Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

Prescription Sunglasses

Reply

Old 04-05-18, 01:55 PM
  #1  
HipRider
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Prescription Sunglasses

Finally need to get prescription sunglasses for riding. I have always bought cheap sunglasses since they get lost or dropped and break.


Any ideas on how to buy a pair without breaking the bank? On line, they seem to run more than $400 a pair.


Thanks
HipRider is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 02:13 PM
  #2  
linberl
Senior Member
 
linberl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 1,912

Bikes: 2017 Bike Friday PakiT. (restored & sold: 2003 Bike Friday NWT, 1997 Trek 720, 1993 Trek 520)

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 715 Post(s)
Depends on what you want. Costco has pretty good prices if there's one near you. Alternately you could buy frames that take interchangeable lenses and have prescription lenses made. Then, at least, if you prescription changes, you only need to repurchase lenses and not a frame.
linberl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 02:34 PM
  #3  
Cuyuna
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 145
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 85 Post(s)
Costco is a good balance of quality optometry and good prices, however I wouldn't exactly call their frame selection particularly stylish. I have a couple of pair from Costco. They're accurate progressive lenses, fit well and can take a beating. They're ugly, however.

I finally did order a pair of WileyX with progressive prescription lenses. Not cheap.
Cuyuna is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 02:34 PM
  #4  
pdlamb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: northern Deep South
Posts: 4,571

Bikes: Fuji Touring, Novara Randonee

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 713 Post(s)
The cheapest way is to go to a discount glasses store, Eyemart or the like. Get big frames with your prescription lenses. That's 95% as good as the "best" solution.


You can probably find some inexpensive cycling specific frames online, and have your local optician fit lenses into those.


All that falls apart if your prescription is over 6 diopters, though. Then you'll have to pay the big bucks for the high index lenses, or suffer from coke bottle lenses that won't fit into the majority of available frames, cycling specific or general
pdlamb is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 02:47 PM
  #5  
GadgetGirlIL
Senior Member
 
GadgetGirlIL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Lisle, IL
Posts: 165

Bikes: 2003 Litespeed Vortex, 2017 All-City Mr. Pink, ~1997 Trek Multitrack 700

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Fitovers

Originally Posted by HipRider View Post
Finally need to get prescription sunglasses for riding. I have always bought cheap sunglasses since they get lost or dropped and break.


Any ideas on how to buy a pair without breaking the bank? On line, they seem to run more than $400 a pair.


Thanks
Check out https://fitovers.com/. Their sunglasses are designed to go over your regular glasses. I used them for several years before I had my cataract surgery.

You can get better prices on Amazon for them.
GadgetGirlIL is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 06:08 PM
  #6  
BobbyG
Senior Member
 
BobbyG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Posts: 3,846

Bikes: 2015 Charge Plug, 1997 Nishiki Blazer, 1984 Nishiki International

Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 659 Post(s)
I'm happy with clip-on, flip ups.
BobbyG is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 06:16 PM
  #7  
jppe
Let's do a Century
 
jppe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 7,067

Bikes: Pinarello Prince/Campy SR; Cervelo R3/Sram Red; Trek 5900/Duraace, Cervelo P2C/Duraace, Cannondle Tandem/Ultegra, Lynskey GR260 Ultegra

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 202 Post(s)
I had some extra medical dollars I had to use before I retired. I splurged on a pair of Oakley prescription sunglasses. They were pretty pricey especially depending on what type lens you select. However they are super. I wore them every day on my cross country ride.

jppe is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 06:27 PM
  #8  
DrIsotope 
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 5,390

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 71 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2604 Post(s)
Check out sites like Framesdirect.com-- I got my Wiley-X Valor frames with reflective prescription lenses, anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings for about $225. Oakley makes superb lenses, but you get to pay for 'em-- I priced up a pair of Oakleys around the same time, and the lenses alone were $350.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-18, 07:09 PM
  #9  
NABodie
Senior Member
 
NABodie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: SC
Posts: 193

Bikes: '13 Felt F85, Giant Revel 1 29er, '16 Giant AnyRoad 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Contacts with regular sunglasses over them!
NABodie is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 04:29 AM
  #10  
Bob Ross
your god hates me
 
Bob Ross's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3,746

Bikes: 2018 Cannondale CAADX 105 SE, 2016 Richard Sachs, 2010 Carl Strong, 2006 Cannondale Synapse

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 339 Post(s)
Originally Posted by HipRider View Post
they seem to run more than $400 a pair
Man, I wish I could find effective cycling glasses in my prescription for only $400!
Bob Ross is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 06:11 AM
  #11  
qcpmsame
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 12,243
Mentioned: 76 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 912 Post(s)
Depending on how strong a prescription you need for correction, Tifosi makes wrap around cycling sunglasses, with several different levels of diopters correction available, in the bifocal portion of the lens. I need bifocals and was not able to front the cost of Rx sunglasses, the PBS we frequent had a Tifosi display rack and the owners had me try a pair out. For $40.00 it was money well spent, they aren't perfect but the +1.5 diopter correction/magnification is just about right for being able to read my watch, cyclocomputer and maps.

