Choosing your bike glasses
Bicycle goggles are an essential part of a cyclist's kit. This equipment will protect you from the sun but also from dust, insects, water and mud. The choice of th bicycle glasses and/or MTB is very important because they must play their main role, protection, but must be comfortable.
Which category and glass shade to choose?
Bicycle spectacle lenses must adapt to the sunshine. Your glasses will not be the same during a sunny day out as during a rainy day out. What will play a role is the differentiation of tints on your lenses.
To know which shade to choose and when, here is a classification of the different shade categories:
- Category 0 : in rainy or very cloudy weather, your glasses must be transparent or have a very light yellow tint
- Category 1 : on cloudy or slightly sunny days, your glasses should have a light yellow or pink tint
- Category 2 : in sunny weather, your lenses should be moderately tinted brown or brown
- Category 3 : in strong sunny weather, your lenses should have a dark brown or brown tint. Beware of crossing forests or the appearance of clouds with this kind of glass
For fog, choose clear or transparent glasses.
There is also a type of glass, photochromic lenses, which change colour according to the brightness. They are perfect when the sunshine is variable or when the brightness varies.
Which eyeglass frames to choose?
The choice of frame is very important, it must combine support and lightness. Comfort is essential because you will wear your glasses throughout your outing.
Regarding the support, they must be stable on your face without being uncomfortable. For this reason, choose a flexible frame that will be perfectly adapted to the shape of your face. To ensure a secure fit, check that the temples and nasal pad are equipped with a non-slip coating.
The frame of your bike glasses should be as light if you are going on long outings. Lightness is achieved, for example, by the absence of reinforcement on certain models such as the EV Zero at Oakley or the Aerospeed from Julbo.
Bicycle goggles must be strong to withstand a fall. Indeed everything will depend on your practice, but for the mountain bike remember to take frames strong enough to prevent it from breaking at the first fall or the chips you receive.
If you practice DH or Enduro, a mountain bike mask will be more suitable for your practice and will guarantee you a very good vision both in hot and humid weather.
To avoid fogging up your lenses, opt for lenses with anti-fog technology and an airy frame.