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bigrickybigricky Posts: 92
edited February 2011 in Road beginners
can anyone recommend a pair of glasses, mine when on the drops or aero bars, my frames keep getting in my vision, and i can hardly see! any ideas on a decent pair would be grateful?
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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,038
    Oakley Radars... range shape
    I am getting used to them now...
    prescription
    from Internet Opticians.. took about 4 weeks to arrive as they are made in USA
    Quality very very high..
    I was timid and went for the VR28 instead of iridium,,,,,,,
  • HonestAlHonestAl Posts: 406
    +1 for Radars, got some photochromic ones, available from a good few places on the web, get that money spent :)
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  • CarbonCopyCarbonCopy Posts: 492
    HonestAl wrote:
    +1 for Radars, got some photochromic ones, available from a good few places on the web, get that money spent :)
    I went with the same 8) The raybans didn`t work for me on the bikes :lol:
  • DomProDomPro Posts: 321
    Bolle Contour £8 from ebay.
    Shazam !!
  • furragfurrag Posts: 481
    Or if you're like me and have a penchant for sitting on glasses, and don't want expensive accidents to occur, I got the £14.99 Endura Spectrums which are reviewed on the Bike Radar website. They're brilliant. A really nice comfy fit, and didn't fog up on today's ride.
  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    Bolle Contour £8

    +1. At that price you can afford to get two pairs (one clear and one shaded pair) and simply swap en route as required (beats fiddling with lenses).
  • telemarktelemark Posts: 18
    DecathlonSG B'twin 700 - 3 coloured lenses, 1 clear. £14.99.
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/xudd-700-cycle-74769941/

    So cheap I don't mind falling off onto them!
  • furragfurrag Posts: 481
    Off-topic, does anyone else find riding with coloured lenses almost alienating? When cycling, everything just seems to surreal, almost like I'm in a video game and willing to take risks. :?

    Christ knows what Alice in Wonderland in 3D would do to me. :lol:
  • MrChuckMrChuck Posts: 1,663
    I like the dhb triple lens numbers (the older ones).
  • bigpiklebigpikle Posts: 1,690
    I have some Oakley M frames and they are good, with a good (but expensive) choice of lenses, but today had some of the Bolle Contour safety glasses arrive. For £7.50 delivered they are outstanding and I defy anyone to notice they arent specific sports glasses.

    They are light, well shaped, more comfortable than the Oakleys and I got the smoked grey lenses which are ideal for most conditions. For <£8 I can afford to wreck a few pairs as well. Dont see my Oakleys being used for a while now!
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  • mrolimroli Posts: 3,622
    The Bolle are unbeatable for price.

    I got a pair of the specialised adaptalites for £50 odd and they are brilliant. i like the light reactive frames a lot - i think tifosi do some cheapish ones.
  • Keep an eye on the leisurelakes website they have specialized adaptalites on sale every year starting at £50

    £1.25 for sign up http://www.quidco.com/user/491172/42301

    Cashback on wiggle,CRC,evans follow the link
    http://www.topcashback.co.uk/ref/MTBkarl
  • gwillisgwillis Posts: 998
    sold to the man in thetop hat one pair of bolle glasses. Just bought a pair off eveil bay £7 delivered

    Ta Guys
  • mickenmicken Posts: 275
    DomPro wrote:
    Bolle Contour £8 from ebay.
    +1 have used these for the last year with contact lenses. Downside for me is that I need reading glasses with contacts so I'm now going for prescription varifocals.
    My optician has given me a very good price on appropiate frames with photochromic varifocals.
    Hopefully will fit the bill.
  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,038
    micken wrote:
    DomPro wrote:
    Bolle Contour £8 from ebay.
    +1 have used these for the last year with contact lenses. Downside for me is that I need reading glasses with contacts so I'm now going for prescription varifocals.
    My optician has given me a very good price on appropiate frames with photochromic varifocals.
    Hopefully will fit the bill.

    I just had my Oakleys made with single vision - a variofocal would have been far too prohibitive in cost and I dont really need to read a computer screen on my bike.
    The cost of my Radars were actually a lot cheaper than my day to day pair off the local opticians _ I still cant work that one out :roll: helpin my local economy again I s'pose

    All those who dont have to wear glasses should consider themselves lucky indeed not to have the faff of being 1/2 blind - which when having p poor distance you actually are imo - try to live for 30 minutes without glasses in the outside world and I'd probably end up literally "what bus? , oh that bus.....
    You can run to the £8 a pair and be xtremely happy... mind you a lot of those especially with the iridium coating do give you the ultimate
    BLUEBOTTLE on a BIKE look - be happy
  • mickenmicken Posts: 275
    JGSI wrote:
    I just had my Oakleys made with single vision - a variofocal would have been far too prohibitive in cost and I dont really need to read a computer screen on my bike.

    Problem is when riding the bike I can't read my bike computer clearly without near distance focus. Off the bike there's maps, menus, bike fettling and all sorts of other things that I can't focus properly on without either varifocals or contacts/reading glasses.

