Cycling Accessories, Sunglasses

Why Every Cyclist Needs a Pair of Photochromic Glasses


Why Every Cyclist Needs a Pair of Photochromic Glasses: The Ultimate Game-Changer

We’ve seen and used just every gadget and gizmo that promises to revolutionize your ride, but revolutionary might be a bit of a stretch. But sometimes, it’s the simplest upgrades that make the most difference and end up being something that you didn’t even know you needed. Enter: photochromic glasses.

Imagine cruising down the trail, the sun playing peek-a-boo with the clouds. One minute you’re squinting into the sunlight, the next you’re peering through shadows. It’s like a strobe light party, and not the fun kind. That’s where photochromic glasses come in, adapting faster than your mood on a Monday morning.

The Magic of Auto-Adjustment

These marvels of eyewear technology are the chameleons of the cycling world. They shift their tint like a mood ring, giving you the perfect balance of shade and clarity, no matter if you’re facing the blinding midday sun or the dim light of dusk. This isn’t just convenient; it’s a lifesaver—literally.

Say Goodbye to UV Rays

We cyclists have enough to worry about with potholes and those pesky squirrels that think playing chicken is a fun pastime. Thankfully, photochromic glasses filter out those sneaky UV rays, protecting your peepers and letting you focus on the ride ahead. They’re like sunscreen for your eyes, and let’s face it, you’re probably not slathering SPF on your eyelids.

The Convenience Factor

I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen riders stop mid-trail to swap out glasses, or worse yet, remove my glasses because I just can’t see because my glasses are too dark. Riding without glasses just isn’t an option for me as I’ve been pinged in the eye before and it was not pleasant. With photochromic glasses, those pit stops are a thing of the past, you can see what is in front of you, and your eye are always protected. They’re the one-size-fits-all solution in an often overly complicated gear-centric sport.

Enhancing Your Vision

With these bad boys, you can spot a pothole from a mile away or catch the glint of a car’s windshield as it approaches a cross street. It’s like having super-vision, which, unless you’re a superhero in disguise, is probably a step up from your natural abilities.

Comfort for the Long Haul

Long rides can turn your eyes into a dry, tired mess. Photochromic glasses keep the wind and dust out and the moisture in, so you can keep your eyes on the prize without feeling like you’ve just crossed the Sahara.

Ready for Anything

These glasses are like the Swiss Army knives of cycling eyewear. Sun, cloud, rain, or the occasional bug swarm—photochromic glasses have you covered. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to look like a pro while being pelted by nature?


Above are my personal 100% S2 Photochromic glasses that I have personally been wearing for the last 3 plus years.  One thing is for sure, I’ve put these things through the wringer and they are still serving me well to this day! They have seen rain, mud, snow, extreme heat, gravel, road, single track, small rocks, and the likes of my gear bag while unprotected. All this, and they are still getting it done!

Tough as Nails

We’ve all had that moment of horror when our expensive sunglasses go flying off our faces. But photochromic lenses are often made with durability in mind. They can take a hit, which is more than I can say for my thighs after a day of climbing hills.

Fashion Meets Function

Let’s not skirt around the fact that looking good is part of the fun. With a range of styles, these glasses ensure that you won’t have to compromise your look for functionality. Because let’s face it, we all want to look like the lead in a cycling action movie.

A Wallet-Friendly Choice

In a sport where you can easily spend more on gear than on a small car, photochromic glasses are a breath of financial fresh air. They eliminate the need for multiple pairs, so you can save those pennies for a rainy day (or a new bike).

The Bottom Line: Safety

But here’s the serious bit: safety is paramount. Photochromic glasses help you dodge what you can see and react swiftly to what you can’t. They’re not just about comfort and convenience; they’re a critical piece of safety equipment.

Now, if you’re thinking, “But wait, I already have sunglasses,” let me ask you this: Do your sunglasses adapt to the light, protect your eyes, save you time, enhance your vision, maximize comfort, brave the elements, resist impact, make you look cool, save you money, and potentially save your life? If the answer is no, it’s time to switch gears.

So there you have it, friends. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, a commuter, or someone who mistakenly thinks a double century ride sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday, photochromic glasses are the upgrade you didn’t know you needed. They’re the trusty sidekick to your two-wheeled adventures—the Robin to your Batman, the Chewbacca to your Han Solo.

In the end, photochromic glasses are more than a mere accessory; they’re a necessity, blending the line between safety gear and magic. So ride on, my friends, and let your glasses do the thinking for you. Because the only thing you should be worrying about is how to explain to your partner why you need another bike. Trust me, photochromic glasses are the easiest sell you’ll ever make.


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