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Old 08-14-15, 07:26 AM
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Prescription Cycling Glasses?

Do you wear dedicated prescription cycling glasses? If so, what kind? Are you happy with them?

I've struggled with this one for a while, and would like to hear what you use, especially if it works. FWIW, I've always had issues with polycarbonate lenses. I just can't get accustomed to them.
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I have Rudy Project Rydon. They are replaceable lenses and a prescription insert, so you can change the lenses to fit the weather conditions but only need one prescription insert.

Since the primary lenses are polycarbonate and photocromatic, I wear them when doing yard work and other times besides cycling.



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I have rudy project rydon II. I like them but I find they fog up pretty easily.

Mine insert is bifocal.
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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
Do you wear dedicated prescription cycling glasses? If so, what kind? Are you happy with them?

I've struggled with this one for a while, and would like to hear what you use, especially if it works. FWIW, I've always had issues with polycarbonate lenses. I just can't get accustomed to them.
Love mine. Rudy Project Arpoon half frame. Single lens - no inserts, but they handle my progressive prescription just fine. Got them with transitions lenses, so they're good in any lighting situation, and suitable for wear off the bike as well.

Got them from SportRX - they also offer a guarantee on the lenses. Scratch them up in the first year and they'll replace the lenses. Good folks to do business with.

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Originally Posted by dmanthree View Post
Do you wear dedicated prescription cycling glasses? If so, what kind? Are you happy with them?

I've struggled with this one for a while, and would like to hear what you use, especially if it works. FWIW, I've always had issues with polycarbonate lenses. I just can't get accustomed to them.

Got mine free from Sears when I bought another pair. Trifocals

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I just wear my regular glasses (either single vision or progressives), which have magnetic clip-on sunglasses. With a -7 prescription, I wear glasses all of my waking hours, anyway.
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Some good advice here, thanks. Rudy Project seems to be popular.
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I gave up on progressive lenses for outdoor activities and switched to contacts. When running or biking I have zero issues with peripheral vision and use regular sunglasses.
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Old 08-14-15, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
I have Rudy Project Rydon. They are replaceable lenses and a prescription insert, so you can change the lenses to fit the weather conditions but only need one prescription insert.

Since the primary lenses are polycarbonate and photocromatic, I wear them when doing yard work and other times besides cycling.


I've owned 3 pairs of RP sunglasses and the Rydon are my least favorite. The frame where it goes over my ears is rather sharp and cut into my ears. I had to wrap that area in cloth. Also the go straight back and contact my helmet leading to a sawing action.

I liked my old RB3's the best but they aren't made anymore. I also like the RP Exceptions. Sometimes having the ability to flip up the shades is really nice.

I also need inserts and bifocals. My recommendation is to get lined bifocals if you need inserts. As you are usually just looking at the bike computer or down the road while riding, it works pretty well without having to bob your head up down so much to focus. Same goes for while driving.
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I've been using Wiley X Air Rage for several years. Single prescription lens (for distance), light sensitive (Photoptic--darkens in brighter sunlight). Got polarized lens which I won't do again, as it is hard to read my watch or bike computer. They've worked fairly well, tho they slide down a bit a times. I also use them for driving and general outdoor wear.

Recently got a new prescription (my sight is improving as my eye shape changes with age) and so ordered new glasses for cycling. Just today they arrived, from Sport RX. The model is Rudy Project Horus (I have a small and narrow face). Single lens again, as progressives make me dizzy and I can get by (for cycling) without bifocals. I prefer a prescription lens to an insert. My initial impression: good so far; a little heavier than the Wiley but still fairly light weight; colors appear fairly true; much better nosepiece than the Wiley (the Rudy has an adjustable, very grippy and replaceable nose piece). The Rudy sits up a little higher, so they work well in the drops and in an aero position (lower) on the bike.

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To get the curve necessary for my prescription I went to Costa Del Mar eliminators. I should have said the curve with my Bi-focal prescription.

I also got a second helmet with a shield so I can use my regular glasses.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Got mine free from Sears when I bought another pair. Trifocals

I wear trifocals also. Tried progressives a couple of times...didn't feel like they offered good periferal vision. I used to wear my previous glasses as my biking glasses, but now I just wear whatever is my current pair (with a strap). In 23 years of serious bike commuting, while thinks have hit my lenses, I have never had a pit, scratch or crack. BTW, I wash my lenses with soap and warm water, then blow dry them with an empty pen tube, or straw (pinching it near the bottom). In 12 years of doing this I have avoided scratching the lenses, and two and three year old lenses look like new. After three years I usually need a new perscription.
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I took a look at the inserts...glasses from Bike Nashbar like $69 inserts ground to my RX $200!!! Yikes

anyone have a reasonable solution I don't want to spend $270 on glasses my regular bifocal glasses cost that much help I would like to join the 21st Century. Wardie
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There are some "inserts" that are basically just magnifiers you can attach to the sun-glass's lens, fairly inexpensive. I cannot find these right now, but I imagine someone here knows where to get these. They don't work for everyone though, I can't use them with my Rx for my eyes, for some reason. I may have missed someone mentioning these in the thread, also, apologies it I have stepped on anyone's toes.

My glasses are worn when I am awake, and sometimes when I am napping (frequently) too. And, they are up for a new fresh Rx as well. I'll look for a deal to get some type of riding or sport glasses as the second pair of a 2fer1 deal, hopefully.

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Since I mainly need the glasses for close up vision, I use these

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I took a look at the inserts...glasses from Bike Nashbar like $69 inserts ground to my RX $200!!! Yikes

anyone have a reasonable solution I don't want to spend $270 on glasses my regular bifocal glasses cost that much help I would like to join the 21st Century. Wardie
What's worth for you not to take a bug or debris to the eye while riding, or not to get road rash on your eyelids in a wreck?
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What's worth for you not to take a bug or debris to the eye while riding, or not to get road rash on your eyelids in a wreck?
as a former motorcycle road racer I know the importance of quality gear. I did not say I was going without glasses, I wear my prescription ones all the time

$270 glasses for part time recreational cyclist is IMO expensive I a looking for something in the $100 range.
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Do you wear dedicated prescription cycling glasses? If so, what kind? Are you happy with them?

Yes, Rudy Project Ketyums with custom lenses ground by Bret Hunter at Sports Optical in Colorado. Two pairs, both bifocals, one dark gray and the other mostly clear but with a Transition lens that almost never gets activated since I generally only use that pair for night rides.

And I am very happy with them! A major improvement over riding with contacts, or using glasses that have the removeable prescription insert.
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Thanks, I'll give them a look. There's a dealer for Rudy Project close by, as well. Are the lenses plastic or poly-carbonate? I'm asking because I've never been able to see clearly with poly lenses.
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I went not my optometrist and explained what I was looking for. They showed me a number of catalogs to look through and I picked out three frames that they got in for me to try. I picked one and they made the lenses for it. They happened to be Rudy Project dealer, but I chose a different brand frame.
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I wear these. They are good, not great, and are cheap. Quality is just meh. Look for a coupon or deal. Let us know what you end up getting.

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I needed wrap arounds as my eyes tear in the wind. I have pretty strong astigmatism so cant do contacts. Sportrx made me a pair or wrap arounds - with a progressive bi focal- that works great. It took them two attempts to get it right but they were great to work with. I have been using he same pair over 5 years- absolutely worth the money.
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Went through a fairly extensive search to find some good frames that will accept progressive Transition lenses. Will post here when they show up in a few days.
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