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eye protection?(17 posts)

eye protection?stan_b
Apr 26, 2001 5:16 AM
Up to this point I haven't ridden with any glasses. I don't find my eyes water too bad except when I'm going over 25 MPH. I'm wondering if I should start for safety sake if nothing else. I do the occasional descent over 40 and then I definitely have problems.

Do most here ride with glasses?
re: eye protection?JL
Apr 26, 2001 5:24 AM
I always wear eye protection, no matter the weather. I bought some Performance Flights (on sale) that you can swap the lenses for sunny/cloudy days. I can't tell you the number of times things just hit the lenses, no matter the speed.

I'd hate to have a bug hit my eye at 40MPH downhill, as one of the first reactions would be to turn your head (in surprise), and who knows what could happen then. I think I read somewhere here, and I agree, you should always have some kind of eye protection.

Long story Short. Wear eye protection.

Hope that helps.

junebugs hurt anywhere at 25mphgust-of-sun
Apr 26, 2001 6:16 AM
one in the eye would be really painfull. i wear cheap industrial safety glasses with clear lenses on all but really bright days. even the clear lenses block 99% of UV rays and they usually run less than $10 per pair. downside is that, since they're not made for cycling, you may have to try a couple different models to find the fit and coverage you need. I ended up with a small pair of bug-eye goggles for when the weather is really cold. try for a large selection of different glasses.

Check these outAlex R
Apr 26, 2001 6:55 AM

Very stylie.
Always wear eye protectionPaulCL
Apr 26, 2001 6:34 AM
I had a pair of cheapo sunglass cracked by a pebble thrown off a car tire. Imagine if I wasn't wearing sunglasses. I don't skimp on glasses - I make sure they are shatterproof and have the proper UV protection.

No-eye protection story: I was watching the racquetball game of a surgery-resident acquaintance of mine. He was 'too tough' to wear goggles while playing. Guess what? He got hit in the eye socket by a ball doing 100mph. Lost the eye. Lost his residency. Still an MD, but in internal medicine. Point of the story: Shit happens, but you never know where or when. Wear eye protection.
Gift of VisionStickers
Apr 26, 2001 6:34 AM
Always wear protective lenses. Tears obstruct, Bugs injure, overhanging leaves tear, and crashing rips. A $20.00 pair of clear lenses had a 2 inch scrape after a sliding on the trail incident, preventing additional injury to me. Smooth ridin'.
re: eye protection?tlc
Apr 26, 2001 7:08 AM
Are you really asking this question? Did you have to wear eye protection in 8th grade shop class? Use some common sense.....
re: eye protection?stan_b
Apr 26, 2001 8:04 AM
If you have nothing constructive to say, why don't you just shut up. Bike riding is not shop class you fricking moron.
re: eye protection?tlc
Apr 27, 2001 6:33 AM
I'm the moron?? You're the one that wrote the question....
re: eye protection?Alan B
Apr 26, 2001 8:22 AM
Always, always, always. Even regular sport goggles if need be. Just yesterday I had 2 small bugs and a moth or butterfly bounce off my lenses (riding past farmland in the spring). One of those in your eye could ruin your whole day.
re: eye protection?BDD
Apr 27, 2001 6:16 AM
Would write into a home improvement center asking: 'Should I wear lightweight sandles to the job site?' Don't be an idiot.
re: eye protection? How about Prescription Lensesmichael
Apr 26, 2001 10:09 AM
Speaking of eye protection - most regular sunglasses don't work for us who wear regular glasses and not contacts.

I have been looking for a nice pair of regular sunglass frames - but I would like to have prescription lenses made by the manufacturer of the frames (and sunglass lenses) not just tinting done by the local eye glass store (no sense paying for revo lenses if I am going to switch them out with Hour Eye's lenses)

Can anyone name a good brand of sunglasses that actually manufacturers presecription lenses with the same coatings as their non prescription sunglasses?
re: eye protection? How about Prescription LensesKen56
Apr 26, 2001 12:26 PM
Both Smith and Bolle offer sunglasses with the prescription lens option. Granted that these are two separate sets of lenses, but they work fine. I've been using the Smith's for a couple of years now and am very pleased with them. In a similar discussion a few weeks ago, others reported satisfaction with the Bolle. I like the interchangable lenses for sunny/cloudy days, and the fact that the Smith frame is snug against my eyebrow to keep the wind from coming over the top of the frame and blowing into my eyes and drying them out. I used to have that problem when I wore my regular prescription sunglasses when riding.
Oakley makes themSCY
Apr 26, 2001 11:07 PM
I've spent about 20 hours in the past two weeks looking for prescription eyewear. During this quest, I was at the optometrist and they carried some very nice Oakley shields. I was told that Oakley made the prescription lenses as part of the shield--not an insert. Then he told me that Oakley would charge about $200 for the lens in addition to the frame. I didn't bother to even ask how much the frame was at that point.
Prescription optionzelig1
Apr 27, 2001 12:15 AM
Yes, the Oakley implants are expensive and they are only recommended for prescriptions up to -3.0 which didn't help me with -5.5 and -6.0. I used Bolle Edge's with the insert for 6 seasons. While better than regular glasses, the two lense system is not great. I ordered a pair of polarised bi-focal (age is creeping up) from a company in the UK (I do live in the UK) called Optilabs who are large lense grinder in the London area. I liked them so much I ordered another pair with clear lenses. A straight prescription with polarised lenses will cost about $135 w/o shipping. Worth checking out and others have ordered from the US, at least that's what they posted, and have been satisfied. Call them and ask for Tony.

At least two options ...bianchi boy
Apr 27, 2001 9:32 AM
When I get new eyeglasses, I take my old pair and have the optician dye the lenses so they function as sunglasses. My optician does this for free, but others will charge maybe $10 to do this. They can dye the lenses just about any color, but the lenses must be plastic to do this. My optician does a fairly good job matching the color of RayBans (dark green) but the color does fade after a while; they can be redyed, however.

For biking, I finally broke down and bought some Bolle Edge sunglasses for Christmas. They are kind of a pain to clean with the prescription insert, but are much better at shielding your eyes from cold wind and stuff in the air. I rode the other day with my regular glasses and really got a lot of grit in my eyes that I don't get with the Bolles. Performance usually has them on sale. I got mine for about $120 including the glasses, insert and grinding the lenses for my prescription.

If I could find some sunglasses with the shielding of Bolles or other sport glasses, that could fit prescription without the insert, that's what I would get -- assuming the cost wasn't prohibitive.
Just got back from Lunch time ride with out glassesDave Hickey
Apr 26, 2001 11:48 AM
Forgot my glasses at home and rode my bike during lunch. Two hours later, my eyes are still red from dust and pollen. It's not worth it.
Wear glasses