Cycling glasses are more than just a simple add-on to your bicycle styling. They are an important element that improves riding comfort and safety. They provide your eyes with protection not only against sun rays, but also against possible impurities that can get into your eyes. And if you're going really fast, you'll appreciate this barrier against insects that might otherwise hit your eyes. However, this is not where the benefits of cycling glasses end.
Unlike traditional sunglasses, cycling glasses most often feature replaceable lenses that can be chosen to fit to the road conditions or the time of day. Yellow or transparent lenses will help you while riding on cloudy days or after dark. Coloured lenses increase contrast and help you to see dangerous objects and potholes in the road faster. On the other hand, dark glasses are excellent for sunny days.
How to wear cycling glasses?
It may seem ridiculous, but there is an unspoken rule about wearing cycling glasses. It concerns whether the temples of the glasses should be placed over or under the helmet straps.
Many people do not pay attention to it, but you may surprise your friends with this knowledge. It's established in cycling culture that the best solution is to wear glasses over the helmet straps. This is also for safety reasons - in the case of accident, the glasses will simply fall off your nose, while if worn under the helmet straps, they could pose a threat to your eyes. This rule may have come from the fact that, in the past, the bicycle glasses were not made of polycarbonate, which is a very durable and break-resistant material.