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Night riding sunglasses(14 posts)

Night riding sunglassesGreyhound
Apr 9, 2002 4:51 PM
What lenses are legal for night riding? I have the option of getting Oakley clear, yellow, and/or persimon (orange). Are all of the above legal, or just clear? I'm from Ca if that changes legality.

re: I'm unsure of any legal issues...Akirasho
Apr 9, 2002 6:48 PM
even if there are any... it seems more a matter of common sense...

Depending on the time of day (and the season) when I start my ride, I choose shades that will get me home safe (I hate switching lenses on a ride and don't carry an extra pair).

If it's a late evening ride and I know the sun will set... I go with clear or yellow Oakleys... the persimmon has proven too dark for me after sunset.

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Night riding sunglassessievers11
Apr 9, 2002 7:58 PM
My recomendation,

if you are coming out of or into the dark, ie riding in mixed light, go with the yellow or a rose. (I prefer the rose)

if you are strait up riding in the dark, one you are crazy. But if you need to, don't mess around, just stick to the clear. It is hard enough to see at night, for me I want all the light I can reaching my eyes.
re: Night riding sunglassestempeteKerouak
Apr 9, 2002 8:05 PM
I wear yellow. Clear or yellow is good.

I find yellow is better at showing contrast in poor light.

-I wear yellow all the time by the way. It is only a problem in bright light... Then I often wear a hat.

I am not aware of any regulation anywhere against yellow lens for driving, let alone riding a bike.
Light rose works great for sunset/evening rides(nm)ciclista
Apr 10, 2002 5:42 AM
re: Night riding sunglasseswsexson
Apr 9, 2002 8:31 PM
I have brown, orange, yellow, and clear lenses. I use them all. I find that yellow is best when the sun is going down. Yellow works OK after sunset, but I would recommend clear lenses if you ride in the dark very much.

I live in CA, and I haven't read or heard anything about what shade of lens is or isn't legal in the dark (for driving or cycling). I would say just use your common sense.
...remember the Blue Blocker infomercials???rtolle
Apr 9, 2002 9:37 PM
Those were orange lenses and they promoted driving at night...not that means that it is legal but all things considered if they promoted that on the commercial and it was illegal I'd think they'd be in a sh$* load of trouble. I prefer the orange oakleys for late rides.

Just my .02
I wear my sunglasses at night.Ken of Fresno
Apr 9, 2002 11:00 PM
And I only use the clear Oakley lens when I do.


Night = Clearsodade
Apr 10, 2002 3:10 AM
My Smiths didn't come with a clear lens so I tried a night ride with yellow. I ended up riding naked eyed because the yellow blocked too much of my vision. Murphy's law states that I should get a bug in the eye and yup - I did. I ordered clear lenses when I got home...
re: Night riding sunglassespmf1
Apr 10, 2002 4:44 AM
Legal for racing? I don't think there are regs on this.

As someone who commutes all winter long, but doesn't race in the dark, I'd suggest getting some glasses with clear replacement lenses. Any colored lense, even yellow or amber, will make objects appear darker. Many sunglasses either come with, or sell, replacement clear lenses.
Yellow good especiallymuncher
Apr 10, 2002 5:58 AM
if you are riding in the wet in the dark - reduces the dazzle of the reflected light and doesn't make a noticeable difference to the light levels. Here in the UK they sell yellow night driving glasses, so I assume they are legal and hence not light blocking enought to consitiute a danger.
At night...Nothing but clear for me...biknben
Apr 10, 2002 6:02 AM
I wear yellow Oakleys for the mofority of my rides. Unless it is really bright out. Night riding calls for the clear in my book. Even the lightest tint will block some light. I don't want to make it any darker than it already is.

I did do a night ride once with a yellow lense. I had this constant feeling that my light battery was dieing because my beam looked yellow. Drove me nuts.

Keep in mind that the clear lense (Oakley at least) still block 100% of UV light. If you're riding into darkness (sun sets during ride), I'd just use the clear. Still blocks all the bad light while not blocking any of the good light.
it's dark; we're wearing sunglassesdotkaye
Apr 10, 2002 9:40 AM
"It's a 106 miles to Chicago. We've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses. Hit it! "

If it wasn't legal, would the Blues Brothers have done it ?
clear, get a lense change out systemk mand
Apr 10, 2002 11:24 AM
Like Rudy's or Smith's (I saw a pair for $100 with clear, yellow, and tinted) . I'm not sure what Oakley has.