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Hi, and a question about glasses

Old 11-03-06, 06:08 AM
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Hi, and a question about glasses

Hi Everyone

I'm new to the forum and feel a bit of an imposter as I'm not actually a road-biker . My husband, however, is getting into his road-biking and has asked for a pair of cycling glasses for Christmas.

I haven't searched on here (doh, sorry) but have done an online search via Google which brought up hundreds of pairs of glasses. As I'm clueless, what would you recommend? I was wondering about the ones with interchangeable lenses? Are any brands particularly good? Is there anywhere that sells them cheaper than others? I've got a budget of up to £100, so not too much in the grand scheme of glasses, but hopefully that should get something decent.

Thanks in advance for any advice

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i've been wearing Oakleys for years.

No idea as ro how much they cost in the UK (I assume that's where you are, seeing as you mentioned £). In the US they can be found for +/-130$, knowing how overpriced the UK is, that might put them at 130£.

Brikos can be found here for 60+ £

some other choices here
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I bought my first pair of Rudy Project a year ago and love them. Great glasses, and great warranty. If your husband wants the Euro Pro look, they're worth a shot.
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Thanks botto. Do you have the ones with changeable lenses? He's already got a pair of Oakleys but they are standard sunglasses and, considering how much sun we get, I thought the yellow lenses may be better (with clear lenses as another option).

Yes, I'm in the sunny UK - where it's now getting really cold

ETA - are Briko good glasses? I quite like the look of them.

Dr Pete - thanks - I was looking at the Rudy Project ones (they have an "Oakley" kind of look which appeals to me). I'll go and do a bit more searching to see what the options are with those.

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Originally Posted by rocktart
Thanks botto. Do you have the ones with changeable lenses? He's already got a pair of Oakleys but they are standard sunglasses and, considering how much sun we get, I thought the yellow lenses may be better (with clear lenses as another option).

Yes, I'm in the sunny UK - where it's now getting really cold
well it was sunny when i was there at the beginning of the week, and yes, it did get colder by the end of my stay.

yep, i've got the M-Frames, with interchangeable lenses.

my original pair, bought 14 years ago, had 3 lenses: clear, smoke, amber. i only have the smoke and clear for my current pair.

Dr Pete's suggestion of the Rudy Projects is worth checking into as well.
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the changebale lenses are only good if you like to change them. I ride an orange tint in winter, and dark in summer. I own a pair that are on the low end and cost me about 30 dollars. They have holes in the top portion that are suppose to keep them from fogging. I am not ceartin this works very well. IMO fit is more important than price.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
I bought my first pair of Rudy Project a year ago and love them. Great glasses, and great warranty. If your husband wants the Euro Pro look, they're worth a shot.
+1.

I have the Rudy Project Rydon glasses with the Laser Black and Racing Red lenses. I really couldn't be happier with the glasses, and Rudy has a great warranty. If you damage any pair of lenses, just mail them in (and I think include $15), and they'll mail you back a brand new pair of lenses (provided they're still in production).
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Originally Posted by dbduke
the IMO fit is more important than price.
I had a horrible feeling someone would say this. Maybe I should just take him to try them on and then buy the ones he likes best. Kind of spoils the surprise element though as he'll have forgotten asking for glasses by the time Christmas comes around

Maybe I'll get him some socks as a surprise

Thanks for the advice.
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I check Performance or Nahsbar; interchangeable lenses are great but I find that the yellow tint is best, and tend to stick with it at all times of the year. On sunny days, it works great. On cloudy days, the tint makes it appear brighter than it is, which is a good thing. Also, I've found that if you go out for a late afternoon ride and return at dusk and have one dark glasses you may have trouble seeing. Once again, however, the yellow-tint lenses seem to actually have a bit of "night time vision." I actually wear my yellow tinted glasses when I ride at night with a light. So, if you go with only the yellow and not the interchangeable lenses, you might be able to put more money into the frame, etc. and get a better all-around pair of sunglasses.
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Originally Posted by monk
I check Performance or Nahsbar
one problem is that i get the impression that neither are very accomodating to international buyers.

here's performance's shipping info:

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Shipping & handling for all International Orders (except Canada) varies. Please contact Customer Service by phone at 1-800-727-2453 or by E-mail at CustomerService@performanceinc.com for more information or questions.

Please Note: International orders will be processed and shipped once billing address verification has been obtained. The package must be shipped to the billing address, this verification must be verbally received from the card holder's bank. Your confirmation does not reflect international shipping charges. You will receive an e-mail with shipping options and quotes for your approval. Your order will be processed when we receive a response indicating your shipping choice and approval of charges.
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Originally Posted by botto
one problem is that i get the impression that neither are very accomodating to international buyers.

here's performance's shipping info:

International Orders
Shipping & handling for all International Orders (except Canada) varies. Please contact Customer Service by phone at 1-800-727-2453 or by E-mail at CustomerService@performanceinc.com for more information or questions.

Please Note: International orders will be processed and shipped once billing address verification has been obtained. The package must be shipped to the billing address, this verification must be verbally received from the card holder's bank. Your confirmation does not reflect international shipping charges. You will receive an e-mail with shipping options and quotes for your approval. Your order will be processed when we receive a response indicating your shipping choice and approval of charges.
+1. Recommend against making international orders from Performance. They were terrible in shipping to Japan when I lived there, and their customer service people were completely indifferent.
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Go here and read reviews on RoadbikeReview.com

https://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/cl...S_1628crx.aspx

I would suggest sorting by rating and number of reviews. This should give you some good insight.
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I ride with Oakley Half-Jackets:

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Smith

Great glasses with interchangable lenses, and the rose copper lens is one of the best versatile tints ever made. They now have a lifetime warranty. Rudy Project is also a great choice and they offer the scratch warranty too. However, the scratch warranty at least in the US requires a $15 processing fee. New replacement standard lenses are only $20 from Smith. Of course, if you mess your mirrored Rudy Project lenses then its a much better deal.
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I've had better luck with Rudy Projects. The lenses are more durable and the optical properties are better, at least with the Kerosenes.

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Most glasses sit to low on my face for riding in the drops, and I end up looking over the tops of ‘em.

I like Smith because I can squeeze the wire nose piece together making ‘em sit higher on my face.

Being able to keep you head low and using you eyes to look up saves you neck on long rides.
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I'm using a pair of Bolle Paroles. Have interchangable lenses and are available with a RX insert which I use and works really well.
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Originally Posted by rocktart
I had a horrible feeling someone would say this. Maybe I should just take him to try them on and then buy the ones he likes best. Kind of spoils the surprise element though as he'll have forgotten asking for glasses by the time Christmas comes around

Maybe I'll get him some socks as a surprise

Thanks for the advice.
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1. I think it's great that you're going through all of this to surpise your husband- good for you!

2. Here are some methods my wife has used, and as the gift receiver, I've really appreciated them:

a. She'll buy some, say sunglasses, that she thinks I would like, but from somewhere that offers full refunds. She does this knowing that there is a good chance I could return them, and lets me know that when she gives the gift. Best case: they are just what I wanted. Also a good case: I want to change them, I realize the thoughtfulness of the gift, and we go out together to get my "new" gift and make a fun outing of it.

(A home made gift certificate for a specific item also works here)

FWIW, I wear Tifosi Envy, and have enjoyed them immensely (https://www.tifosioptics.com/interchangeable/envy.html)
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I ride with Oakley Half-Jackets:


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