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The difference between cycling glasses and ordinary sunglasses

    There have always been many novice riders about cycling glasses and sunglasses, or the difference is clear. How to distinguish cycling glasses and sunglasses? What is the difference between cycling glasses and sunglasses? Cycling glasses are a must-have for the cyclist. Cycling glasses can be used as sunglasses, but sunglasses must not be used as cycling glasses. Below, this article will teach you how to choose your own cycling glasses and sunglasses.


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   Riding glasses are different from sunglasses. Never use sunglasses while riding. Cycling glasses have a more wind-proof function than sunglasses. Don’t underestimate this function. It can greatly reduce your chances of getting conjunctivitis. Therefore, the general good riding glasses, when the riding speed is too fast, the eyes will not feel uncomfortable in the wind. And riding glasses must not use glass as the lens material, because it will greatly increase your possibility of injury when you crash, while using resin can protect your glasses from being scratched. The following are the sunglasses information found to introduce the choice of cycling glasses.

    There are five types of sunglass lenses:anti-reflective protective lenses, colored lenses, painted lenses, polarized lenses, and color-changing lenses.

   Anti-reflective protective lens: This kind of lens is coated with a thin layer of magnesium fluoride on the surface to prevent the reflection of strong light, so that you can see things more clearly and not be interfered by strong light. To check whether your glasses really use anti-reflective protective lenses, you can point the glasses at the light source. If you see purple and green reflections, it means that the lenses are indeed coated with anti-reflective protective film.

  Colored lenses: also known as “dyed lenses”, it is to add some chemicals in the lens manufacturing process to make the lenses show colors to absorb light of specific wavelengths. This is the most commonly used lens type for sunglasses.
  Painted lens: This kind of lens presents the same effect as the colored lens, but the way it is made is different. It paints the color on the surface of the lens. The most well-known is the “gradient colored lens”, the color is the darkest on top , And then gradually lighter down. Generally, sunglasses with power are mostly painted with lenses.
  Polarized lens: In order to filter the sun’s dazzling rays in equal directions on the water, land or snow, a special vertical coating is added to the lens, which is called a polarized lens. It is most suitable for outdoor sports (such as marine activities, skiing or fishing).
  Color-changing lens: It is also called “photosensitive lens”. Because the silver halide chemical is added to the lens, the originally transparent and colorless lens will turn into a colored lens when exposed to strong light for protection, so it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.


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The role and effect of different colors of sunglasses colored lenses:

   Gray lens: The gray lens can absorb any color spectrum evenly, so the scene will only become dark when viewed, but there will be no obvious chromatic aberration, showing a real and natural feeling. It belongs to the neutral color system.

   Brown lenses: filter out a large amount of blue light, which can improve visual contrast and clarity. It is better to wear under severe air pollution or foggy conditions. Generally, it can block the reflected light from a smooth and shiny surface, and the wearer can still see the subtle parts. It is an ideal choice for drivers.

   Green lens: while absorbing light, it maximizes the green light reaching the eyes, so it has a cool and comfortable feeling, suitable for people who are prone to eye fatigue.

   Gray lens: similar to the gray lens, it belongs to the neutral lens, but the color is darker and the visible light absorption rate is higher.

   Silver lens: high-density mirror coating is used on the surface of the lens. Such lenses absorb more reflected visible light and are suitable for outdoor sports people.

   Yellow lens: Strictly speaking, this type of lens is not a sunglass lens, because it hardly reduces visible light, but in foggy and twilight hours, yellow lens can improve the contrast and provide more accurate vision, so it is also called night vision goggles. . Some young people wear “sunglasses” with yellow lenses as decoration.

   Light blue, light pink and other lenses: the same lenses are more decorative than practical

   Dark green lens: It absorbs heat and brings a cool feeling, but the light transmittance and clarity are low. It is suitable for wearing in the sun and not suitable for driving.

   Blue lenses: Sun blue lenses can be worn when playing on the beach. Blue can effectively filter out the light blue reflected by the sea and sky. We should avoid using blue lenses when driving, because it will make us unable to distinguish the color of the traffic signal.

   Transparent lens: The transparent lens is actually a little yellowish, because it is relatively light, it is called a transparent lens. Can be used as goggles or rain-proof glasses.

