Protecting your eyes is considered as important as protecting your head. No eye-wear or badly fitting eye-wear could be a mistake you make only once. Road or trail riding whatever the season, your eyes are vulnerable to the elements and a variety of debris. Having well-fitting eye-wear will help keep your eyes safe and your ride comfortable.
Glasses are available in many styles, discipline specific, with clear or tinted lens and are available in many varieties. You could stick to discipline specific eye-wear or choose whatever fits and feels the best for you. The main objective is to find eye-wear that's fit for purpose and stays in place comfortably without the frame impairing your vision. For downhill riding and serious mountain biking, you may benefit from goggles. These can offer complete protection from the great outdoors with the assurance that they will remain in place, even if you don't.
We all learn from our experiences, but being miles into your ride, deep into the woods or nipping through rush hour traffic is not a time to discover that you should have worn well-fitted glasses. Eye discomfort for the long ride home is something to be avoided.
What to look out for:
*Secure nose grip to prevent slipping.
*Lens quality and visibility, anti-fog, anti-glare, clear or tinted, polarised or light sensitive.
*Frame design - consider any obstructions to your view ahead or peripheral vision when in your riding position or needing to look behind. Frameless glasses are also available.
*Comfortable arm and earpiece with grip to prevent the glasses falling off and a flexible fit to avoid any pressure points from the glasses arms.
*Wrap around frame and lens to shield from the wind and rain, giving all-round protection from road or off-road debris.