    I figure that if I've got to carry glasses they may as well be on my head doing something useful. :lol:

    Horses for courses. :wink:
  • alan14alan14 Posts: 149
    Any recommendations for glasses which don't distort, even slightly, making you feel like you're riding higher than you really are? This is quite disconcerting until you get used to it. I want specs which give the same vision as my bare eyes, obviously with shading for sunlight.
  • GinjafroGinjafro Posts: 572
    Try these at £15 including post :

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/PELTOR-SMART-100-PHOTOCHROMIC-CYCLING-GOLF-FISHING_W0QQitemZ190379284539QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_SportingGoods_SportsSunglasses_SM?hash=item2c537d583b

    They are photoreactive type lenses, stylish and distortion free. I use them and very happy with them for fit and performance, cheap too.
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  • Hals1967Hals1967 Posts: 231
    I've never tried cycling in my spec's, just contact lenses.

    Eye protection is a must though, the contacts can dry a little on a long ride into the wind.

    Amazing the amount of censored blown up from the roads, not to mention bugs, flies etc.


    1967 Engine
  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    +1 for contact lenses, then wrap-round safety spectacles that cost very little money but have a high specification. It works for me.
    The older I get the faster I was
  • 0scar0scar Posts: 219
    Furrag wrote:
    Off-topic, does anyone else find riding with coloured lenses almost alienating? When cycling, everything just seems to surreal, almost like I'm in a video game and willing to take risks. :?

    +1 for this - particularly yellow lenses!
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  • neebneeb Posts: 4,448
    Any recommendations for glasses which don't distort, even slightly, making you feel like you're riding higher than you really are? This is quite disconcerting until you get used to it. I want specs which give the same vision as my bare eyes, obviously with shading for sunlight.
    There are two factors that are relevant here. Poor quality lenses can have optical aberrations in them that slightly distort things. You may not be aware that your vision is distorted because your brain compensates, but it can make you feel weird or even give you a headache. To some extent you do get what you pay for when you buy quality glasses such as Oakley etc.

    The other factor is whether the lens tint is coloured or neutral. Neutral lens tints block all visible wavelengths of light to roughly the same extent, so the colour balance should be the same as your normal vision, except darker. But coloured tints can have advantages such as increasing contrast in dim light or in shadows. Some people like the effect and some don't. If you want neutral lenses look for grey tints rather than brown or orange ones. With lenses that have coloured reflective coatings, the underlying tint isn't always obvious. The Oakley lenses are classified as "neutral" or "contrast", the contrast ones usually having a brownish, reddish or yellow tint.
  • incog24incog24 Posts: 549
    0scar wrote:
    Furrag wrote:
    Off-topic, does anyone else find riding with coloured lenses almost alienating? When cycling, everything just seems to surreal, almost like I'm in a video game and willing to take risks. :?

    +1 for this - particularly yellow lenses!

    My personal favourite is wearing orange tinted lenses - everything seems massively dramatic as all the colours are really bright, and the sky is totally grey.

    Does make it all a tad surreal...

    I wear probikekit cheap glasses, they do the job. Always fancied some Rudy Project Sportsmasks though...
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  • jthefjthef Posts: 226
    I suffer badly from my glasses misting up AKA sweaty Bas***d, so now have Oakley Radar with 3 lenses from clear to pretty dark.
    But as I need reading glasses and could not afford 3 lots of prescription lenses so I have tried contact lenses and the first attempt was no good, they were a varifocal lense of some description but distance was blurred and reading of the Garmin was poor. On the way out of the opticians one of the helpers said try one lenses only so after talking to the optician a new lenses was give for one eye only and now I can reed the Garmin and the distance is not blurred (main problem with previous lenses). Job done :)
    So now when I go on a long or ride where I need to read the Garmin I pop in the one lense (its not easy for me to fit can take a min to 15 depending how it goes in, will get easier with time) and no glasses needed to read the cafe menu. :D
  • neebneeb Posts: 4,448
    (its not easy for me to fit can take a min to 15 depending how it goes in, will get easier with time)
    Yes, it takes some practice... one trick it took me years to learn is that you need to make sure the area around your eye and your fingers are dry (i.e. not wet with contact lens fluid) otherwise it's much more difficult to pull your eyelids out of the way when putting the lens in.
  • mickenmicken Posts: 275
    neeb wrote:
    (its not easy for me to fit can take a min to 15 depending how it goes in, will get easier with time)
    Yes, it takes some practice... one trick it took me years to learn is that you need to make sure the area around your eye and your fingers are dry (i.e. not wet with contact lens fluid) otherwise it's much more difficult to pull your eyelids out of the way when putting the lens in.
    +1
    Had been a faff for me too until my optician watched me and gave some pointers. Air under the lens was the problem, he suggested moving the lens slightly when in place with the finger used to put it there. Then let lower eyelid go and slowly lower upper eyelid. Works every time for me now.
  • gaz545gaz545 Posts: 493
    I use Adidas Evil Eye Pro's with optical inserts! no complaints.
  • Paul EPaul E Posts: 2,052
    Anyone got a link for the place on ebay that does the bolle glasses?
  • daveydave43daveydave43 Posts: 200
    never had a problem with endura sharks, or stingray. had both and they were fine. both around the £30- £35 mark on Chainreaction.
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  • BobbinogsBobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    Paul E wrote:
    Anyone got a link for the place on ebay that does the bolle glasses?

    I used these people recently:

    http://www.safetystock.co.uk/safety-gla ... ty-glasses

    The service was very good but you need to be careful about the postage which is a whopping £6.99. Still managed to get 2 pairs for an all in cost of under £20.

    I got the bog standard plastic Contour ones (which do the job nicely). Don't know if anyone can recommend the metal ones?
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