At SDJ Sports we appreciate that if you are new to cycling the sport can appear to be confusing with so many different styles of riding, racing, bicycles and not forgetting the all important riding accessories, clothing and equipment!
It may not be the first thing you think of getting for riding your bike but after a couple of rides by the river or a road ride that has the sun in your eyes for minutes on end, a pair of cycling glasses will be top of the list.
For mountain bikers the glasses are as much protection against dust as the sun. If you are out in a group and the person in front is kicking up dust, gravel and dirt in front of you the last thing you want is a bit in your eye. So many cycle branded glasses come with inter-changeable lenses including clear, smoked and yellow. Clear are perfect against the dust and grit of the forest, not much light gets through the canopy so a clear lens is ideal. Smoked lens is like your standard sunglasses so pop them in when you are out in the open on a sunny day. The yellow lens works great in the twilight hours, it enhances the light you do have and gives you a bit of extra time in the saddle.
For road cycling a set of cycle specific sports glasses is a common purchase. Most road cycle specific glasses have a wraparound frame and lens design to keep flies, rain, the wind and the sun out of your eyes whilst riding. Some now come with a homochromatic lens that will change colour depending on how much sunlight they are blocking out.
Cycle or sport specific glasses come in a wide range of styles and colours, most professional riders have them to colour co-ordinate with their team kit. Cycle sunglasses have come a long way since the 1950's and 60's where fashion glasses were worn before the development of the now standard lightweight and high tech frames and lenses.