Different Lenses for Different Riding Conditions

Looking good is important in road cycling. Style matters; that’s part of the fun. Functionality is important, too, though and that’s where you’ve got to consider lens choice carefully for your rides.

On a bright sunny summer day when the daylight is almost endless, you can just throw on a pair of standard dark shades and be off. But, if the weather or lighting is going to change, you may want to consider a couple of other good choices.

Amber lenses can greatly improve contrast on cloudy days or if you’re going to be riding into the twilight. Amber lenses are also particularly good on winter days where the bright sun is reflecting off of white snow all over the ground. Again, the contrast provides a much sharper and clearer view of everything.

Sometimes the light is such that no protection from bright lights or additional contrast is needed to see clearly. There’s a good choice for those rides too – clear lenses. Clear lenses protect your eyes from the wind and any other debris that may fly up into your eyes on a ride – sand, rocks, etc. Protecting your eyes while riding is important, to avoid damaging your eyes directly, and also to avoiding a crash if you should get some sort of debris in your eye that hinders your vision while riding.

Photo Credit: Dan Quieroz

2 thoughts on “Different Lenses for Different Riding Conditions

  1. Any advice regarding preventing lenses from fogging? I find this winter that I cannot wear my sunglasses when I have donned my balaclava. The heat won’t vent (good), causing condensation on the inside of the glasses (bad).

    • Hi Sean:

      I’ve only had good luck in preventing fogging when using glasses specifically designed for that – they have little vent holes between the lens and the frames, and/or are a more “open” design which air can flow freely through.


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