How to choose bicycle glasses

Of the cyclist's equipment, one of the most popular attributes is the bicycle sunglasses. They
serve not only to emphasize the original style, but also provide safety on the road. Since vision
is the most important sense organ when riding on any form of transport, the eyes should be
protected and well see all surrounding objects.

Advantages of bicycle glasses

Due to the individual characteristics of vision, many people already wear glasses. A question
may arise: should they buy additional bicycle accessories?
Yes, and there are a number of reasons for this. Bicycle glasses carry out the following

  • Protect eyes from dust, stones and insects;
  • Provide maximum viewing angle, avoiding dead zones;
  • Prevent the penetration of sunlight.

In contrast to conventional glass glasses, these bicycle glasses have plastic lenses.
This allows you to protect your eyes from glass shards when you hit stones. The plastic will also
extend the life of the glasses, since when they fall they are much less likely to break down than
the glass counterparts.
In addition, the bicycle glasses do not fog up in cold weather and densely fit to the head, which
prevents them from falling when hit by bumps.
Therefore, if you like to ride a bike, you definitely need to purchase this accessory. The question
is how to choose the right bicycle glasses, and what to consider when buying.

Features of choice

When buying glasses for riding a bike, it is important to pay attention to:

  • Lenses;
  • Rim.

From the choice of materials and the quality of production, it will depend on whether the bikes
will cope with their function, and whether they will be able to provide the cyclist with safety and


Since the main goal of the bicycle is to protect against ultraviolet rays, it is important to check
the product for this function.
In specialized optics, there are devices that can determine the degree of penetration of sunlight.
If on the label or in the instruction you will find the inscription UV-400, which means 100 percent
UV protection, you can safely buy the product.
Of course, it's reasonable to trust such stickers in cases where you purchase glasses in
specialized stores. On the market, such stickers can be applied to anything.

We discussed the material of the bicycle glasses above. For safety reasons, they must be made
of plastic. Although bicycle glasses with glass lenses in our time are extremely rare. In addition,
the plastic is lighter, which means that the accessory will be denser on the rider.
The shape of the lens should close the eyes tightly from all sides: from below, from above and
from the sides. This is necessary to protect the eyes from dust, stones, insects and wind. On the
track, even a fleeting distraction for rubbing the eyes can end unpredictably, so pay attention to
this factor even when buying.
Good news for those who have vision problems and wear glasses with diopters! There are
special models on the market for bikes, with a built-in adapter for magnifying glasses. They can
help bicyclists, who are uncomfortable and expensive to travel in lenses.
In the bicycle adapter, you can insert the glasses of the required characteristics and not worry
about safety. These glasses consist of two lenses. External are made of plastic and have all the
necessary protection against ultraviolet and dust, and internal glasses with diopters fix vision
defects, providing a good road clearness.
However, these bikes have their drawbacks:

  • Viewing angle;
  • Cost;
  • Possible distortion.

In the presence of poor-quality diopters and illiterately designed glasses, distortions and glare
may occur. Also, such defects lead to a reduction in the viewing angle and the appearance of
blind spots. And for a cyclist this factor is extremely important.
However, all the disadvantages can be reduced to a minimum, acquiring a high-quality model
from reliable manufacturers. Therefore, such a purchase can hit your pocket.
The last in terms of, but not in importance, factor in the choice of bicycle glasses is the color of
the lenses. They are:

  • Dark;
  • Transparent;
  • Bright yellow or orange.

Each color is suitable for certain conditions. Dark are designed for driving in sunny weather.
They perfectly remove the brightness of the sun and provide an unobstructed view of the cyclist.
However, the degree of dimming should be chosen carefully, because in some models of
glasses the overall level of visibility decreases - with the disappearance of the bright sun, certain
objects on the road disappear.
Yellow and orange lenses are best used in cloudy and rainy weather. They cut off the blue
shades and improve the contrast. This helps improve the visibility of the terrain and the overall
picture quality. They also have a coating that protects against ultraviolet rays. Therefore, this
color of lenses can be called universal.
Transparent elements are designed for driving in the dark. It is better to choose the models of
bicycles with a set of removable lenses. The set includes all three types: dark, bright orange or
yellow, and also transparent. Many cyclists say that at any time of the day it is convenient to
travel in bright lenses. Therefore, if you are going to buy a frame without removable glasses,
buy orange lenses.


Choosing a frame, it is worth considering three factors:

  • Adhesion density;
  • Viewing angle;
  • The weight.

To prevent the glasses from falling off during high-speed cross-country rides, it is better to
choose an accessory with rubberized showers. In addition, the whole body should fit snugly to
the head, but not too much pressure on it to avoid headaches.
The glasses should be arranged, so that the lenses do not have rims from below and from the
sides. This will provide the maximum viewing angle and eliminate blind areas while driving.
Answering the question, how to choose bicycle glasses, we considered only the practical side of
the purchase. The choice of the color of the frame and design is individual. The market offers a
wide range of products, among which even the most demanding bicyclist can find an original,
reliable and inexpensive accessory.