Bifocal sunnies...

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Bifocal sunnies...

Postby RonK » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:35 pm

Can't read your cycle computer while wearing your sunnies?

These might help - bifocal sunnies.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Ivanerrol » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:27 am

Why go to the expense of buying special sunnies?

My normal bifocal specs have transition lenses. Go very dark in the wind and sun.

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Postby nickobec » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:37 pm

Ivanerrol wrote:Why go to the expense of buying special sunnies?
Better protection for your eyes, cycling glasses offer more protection by surrounding your eyes, so stuff like debris, insects (or in my case a small bird) hits your cycling glasses and does not find the gap between regular glasses and your face.

Better peripheral vision, cycling glasses have curved lenses unlike flat regular glass so you can see what is going on.

The right cycling glasses for your face do not change position when you move around. It took a few attempts to find the right cycling glasses for my face. My test is TT bike 40kph , drop head to read my garmin, the wrong glasses will slide done my nose (my regular glasses close to losing them). My cycling glasses don't budge.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby nickobec » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:49 pm

ps I used to ride in regular prescription sunglasses (aviator clone), got some proper cycling prescription sunglasses, never looked back.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Ivanerrol » Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:11 pm

If you can't read your cycle computer or smart phone GPS while riding you probably need reading glasses or bi focal's anyway.
ps I used to ride in regular prescription sunglasses (aviator clone), got some proper cycling prescription sunglasses, never looked back.
I have astigmatism as well as requiring bi focals.

I have two sets of regular transition bifocals spectacles (one for emergency)
One set of prescription spectacles especially setup for computer screen - eye to screen focal length.
Another set of prescription spectacles with darkened lenses for driving (Short sight only).

I have some yellow clipons for low light, fog and rain scenarios. These are invaluable. If you wear specs I highly recommend these.

It's a pain getting older and having compromised vision.
Another set of specialized specs might stretch the budget.

I'll go and see my spectacle man to see if wraparound bicycle friendly bifocal transitions are available.

F.W.I.W. Australia has some very harsh light and U.V. conditions. Eye specialists recommend a good set of sunnies when ever you are out of doors. This includes young kids.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby nickobec » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:31 am

Getting old and losing your vision is a pain.

As mine has been a gradual process, you get to try various combinations

I have a set of regular lightweight multifocal transition lenses, which are good for most things except for riding, the move around and also fog up on early morning rides.

Until recently I had a pair of polarised single vision cycling sunglasses, until I destroyed them sliding down the road on my face. Far better for driving than my regular glasses too. But I cover about 3 times the distance riding than driving so bias is definitely riding.

About to get a pair of cycling glasses with multifocal transition lenses. That way I don't have to carry my regular glasses, if I need to use my phone or fix a puncture. They will also become my backup to my regular pair (instead of the 5 year old pair of glasses) and see if I need single vision or multifocal for my second pair of cycling glasses, which will be a dark polarised pair for riding in full sun.

So I will end up with three pairs:
1 regular lightweight multifocal transition lenses which next year will probably be replaced will clear multifocal lenses for indoor use.
2. cycling glasses with multifocal transition lenses, for general outdoor use and riding (and driving) in low to moderate light and backup for 1
3. dark polarised cycling glasses for riding (and driving) in full sun

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby MichaelB » Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:29 pm

Thread revival time !!

I have some multi-focals that I use (from a BNA review) and they are great, but with winter coming quick, I need some photochromic bifocals, and it seems that there are basically 2 versions available, apart from the dodgy versions via Ali Express.

The two readily available options are either Rudy Project Rydon Readers or the BZ Optics ones. The BZ are about $60 cheaper than the RP's and availability is better.

Not much on here re either, but any recent experiences with either of these two or any others ?

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby piledhigher2 » Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:05 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 3:29 pm
Thread revival time !!

I have some multi-focals that I use (from a BNA review) and they are great, but with winter coming quick, I need some photochromic bifocals, and it seems that there are basically 2 versions available, apart from the dodgy versions via Ali Express.

The two readily available options are either Rudy Project Rydon Readers or the BZ Optics ones. The BZ are about $60 cheaper than the RP's and availability is better.

Not much on here re either, but any recent experiences with either of these two or any others ?

Cheers

Michael
I have BBB photochromatic bifocals, only bifocals I have but can read a bike computer where it seems natural looking down or a phone with a bit of a less natural peer down, +2.5 on the smallish bifocal area.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby MichaelB » Fri Apr 19, 2024 5:52 pm

piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:05 pm

I have BBB photochromatic bifocals, only bifocals I have but can read a bike computer where it seems natural looking down or a phone with a bit of a less natural peer down, +2.5 on the smallish bifocal area.
Where did you get them from and cost ?

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby piledhigher2 » Fri Apr 19, 2024 9:40 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 5:52 pm
piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:05 pm

I have BBB photochromatic bifocals, only bifocals I have but can read a bike computer where it seems natural looking down or a phone with a bit of a less natural peer down, +2.5 on the smallish bifocal area.
Where did you get them from and cost ?
Merlin cycles, called readers A$75.01 in 2020 dollars

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby warthog1 » Fri Apr 19, 2024 10:19 pm

piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 9:40 pm
MichaelB wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 5:52 pm
piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:05 pm

I have BBB photochromatic bifocals, only bifocals I have but can read a bike computer where it seems natural looking down or a phone with a bit of a less natural peer down, +2.5 on the smallish bifocal area.
Where did you get them from and cost ?
Merlin cycles, called readers A$75.01 in 2020 dollars

BBB BSG-59PH Impress Reader Photochromic Glasses - Matt Black / Photochromic Lens / One Size / +2.5
Have the same in a +2.0
Can't remember w t f I got them sorry. One of the UK shops though I think.
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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Thoglette » Fri Apr 19, 2024 11:10 pm

If your distance vision is fine ( unlike mine) then also check out your local “hi-viz” shop.
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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby MichaelB » Sat Apr 20, 2024 10:05 am

piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 9:40 pm
MichaelB wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 5:52 pm
piledhigher2 wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2024 4:05 pm

I have BBB photochromatic bifocals, only bifocals I have but can read a bike computer where it seems natural looking down or a phone with a bit of a less natural peer down, +2.5 on the smallish bifocal area.
Where did you get them from and cost ?
Merlin cycles, called readers A$75.01 in 2020 dollars

BBB BSG-59PH Impress Reader Photochromic Glasses - Matt Black / Photochromic Lens / One Size / +2.5
Cheers found them and now A$90, but the +2.0 are OoS.

Locally they are $130 for the same thing

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Jean » Sat Apr 20, 2024 5:08 pm

Tifosi also do bi-focal reader transition sports glasses. I bought some locally a few years back, and they've been fine. I can't remember where I got them, though? Some specialist online sports glasses place, from memory.

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Retrobyte » Sun Apr 21, 2024 11:18 am

Jean wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2024 5:08 pm
Tifosi also do bi-focal reader transition sports glasses.
https://www.tifosioptics.com.au/category/40-readers

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Re: Bifocal sunnies...

Postby Ivanerrol » Sun Apr 21, 2024 3:36 pm

There are wraparound Maui bifocal sunglasses but there very expensive - over $300

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