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Old 03-13-22, 01:25 PM
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Reading Glasses

Those of you who need reading glasses, how do you manage this with you Garmin?

(or with your car navigation system for that matter)
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Old 03-13-22, 02:06 PM
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Bought my first prescription sunglasses for riding but forgot the reading part! Bifocals are what you need.
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I try to set my data screens up so the information is as easy to read as possible. My eyesight is fine except for my old eyes needing readers so I'm not wearing glasses when I ride.
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I wear bifocal glasses with light sensitivity lens. When started riding I though to have something holding it, but never needed it and just don't pay attention to it anymore.
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Progressive lens.
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I use wahoo’s zoom in feature and accept seeing less data.
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The super cheapo method is to buy those stick-on closeup lenses that you stick on your sunglasses. I did that for a few years, and they work ok unless they fall off. Cheap, so buy a few sets.

Or, get some custom, cycling specific sunglasses with progressive lenes. Expensive, but work every dollar. Think, "new wheels expensive." But worth it. I have Rudy Project. My optician is also a cyclist, so I went with what he uses.
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Old 03-13-22, 03:59 PM
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Very inexpensive safety glasses with a bifocal.

for bright sun
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf51.html

for not so bright days
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/pyr...nd-amber-lens/

for night time.... great for being able to see the depth soundings on your chart plotter when sailing at night!
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf50.html
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Tifosi makes cycling glasses with a reading strip built in. Personally, I have Rudy Project bifocals with an inset. That way you can change your Rx without changing lenses.
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Old 03-13-22, 04:53 PM
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+1 to progressive lenses. It took me two weeks of vertigo to get used to it but now everything is in focus. My sunglasses aren't progressive, so I just lift them up to when I can't focus on the display.
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Been using these https://dualeyewear.com/ for a few years now. Especially handy if I get a flat and have to find that small piece of glass or wire. Work fine with my Garmin, GPS in my truck and even my heads up display. They have non polarized, but they also have an optimized polarized version that works great as well. Had to use their warranty once and the company was super to work with.
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Originally Posted by bblair View Post
The super cheapo method is to buy those stick-on closeup lenses that you stick on your sunglasses. I did that for a few years, and they work ok unless they fall off. Cheap, so buy a few sets.

Or, get some custom, cycling specific sunglasses with progressive lenes. Expensive, but work every dollar. Think, "new wheels expensive." But worth it. I have Rudy Project. My optician is also a cyclist, so I went with what he uses.
I still have a couple of these stuck to sunglasses I really like, they actually work really well.
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Old 03-13-22, 08:04 PM
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I've been using the same stick-on bifocals for a dozen years. See this 2018 thread for more info.

From the thread. With a razor blade, I cut the stick-on in half and trimmed it. Now it's close focus just on my handlebar area.
After a couple of rides, I completely stopped seeing the bifocal line. Our brains adapt.

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Super awesome link. those, while not sexy, will work for the bike, the car, when tinkering in the shop... and aren't $150 for the optician to tell me I don't need primary correction and $400 for the glasses. 👍

Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Very inexpensive safety glasses with a bifocal.

for bright sun
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf51.html

for not so bright days
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/pyr...nd-amber-lens/

for night time.... great for being able to see the depth soundings on your chart plotter when sailing at night!
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf50.html
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Old 03-14-22, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by bblair View Post
The super cheapo method is to buy those stick-on closeup lenses that you stick on your sunglasses.
Didn't know about those YET. Those are awesome because I can stick them inside of reasonably on trend sun glasses and still see the car GPS.
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Old 03-14-22, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by rwh View Post
+1 to progressive lenses. It took me two weeks of vertigo to get used to it but now everything is in focus. My sunglasses aren't progressive, so I just lift them up to when I can't focus on the display.
I have progressive (+0 to +2.5) "compureader" glasses that I've been using for a few years... I find that they have caused my eyes to wonk out as it trained them to gradually use + correction for distance. I plan to stop using them and go back to plain readers or a 2 zone +0/+1.5 bifocal to train my eyes back to normal for distance. Dunno anyone else's experience with them though.
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Old 03-14-22, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
Those of you who need reading glasses, how do you manage this with you Garmin?

