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briandelmo 03-17-09 07:17 PM

Cycling with glasses and looking for sunglasses
 
I currently have glasses and im not really into wearing contacts. What do most people do for sunglasses?

johnny99 03-17-09 07:20 PM

Prescription sunglasses.

Beaker 03-17-09 07:23 PM

Rx lenses for me. Since I was spending the $$$ for an Rx pair, I opted for a compromise and got Oakley whiskers that are OK on the bike, and fine off the bike. Plenty of options out there depending upon price point.

mollusk 03-17-09 07:32 PM

Prescription Oakleys are not cheap, but they are awesome. Wraparound Rx lenses without distortion are difficult, but they delivered the goods for me.

Beaker 03-17-09 07:34 PM

Agreed. The Oakley Rx lenses are among the best lenses I've used in any frame.

DScott 03-17-09 07:42 PM


Originally Posted by Beaker (Post 8549077)
Agreed. The Oakley Rx lenses are among the best lenses I've used in any frame.

+1

The Nanowire 4.0 can take strong RX and still wrap around for wind protection. Love them.

JohnDThompson 03-17-09 07:43 PM


Originally Posted by briandelmo (Post 8548961)
I currently have glasses and im not really into wearing contacts. What do most people do for sunglasses?

Polarized clips-ons over my regular glasses. I'm too cheap to get prescription sunglasses.

johnny99 03-17-09 08:03 PM

Talk to your local optician. There are much cheaper options than prescription Oakleys. Those cost $300 and up, right?

If you trust the internet, outfits like sportrx.com can make basic prescription wrap-around sunglasses (without those clunky inserts) for as little as $55. They also have pricier options if you want name brand frames and fancy lenses (mirrored, polarized, light-sensitive, bifocal, etc.).

fordmanvt 03-17-09 08:07 PM

My regular glasses have "transitions lenses", but I am still thinking about getting wrap arounds or possibly laser correction, depending on how much my insurance will cover.

briandelmo 03-17-09 08:12 PM

the main problem with going to the eye doc is i dont have eye insurance so it makes things a little more expensive but thanks for the sportrx.com site.

max power 03-17-09 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by mollusk (Post 8549055)
Prescription Oakleys are not cheap,

and they dont accept any eye insurance as well, even for a clear lens

i was quoted $300 for a clear rx lens for my radars. i opted to continue using contacts


if you decide to get prescription sunglasses dont get one that's too dark unless u plan on carrying along your normal eye glasses

Beaker 03-17-09 08:17 PM


Originally Posted by johnny99 (Post 8549292)
Talk to your local optician. There are much cheaper options than prescription Oakleys. Those cost $300 and up, right?

Unfortunately yes. Frames are less, but the lenses can cost as much as the frames depending on the RX. My rx is ~-4 and -3.5 iirc, which was on the upper edge of what I could put in the whisker frame. I got polarized lenses w/iridium coating, I like the result as the vision is very crisp and surprisingly clear in a very wide range of lighting conditions - I have no issues in very bright sun or in shade, or when its overcast.

Randochap 03-17-09 08:26 PM

I use Bolle Parole multi-lens glasses w/ prescription inserts. Bifocals, rather than my usual progressives, work better in inserts. I measured from nose to handlebar for "reading" part of bifocal so that I can see my computers, as well as the distance part of the lens (I'm short-sighted).

There's no cheap alternative, unless you are willing to go for those big overglasses that look like welding goggles.

Val23708 03-17-09 08:26 PM

rudys. they come in in-frame and flip up

JTGraphics 03-17-09 08:29 PM

A few of my friends wear these SportRX the Option 2 model and really like them for cycling. They say the optics are great.

DScott 03-17-09 08:56 PM

I prefer to deal with a local optician. My RX is complex, and mine had to be redone since they mis-guessed on the "sweet spot" and the base curve for the lenses. They re-did them at no charge and no complaints. This is one thing I personally wouldn't mail order.

jdott 03-17-09 09:39 PM

I would suggest something with an insert. Yes, they are a pain in the butt and sort of look funny. But that being said, I couldn't imagine being stuck with only one lens choice. At a minimum you need a dark lens (sunny) and an amberish lens (overcast/early morning). Plus without an insert, if you leave in the afternoon and get home later than expected, you get the nice choice between being blind because your glasses are so dark or being blind because you have no glasses. Or, add another pair of glasses to your already overcrowded jersey pockets. With the dark lenses, nobody can tell there is an insert. With the other lenses, you can tell - but you wouldn't have the option to wear them anyway. The ideal would be a multilens pair of sunglasses with each wrap around lens being prescription, but I have a kid to feed and race fees to pay.

johnny99 03-17-09 10:10 PM


Originally Posted by jdott (Post 8549883)
I would suggest something with an insert. Yes, they are a pain in the butt and sort of look funny. But that being said, I couldn't imagine being stuck with only one lens choice. At a minimum you need a dark lens (sunny) and an amberish lens (overcast/early morning).