Bill
qcpmsame is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 09:46 AM
  #12  
steelbikeguy
Senior Member
 
steelbikeguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Peoria, IL
Posts: 1,307
Mentioned: 33 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 364 Post(s)
A relatively cheap option is to use sports style safety glasses that use a lens insert.

I've been using the Uvex Genesis model for a number of years and have been happy with it. The safety glasses themselves are only $11.65 (and extra lenses are also cheap), and the lens insert is $30.

The only additional cost is for the lenses themselves, and they can be purchased and fitted into the lens insert by your local optician. For single vision lenses, I think I paid less than $100.

I purchased the Uvex stuff from SafetyGlassesUSA.com
The glasses are here (just one of many options for lens and frame color):
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/geblfrdagrle.html

The lens inserts for the Uvex Genesis is here:
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/s3350.html

Steve in Peoria
steelbikeguy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 10:19 AM
  #13  
gda659
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Lewiston CA
Posts: 12

Bikes: Elephant Bikes NFE, Soulcraft Royale, DeSalvo Team Issue, 96 Stumpjumper Comp, Intense Tracer 29, Rans Rocket, Bike Friday NWT, 1978 Puch Royal X

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I tried Rx inserts in my Rudy Project Ekynox and Rydon frames. They suck. The inserts are too heavy, too small, and push the frame out too far. I had SportRx do in frame lenses and love them. I can get away with relatively inexpensive lenses in the Ekynox (<$100) but the curvature of the Rydons required a more precise grind and ran about $300. A little pricey, but very nice. Of course, these prices are on top of whatever you spend on the stock frames with plain lenses.

Last edited by gda659; 04-06-18 at 10:21 AM. Reason: More details
gda659 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 12:45 PM
  #14  
civic04
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Pa.
Posts: 12

Bikes: 2016 Jamis Allegro Sport-2017 Giant Escape 3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Sunglasses

Depends what you are looking for.
I bought a cheap pair from $39Dollarglasses.com for $50 they not the best looking but do the job, they have all types of frames and look online i found a coupon for $10 off when i ordered my last spring.
civic04 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 01:08 PM
  #15  
leob1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Middle of the road, NJ
Posts: 2,882
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Try online. I've gotten a few pair from Zenni Optical They have lots of different styles, and the service is ok. The glasses I've gotten work well, and I have no issues with my vision while wearing them for riding or driving. And you'l spend way less than $400. So if you lose them it's no big deal to order another pair. You will need your prescription information.
leob1 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 01:25 PM
  #16  
Slick Madone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1204 Post(s)
Originally Posted by jppe View Post
I had some extra medical dollars I had to use before I retired. I splurged on a pair of Oakley prescription sunglasses. They were pretty pricey especially depending on what type lens you select. However they are super. I wore them every day on my cross country ride.

I went with Oakley Prism Road Flak 2.0's and I think they were close to $500, but I like that I can swap out the lenses for clears if the ride goes long.
Slick Madone is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 01:36 PM
  #17  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 19,431
Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6731 Post(s)
Whatever you get you are better off with shatterproof/resistant materials and design and no metal pins in the hinges. I saw a woman nearly lose her eye when she crashed and hit her face. The right earpiece broke and speared her very close to her eyeball. The wound was so bad she ultimately had to have plastic surgery.
indyfabz is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 01:56 PM
  #18  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 5,913

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 74 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1229 Post(s)
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Whatever you get you are better off with shatterproof/resistant materials and design and no metal pins in the hinges. I saw a woman nearly lose her eye when she crashed and hit her face. The right earpiece broke and speared her very close to her eyeball. The wound was so bad she ultimately had to have plastic surgery.
I wear only all-metal frames (except the ear and nose pieces) for all my riding. Never broken a pair and Ihave crashed many times over the past 50 years. Bent up a few. I have pushed my glasses nto my face and gotten cuts. Never thought about breaking a pair in a crash until you posted. Given my track record, I'll take your observation as a note to stay all metal. (For sunglasses, I have had good luck with Ray Bans.)

I wrote this then realized I have a pair of Ray Ban glasses with CF temples I purchased for driving and now use for everything after I killed my riding glasses (not on me at the time). Guess I need to search out a new pair.

