Cycling specs

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Cycling specs

Postby matt2matt2002 » 31 May 2010, 8:47pm

Anyone know a good supplier for cheap cycling glasses - prescription lens.
All the ones I see advertised are £120 +
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby kevinp » 1 Jun 2010, 8:07am

If you just need some with bi-focals these are the ones I use cheap enough at three pairs for £25.00

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby Colin63 » 1 Jun 2010, 8:14am

Have you tried visiting an optician? Sounds a patronising thing to say, but I've found that a local independent optician will go out of their way to find what you're looking for and will find stuff well beyond what you see advertised on the web.

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby mr riff raff » 1 Jun 2010, 7:35pm

One of my team mates just got a pair from Specsavers. Look a bit like swimming goggles, but he seems happy enough.
I used the Rudy Project systems with the clip in lenses for years with no problems at all, until it rains, or worse still, it's foggy.
I went over to disposable contact lenses just for weekend rides and haven't looked back, literally!
When it rains you stick your specs somewhere appropriate and you can still see. It's a miracle I tell you.
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby eltonioni » 1 Jun 2010, 7:38pm

My optician fits cyclists with corrective lenses in Oakley frames. Prob' not cheap but there must be cheaper alternatives.

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby workhard » 2 Jun 2010, 12:04pm

Specsavers sell a range of sports glasses which have prescription inserts. Cheap they are not. I'm actively looking into them (boom boom) as I need glasses to read maps/GPS these days.

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby benm » 3 Jun 2010, 12:33pm

I have found that nearly all the cycle specs (wrap around types) where prescriptions are offered do not go far enough for my abject blindness ;)

I am -4.5 in one eye and something similar in the other so the curve on the inserts or the lenses themselves (in the case of Oakley frames) is too much and I wouldn't be able to see anything with the glasses on. I just use my ordinary specs and put up with a gale whipping round the edges.

Of course I am happy to be told of any system that can cope with really short sight...

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby NUKe » 3 Jun 2010, 2:24pm

I just wear my normal glasses. Never had any problems at speed either. Wrap rounds are only a fashion accessory and not a neccesity
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby belgiangoth » 3 Jun 2010, 2:51pm

I will eventually get around to writing a proper review of Windram glasses, but the short version is that they are cack!
I cycle in my normal specs, if it's sunny I wear a hat to keep the sun out, if it rains I wear a hat to keep the rain out. Get yourself a stylish racing cap and save yourself the cost of a £100+ pair of specs.
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby anniesboy » 3 Jun 2010, 4:35pm

NUKe wrote:I just wear my normal glasses. Never had any problems at speed either. Wrap rounds are only a fashion accessory and not a neccesity


I dont agree,having had bugs in my eyes when wearing ordinary specs,also in slightly chilly weather my eyes water with ordinary specs.
Not a fashion accessory in my view.
I use those from Straight Lines and at £25 (£33 with vat and p&p) for three pairs hardly bank breaking

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby richardyorkshire » 3 Jun 2010, 6:41pm

benm wrote:I have found that nearly all the cycle specs (wrap around types) where prescriptions are offered do not go far enough for my abject blindness ;) I am -4.5 in one eye and something similar in the other so the curve on the inserts or the lenses themselves (in the case of Oakley frames) is too much and I wouldn't be able to see anything with the glasses on.


I've got some Optilabs cycling glasses, using the Rapide frame and photochromic lenses. My prescription is -5.0 in one eye and -5.5 in the other, so I guess I'm even more short sighted than you. But I find them very comfortable. In fact I love the complete coverage the wrap around glasses give me, as my normal spectacles are rather narrower and so have a blurred bit visible above and below the lens.
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby Big John » 3 Jun 2010, 10:02pm

I'm minus 10 :!: in both eyes - I've tried and failed any number of routes to getting prescription cycling glasses. I'd echo what's said above - unless you are both long and short sighted, contact lenses and plain cycling glasses are the answer.

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Re: Cycling specs

Postby Big T » 4 Jun 2010, 12:01am

Apparently Tesco's do prescription sunglasses for about £40. I've not managed to find a Tesco's yet that has an optician :shock: .

I tried Optilabs, but I couldn't get on with their Scorch glasses despite sending them back twice to get the lenses redone - a waste of £125. I now have a pair of Alpina sunglasses with a prescription insert. These were £110 from my local optician and do the job fine. They have 3 sets of coloured lenses for varying light conditions. I'm -4.0 in both eyes.

I do have some contact lenses which i wear for time trialling or if it's really hot, but wear my alpinas mostly while cycling.

I also sometimes wear a cap, but find it gets soaked in sweat on a long, fast ride and starts to drip sweat onto my glasses. It does keep the rain off. I usually wear a Buff, which is better at soaking up the profuse amount of sweat that I produce.
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby NUKe » 4 Jun 2010, 9:39pm

just found these
http://www.fitovers.com/index.php?page=home

don't know anything about them but they look good
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Re: Cycling specs

Postby belgiangoth » 4 Jun 2010, 9:50pm

My issue with "fitover" style glasses (e.g. my windrams) was that when it rained I got two layers of wet glasses (same with fog) so I couldn't use them in bad weather. My other issue with the Windrams was that the lenses case was so big that it was a hassle to carry the lenses with me (and the glasses would fall apart whenever changing the lenses anyway) which meant thatI essentially never changed them - I ended up with a less functional and bulk version of prescription sunglasses.
Buy some non-prescription cycling glasses and some contacts.
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