Speed, changing light conditions and airborne particles present special challenges to glasses for cycling, so perfect vision for cycling using the best lenses is extremely important.
Whether you’re a professional cyclist or you just cycle for fun, a good set of sports glasses is essential when cycling. High speeds on tarmac or off-road, frequently changing light conditions from bright sunshine to flickering light and shade, insects and dirt or grit flying into your face all make cycling glasses an essential piece of safety equipment .
Glasses for cyclists have to be genuine all-rounders, safely protecting your eyes against harmful UV rays, airstream, insects, dust – even dirt and grit in the air. And they have to do all this without being a nuisance: cyclist glasses have to be light, and the nose pad and sides have to fit comfortably under a helmet. In addition, high-contrast vision is very important when cycling. The eye has to adjust to constantly changing light conditions and the play of light and shadow. Furthermore, the glasses have to offer proper glare protection.
Lenses for cycling glasses
In addition to a well-fitting and sturdy, curved set of frames, the lenses are very important. They have to provide protection against UV rays, wind and airborne particles and allow cyclists to see their way perfectly in bright sunshine, in shadows and even in bad weather.
- Polarising lenses
Rapid and frequent switching between light and shade puts a strain on your eyes. When you add glare and reflections or back light to the mix, dangers, curves or lane changes may not be visible until it’s too late. This not only means losing time by having to brake, it could also pose a safety risk. Glasses with polarising lenses provide the ideal protection against glare and help filter out reflections from bright, smooth surfaces. You can see better when cycling and identify risks earlier due to less dazzle.
- Curved lenses
The curvature of the spectacle frame is very important. The glasses have to fit your face perfectly in order to protect your eyes. Potential hazards need to be visible from peripheral areas as well.
- Lens colours
Amber and rose lens tints increase visual acuity and are highly recommended for cycling. They provide the brightest field of vision and are ideal for weak to no sunlight. Thanks to their strength in colour contrast, these tints are particularly recommended when cycling on roads. By improving your reaction times, they help improve your sporting performance and your safety. When there is little or no sunlight, it is more important than ever to have tints that enable you to recognise even the smallest details quickly and clearly. When choosing a tint for cycling, make sure not to select too dark a variant because you will be switching from very sunny stretches to shaded areas very quickly – under trees or bridges and tunnels, for example.
Grey lenses, although less efficient, are also recommended. They reduce glare and render colours true-to-life. They offer good vision all year round, even in bright sunshine.
Yellow lenses filter out more of the blue wavelengths of light, allowing us to see contrast better. This tint guarantees cyclists better vision with less light, in other words, in darker light conditions with less sunshine.