Ben
79pmooney is online now  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 03:04 PM
  #19  
HardyWeinberg
GATC
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: south Puget Sound
Posts: 8,546
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 409 Post(s)
I usually use costco and framesdirect

I have never had contacts.
HardyWeinberg is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 04:22 PM
  #20  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 19,558

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 78 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1364 Post(s)
Originally Posted by GadgetGirlIL View Post
Check out https://fitovers.com/. Their sunglasses are designed to go over your regular glasses. I used them for several years before I had my cataract surgery.
I use a similar product from Lenscovers. They work quite well, and don't cost much. The side protection on the glasses covers is quite nice, particularly in cold weather when wind blowing past the glasses made my eyes water profusely when I used clip-on sunglasses.
JohnDThompson is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 05:01 PM
  #21  
2cam16
Senior Member
 
2cam16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: San Mateo,Ca.
Posts: 1,927

Bikes: 2011 Specialized Hardrock Disc, 1982 Shogun Sport 300,1972 Lambert SS,1991 GT Karakoram, 1997 Trek 7000ZX, 1990 Hardrock Sport,1990 DB Cent Master TG,1992 Marin Eldridge Grade,1994 Mt Shasta Kilimanjaro,1987 Novara Ponderosa, 1962 Huffy Sportsman

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 432 Post(s)
I have a pair of flip-up Rudy Project Rx glasses. I don't use it for riding as I'm farsighted but use it for work (active). It has lasted me for years.
2cam16 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 07:32 PM
  #22  
tizeye 
Senior Member
 
tizeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 103

Bikes: 1985 Falcon, 2008 Jamis Dakota Sport

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have used Rudy Project Rydon's for years. Started with single (distance) lens and carried regular glasses for map reading. Technology has improved and can now do progressives on curved glasses. Also, the clip-in frame has improved as the earlier metal rattled and fogged where the current ones are non-metallic touch lens without rattle an haven't had fogging problem. Reason didn't get Oakleys and others is had a hard time paying for sunglasses with the "special glass" marketing tell you about...punch it out and put in Rx glass. Can replace scratched outer glass with Rudy Project's warranty, and no need to add the additional stuff like glare and scratch resistance when going behind the non-rx lens. I do get poly as basic plastic is too thick.

Don't find cost too bad and actually equals out to about the same as Costco. I have a personal vision plan with VSP which my optometrist (and fellow bike rider) accepts and happens to be a Rudy Project authorized dealer. Discount on new lens every year so one year applied it to the Rudy's as my current daily glasses were fine.
__________________
1985 Falcon
2008 Jamis Dakota Sport
tizeye is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 07:43 PM
  #23  
Monoborracho
Senior Member
 
Monoborracho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Deep In The Heart
Posts: 2,655

Bikes: Seven Ti Tandem, Blue T12 tri bike, 92 Paramount, 93 Schwinn Mesa MTB, Soma Saga

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
I have the Wal-Mart and the Wiley X brands, both with separate bifocals. I tried progressives and they were disorienting.


I would consider nothing except wraparounds. Think about what your vision is worth. A pebble from a vehicle could be serious.


Wal-Mart now has some as good as Wiley X and, I think, are unbranded Wiley's. IMHO Wal-Mart has been my best deal. I have no experience with Costco as I live in the boonies.
__________________
"When buying and selling are controlled by legislation the first things to be bought and sold are legislators"......P. J. O'Rourke
Monoborracho is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-18, 09:09 PM
  #24  
ZippyThePinhead
Slacker
 
ZippyThePinhead's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Orange County, in Southern California
Posts: 1,274

Bikes: 1986 Peugeot Orient Express, 1987 Trek 560 Pro, 1983 SR Semi Pro, 2010 Motobecane Le Champion Titanium, 2011 Trek Fuel EX8

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 87 Post(s)
Chances are, if you buy prescription lenses from a local OD, that OD orders them from Zenni Optical or an equivalent. They are very, very cheap. Here's a review.
ZippyThePinhead is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-18, 02:45 PM
  #25  
ctpres 
Senior Member
 
ctpres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Creede CO in summer & TX Gulf Coast in winter
Posts: 643

Bikes: Zenetto Stealth road bike & Sundeal M7 MTN bike

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 62 Post(s)
I am going to try these. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&th=1
__________________
Retired 79 YO. Got my sub 5 ET century at 50 and sub 7 RT at 75. Just want to finish sub 10 RT at 80. USNR, USAF, USCGA - riding 2014 Zenetto Stealth ZR7.1 Carbon on the road in flatland & 2017 Sundeal M7 for the mountains. Train HI - Creede Co in summer and ride low - Texas Gulf Coast in winter. Life is good.
ctpres is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service