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    Best sunglasses for riding?

    What sunglasses are you using? My Oakleys have had it and I am curious who likes what...
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    I still like my M Frames.
    Ride more!

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    SS is about simplicity. Ditch the shades and HTFU. Squinting makes you look like Clint Eastwood and gives you some weird tan lines.

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    Bah! Smimplicity... I've had enough crap get flung into my eyes to appreciate a decent set of specs, though I won't spend big bucks on 'em. I picked up a used pair of some specialized glasses with their version of "transition" lenses -- the tint varies depending on how bright it is. A little big/funky in the styling department but hey, I can't see me when I'm riding.

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    I got some of these :

    http://www.redstarworldwear.com/details.php?id=RS04

    you are actually pay for the sunglasses themselves once you take in account the shipping and handling but 23 bucks seems like a reasonable price to pay to keep crud out of your eyes
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    Some $15 piece from REI or Sports Authority (can't remember). I'm always breaking/losing them. No way I'd spend $100+ on sunglasses.

    As far as HTFU, UV protection is nothing to joke around with. Protect your eyes.

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    My old M frames and/or eye jackets. Only because that is what I have. Honestly, in the woods I find that I end up taking them off so really the best thing for me would be a set with clear lenses.

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    Rudy Project are available with auto darkening lenses. They work real good if you're riding in the woods and then out in the open. Also nice for when it's getting late in the day and you don't need dark shades. The lenses are pretty much indestructable too.

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    Native Eyewear

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    Wiley X with the removable cavity seal that blocks out dirt, dust, and debris. Prescription ready too.

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    why would you want to wear sunglasses?

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    I picked up some Tifosi Q2 or Q3 glasses when I was up in Ocoee, TN last year. Got them on clearance (of course), I think I paid 20ish for them (they retail for 40+). Mine are orange tinted so less of sunglasses and more of just protective glasses. They have the holes in the corners to keep the lenses from fogging. So far they have been really great. I feel naked without them on (but then again I ride naked sometimes).

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    Why wear glasses? Pinguecula on both eyes from years of UV/wind damage. Trying to keep it from getting worse which, of course, it can without decent glasses. Years of riding without them contributed to the condition.
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    Don't settle for anything less than genuine singlespeed specific riding glasses. They're simpler than geared glasses, lighter, and everybody you meet on the trail will say something like, "Wow, I could never wear those on these trails!" Less maintenance, too.

    They only have one lens.

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    I think Performance Bike has a nice line of eyewear that is inexpensive ($20-40) and they usually come with interchangeable lenses.
    I use the cloudy day lens as my all purpose lens. It's dark enough for sunny days and enhances contrast, without causing eye strain in the shade or clouds. They are also great for driving, as you don't need as dark of a lens with the window tint.

    I recently lost mine and went out and got the same pair again. I couldn't think of anything else I wanted to spend money on.

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400003_400003

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    Oakley Half X Metals.... Full Metals are just too geary.

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    i was kidding about not wearing any.
    its all about the bombers!

    now and then ill bring out the oldies(ss specific)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Don't settle for anything less than genuine singlespeed specific riding glasses. They're simpler than geared glasses, lighter, and everybody you meet on the trail will say something like, "Wow, I could never wear those on these trails!" Less maintenance, too.

    They only have one lens.

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    Glasses that fit you are the best. I prefer glasses that are frameless under the lens as they don't obstruct a downward glance at your gear. I also like to be able to swap in clear lenses for winter riding as daylight can get pretty scarce in my neck of the woods. Currently wearing Flak Jackets, which meet these criteria.

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    I have the Oakley Flak Jackets. Oakley optics are top notch. I have prescription lenses for them as well.

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    Maybe not the best, but I've got Smith Sliders and like 'em.

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    Solar Shields, cheap, nerdy, and fits over my glasses.

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    These.

    <img src="https://fashionisto.vg/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/kanye-west-shutter-shades.jpg">

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    Oakley Radars and Tifosi Slips have both been great for me.

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    Oakley Radars
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Rudy Rydon's with their photochromatic clear lenses, clear in the shade and dark tint in the sunlight. I get em for 40% off and you could too.....

