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Old 03-28-13, 05:10 PM
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Sunglasses

I am ready to buy prescription sunglasses. The sunglasses for bike riding don't have frames all the way around the lens, you know the type. My optical shop doesn't stock that style, but rather the typical sunglass with a plastic frame all around the lens. So there must be a good reason why the bike sunglasses are the way they are.
I can get the bike sunglass style but its a special order...are those the best type?
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Old 03-28-13, 07:24 PM
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I dont know what the best type is for you
but these are for me http://www.opticsplanet.com/oakley-r...130329011352:s

they block the wind so my eyes dont tear up. the sun dosnt blind me plus there is no glare on the inside lense when the sun is behind me.
they can be had in all kinds of colors even clear for night riding
My eyes are still pretty good so I only need a mild prescription in them
My eye doctor didnt carry these either or anything close so I had to go to a competitor with my prescription
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Old 03-29-13, 06:54 AM
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My optometrist let me look in a bunch of catalogs and got in the frames I wanted to try that would work with my prescription. There's also:

http://www.sportsoptical.com/prescri...sunglasses.htm
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Old 03-31-13, 07:19 PM
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Before I got back into cycling, I was way into kayaking. I needed a pair of prescription sunglasses that would keep the glare from the water out of my eyes. They have a modest wrap-around for that purpose. The frames are plastic with flexible temples, stainless hardware, and polarized lenses.

Prescription sunglasses cost too much for me to have separate pairs for all my outdoor activities so the ones I bought for kayaking have to do and they do quite well.

I bought Liberty frames from my optician: http://www.libertysport.com/products...7&codecolo=377

Interestingly, the style is called "Biker" but they don't look like your typical cyclist sunglasses. They've held up really well and I'd buy another pair in a heartbeat.
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Old 03-31-13, 09:10 PM
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Wie just bought a new pair of M frames today. She purchased a set of newer style Oakleys about 3 months ago but not happy with them as they have the frames around the entire lens.

The non frame lens edges make it easier to see the peripheral vision while riding..and driving. I also prefer the non framed lenses.

similar to these

http://www.discountgolfworld.com/oak...ium=comparison
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Old 03-31-13, 09:42 PM
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I have used Bollé Parole sunglasses for years. They use a separate insert for the prescription lenses, but that's OK for me. It allows me to exchange the outer lenses (dark gray or light bronze) easily. I've had them for 20 years, but they're still available here: http://www.sporteyes.com/bolle-parole.html
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I need reading glasses, and very little help with distance. Cycle glasses fit different so when your head is down you can look up with your eyes without looking over the frame. Makes a big difference. Because they are so curved things get distorted, and it takes a little time whenever I use them to get my eyes adjusted.They are Rudy project. Anyone have this issue, and have you resolved it?
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Old 04-21-13, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by FridayRider View Post
I am ready to buy prescription sunglasses. The sunglasses for bike riding don't have frames all the way around the lens, you know the type. My optical shop doesn't stock that style, but rather the typical sunglass with a plastic frame all around the lens. So there must be a good reason why the bike sunglasses are the way they are.
I can get the bike sunglass style but its a special order...are those the best type?
Thanks
First of all ya don't need no stinking special cycling sun glasses.

A good pair of fitovers found online or at lowes, home depot will do a better job for pennies.
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Old 04-22-13, 02:04 AM
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My friend bought contacts just so he can wear his Oakley radars =p. When he's not, he's wearing his hipster wayfarers with prescription lenses (clear). I've thought of doing the same thing. (not the wayfarer part)
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I'm sort of thinking of going the same route ... contacts. I tried a sample set out a few years ago and couldn't get used to poking myself in the eye every morning.

That said ... it WOULD be a lot easier to have less-expensive, activity-specific sunglasses instead of having to buy one pair that's "okay" for everything I do outdoors. And think of the cost of changing the prescription every few years on those "okay" sunglasses in addition to my regular eyeglasses. It can easily reach $300-$400-$500 particulary if you have any sort of wrap-around frame. I might as well have the prescription changed on contacts if they're going to change anyway and not have to pay even more to have the presciption changed on my "okay" sunglasses.
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Old 04-22-13, 07:48 AM
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I wore contacts for years. They're OK. They can become problematic when riding really hard, can dry out from wind, or have issues with dust/pollen in the air. When I started getting older, ~45, I switched to bifocal glasses as presbyopia set in.
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Old 04-22-13, 08:49 AM
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I have had Bolle Parole with the separate Rx insert, but they tend to fog between the lenses in damp weather. I have had RayBans ina semi wrap around style that worked as general sunglasses as well as on the bike. I currently have Maui Jim wraparounds that I got from Target's Optical Dept- you don't have to buy from your eye doctor, and Target has been consistently great on service and price over the years I have used them. My wife has an identical pair of Maui Jims right now,but for a long time wore the regular RayBan Wayfarer sunglasses she used for general wear. In sketchy weather, I just wear my regular glasses- my job takes me in and out of buildings all day, so I have worn Transistions lenses for years. They are great for general wear, but don't work in the car, since the windshield blocks the UV light that triggers the change in the lens.
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Old 04-22-13, 10:01 AM
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I just went through this myself.... Here is what I learned, you really only need "inserts", those little glasses that fix to the inside, if your lens prescription is so bad (ie. thick) that they can't make the wrap around sunglasses bend correctly. One reason you may choose to get inserts, even if your prescription doesn't require it, is that you want to have multiple lens colors (like yellow and clear); however the draw back is that you now have a pair of glasses that fog up easily and are harder to keep clean.
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Old 04-22-13, 10:50 AM
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Personally, I don't like inserts because they add two surfaces which, get dirty, fog up, create reflections which degrade contrast and sharpness.
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