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ick! i'm 32 this saturday and now i feel old. i just got back from the optemetrist and found out that it's time for glasses, i've never had them before.

it turns out i've got a slight astigmatism. my dr. said my prescription is on an as needed basis; i only need to wear them when i want to. i've had trouble with my computer screen and road signs lately which is why i went to the dr. in the first place.

so here's my question: who wears glasses under their helmets and what are your recommendations?

my helmet is pretty snug and the only sunglasses i've been able to get on without mangling them are a pair with straight arms, no bend around the ear. i have a tinted shield so i don't need sunglasses for under the helmet.

also, i'm pretty rough on most things including my present sunglasses so i'm considering those nifty new 'flexon' frames. they're titanium or something and you can bend into a pretzel and they spring right back. anyone have experience with these?

thanks in advance everyone!

scott :)
 

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I wear glasses. I'm shortsighted, and have to keep my glasses on at all times. I found it difficult to put my glasses on after I put on my helmet initially. But I'm now used to it and the frame has been flexed enough to tolerate my rough treatment. Not long ago, I tried one of those BMW flip-up type helmet. They work very well if you wear glasses. You simply flip the front bit up when you put on and take off the helmet. I should have bought one but I didn't. Next one, maybe.
 

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Hi Scott,

I don't wear glasses (I'm only 41) but you did mention you had trouble with your computer screen. It amazes me how many people don't notice when their monitor is shot.

I'm not saying in your case that your monitor is bad, but if others out there who are reading this message have a screen that displays small characters that are fuzzy, get a new monitor before you wreck your eyes!

Andy
 

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ap746, good tip for my next helmet purchase. thanks!

andy, it's my work monitor, my home monitor, the monitors of all my co-workers, and all the monitors on the servers. good tip but i'm pretty sure the problem is my eyes ;) thanks.

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I wear glasses, and they are, in fact, those titanium bendy ones. They can be expensive at the outset; the only reason I bought them was because my health plan includes eye coverage, and I got a hefty (like 50-60%) discount on the frames.

No real difficulties putting them on with a full-face helmet; you just have to ease them back carefully. Eventually I just learned where I need to place them in order to be able to push straight back with one shot.

I have, however, recently purchased a Schuberth Concept flip-face helmet. Schuberth is the company that used to make those BMW helmets that AP746 mentioned. Besides being an awesome helmet in other respects, (can you say tinted half-visor on demand?) now I don't have to take my glasses off at all.
 

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I wear glasses. The frame is pretty ordinary, but lenses are policarbonate. I use flip-up helmet Nolan N100. I also tried Shoei Syncrotec, but cheek pads are so long, that you need to take glasses off anyway.
 

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scamp, my insurance sucks and eveyone that i know complains that the flexons are twice the price of regular glasses. but the way i see it these people buy new glasses every year anyway since the frames wear out. guess they're not doing the math.

shuo, that's two votes for flip up helmets :)

scott
 

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Hey Scott, I started wearing glasses at age 32 also (I'm now 45, so I'm very used to them). I use titanium frames with glass lenses that gradually tint with the strenght of the sunlight, actually they get as dark as most sunglasses. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have, it is almost as easy to get them in place as without the helmet. And if you get the tinted prescription lenses, you can use a clear face shield. Tom :cool:

ps, the glasses I have right now cost approx. $250 and my insurance doesn't cover glasses anyway.
 

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Tom - I'm getting a new pair of glasses this week for my birthday (40). I know at 40 I should go and buy a BMW bike. But I still enjoy my ZR. Do your glasses tint out much inside your helmet? I would have thought they wouldn't get much light exposure to work inside a helmet.
 

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thanks for the advice on the frames tom :) nice to know they're not that expensive.

i'm going to go with clear glasses and the tinted visor. it keeps out all the light around the edges and keeps me from getting a weird suntan :) i might get some tinited clip ons since i usually wear sunglasses for driving and driving is one of the reasons i'm getting them.

scott :)
 

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Once you wear glasses long enough you will get nice little dents in yr nose and temples. Once you put your helmet on the glasses slide right in to position :D.

I actually have been wearing them since I was 14yo. Gave up on contacts a few years ago coz they weren't worth the hassle. I have tight fitting flexi-frames with poly lenses. Nice and light. They also have little magnets to hold a pair of clip on sunglasses when required. Look a bit like the little ones Jacques Villenueve wears. No probs with lift at speed.

My spares are rigid framed and cut your ears off when you wear them under a helmet. Go for the flexis.

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thanks titomike :) my friend had one of those magnetic deals and i think they're way cool.

uh-oh! sounds like i'm starting to spend money on accessories and it's not even a motorcycle!

scott :)
 

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Eyeglasses

Best regards team:

SCOTT: I'm 40yo and have been using eyeglasses since middle school. I'm almost blind with out the lenses. I'm planning this year to get the Bollé Vigilante

http://www.bolle.com/Products.html

You can change the lens color and they have an optional Rx adapter. My insurance covers up to $120 of the total cost.

Robert
 

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do the vigilantes have that nifty snap in nose piece that carries your prescrition lenses? i has some bolle micro edge glasses many years ago and i thought that was one of the neat features even though i didn't need it at the time. i'm considering something like these as an alternative to clip ons since i much prefer wrap around style sunglasses for sports.

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AP746 said:
Tom - I'm getting a new pair of glasses this week for my birthday (40). I know at 40 I should go and buy a BMW bike. But I still enjoy my ZR. Do your glasses tint out much inside your helmet? I would have thought they wouldn't get much light exposure to work inside a helmet.
Yea, they do darken just as fast inside the helmet as without the helmet, and no us old guys don't really need BMW's (but it would be nice to know we had the bucks to get one, wouldn't it??

Scott, good idea on the tinted shield. I just never could get used to them and like to lift the shield when slow riding.

Now, I hope no one posts a question on hearing aids here, ha ha.
Tom :D
 

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i like to lift the lid at slow speeds too, especially in the summer, but i always end up with some dust or dirt in my eye so i don't any more. maybe with glasses i'll get to enjoy this again.

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I've always wondered how they bend the flex frames to fit the face?

I found doing eye exercises helped my vision a lot! Been doing puters for 26 yrs and was starting to go blind. Doc said my eyes were lazy because I just glanced @ the screen instead of focusing on the words / characters. Found dove hunting helped a lot too...:)

I found w/ sunglasses that pushing the full face up a little in front helps get the ear pieces in place, push on face then pull the helmet back down into place.
 

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Hmmm Andy what we call "beer glasses ". After a while anything looks good through those :D

The flexi frames just have a 2way hinge where the arms meet the frame, not unlike those old western style saloon doors. They bend out about 30-40deg and are much easier to squeeze around your ears inside the helmet. You are right about the visor. I ride summer with an Iridium tint and if I get caught out at night just lift it and catch the breeze and benefit from the protection of glasses.

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ps: in daytime regardless of heat I keep the visor down so I can stare at all the PYT and not get busted haha ..Oooops
 
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