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    http://www.blublocker.com/prodinfo.asp?number=2355K

    I think i'm gonna have to try these bad boys out!
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    rock the aviators so you can look like Ponch from CHiP's

    https://entimg.msn.com/i/150/Movies/...05_150x200.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    rock the aviators so you can look like Ponch from CHiP's

    https://entimg.msn.com/i/150/Movies/...05_150x200.jpg


    He's soooooooo dreamy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus


    He's soooooooo dreamy.

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    Sparty - you know you wore some like that in the 70s when you were in your prime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumonky
    Sparty - you know you wore some like that in the 70s when you were in your prime!
    I'll even bet he had hair like that before he started going bald. I heard a rumor that his Ponch costume is still hanging in his closet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    I'll even bet he had hair like that before he started going bald. I heard a rumor that his Ponch costume is still hanging in his closet.
    My "paunch costume" is all natural, brutha!

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    I roll w/ my oakley C-six..gotta get my monies worth

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    Oakley Monster Dogs (Cause I have a BIG head)

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    Anything Oakley!!!

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    I just got myself a pair of these to replace my Mframes for a 24hr race this weekend..

    Ridden a few days with them now, and theyre the best glasses Ive worn.

    http://www.spiuk.co.uk/acatalog/VENT...chromatic.html

    I got them off ebay here in Aussie for $80 delivered.

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    Oakley Flak Jackets for my next pair. Borrowed a mate's pair on a dark wet muddy night and they were freakin' awesome.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    The Oakley Jawbone is by far the best pair of cycling glasses I have ever had. Trendy or whatever the glasses work well, I think I see better with them on.
    If not bikes then what?
    I work in a shop and that influences my opinions.
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    I guess I am just super uncool (OK, I am pretty sure...) but I have 2 pair of of the sunglasses-style MSA safety glasses from Home Depot in my bag - one clear pair, and one tinted pair (with 100% UV protection).

    Goes with my "el cheapo" modus operandi

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog
    I guess I am just super uncool (OK, I am pretty sure...) but I have 2 pair of of the sunglasses-style MSA safety glasses from Home Depot in my bag - one clear pair, and one tinted pair (with 100% UV protection).

    Goes with my "el cheapo" modus operandi


    I used a tinted pair of those for years for Dualsport and Quad riding. They were fantastic.

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    Oakley Jawbones

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    From a distance, if you squint, they look just like Oakleys...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman
    Maybe not the best, but I've got Smith Sliders and like 'em.

    JMJ
    i loved my smith sliders, but i couldn't get new lenses in dark enough tint. they were one of the few sunglasses that fit my oversize head really well. I used em for about 6 years so i got my moneys worth.

    Oakley jawbones now. got a sweet deal on em (approx 40% off RRP). otherwise i would have considered them to expensive.

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    Sawflys. They are Army copies of M-Frames. About the same quality optics (I used to sell Oakleys) with a lens about twice as thick and cheaper too. M-Frames before that though.
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    DeWalt. $10 @ Lowes.

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    All in preferance, but I've worn Oakley for the past 10 years or so. My riding pair are Gascan S with the brown lenses.
    Livin' the dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzumbi
    DeWalt. $10 @ Lowes.
    Amen bro. And if I break them or lose them, I ain't out $100

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoisonDartFrog
    Amen bro. And if I break them or lose them, I ain't out $100


    100 bucks for Oakley?.....yeah right.....a good pair will run 200 easily!!!

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    Oakley's blow. You guys need to lay off the koolaid. I wore Bolle for 10 years and just this last year I decided to give Oakley a shot, nothing but disappointed. Plastic garbage.
    Back to Bolle for me or I may give Wiley X a try since they have the snap in dust shield and detachable wrap around headband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dropout33
    Oakley's blow. You guys need to lay off the koolaid. I wore Bolle for 10 years and just this last year I decided to give Oakley a shot, nothing but disappointed. Plastic garbage.
    Back to Bolle for me or I may give Wiley X a try since they have the snap in dust shield and detachable wrap around headband.
    Damn!

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    drink beer and ride trippy...

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    Wait a minute... veloreality needs these for his new red / blue bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Wait a minute... veloreality needs these for his new red / blue bike.

    --sParty
    But it must come with a white frame...

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