While you should always ride with glasses to protect your eyes from insects on the road or low branches and twigs on the trail, the need for glasses in summer is an absolute essential to protect you from UV rays.
At PRO BIKE TOOL HQ, we advise you to wear proper cycling sunglasses rather than a pair of casual shades.
There’s a number of differences between sports-specific and casual sunnies.
Firstly, it’s the increased range of protection. Brands like Oakley and 100% typically offer lenses that are a lot larger than those you’d get on standard glasses, meaning sun doesn’t come in over the top of the lenses and you don’t get distracting bright flashes coming up around the underneath of the glasses when you’re on the bike. This provides you greater protection from items flying into your face, and allows you to better see deviations and imperfections in the road or trail from the corner of your eyes.
The sports-specific lenses offered by cycling sunglasses are also super-important. Sunglasses for riding typically have lenses designed to match certain types of activity or light conditions; for example, Oakley’s PRIZM lenses provide depth to blemishes in the road, which helps you see any nasty things in the road you need to dodge. Also, bike-specific sunglasses typically offer frames that allow you to swap lenses, meaning you could have a set of lenses for low light and a set for bright sun.