   The most important function of glasses for us is to block ultraviolet rays, which will greatly induce our chance of suffering from cataracts. The strength of anti-ultraviolet rays has nothing to do with the color of our lenses, but is related to the material and film of the lenses. All of the above colors should have the defensive ability above uv380, otherwise the darker the color will have to be replaced.


Types of coating:

  General coating: it is the kind of mercury-like coating on the sunglass lens. Some are shallow and some are deeper. It depends on the degree of shading you need. If the sun is big, you need the kind of deep plating, the very deep kind. It is the same as the kind of sun-shading glass on a car window.

  sfm coating: the colors are general mercury/rainbow/blue/and gold mercury, highly resistant to abrasion, the upper 6 layers of new materials, clearer and shiny than general plating.

  Lens appearance: keep the original color, especially the light color and progressive color, the effect is clear, it is easy to see the original color of things, the lens is shiny and looks very comfortable, unlike ordinary mercury, which is relatively dull. In particular, the original perspective rate of the mercury-plated film remains unchanged or slightly changed by 1-2%, reducing reflection and increasing comfort. If the mercury film is of poor quality, the perspective rate will be significantly reduced, and there will be glare, which will cause the wearer to see his eyes from behind the film.

  ar coating: myopia or some high-quality glasses will be used, it is a combination of multi-layer extremely thin inorganic compounds, using advanced machines to simulate vacuum plating. Sunglasses are often back plated on the reverse side of the film. It can improve light perspective, clear and comfortable vision, reduce reflection, improve night vision, reduce fatigue, and reduce computer radiation.

  revo mercury: it is colored mercury. General sports glasses are used. There are blue revo/black red revo/green revo/orange revo/. It is plated with 8-12 layers of extremely thin mercury, so it is more expensive. Its anti-solar radiation effect is very good. The color is colorful and can match the color of the glasses, and It has a waterproof effect. It uses water repellent when electroplating, which can make the surface of the film very smooth. Waterproof is that the water droplets on the film can quickly dissolve and will not stay on the film.

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In summary:

The 5 most commonly used colors for cycling glasses: black, blue, yellow, transparent, and reflective.  

Black is generally strong light at noon sunshine.

Blue in fog or weather with low visibility.
Yellow enhances clarity by increasing the erotic contrast in the evening.
Transparent film It is very important that it is not just used to be handsome, but mainly used as goggles and rain glasses.
The coated lenses should only be used in snowy areas or high-altitude areas with strong light and strong ultraviolet rays. Those who want to go to the plateau must have a pair.

  Most riders are willing to spend a lot of money on high-end bicycles or top helmets, but many people ignore that riding sunglasses are also an essential accessory for this sport. Most veteran cyclists will tell you that whether you are an amateur or a professional, cycling glasses are definitely worth the investment. When you ride through the most magnificent scenery in Asia at 150km, the last thing you want to do is miss these views (or worse, the bike loses control due to glare…).

  Riders, a good pair of sunglasses will ensure you get the greatest visual enjoyment. If it is a mountain biking that raises the adrenaline level, when you are sweating profusely, you will find that there is a clear difference between ordinary sunglasses and cycling glasses. The heat from your body will fog a pair of ordinary sunglasses and your sweat will cause ordinary sunglasses to slide or even fall. But the rubber non-slip nose pads of the cycling glasses will ensure that your glasses stay firmly on your face, and will not slide even with more vigorous activities. Recently, more and more high-end cycling glasses will add a vent between the lens and the frame, which is cooler and more comfortable to use, and will not fog!

  In addition to protecting your glasses from ultraviolet rays and other flying objects, cycling glasses are cleverly made of polarized lenses, which are anti-fog, waterproof, anti-glare, anti-scratch, anti-shatter and impact-resistant. Typically, cycling glasses have an aerodynamic arc, which can completely fit your face, increase your peripheral vision and provide all-round protection for your eyes.
This ultra-lightweight and durable frame is also specially designed for use in conjunction with wearing a helmet.

  To choose a suitable pair of cycling glasses, many factors need to be considered. One of the most important factors is the color of the lens. Colorless lenses are suitable for low-light or night riding. Yellow lenses are ideal for foggy or gray weather. Red or orange lenses are the best overall, they can make the surrounding terrain more clear.

  For true cycling enthusiasts, he will always be on the road. At this time, the top cycling glasses with replaceable lenses allow you to freely change the lens color according to different light and weather conditions.

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