Glasses Wearers On Drops

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Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Frank Wilson » Tue May 21, 2013 21:25 pm

I must admit I very rarely use the drops but when I do being a glasses wearer I find I am looking over the top of my specs and consequently can't see a lot, is it time for Dennis Taylor to start marketing his snooker glasses for cyclists?

How do other people cope?

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Simon Masterson » Tue May 21, 2013 21:44 pm

Frank Wilson wrote:I must admit I very rarely use the drops but when I do being a glasses wearer I find I am looking over the top of my specs and consequently can't see a lot, is it time for Dennis Taylor to start marketing his snooker glasses for cyclists?

How do other people cope?


I don't; I wear contact lenses. I hate wearing glasses anyway, but if my eyes aren't playing ball (etc) I have been known to not cycle, however pathetic. I use the drops a lot, for what it's worth. I've used a glasses retainer strap pulled really tight to hold my glasses right up against my face. It does work, but it's not comfortable. I'm guessing there must be prescription sports/cycling specific sunglasses available; if you have the money this is probably the best solution if you want to wear glasses.

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Postby aripallaris » Tue May 21, 2013 21:53 pm

might be worth getting a pair of prescription cycling glasses mate. oakleys are great but expensive. u can get prescriptions made up for many brands. they fit better to the face and dont fall down like standard glasses

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Postby skyd0g » Tue May 21, 2013 22:01 pm

It may depend on your prescription & vision needs - a few options:
Normal specs only.
Normal specs under cycling specs.
Contacts - with cycling specs over.
Sports/cycling specs with prescription 'inserts' behind the cycling specs.
Full-on prescription sports/cycling specs.

...it may be worth checking this place out: http://selectspecs.com
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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby MichaelW » Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 am

Cycling is one of the few sports where you need eye protection and regular specs are good enough to do the job.
The current fashion for specs is wide and thin, the opposite of our needs. I found a more rounded style by Flexon (I think model 508) which works well for everyday riding.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby djm501 » Wed May 22, 2013 11:41 am

I wear specs and have never noticed a problem. To be honest I find the helmet more of problem for seeing properly when I'm in the drops but that's probably because I could do with getting a proper road helmet.

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Postby t4tomo » Wed May 22, 2013 12:16 pm

I have regular prescription sunnies, i.e as in just chosen from normal specsavers range as a free second pair, not cycle specific with inserts or anything fancy. i chose a style leaning towards wrap around and certainly bigger lense than my frameless regular specs. I don't have a problem with looking "round the frames". I have a pair with a blue tint which is good for not too bright conditions and a normal grey/black tint for when its very sunny.
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Postby fishyweb » Wed May 22, 2013 12:37 pm

I use daily disposable contacts for cycling.
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Postby andrewjoseph » Wed May 22, 2013 15:38 pm

Frank Wilson wrote:I must admit I very rarely use the drops but when I do being a glasses wearer I find I am looking over the top of my specs and consequently can't see a lot, is it time for Dennis Taylor to start marketing his snooker glasses for cyclists?

How do other people cope?



not a problem with purpose made cycling glasses. mine are quite deep. this may be a problem if i was to slam the stem down, but i don't think so. on long downhills, i get my chin near the stem and don't have any issues.

i have photochromatic prescription lenses on frames from optilabs. have yellow lenses for mtb.
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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby lotus49 » Wed May 22, 2013 15:48 pm

I have some cycling glasses and I don't have this problem but I would if I wore my normal sunglasses.

I don't think riding without glasses is a great idea. If you get a flying stone in your eye, you are going to be sorry.

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Postby farrina » Wed May 22, 2013 18:10 pm

Add another one wearing daily disposable contacts for all sports. With cycling I supplement with Oakley (non prescription) lenses appropriate to light conditions for eye protection.

Just in case the point has not already been made I would recommend plastic based lenses rather than glass in case of any impacts.

Finally above all else I hate wearing glasses in the rain!

