The 10 Best Cycling Glasses of 2020

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The Cycling Glasses of 2020

Glasses are an essential part of any cyclist’s kit ensuring protection from debris, the elements and the sun and ensuring that you can keep your eyes on the road.

Crankboutique covers the essentials of cycling eyewear and our countdown of our favourite pieces into the new decade.

Should You Wear Cycling Glasses

When many of us started cycling we probably didn’t wear glasses out on the bike – that ended fairly quickly after trying to get 50kms of dust our of our eyes or nearly bailing.

While we get that to non cyclists the glasses can look a bit ridiculous (but we kind of like looking like an 80s neon afterthought) they offer some essential protection and perks over even normal sunnies.

Sun Protection

Well yeah, you'd kind of expect this one, but sun glare when you're hanging out with your mates is one thing. Glare when you're heading down a steep hill, in busy traffic or trying to keep in the chain gang is quite another.

Brands have varying levels of UV protection, but many will also offer swappable or photochromic lenses that can give you the most clarity at any time of day or places with random weather. Like Melbourne.

Dirt/Flies/General Foreign Objects

Getting things in your eyes is annoying and painful for most people. Getting something in your eyes when you're going 40km/h is more annoying, more painful and considerably more dangerous for you and those around you.

Weather

Wind is not great when you're riding - your eyes water like a 4 year old who has just had their birthday cake taken away from them. Rain again - not super. Getting water in or water coming out of your eyes compromises your visibility and safety.

Types of Lenses

The lenses in your cycling glasses perform the key role of keeping dirt and the sun out of your eyes and come in a huge number of colours and materials.

There are also a few specific types of lenses on cycling glasses that are worth being aware of if you’re shopping around.

Photochromic

Photochromic – or for specific brand “transition” – lenses feature a chemical treatment that allow the lens to darken on contact with UV radiation. Photochromic glasses are great if you a single pair of glasses for all conditions or you ride somewhere with a lot of varying weather conditions.

It’s worth noting that glasses with photochromic lenses are generally more expensive than standard glasses and choice is generally more limited.
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Anti-Fogging & Weather

While many of the big manufacturers will give their lens coating and anti-fogging technology exotic sounding names or call them “military grade”, essentially it all boils down to the same thing –  a chemical treatment or film coat on the lens that stops your gasping for air impairing your vision.

There are also lens cleaning solutions that offer anti-fog properties after application.

Interchangeable

Photochromic lenses aren’t for everyone, a lot of time because they’re more expensive or simply because the glasses you have your heart set on simply don’t offer it. 

Interchangeable lenses are pretty common and offer a way for different shades of lens to be easily swapped into the frame for different conditions.

Perscription

If you need prescription lenses for your cycling glasses you’ll be glad to know you’re pretty well covered although the expected premium is there with the majority of offerings coming from the higher end brands such as Adidas and Oakley, although you can find some cheaper options from brands such as the Rudy Project and Tifosi.

Bike Glasses Fit

Making sure your glasses fit your head is important. Mainly to make sure that you’re comfortable and that your shiny new investments stays on your heads and doesn’t go flying into traffic. 

Shopping online is generally going to get you the best deal, but where possible, we always recommend that your visit a shop to try some for fit first – not all manufacturers advertise the sizing of their glasses . Those fancy Smith glasses might look amazing, but if you have a bean pole head you should probably get something else.

Narrow FIT

There are a lot of folk with narrower or smaller heads and don’t despair – there are definitely frames for you. We’ve found Tifosi & BBB to be our best friends but always best to read around when you shop.

WIDE FIT

Those riders with wider faces tend to have an easier time than those with narrow, having said that riding with a pair of glasses that feels likes they’re trying their best to crush your head aren’t great. 100%, Oakley & Smith tend to be better for big heads.

Nose Bridge

Many glasses will come with some degree of adjustability on the nose bridge, with many opting to have a flexible attachment to the frame behind the lens. There are as many shapes of nose so there are glasses though and some just won’t work for you.

Our Favourite Bike Glasses of 2020

FAQs

How Can I Get Glasses That Fit?

You need to go and try them on – we can’t stress this enough. There are some online tools that try to help with measurements, but they never give a good enough approximation.

How Can I Get the Best Deal?

Shopping around online is still your best bet for getting the best price. While we all hate spam email, it is worth signing up for a few of the big retailers as you’ll often get some amazing sales popping up.

What are the best Cycling Glasses?

We’ve picked out a few of our favourites below, but like most things in cycling it’s completely subjective. There are a few features like glare reduction and comfort that you should always be looking for though.

What Glasses Do the Pros Wear?

While they have some great stuff, the pros are restricted to whoever their sponsors are, so there’s a huge range of glasses worn. If you like something you’ve seen check on Instagram or the official team sites.

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