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I broke my glasses in November. (Prescription as in . . .morrison
Feb 4, 2002 12:08 PM
I am not supposed to drive unless I'm wearing them.) Rather than shell out $$$ for a new frame, I took out an older pair, and have been wearing them until Feb, when I can get my insurance to pay for my new pair.

Question: Any recommendations on glasses for cycling? I have come to the conclusion that I probably should be wearing them when I ride, and I wonder if any of you have a frame or material that you particularly like. (The realization that I should wear glasses when I ride was prompted by my frenzied acceleration to catch that cute woman on the bike ahead only to learn . . . well, you get the picture.)

Thanks
re: I broke my glasses in November. (Prescription as in . . .Lone Gunman
Feb 4, 2002 1:59 PM
Cycling specific glasses can get real pricey, I use Bolle Parole $90 that have an option for insert lenses $40, Oakley has options, Rudy project, Briko all have options. Lightness in the presription lense is key, go with a plastic or polycarbonate lense. Pick on you like that fits well. I like the Bolle because of the switchable lenses for light conditions and they fit well.
Merci nmmorrison
Feb 4, 2002 2:02 PM
re: I broke my glasses in November. (Prescription as in . . .JimP
Feb 4, 2002 2:47 PM
I used a pair of Bolle Edge with inserts for a few years. If you can tolerate the feel of the shield out in front of the insert, good. Also, Bolle doesn't stock replacement parts for their glasses and wont even reply to email about parts.
Last year I had a pair of Oakley Frogs made up for me. Oakley will make many frames into perscription glasses for you but only in single vision. My optomitrist made mine as bifocals in the Oakley frames. Not cheap, but now I can see the signs up ahead and read a map too!
re: I broke my glasses in November. (Prescription as in . . .guido
Feb 4, 2002 9:03 PM
Well, okay, if you've got the money, go for those Brikos or Oakley Frogs, or other cycling specific eyewear, but you don't have to.

In the tradition of Laurent Fignon, who won several Tours de France awhile back wearing his steel rimmed granny glasses, I've gotten along fine wearing standard frames with plastic lenses, the same ones I drive and watch TV with. They're light, do great deflecting the wind and bugs, don't distort perspective, block peripheral vision or fog up in rain (except in a heavy downpour!), never get uncomfortable, fall off, or make me unrecognizable on the bike, and I leave them on when the ride is over. I've only broken them once, in a mountain bike crash, and the replacement frame cost 20 bucks.

I'll probably have cataracts by the time I'm 80. So next time they break I'll get lenses that filter out UV radiation. The moral of this story: if you wear eyeglasses that correct for nearsightedness, that's all you need.
re: I broke my glasses in November. (Prescription as in . . .JimP
Feb 5, 2002 9:53 AM
I envy those of you who can get away with only single vision nearsighted lenses. I just got a new pair of regular glasses - $160 for the lenses alone. I have heard all about Lasik surgery and contact lenses but I have a corneal scar on one eye that precludes any contacts and I don't want any more scars that might interfere with corneal replacement later on ( my mother had corneal IOL implants in both eyes and my father is looking at the surgery now). My eyes are very sensitive to both light and dust so regular glasses don't help much at 30mph down a hill.