(or with your car navigation system for that matter)
If you don't need a prescription, just get some tinted safety glasses with cheaters. You can also get stick-on cheaters to put on sunglasses. I tried them but they're surprisingly expensive compared to inexpensive tinted safety glasses with cheaters which I found to be less fussy and work better. You can find some that look adequately sporty, imho.

If you need a prescription, I think it's worth while getting a pair of sunglasses with bifocals or progressive lenses.

I used to carry a cheap pair of cheaters in my saddle bag.

Now I have a pair of prescription Oakley sunglasses with progressive lenses. I really don't need the prescription for biking or other outdoor activities, but the progressive lenses are nice to have and I like the fit and lense tint. I will say that the high-cost lenses are better than the alternative, which is....

For backup I have several pair of safety glasses with cheaters - clear, dark, yellow. I found some I like the fit and general aesthetics of online and just buy the same ones if I need them. I like the kind with more or less straight bows which work better with helmets, ski hats, etc. i also use them for safety glasses. When I say the Oakleys have better lenses, it doesn't mean these aren't just fine. And I don't care if I drop them on the ground or lose them. $15 down the drain isn't heart breaking.

These - Elvex Sonoma - fit and look pretty good to me, and are cheap (cheaper than the last time i looked for stick on cheaters). They're available widely online so pick your best source. I have clear and dark tinted versions. They also come in gray and I think I've seen them in yellow too.



For the car - same thing. I happen to have a cheap-ish (Walmart) pair of progressive lense sunglasses I leave in the car. Actually, driving the prescription for distance does help a bit reading signs just a bit sooner. But again, as backup, I leave a pair each of clear and tinted safety glasses with cheaters in the car to make it possible to read the gauges and display info.

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Everyone, Thank you for making all the suggestions!!!

I did some googling and found products I would never have never found out about because they don't exist in stores.

https://www.readers.com/mens-sun-readers.html

https://dualeyewear.com/collections/...oducts/dual-c1

https://www.fostergrant.com/reading-...nglass-readers

Lots of options ranging from cheap safety glasses to really nice looking sunglasses, all for reasonable prices.

thanks again!!
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Just a recommedation if you do get safety glasses or other glasses with inexpensive plastic lenses. Use a 100% cotton cloth to clean them and the lenses will remain pristine and unscratched for a very long time. The glasses will fall apart first. Use a paper towel and they'll be scratched up and unusable in 2 weeks. Synthetic micro-fiber cloths might work too, but I have to many old cotton rags to ever need to buy them.

But hey, they are cheap. You can buy safety glasses by the gross and toss them away as often as you want.
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Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
Very inexpensive safety glasses with a bifocal.

for bright sun
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf51.html

for not so bright days
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/pyr...nd-amber-lens/

for night time.... great for being able to see the depth soundings on your chart plotter when sailing at night!
https://www.safetyglassesusa.com/bf50.html
Thanks, Bought one of each.
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Safety Readers work quite well for the most part. The 3M ones have the diopter lens too high and this interferes with normal viewing but these are the exceptions. A $20 pair of polycarbonate safety glasses in whatver diopter you need works as well as prescription glasses for bicycling and these provide more protection for your eyes. Standard eyeglasses allow too much air and dust flow under the lenses and to the sides.

I have pairs in no tint, in gray tint, and with yellow lenses for various light conditions. I avoid polarized ones as they can cause problems when viewing LCD displays on many devices.
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I've been using these from Amazon. They come with an RX insert.
KAPVOE cycling Glasses

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Sadly, past the age of 40 I have needed a diapoter magnification to read my bike computer display. I started using the Specchio mirrors that attach with a magnet to the front of eyeglasses but work best when the front of the frame does not curve a great deal.
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I also use inexpensive "sport" glasses with reader lenses built in.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I've been using these from Amazon. They come with an RX insert.
KAPVOE cycling Glasses
how so? i'm not finding that in the product description?
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