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Old 04-02-13, 12:36 PM
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Glasses while Cycling (Suggestions Wanted)

here's my dilemma: I wear Glasses, don't wear Contacts.

I have an old style of performance cycling glasses where the RX is an insert and the "shades" part is interchangeable between yellow and brown. These glasses are hard as heck to keep clean and forget it if it should start raining as they will just fog up.

Is the solution to get two pair of RX sunglasses (ie. no insert) and get one yellow and one brown; or are there interchangeable RX lenses that fit this need?

What does everyone else do (and don't say contacts or Lasik)?
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Old 04-02-13, 01:26 PM
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I have a pair of sunglasses that i genrally wear while cycling. if the weather sucks, or it is later in the evening (commute home), I just wear my regular glasses instead.
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A lot depends on your prescription. If your eyes aren't too bad, you might be able to get prescription sunglasses without inserts.

I'm not that lucky. Heck I have to get bifocal inserts! I've gotten good at removing the inserts and cleaning the lenses. Pretty easy with Rudy Projects.

One other option would be flip-ups. I had them on an earlier pair of Rudy Projects and it was real easy to clean things and replacing the yellow with brown or whatever. Also good when fogging up. The biggest problem I had with flip-ups was that they would hit the helmet when up and not get completely out of the way.
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Some good information about Rx Cycling Eyewear in this thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...es-over-20-mph
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Old 04-02-13, 05:04 PM
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I just wear these over my regular prescription glasses. Never really paid attention to how they respond to rain, though.
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Old 04-03-13, 06:35 AM
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I have had good success with the Dux Helm helmet, which has an integrated, retractable, quick-change visor that slides down over my eyeglasses. It has brown, grey, yellow, and clear lenses, and swapping is tool-free and takes about 30 seconds, so it's easy to have just the right lens for any condition. The padded lens pouch lets you safely take them with you, too, if you really wanted to be prepared.

The downside is that a lot of eyeglasses won't fit under the visor because of the wrap around shape. Eyeglasses that square to, i.e. perfectly perpendicular to, the plane of the face usually don't work well, nor do wide ones, both for the reason of the outside frame edges contacting the lens.

So it's not a perfect solution for eyeglass wearers, but if picking up a pair of sports style wraparound frames with regular prescription lenses that you'll wear all the time (in contrast to 'script shades that you take off and are more likely to lose; I've done it 2x!) is an option if your existing frames don't fit, the Dux Helm is worth looking at. It has solved my sunglasses problem, and also largely nullified my winter goggle needs. No affiliation, btw, just a satisfied user!

www.duxhelm.com
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Old 04-03-13, 06:48 AM
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I finally got tired of my Rx glasses getting foggy, wet and dirty while riding in the rain.

So I had Lasik eye surgery.

Last Sunday I rode in the rain and it was great to be able to see where I was going.
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
I finally got tired of my Rx glasses getting foggy, wet and dirty while riding in the rain.

So I had Lasik eye surgery.

Last Sunday I rode in the rain and it was great to be able to see where I was going.
That would be nice.
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Old 04-03-13, 09:50 PM
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I went with a pair of the Nike cycling glasses. Did not get bifocal, so saved a buck there. Got transitions, so I have clear to dark as the sunshine demands. Used my insurance to pay part, so not sure of retail cost but I really do like them. Wear them commuting and on my road rides.
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I wear photo-gray glasses that darken in sunlight. However, when it rains (and it does in the Northwest) I frequently take them off and deal with a certain amount of blurriness in the world.
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Originally Posted by RoadHolland View Post
here's my dilemma: I wear Glasses, don't wear Contacts.

I have an old style of performance cycling glasses where the RX is an insert and the "shades" part is interchangeable between yellow and brown. These glasses are hard as heck to keep clean and forget it if it should start raining as they will just fog up.

Is the solution to get two pair of RX sunglasses (ie. no insert) and get one yellow and one brown; or are there interchangeable RX lenses that fit this need?

What does everyone else do (and don't say contacts or Lasik)?

Look into "fit over" plastic glasses used in construction or the medical community for eye patients.

"Solar Shields" are great and come in several colors. They are made from POLYCARBONATE and will stop just about any road debris from getting to you eyes.

http://www.solarshield.com/sunglass.html
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Old 04-04-13, 01:43 PM
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Originally Posted by RoadHolland View Post
here's my dilemma: I wear Glasses, don't wear Contacts.

I have an old style of performance cycling glasses where the RX is an insert and the "shades" part is interchangeable between yellow and brown. These glasses are hard as heck to keep clean and forget it if it should start raining as they will just fog up.

Is the solution to get two pair of RX sunglasses (ie. no insert) and get one yellow and one brown; or are there interchangeable RX lenses that fit this need?

What does everyone else do (and don't say contacts or Lasik)?
Prescription photochromic lenses might be a solution for variable lighting conditions.
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Old 04-05-13, 10:09 AM
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I had a pair of Transition Lens before just for my glasses.... never really thought to wear them cycling; duh?!? I have decided I am correct that Inserts suk and really are for people who have really strong prescriptions and need thick lenses... Also the interchangeable lenses for prescription lenses look like you have some para-military gear on for face; I just want the simple ray-ban look.

I may have over thought this thread! But thanks for the advice.
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Old 04-21-13, 07:27 AM
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anyone try Rain X on their glasses?
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anyone try Rain X on their glasses?
Rain-X is formulated to work on glass, so if your lenses are actually made of glass it should work. If you have sensitive eyes, I would recommend applying the night before so any vapors are gone by the time you ride (I've never had any issues on my glasses though). If you have plastic lenses, I would recommend NikWax Visor proof and/or Blaze anti-fog. The Nikwax works much better than the Blaze on the outside for shedding water, in my experience on both bicycles and motorcycles. The Blaze does ok, but it has to be re-applied more often. It does well for anti-fogging on the inside though, and it has never bothered my eyes in the slightest (I think their formula is water based).
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Originally Posted by demoncyclist View Post
I have a pair of sunglasses that i genrally wear while cycling. if the weather sucks, or it is later in the evening (commute home), I just wear my regular glasses instead.
Me too.
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Old 04-22-13, 03:40 PM
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Home Depot and Lowes sell "safety glasses" in yellow (~blue blockers) and clear that are actually pretty awesome bike glasses. About $10. They fit close all the way around but still breath enough to not fog. They grip the head well. One version includes bifocals for closeup reading needs (important for LASIC'd folks). Strong? Last fall I took both a bubble bee and a big hunk of gravel dead on at over 45mph downhill (weeeeee!). Glasses survived both. The smushed bee guts was just gross as hell (closed mouth would have been so smart) and the rock left a dent. I just put that pair back in the shop and pulled out a new pair... If you put RainX on them they will sheet water really well even plowing through a serious rain.
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