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• I wear contacts and sunglasses keep my eyes from drying out • Random flying debris that is magnetically or cosmically attracted to the cyclist's eyeball • Sunglasses make you look even cooler than you already are • UV rays are bad, mmmmmkay? • The sun is bright
I took my glasses off one time because they were steaming up when I was climbing. On the following downhill I forgot to put them back on. The guy in front of me bumped a tree which caused a dry branch to drop to my head level. The branch hit my eye socket and missed my eye by a few mm. Had my head been an inch to the left it would have stabbed me through the eye socket. The glasses would have deflected the branch and saved my eye.
A picture of the carnage: Stick to the eyeNow I always wear glasses when I'm riding.
I ride year-round, and I can assure you that it is nearly impossible to keep your eyes open while moving >25mph while it's snowing if you don't have eye protection. Ice pellets are even worse, and usually warranted goggles.
Precipitation should be called "eye protection awareness periods."
My best friend, Doctor Walter Crankset, wears those same chrome lenses the Highway Patrol uses. He says that the metallic coating, when coupled with the aluminum foil lining his helmet, is quite effective at preventing the effects of those illegal government mind control waves.
I wear sunglasses when I bike because: 1) I live in Texas and it's REALLY bright outside. 2) I don't want to have some sort of road debris hit my eye or eye area. 3) Bugs in the face not fun. Bug in the eye...OUCH!
I love to wear sunglasses, the bigger the better, in fact I like the really BIG Jackie O type sunglasses. I find they're good for protecting the delicate skin around the eyes plus giving the expected UV protection for the eyes themselves as well. Ditto for the wind factor, blowing dirt, as others have mentioned. Then there is the glam appeal...
Having a bug hit you in the eye while going down hill is no fun. Neither partially losing site because of no glasses or bad glasses and the wind makesyour eyes tear up. Swallowing a bug is also no fun. When I am mountain biking and the trail is kinda unkept I have had a tree branch hit my glasses. Thank God I had them. CS