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Don’t overlook one small piece of equipment that can have a major impact: prescription sunglasses.
Traditional glasses aren’t made for performance, contacts can be uncomfortable, and some of us just aren’t good candidates for Lasik. As a result, scores of triathletes hop in the saddle half-sighted, unable to recognize everything from street signs to potholes.
“You use a prescription to watch TV or a movie, but when you ride a bicycle in traffic with 23mm tires going downhill at 45 miles per hour, that is the time in your life you are OK with not seeing as good as possible?” says Rob Tavakoli of SportRX. Along with SportRX, companies like Sports Optical, Sport Eyes and Athletic Optics make prescription sunglasses built to withstand the rigors of training.
“Prescription sport glasses that work well for a person’s specific sport, prescription, and light conditions can be a real game-changer for someone who is cycling in [his or her] everyday glasses or even prescription sunglasses that are not made for the bike,” says Tavakoli. In addition to increasing safety and protecting your eyes from the elements, having your surroundings in sharp focus simply increases enjoyment, whether you’re putting in a time-trial effort or a long, relaxed ride.