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    Cool-blue Rhythm How do you wear sunglasses, inside or outside of helmet straps??

    Just curious why everyone wears their sunglasses on the outside of the helmet straps? I wear mine on the inside of my helmet straps and someone recently said I should wear them on the outside. I asked why and they really didn’t know other then that’s the way everyone wears them.

    It seems to me, there would be more of a chance that the glasses would come off in a crash as the helmet is being torqued around if they are on the outside of the straps. Not sure if “torqued” is the word to use or if it’s even a word for that matter.

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    Inside here. Some straps can press on the ear pieces & are uncompfortable tho.
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    Outside. Straps press earpieces to my head. Easier to remove, clean, and replace.

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    inside...because I put my sunglasses on and then my helmet

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    Inside

    The straps can help keep them on when to going gets bumpy.
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    Inside here. I have Oakley Half jackets and the earpieces are pretty soft so I don't get any pressure from them. And like Berge said, when the trail gets rough the helmet straps seems to keep my glasses in place.

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    Outside, I take em on and off during the course of many outings and I find they naturally go outside better.

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    i'm just an inside kinda guy

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    I think it was on the road bike forum that I read that the "proper" way is OUTSIDE your straps. The reason they gave is if you can fit on the inside without being uncomfortable your helmet is strapped on too loose.

    I wear on the inside myself...I guess I got my helmet strapped too loose .

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    Outside, my Oakley M-Frames like it better that way.
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    depends on the helmet and glasses. My old Bell helmet fit fine with glasses on the inside, but my new Giro works better on the outside. I would prefer the inside because then I don't have to worry about knocking my glasses off when removing my helmet, so I vote inside if it fits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enduroprorider
    Just curious why everyone wears their sunglasses on the outside of the helmet straps? I wear mine on the inside of my helmet straps and someone recently said I should wear them on the outside. I asked why and they really didn’t know other then that’s the way everyone wears them.

    It seems to me, there would be more of a chance that the glasses would come off in a crash as the helmet is being torqued around if they are on the outside of the straps. Not sure if “torqued” is the word to use or if it’s even a word for that matter.
    Depends on the helmet.

    If the straps are flat against my temples the glasses go over them.

    If the straps do not touch my temples the glasses go under.

    Just a fit and comfort issue.
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    Definitely inside. I'm not even sure they'd stay on my face on the outside.

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    I wear mine inside because I like to leave them on when my helmet's off.

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    Outside when I wear sun glasses. I'm not a huge fan of riding with them.. They fog up on me and I get pissed about. Plus I hate spending more than $15-20 on a pair of glasses.. since I break them all the time..
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    outside, it naturally feels right. It looks funny when I see people with them inside. But thats just me.

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    Inside for me.. if they were on the outside any little movement of the helmet would mess with the glasses. Plus I would always be picking them up off the ground eveytime I took my helmet off.

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    inside is the way to go. when i first started riding, my friend told me they go on the outside. well that worked for like 5 mins, before the helmet movement would cause the glasses to move around. now its nice and comfy...

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    I wear mine on the outside since they dont fit on the inside. If I try to put them on the inside it ends up either pressing them into my head or I have to loosen my helmet to the point that in a crash I coudlnt be certain it would stay where it needs to.

    I think for the majority of people who actually have a reason other than its just how they assumed it was done - its because the shape of their head, helmet, glasses or all of the above. Basically they put them the way it fits/feels better.

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    the proper way is outside.

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    Right side on the inside, left side on the out.
    Can we all just get along?

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    inside works best for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcdude
    Right side on the inside, left side on the out.
    I think that is a signal to show you are -- ah -- well , not that there's anything wrong with that.

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    It's completely a matter of preferance but I wear mine outside so its easy to take them off and on

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmySlowRdr
    the proper way is outside.

    Golly, then I guess there are a good deal of us who are improper. Shucks.

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    Outside the strap closest to my face, and then they tend to slide inside the strap towards the back of my head as I put them on.

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    oh whatever--
    it's just a way that bike rags and the "style man" tried to force on everyone several years back.
    i subscribed to it.
    however i know many rail against what is "in" at the time.
    so that's all i meant about proper, figuring that the intelligent would know i really meant what mass media was propogating as the norm as being proper.
    to each his or her own.
    i'll accept outside as proper, but either way is cool.
    cool?


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    Golly, then I guess there are a good deal of us who are improper. Shucks.

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    The reason for the "outside" being the correct side is that in cases where the sunglasses may get physically damaged, it's better for the glasses to be able come off. This might not matter for little things but, for example, an impact from a large or sharp branch can be deflected enough or "caught" by the sunglasses as they slide away to prevent serious or any harm whereas if the glasses were "stuck" the branch might slide under the frame after sliding along the lens and hence you get poked in the eye or get a serious laceration. Also if something catches on the frame and the sunglasses are locked in under the straps your head could be whipped around and you can seriously be hurt. Although issues can arise from the sunglasses being flung away "more" can happen the other way.

    Now in reality these types of disasterous situations don't happen very much which is why in or out isn't really a big deal.

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    Inside, so they won't fly off when I take my helmet off.
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    Inside for me as well. I've got 7 pairs of Oakleys and if I ran them outside I would fire them accross the room when I took my helmet off

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    It depends...

