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Bifocal Sunglasses

Old 07-28-20, 10:51 PM
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Bifocal Sunglasses

I'm looking for bifocal sunglasses for cycling. Has anyone bought glasses from Dual Eyeware? Comments? Alternatives?

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Old 07-29-20, 12:14 AM
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Yep, I got the Dual FL1 (now discontinued), their lowest priced bifocal sunglasses, almost exactly a year ago. They're fine, no problems. I'd consider getting another pair, if they made some without a frame over the brow. The Dual FL1 doesn't hinder my view.

I was generally satisfied with low priced Radians bifocals for only $10, but the frame over the brow blocked my view slightly when I was in the drops. The Dual FL1 had no frame over the brow of the lens, so it's better suited for my road bike rides. I still wear the Radians clear and sunglass bifocals on my hybrid -- no problems with the frame hindering my view.
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Yeah.. I tried the Duals.. once. Nothing wrong with them, maybe just me. I got them to supposedly make it easier to switch from road distance to garmin, but found that it doesn't work for me at that intermediate distance that my out-front garmin sits at, or it just took too long for me to get my eyes to refocus correctly.
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I've had several sets of them. Work great. Nice and light. I wear contacts, and their coverage is good for keeping the wind out and preventing dryness.
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I use hydrostatic readers on my regular sunglasses. May be an option for you. Sport RX also has some prescription options available, but at a cost. Good Luck.
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Tifosi makes some sunglasses with readers built in that work well for cycling.
https://www.tifosioptics.com/bifocal-cycling-glasses/
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I have the Tifosi reader sunglasses and am very happy with them. I need the readers for my Wahoo computer and to read any cue sheets I might have. The sunglasses are good. Stay in place and provide good coverage.
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So, just a basic question about optics and overall quality. Is there any meaningful difference between the brands discussed here (Tifosi, Dual, etc.), all of which are reasonably priced, and the Oakleys and others that cost four times the price?
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I got my Rx Oakleys from SportRx. They came with genuine Oakley Rx lenses and I have had zero issues with them.
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Originally Posted by oldwinger14 View Post
I got my Rx Oakleys from SportRx. They came with genuine Oakley Rx lenses and I have had zero issues with them.
Okay, but that's prescription. I'm only looking for nonprescription bifocals.
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Old 07-29-20, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Robert A View Post
Okay, but that's prescription. I'm only looking for nonprescription bifocals.
Sorry....missed that you were focused on non-Rx sunglasses!
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Originally Posted by oldwinger14 View Post
Sorry....missed that you were focused on non-Rx sunglasses!
No prob -- I wear prescription most of the time, but my vision is good enough on the bike without, except for reading. I trash cycling glasses, so paying for Rx for the bike is a waste for me.
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You can find these at a lot of places online. They are very hard to find locally. Cheap and who cares if they get run over or stepped on. Use a cotton towel to clean them and they'll last years. Use a paper towel to clean them and they'll last two weeks.

For bright sun

For overcast days

For night time and very low light
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Id go hydrostatic readers for glasses https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hydrotac-...-1-50/38092965
a variety of magnifications
https://www.walmart.com/ip/OPTX-20-2...ll&athena=true
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Originally Posted by Robert A View Post
So, just a basic question about optics and overall quality. Is there any meaningful difference between the brands discussed here (Tifosi, Dual, etc.), all of which are reasonably priced, and the Oakleys and others that cost four times the price?
I don't see any difference in lens quality between my cheap Radians bifocals, Dual FL1 bifocals, and decent quality reading glasses. They're remarkably good for, presumably, polycarbonate lenses in affordable products.

So far no scuffs on the Dual lenses, and only minor scuffs on the Radians. But I've had the Radians longer and tend to be careless with 'em. I've stuffed them into a jersey pocket with my keys, asthma inhaler, pepper spray on a metal D-clip, etc., and dropped the glasses on the pavement several times. Not bad at all for the money.

However, again, if you ride in the drops a lot or use aero bars, do consider frameless lenses, or at least glasses that omit the brow frame. That slight obstruction really annoys me with I'm trying to get as aero as possible. But for riding the hoods and tops, or my hybrids, no problem, the glasses frame doesn't matter.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I don't see any difference in lens quality between my cheap Radians bifocals, Dual FL1 bifocals, and decent quality reading glasses. They're remarkably good for, presumably, polycarbonate lenses in affordable products.

So far no scuffs on the Dual lenses, and only minor scuffs on the Radians. But I've had the Radians longer and tend to be careless with 'em. I've stuffed them into a jersey pocket with my keys, asthma inhaler, pepper spray on a metal D-clip, etc., and dropped the glasses on the pavement several times. Not bad at all for the money.

However, again, if you ride in the drops a lot or use aero bars, do consider frameless lenses, or at least glasses that omit the brow frame. That slight obstruction really annoys me with I'm trying to get as aero as possible. But for riding the hoods and tops, or my hybrids, no problem, the glasses frame doesn't matter.
Yeah, and just so you know, I often thread my glasses through my shifter cabling when not in use, where they often drop on the rough pavement (or worse). So spending $175 on name-brand glasses is a waste.
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Ditto, I'm kinda careless with glasses because I don't (yet) need prescription glasses. At 62 I just have the usual presbyopia, which these safety glasses/bifocals neatly solve. They're good and affordable. And, recently, posterior vitreous detachment, which nothing solves ... other than not getting old.
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No prob -- I wear prescription most of the time, but my vision is good enough on the bike without, except for reading. I trash cycling glasses, so paying for Rx for the bike is a waste for me.
I found that when I got my more costly Rx Oakleys, that I have been very diligent at taking care of them and I hope it continues....but you never know. Even as adults, things happen!
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