes....oops.....just like in the old days.
    Me too. But those DeWalts are available with prescription reading lenses molded in. Seems like the perfect solution. I'm going to get two pairs -- one clear, one dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saintly Loser
    Me too. But those DeWalts are available with prescription reading lenses molded in. Seems like the perfect solution. I'm going to get two pairs -- one clear, one dark.
    Thanks for the info guys, this is great. I'm going to have to start looking around Ottawa for some DeWalts, they sound and look pretty nice. So, are they safety glasses that you can get perscription inserts for or are they frames that you get perscription lenses for? I am confused.

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    Safety glasses that you get the prescription insert for

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    Although they look like mini Drew Carrey glasses, and are mostly worn by old school Hells Angel's types, KD's keep the wind out of your eyes real well. Only problem is the only ones you could pop scrip lenses in are the actual Ray Ban kind, and I have not been able to locate anything other than cheap imported imitations.
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