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Are cycling glasses necessary?

Words by Cycles UK

on 29/04/2021 17:04:37

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You might be thinking sunglasses are only good for keeping the sun out of your eyes, so why wear them unless it's sunny.

Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays which can cause cataracts and even cancer. UV rays are present in winter, even on a cloudy day, as well as summer. Additionally, Sunglasses protect your eyes from bugs, wind, and debris, which increases in winter with road grit and wet mud on the trails. This is why you will see cycling sunglasses with traditional lenses, yellow lenses on less bright days and sometimes clear lenses.

Cycling-specific sunglasses are designed to withstand crashes and to break in a way where you won't end up with bits of broken glass in your eyes. Cycling-specific glasses are also designed to stop light and dust from getting in under and around the edges and stay in place even when you are sweating heavily. 

So it is worth investing in a pair of specialist cycling sunglasses both for UV protection and to stop things ending up in your eyes that you don’t want.

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