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Do you cycle to keep your body strong and healthy? If you practice this physical activity without a pair of cycling glasses, you are damaging the health of your eyes. Gradually, athletes are beginning to understand that the purpose of an accessory is not just aesthetic.

In addition to protecting your face from insects and pebbles that come off the asphalt, cycling glasses filter the sun's rays, which are harmful to the eyes. What's more, certain lenses provide improved vision during night-time activities or in dark environments.

Convinced? So, if you want to cycle in greater safety (and style), be sure to follow this article, which presents the main models, advantages and criteria for purchasing cycling glasses. Let's go!




Summary

  • Experts say that excessive exposure to the sun's rays cause macular degeneration. In other words, they can lead to corneal inflammation, retinal burn, cataracts, cancer and, in more extreme cases, even blindness. Therefore, a cycling goggle is an indispensable accessory for pedal lovers.
  • Among the many details to be observed before buying your cycling glasses, we can highlight the types of lenses, the technology, the design and the comfort.
  • As for the price, a cycling glasses which meets all the quality requirements has a high value: between R$ 200 and R$ 1.000. But, let's face it, you make a big investment to buy your bike, why save on an accessory that's important for your health?

The Best Cycling Glasses: Our Picks

Buying Guide

T-shirt and shorts, helmet, gloves and... cycling glasses! All of these accessories are a must for any cyclist out there. In addition to comfort and style, they provide much more safety in the lives of cyclists.

When we think about buying glasses, some questions are common: what are polarised lenses? What about photochromic lenses? Do I need to wear the accessory at night? These and other questions are answered below.

Imagem de um homem com capacete e óculos de ciclismo pedalando em uma estrada vazia

A cycling goggle blocks the entry of sun rays that are harmful to our eyesight. (Source: skeeze/ Pixabay)

What is a cycling goggle for?

Far from being just an aesthetic accessory, cycling glasses have protection against harmful sun rays.

Once you put a pair of dark glasses on your face, your pupil is dilated. That way your eyes are more exposed to the sun's many different rays, such as UVA and UVB. And that can cost you dearly in the future.

Once, Ernesto Ferrer, former president and advisor of the Executive Committee of the Argentine Council of Ophthalmology, explained how the excessive exposure of the eyes to ultraviolet rays increases the risk of cataract, macular degeneration and even the development of ocular melanoma:

"Ultraviolet rays affect the skin and, logically, the eyes, producing anything from a passing irritation to malignant tumours."

Here, you can already see the importance of having a pair of cycling glasses, right?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling glasses?

Here, you might wonder what the reasons are for using a cycling goggle on night rides when there are no sun rays. Believe me, there are.

First of all, it is a safety accessory. As well as blocking the sun's harmful rays from entering your eyes, cycling goggles protect your face from insects, dust and those little pebbles that come off the asphalt.

Another important point is that the lenses enhance colours. So, they enhance your vision in dark environments, such as closed trails and night activities. So you can dodge bumpy stretches, branches and other obstacles along the way.

When doing physical activity, wearing sunglasses that protect against the sun's rays may even help. However, it's likely that it won't stay on your face so well and may even fall to the ground at some point.

This is not the case with cycling glasses. They stick well to your face and generally have flexible arms and nose pieces. So you can adapt the accessory to the shape of your face.

And, of course, we're not going to lie that they make any athlete look more stylish. Tell the truth: you'll even feel more at ease when posting a photo after a hike.

On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that the prices are quite high. Because of the technology and protection against UVA and UVB, they cost between R$ 200 and R$ 1.000. Ah, and stay away from cheap replicas! They do not filter the sun's rays and are not impact-resistant. It's that story that cheap gets too expensive.

After spending a few bucks, you need to take another precaution. As the accessory is small and very light, you run the risk of losing it somewhere.

Advantages
  • Protection against solar rays
  • Enhanced colours in dark environments and night activities
  • Flexible stems and nosepieces
  • Stylish
Disadvantages
  • High price
  • Easy to lose

How do I use cycling glasses if I have an eye problem?

By now you understand that cycling glasses are an indispensable item for your physical activity, right? Now, what if you have an eye problem such as myopia or astigmatism?

One alternative is to wear cycling glasses together with contact lenses during exercise. This way, you are protected against the sun's rays and still maintain the quality of your vision.

Imagem de uma mulher colocando lente de contato em um de seus olhos

For those with sight problems, one alternative is to wear contact lenses along with cycling glasses (Freepik)

However, we know that there are some people who are not comfortable putting on contact lenses. Here, Shimano brand glasses are a great option as they are compatible with the RX-Clip system.

Basically, this is a corrective lens frame that fits into your sports glasses.

How much do cycling glasses cost?

A cycling goggle that really protects your vision against the dangers of the sun's rays comes at a high price. But you can't mess around with your health, can you? The models presented in this guide cost between £200 and £1,000.

Once again, it is worth reinforcing that, despite their popular prices, counterfeit sunglasses can be expensive. They may reduce the luminosity, but they don't stop the sun rays from entering your eyes. In the future, this can lead to serious health problems.

Purchase criteria: How cycling glasses compare

Just like sunglasses, the cycling accessory also has a multitude of options. The differences vary according to lens technology, strength, comfort and design.

Below, we'll go into a little more detail about these features so you can make the right purchase:

Interchangeable lenses

You've noticed that there are models that come with extra lenses. Usually, they come in a variety of colours. This is no accident, as each situation calls for a different lens.

While blue coloured mirrored lenses are recommended for sunny days, clear ones are great options for cloudy days.

As you already know, cycling glasses are also indispensable for those who cycle in dark environments. On this occasion, it's best to switch to orange or yellowish lenses. They provide greater colour contrast and therefore improve visibility.

If you don't want to have that little trouble, you can opt for a model with photochromic lenses. These darken when exposed to the sun's rays and return to a clear state in dark environments.

In this sense, they are suitable both for sunny days and for night-time rides.

Polarised or not?

One thing is certain: your cycling glasses should have reliable UV protection. We've already warned you that leaving your pupils exposed to UVA and UVB rays can lead to permanent degeneration of your vision.

But you can still opt for polarised or non-polarised lenses. This is a technology that makes light reflections imperceptible, both from the sun and from car headlights. Usually, these models are more expensive.

Resistance

After making a heavy investment, you don't want your lenses to break or get scratched the first time they fall out, do you?

So, opt for polycarbonate lenses which are more resistant to impacts. Not to mention that they are lighter, which means that they won't weigh down your face during physical activities.

Ventilation

It's probably happened to you before. During a long bike ride, the lenses start to blur and hinder your vision. Then, you need to take a break to clean them.

This situation hardly ever happens with glasses that have ventilation systems. Therefore, opt for models that have entrances and directional of air in the lenses or frames. In addition, they provide more freshness to the cyclist.

Comfort

If you are one of those athletes who spend hours pedalling, nothing can bother you. That includes cycling glasses.

Before buying any model, it's important to try it on to see if it looks good on your face. Generally speaking, they should fit snugly over your head so they don't fall off during physical activity.

Many models have flexible arms and nose pieces to better fit the shape of your face. They are also rubberised so that they do not cause discomfort to your nose and ears.

Design

As much as it's a secondary issue, let's not deny that aesthetics don't matter. Besides having a cycling goggle that protects against the harmful rays of the sun, you also want to look good in the photo, don't you?
And, of course, don't forget to check out the various options for the colours of the arms. Give preference to those that go best with your helmet.

(Source of the highlighted image: wiggijo/ Pixabay)

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