Or you can get how photochromatic (light-sensitive) prescription lenses. In dim light, they are as clear as your regular eye glasses. As the sun gets stronger, the lenses get darker. They don't get quite as dark as the darkest regular sunglasses (unless you have an extra tint in the lenses), but they may get dark enough for you if your eyes are not super-sensitive and the sun is not super bright (like high altitude in the snow). Besides, super-dark may not be a good idea if your route includes on-and-off shade from trees or buildings. There are several different brands of photochromatic lenses. The better ones change color in less than a minute. Depending on the size of your lenses, photochromatic lenses may be only $50 more than regular prescription lenses.

I really hate inserts. They are heavy and uncomfortable and limit your ability to adjust your glasses.

rooftest 03-17-09 10:54 PM

I use Nikes with prescription lenses, and really like them.

cyccommute 03-18-09 08:32 AM


Originally Posted by briandelmo (Post 8549351)
the main problem with going to the eye doc is i dont have eye insurance so it makes things a little more expensive but thanks for the sportrx.com site.

If you have flex care at your work, you can use that to purchase sunglasses. The insert route is better than having a set of prescription sunglasses made for a number of reasons. If you need to replace the prescription, it's cheaper. The glasses provide more protection from wind and debris than regular glasses. You can get different lens colors for different applications. Etc. I use Rudy Project Kerosenes and they are super...rugged, relatively light weight, cheap outer lens replacement policy, good customer support, etc.

Look locally for the glasses, however.

kwrides 03-18-09 08:36 AM

I absolutely love my Rudy Project Exception sunglasses with the Rx insert.
http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/produc...exception.htm#

It is worlds better than riding with contacts for me. My contacts would stay fairly wet on a ride, but as soon as I stopped, I got horrible red eye irritation for the rest of the day.

clausen 03-18-09 08:47 AM


Originally Posted by randochap (Post 8549450)
i use bolle parole multi-lens glasses w/ prescription inserts. bifocals, rather than my usual progressives, work better in inserts. I measured from nose to handlebar for "reading" part of bifocal so that i can see my computers, as well as the distance part of the lens (i'm short-sighted).

There's no cheap alternative, unless you are willing to go for those big overglasses that look like welding goggles
.

+1

Tried many and these work the best for me. Been using mine for 4 years with different prescriptions. All others had slight problems with optical distortion.

Crast 03-18-09 08:54 AM

To those with prescription sunglasses: If you're riding near dusk, do you wear them the entire ride, or do you keep a pair of normal glasses to swap to?

I'm thinking of going the prescription sunglass route myself, but worry about having to carry a case in my jersey pocket meaning one more expensive thing to lose.

badhat 03-18-09 09:34 AM

i have a pair of rudy project RX sunglasses with transitions lenses.

i bike commute before dawn so its nice to have vision correction and wind protection without tinting in the morning but the same glasses are sunglasses in the afternoon.

kwrides 03-18-09 10:01 AM


Originally Posted by Crast (Post 8551718)
To those with prescription sunglasses: If you're riding near dusk, do you wear them the entire ride, or do you keep a pair of normal glasses to swap to?

I'm thinking of going the prescription sunglass route myself, but worry about having to carry a case in my jersey pocket meaning one more expensive thing to lose.

If you look at the Rudy Exceptions here (a better pic than I linked before), you will see the Rx 'insert'.
http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/produc...ption_view.htm

A big difference between these glasses and some others is that the 'insert' is actually more the base product, with a clip on sunglasses. Also, the sunglasses lens flips up, or easily snaps off. If I am doing something simple like going into a store to use the restroom or get a banana, I just flip the lens up. If I am riding in the dark, I just snap the lens off.

It's hard to describe, so go here and scroll down a bit to see what I mean. http://www.rudyprojectusa.com/produc...exception.htm#


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