Why Sunglasses are Important when Hitting the Saddle

Why Sunglasses are Important when Hitting the Saddle

The growth in popularity of cycling in the UK has created a new (slightly unflattering) acronym. MAMIL’s (middle aged men in Lycra) are, with their female counterparts, frequently seen hitting the roads on the weekends and clocking up the miles on their bikes.
The success of British cyclists, in the velodrome and on the road, has led to a burgeoning pack of enthusiasts that enjoy cycling as a social activity, and many who take it more seriously and compete in events.
Of course, as you clock up the miles you need to start investing in the right equipment. A good bike and specialist clothing is often first on the shopping list, but what about eyewear?

Why wear sunglasses at all?

Generally we Brits are uninformed about how sunlight can damage our eyes, possibly because we believe we don’t get much sun. Yet, whilst the messages about the effect of UV rays on our skin has started to hit home, we’re just not as aware of the effect the sun can have on our eyes.
A good pair of glasses can block out UV rays and reduce the damage exposure to sunlight can have on your eyes. They also protect your eyes from dust or dirt particles and anything else that may be thrown up from the road by passing motorists.

Wearing the right glasses

Normal sunglasses will protect you against sun damage (if they’re a good pair) so wearing your usual pair is a start. But it’s important you can see well when you’re cycling and normal eyewear just aren’t fit for purpose.
Cyclists are in a vulnerable position on the road. Many people are injured or killed in cycling accidents, and if you are ever in an accident with a car the chances are you’re not going to come out of it well. Protecting your ability to see is a must; your sight is your first defence to avoid getting into trouble on the road.

Sports sunglasses are designed for the job

Wraparound frames are the preferred design for cyclists as they protect peripheral vision. This is essential if you’re Oakley-Jawbreaker-Polarized-Sunglasses-OO9290-08-Black-Inkgoing to be aware of what is happening around you.
In addition, riders often ride low when road racing to reduce wind resistance and improve speed. To protect your field of vision in this position, you need eyewear which extend above the eyebrow.

Aren’t sports designs expensive?

Not necessarily. If you need prescription eyewear it can get expensive, but if you have good vision and just need sun protection there are outlets where you can buy good quality designer eyewear online for less than the retail price.

If you’re going to hit the road, sports sunglasses are essential

You may be grinding out the miles for fun or you may take it more seriously. You’ve invested in a great bike and the right clothing but you haven’t really given a pair of protective glasses a thought. Yet they’re an essential item for anyone who cycles on the road, regardless of how seriously they take it.
Glasses specially designed for sports fulfil a dual role: 1. they protect your eyesight from long term damage and minimise sun glare when you’re on the road, and 2. they protect your full range of vision whilst cycling. The right eyewear will help you maintain awareness of what’s around you at all times. Safety first on the bike, and race times a close second (of course).

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com 

Great Sunglasses for Soaking up the Festival Spirit Designer Sunglasses UK

Great Sunglasses for Soaking up the Festival Spirit

Great Sunglasses for Soaking up the Festival Spirit

It’s common knowledge your average music festival is essentially a small town (If you’re going to Glastonbury this year, it’s a temporary town the size of Oxford). It’s just you and thousands of people from all walks of life thrown together in a couple of fields, under a few tents.
For any self-respecting festival goer, what you wear has become almost as important as the music you listen to. Whatever the look, festival goers always, always accessorize with shades. Don’t leave the tent, yurt or tipi without them.

The glampers

You may have splashed out on a couple of nights in a yurt or luxury tipi, have brought your own camper, or slummed it with everyone else but with a better tent (glamping is an attitude you know). Either way, you’ve brought your creature comforts to a field somewhere in the British countryside and you’re bringing your own inimitable style to the music festival experience.
Equipped with all the basic essentials: large tent, folding seating, a couple of boxes of decent red wine (box discardedVersace-Butterfly-Sunglasses-VE4264B-GB1-11-Black to save space), sunscreen, pair of Hunter wellies and Versace butterfly sunglasses. This isn’t a music festival, it’s a holiday. Raise a plastic glass of red wine to the joy of the British summer.

The bevvies

You’ll no doubt come across a group of lads (they are always in packs) who are prepared for nothing: neither sun nor rain. Come thunderstorm or sunstroke they’ll be in their board shorts and (maybe) a t-shirt, with a beer in each hand.
They’ll be just as prepared to lie in a lake of mud as a warm patch of grass, and will be happy to both jump around in the dance tents and sway to the anthems. But throughout the day their Ray Ban aviator style sunglasses or Oakley sports glasses will always be on the end of their nose, because…hangover, and looking cool.

The fashionista

A music festival is the perfect opportunity to glam up these days. Go boho like Selena Gomez or Kylie Jenner at Coachella, or rock chic like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung. Of course these ladies don’t have to sleep in a tent for a couple of days, so if you want to rock the look you have to get clever.

For rock chicks, dry shampoo is a must and a pair of classic black rimmed Versace sunglasses to cover your poor partied eyes. If you’re going for the boho look, a large brimmed hat and oversized tortoise shell Ray Ban Jackie OHH sunglasses should just about cover up everything you need to hide after 3 days partying.

Enjoy music festivals in style

What you wear won’t detract from the music, but you definitely want to get to any festival prepared. Music festivals are selfie heaven and the chances are you’re going to be all over your friends’ social media feeds for a couple of days.
Go prepared for a party and for the inevitable effects of three days in the sun, eating fast food and drinking alcohol. Although you can’t buy the sun with your ticket, you are definitely buying a good time.

By Sharon Coleman

Sharon Coleman is a freelance writer and loves to write about consumer products. You can find more of her articles at www.thewordworld.com 

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