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Neil_aky » Wed May 22, 2013 18:41 pm

I bought these - they have interchangeable lenses, the 2 darker tints are polarised and all have UV protection. They have a prescription insert which my loal optician put lenses in for £30 - so £70 all in:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Performance-PRESCRIPTION-SUNGLASSES-Interchangeable-Protection/dp/B0048F5DOG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369247906&sr=8-1&keywords=sunglasses+for+cycling+prescription

They work fine for me, they don't slip (although they come with a strap) and are in a very nice case to hold glasses and all lenses.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby mikebikemike » Wed May 22, 2013 20:01 pm

Cycling glasses with an insert on my weekend bike.
My road commuter I use with normal specs but it has a stack of spacers and a high% rise on it.
I can't use contacts due to allergies etc but suspect they're probably the best solution with nonprescription glasses to keep the cack out of your eyes.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Carbonator » Thu May 23, 2013 06:53 am

Just ride on the hoods if its that big a deal to get sorted properly.

I use contact lenses for sport and wear a proper pair of cycling glasses when cycling.

If I could not use contact lenses I would have 2 pairs of prescription cycling glasses (one clear, one dark).

If I could not get my prescription made into cycling glasses I would quit cycling and take up snooker!

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby philthy3 » Thu May 23, 2013 07:04 am

Frank Wilson wrote:I must admit I very rarely use the drops but when I do being a glasses wearer I find I am looking over the top of my specs and consequently can't see a lot, is it time for Dennis Taylor to start marketing his snooker glasses for cyclists?

How do other people cope?


Do you mean prescription specs or just that you wear cycling glasses when out? I'm long sighted don't bother wearing prescription glasses when riding. Makes it hard to read the Garmin to keep a check on my cadence and HR but so what, I can guess when I'm at roughly my usual cadence or breathing too hard. But I do wear cycling glasses and spend time on the drops. A lot depends on the fit of the glasses with your helmet (if you wear one) and how supple your neck and shoulders are. I use Rudy Project Genetyks and find they allow me to get down low and still see the road ahead until my neck protests. I'd always try whichever specs you choose whilst wearing your helmet before buying.
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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Bustacapp » Thu May 23, 2013 07:50 am

Frank Wilson wrote:How do other people cope?


Don't wear glasses.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby ugo.santalucia » Thu May 23, 2013 08:01 am

Bustacapp wrote:
Frank Wilson wrote:How do other people cope?


Don't wear glasses.


Frankly we are all a bit fed up with your attitude. 2 Warnings now, there won't be a third..

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Bustacapp » Thu May 23, 2013 10:08 am

ugo.santalucia wrote:Frankly we are all a bit fed up with your attitude.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Frank Wilson » Thu May 23, 2013 11:42 am

philthy3 wrote:
Frank Wilson wrote:I must admit I very rarely use the drops but when I do being a glasses wearer I find I am looking over the top of my specs and consequently can't see a lot, is it time for Dennis Taylor to start marketing his snooker glasses for cyclists?

How do other people cope?


Do you mean prescription specs or just that you wear cycling glasses when out? I'm long sighted don't bother wearing prescription glasses when riding. Makes it hard to read the Garmin to keep a check on my cadence and HR but so what, I can guess when I'm at roughly my usual cadence or breathing too hard. But I do wear cycling glasses and spend time on the drops. A lot depends on the fit of the glasses with your helmet (if you wear one) and how supple your neck and shoulders are. I use Rudy Project Genetyks and find they allow me to get down low and still see the road ahead until my neck protests. I'd always try whichever specs you choose whilst wearing your helmet before buying.



Yes they are prescription glasses, I am quite short sighted and trust me you would not want to be on the same stretch of road if i was not wearing them! I think long term I will go for as suggested a larger pair of presciption sun glasses. Laser eye correction is out of the question as I am a coward when it comes to things medical!

You are also quite correct about the helmet as well when wearing specs as there does seem to be a bit of interaction between the two when on drops.

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Re: Glasses Wearers On Drops

Postby Imposter » Thu May 23, 2013 12:02 pm

Google some pics of Martin Earley or Laurent Fignon - both wore glasses, without the 'Dennis Taylor' look. If you are looking over the tops of them, then your position might need some work.


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