Whether you would like to enjoy an evening ride with your touring bike, join your friends in the bike park at the weekend or stand at the starting line of your next race – good cycling glasses enhance your vision and are an essential part of a cyclist's kit. Appropriate glasses are designed to protect your eyes from rain, dirt, bugs, UV rays and crashes – even at high speeds. Our range includes a large selection of sunglasses for prescription lenses, sports sunglasses, mountain bike goggles and standard sunglasses by renowned manufacturers such as Oakley, Alpina, RUDY PROJECT, POC, uvex and ROSE.
In our guide to cycling eyewear, we explain everything you need to know to find the right glasses:
Lenses are the core of every pair of sports glasses. In fact, they are not made from classic glass, as still some prescription lenses of standard glasses are, but made from plastic. This makes the lens significantly lighter and more durable. Plastic lenses are highly shatterproof as well as resistant to scratches, which means they offer additional protection in case of a crash. Moreover, plastic lenses shield your eyes effectively from UV light. The combination of lightness and durability turns plastic lenses into the perfect choice for cycling glasses.
Some of the cycling glasses in our range come with a frame that allows you to remove the lens. In this way, you can easily swap the lens for another one. We also offer sets that include extra lenses in different colours (often they include interchangeable lenses in clear and/or orange). You can thus swap between the shades that best fit the needs of the ride. Cycling glasses with interchangeable lenses are marked accordingly in our online shop. In addition, you will find a selection of interchangeable lenses that fit your glasses. Our experts will be happy to help you choose the right replacement lenses.
The light transmission of a lens makes sure that only a certain percentage of the light that reaches the lens is transmitted through it. A transparent lens, for example, has a light transmission of 100%, which means that 100% of the light can pass through the lens and reach the eye. As opposed to that, very dark lenses with a transmission of 10% for instance can block 90% of the visible light. When looking through these glasses, your surroundings appear a lot darker, which is very pleasant to the eyes. Depending on the intensity of sunlight, you need cycling glasses with a different transmission rate. On days with overcast skies, a light transmission of 100% is ideal to protect your eyes from rain, dirt and insects. On brighter summer days, you need a significantly lower light transmission to fight glare.
To make it easier to choose the right cycling glasses, light transmission is categorized according to a so-called protection index. Generally, a distinction is made between five different protection levels from S0 to S4:
|Protection level||Light transmission||Light absorption||Light conditions||Recommendation|
|S0||approx. 80 - 100%||approx. 0 - 20%||dark||recommended as protection from rain, dirt and insects|
|S1||approx. 44 - 80%||approx. 20 - 56%||medium||good UV protection, suitable for overcast skies|
|S2||approx. 18 - 44%||approx. 57 - 81%||bright||good UV protection, variable conditions|
|S3||approx. 9 - 18%||approx. 82 - 91%||very bright (e.g. water, beach, mountains)||strong UV protection, suitable for summer tours or tours in the mountains|
|S4||approx. 3 - 9%||approx. 92 - 97%||extremely bright (e.g. high mountains, glaciers, snow)||strong UV protection, suitable for extreme light conditions such as snow/glaciers etc., not suitable for driving|
Sport sunglasses are not designed for prescription lenses. If you need cycling glasses with corrective lenses, however, we recommend a few models that can be fitted with an optical insert. You can take this insert to your optician and have prescription lenses made, which are then placed in the insert. The insert can be placed in the cycling glasses. We have marked models with included optical insert accordingly. Please note that, generally, cycling glasses can only be used with corrective lenses up to +/- 2 dioptres (possibly up to a maximum of +/- 4 dioptres when asking your optician).
Whether for Gravity, Downhill, FR or Enduro riding – MTB goggles belong to the standard equipment of every adrenaline junkie, as does a full-face helmet. Bike goggles should protect your eyes from dirt and branches, without disturbing your breathing or impairing your vision. Large foam paddings on the frame ensure a snug fit, as well as fast moisture wicking. Ventilation channels in the frame and an anti-fog coating provide even better vision. Depending on your requirements, you can choose between different lens tints and coatings.
With these helpful tips you are sure to find the right cycling glasses in our online shop. We stock a wide range of sunglasses with optical insert, sports sunglasses, mountain bike goggles and standard sunglasses for recreational use from renowned manufacturers such as Oakley, Alpina, RUDY PROJECT, POC, uvex and ROSE. If you still have questions, our experts will be happy to help you find the perfect pair of cycling glasses.