    Are we talking about all-mountain riding, or xc riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabpn
    The reason for the "outside" being the correct side is that in cases where the sunglasses may get physically damaged, it's better for the glasses to be able come off. This might not matter for little things but, for example, an impact from a large or sharp branch can be deflected enough or "caught" by the sunglasses as they slide away to prevent serious or any harm whereas if the glasses were "stuck" the branch might slide under the frame after sliding along the lens and hence you get poked in the eye or get a serious laceration. Also if something catches on the frame and the sunglasses are locked in under the straps your head could be whipped around and you can seriously be hurt. Although issues can arise from the sunglasses being flung away "more" can happen the other way.

    Now in reality these types of disasterous situations don't happen very much which is why in or out isn't really a big deal.
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    The answer to that is easily, "Depends".

    The straps on my last three helmets fit against my temple, so I would wear the sunglasses outside the straps.
    But since I bought my Giro Xen, the straps don't touch the temples and the glasses fit inside the straps. No discomfort here, and style police be damned.

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    Usually both for me. I start out inside. but when i stop to munch a powerbar they always end up on the outside. Never really mattered to me

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    Outside, especially with a full face helmet.
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    Inside. Straps over the arms keeps them in place in my experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricko
    I think it was on the road bike forum that I read that the "proper" way is OUTSIDE your straps... .
    yup, leave it to the snooty roadies to come up with "proper ways".

    to each his/her own. i like mine inside! and when i ride my road bike i even dare wear plain black spandex.

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    Depends on the glasses I'm wearing. My half jackets on the inside but my M frames on the outside. Whatever feels better for you.
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    Come on everyone -- MBA says they must be on the outside, lest the straps compress the earpieces into your head, crushing the temple.

    Two pages on this thread, amazing!

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    inside...
    putting them outside means they just flop around.

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    hey i already said coz style man sez so...style man snoberizes for MBA.

    and it's a topic deserving of multiple pages unlike that "tell me what you know contributions" thread on passion-gag.

    Quote Originally Posted by Reposado Man
    Come on everyone -- MBA says they must be on the outside, lest the straps compress the earpieces into your head, crushing the temple.

    Two pages on this thread, amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    inside...
    putting them outside means they just flop around.
    If they flop around the glasses do not fit you
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    I find that cutting the straps off the helmet and removing the arms off the sunglasses works the best.
    Last edited by DIRTJUNKIE; 04-19-2007 at 09:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE,
    I find that cutting the straps off the helmet and removing the arms off the sunglasses works the best.
    LOL, let's take it even further: ditch both the helmet and the glasses, and go comando! problemo and dilemma solved!
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    Inside for me because my sunglasses are normally already on when I put on my helmet and I am to lazy to switch them to the out side. Plus putting them on the out sides of the straps takes extra work to make sure the ear peice goes around the straps.

    So my answer is inside because I am a lazy lazy man.

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    This thread is got the same delemma as Cubbys elegant seatpost marker thread.

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    My frames and helmet allow me to wear them on the inside. For some of the stuff I do, it is a real blessing as the helmet strap help keep the glasses from getting knocked off my face....especially late season when some of the trails get really overgrown (unless you are 2" 0" tall)
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    IT really does depend on the helmet and glasses. Personally, I ride with the sunglasses INSIDE the strap!!!

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    the proper way is inside.

    Except when going uphill and then your supposed to switch to outside.

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    Just wear the new Oakley plutonite contact lenses and never worry about it.

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    ah--

    ahh-ok--me gets all ze mags every month and gets em all mixed up--somebody ask ol coot how'n he goes bout hit.


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    People have been telling me I should be wearing them on the outside, but three of the people who have told me that have lost their glasses in the last 3 months :P

    I'm sticking to inside, since it's not like they're uncomfortable there.

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    sunglasses

    Ha ha ha.Mine go inside my fullface.

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    since shades are designed to sit against your skin over your ears why you would ever do outside is beyond me! For people who say its easier to get them off since when is it ever hard to take shades off anyway? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by capoz77
    since shades are designed to sit against your skin over your ears why you would ever do outside is beyond me! For people who say its easier to get them off since when is it ever hard to take shades off anyway? lol
    Yes, the glasses touch your ears, not your temples where the helmet straps are. Read my first reply for when to do which.
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    Outside for sure ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by typsu32
    inside is the way to go. when i first started riding, my friend told me they go on the outside. well that worked for like 5 mins, before the helmet movement would cause the glasses to move around. now its nice and comfy...
    Having "helmet movement" sounds like a poor fitting helmet. They can move a little with your scalp, but a bit more than that can be like not even wearing a helmet in the first place (depending on conditions of course).

    EDIT: To answer the question, outside the straps (Atmos). My sunglasses don't bounce around. Occasionally have to push them up from sweat, but that's all. It appears some people are compensating by using their helmet straps to keep their shades put. Whatever works I guess...
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    I guess the most sensible answer is "wherever they fit the best". Like I said earlier, my glasses (Wiley-X Air Rage) simply would not fit outside of the straps. My helmets fit perfectly but for me even the slightest movement totally disturbs the glasses position.

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    I wear one arm inside and the other outside the straps just to keep everyone happy.

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