“Go get yourself some cheap sunglasses.” Z.Z. Top
If you were being very attentive during my last post (And why would you not be? This is quality prose here!), you would have noted I was wearing a new piece of cycling apparel. I am speaking, of course, of my super cool mult-lens sunglasses. This pair is made by the good people at Nashbar and is called the Nashbar Brazos Multi-Lens Sunglasses. At $21.99, they are definitely cheap. So far, they’ve been a good investment.
At a very early stage of my cycling journey I realized sunglasses were important to keeping wind, insects, snot rockets from other cyclists and all manner of flying debris out of my eyes. I always try to wear shades when cycling, even when the light conditions might suggest they are not necessary. One such situation is rain, which you most definitely do not want hitting you in the eyes while you try to keep your bike upright. Although it is relatively dark when it rains, I still wear my sunglasses and am usually glad to have them. At night, I go without and often regret not having something to protect my eyes.
Cool cyclists have eyewear for every occasion but I was too cheap to invest in clear glasses. But these Nashbar glasses are quite inexpensive and offer three types of lens – black, yellow, and clear – for varying light conditions. Sunday’s ride in Reston was the first opportunity to break out the clear lenses and they worked like a champ. They were easy to swap out and they stay in place quite nicely. My only complaint is they are a tick heavy and they are a tad close to my face, meaning air doesn’t move through them well. Sometimes, this causes them to fog when I am not moving or when I am using them while jogging.
For the price, I am quite satisfied with my new toy. It even comes with a fancy hard carrying case AND a soft pouch for carrying the frame and the lenses you are not using. Very nice.