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Oakley Cycling Sunglasses: Each and every model you should know

oakley cycling sunglasses

We’re going to discuss Oakley cycling sunglasses. When you finish reading this, you’ll be well informed about exactly what kind of Oakley eyewear you should get.

The brand, with its more than distinctive “O”, has always been associated with sports and sports eyewear, but in the case of cycling, it has gone beyond just being eyewear.

Oakley ranks as a company that offers some of the most athletic sponsorships in regards to the optical market.

Oakley sponsored Greg Lemond, who was the very first American rider to win the Tour de France. Without a doubt, that’s a pretty good reputation.

Since then, it hasn’t stopped being involved with teams and athletes on the international level.
For all their accomplishments, they deserve a special shout-out on our blog.

In this article, you’re going to learn…

-A quick history of Oakley and its cycling sunglasses.
-The most popular models of eyewear
-Some of the athletes sponsored by Oakley.
-Features and recommendations on how to choose the Oakley sports sunglasses for you.

A little of history

Greg Lemond was wearing the mythical Oakley EyeShades over his face when he wore yellow for the first time on Champs-Elysées. Half of his squad wore them, then they followed up by wearing the Razor Blades.

A great model that became an instant classic.

oakley cycling sunglasses

After these two hits, the competition got creative by darkening their brand a bit.

By the mid 90’s, Oakley decided to get back out there again and create the M-Frame, a model that seemed to reinvent the old EyeShades. Oakley managed to put them on the face of a very famous American cyclist: Lance Armstrong. Ever heard of him?

He and the entire Motorola team wore them and took it a step further creating a new generation of cycling eyewear.

At the beginning of the new millennium, Oakley put out a bizarre model called Over the Top. No doubt, this model was considered “over the top.” It even appeared in Blade II.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Over the top

These glasses were followed by the Racing Jacket, which was made fashionable by George Hincapie. When the “Chief Commander” came back, after recovering from cancer, the Oakley Radar signified a new milestone in cycling eyewear.

The Oakley Radar is considered to be modern cycling eyewear, so we’ll end Oakley’s history here, for now.

The most popular models

There’s no logical order, but we are going to try to group the most popular Oakley models by family. What I mean to say is that the eyewear has names or similar forms. Just as the Jacket or the Radar.

We’re not going to discuss the two near mythical models, EyeShades and RazorBlades, because even if (and that’s a big if) they can be found on the internet, they certainly are not functional today.

Ready?

We are going to be making a brief analysis of each pair of Oakley’s by talking about the following bullets:

  • Description and a brief history
  • Remarkable features
  • Measurements and variations
  • Lenses
  • Recommended use
  • Approximate price

If you’re interested in any pair in particular, here you will find a list of all the Oakley eyewear we have mentioned. You can click the one you like the most to go directly to its section in this article.

M Frame

Racing Jacket/ Jawbone

Split Jacket

Radar/RadarLock

Radar EV 

Half Jacket

Flak Jacket

Flak 2.0

Fast Jacket

Jawbreaker

Radar Pace

EVZero

Let’s begin with our first pair…

Cycling sunglasses Oakley M-Frame

Description and brief history

Supposedly, a re-launch, the public did not like this pair, as opposed to later models. Oakley set again as an emergent star in America like Lance Armstrong was.

Either way, the M Frame had moderate success and is still around.

Remarkable features

Has ultra thin glass.

Maintains the original retro design, with aggressive corners in the frame.

The temples are flat and horizontal, with the O of Oakley imprinted on them.

Measurement:

Face width: 170 mm

Temples: 121 mm

Lenses

There are 4 different models of lenses:

Sweep, Strike, Hybrid, and Heater.

It obviously has interchangeable lenses.

Oakley has its exclusive model, Prizm. They exist both ventilated and non-ventilated.

They’re also ventilated and standard, from polarized to photochromic.

Recommended for:

It adapts well to any kind of face.

Cycling.

Variations

The M2 Frame and the M2 Frame XL.

Has a similar aspect, but you can see the differences on the following pictures.

 

oakley cycling sunglasses
Oakley M2 Frame

 

 

Oakley M Frame Sweep
Oakley M Frame Sweep

 

 

Approximate price

You can find the M Frame for €100 in eyewear specialist stores, and the M2 on Oakley’s Official website for €129.

 

We follow Hincapie’s favourites.

Oakley Racing Jacket/ Oakley Jawbone

Description and brief history

This model was developed during the change of century and its first designs are far different than what they are today.

The Oakley Jawbone are sisters, almost twins, to the current Racing Jacket.

You can say that Oakley quit making the original RJs, developed the Jawbone, and later remade the Racing Jacket with an almost identical design to the later models.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

oakley jawbone vented replacement lenses

 

Remarkable Features

It has enveloping glass that is really close to the face. This is a great advantage for some. But it’s also inconvenient for others since it fogs up easily after a bit of sweat.

There is a solution to the fogging issue that we’ll get back to in a moment.

Measurements and Variations

The Racing Jacket measures at 124 mm, which includes a bridge of 18mm between each ring.

Temples measure at 126 mm.

Rings height is at 40mm.

If you want to know all the differences between this and the Jawbone, visit this article.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable through a curious system that we’ll show you in this video.

 

 

Oakley has PRIZM Lenses for this model as well.

Matching exists from polarized to photochromic, ventilated and standard.

Recommended for

Round, medium sized.

These sunglasses are used by professional cyclists as well. The most famous of which is George Hincapie.

However, its higher market share and success has actually been with runners.

Approximate price

Oakley doesn’t have the Jawbone available in its official catalogue, but the Racing Jacket has a price starting from €229.  You can find them in other online stores ranging from approximately €140.

Oakley Split Jacket

Description and brief history

The Split Jacket is a variation of the Racing Jacket and the Jawbone.

 

oakley split jacket replacement lenses

 

Remarkable Features

It has a lens release system identical to the two mentioned models. It has very similar glass but is slightly smaller, with rougher angles.

Measurements and Variations

No variations

Lenses

Interchangeable, there are polarized lenses, photochromic, ventilated and non-ventilated.

Recommended for

Small faces.

All kinds of sports because of its great comfort and adaptability.

Approximate price

It’s discontinued.

Ready for more?

Oakley Radar/Radarlock

With this special pair, we are going to discuss it a bit out-of-the-box, bullet by bullet. Because it has so many things to talk about and it would get pretty repetitive explaining everything.

Description and brief history

Without a doubt, this is one of Oakley’s “Golden Eggs.”

The Oakley Radar, with its different variants such as the RadarPath, RadarlockPath, Radarlock Pitch, Radarlock Edge, is a huge success.

Without a doubt, the original Radar was a revolutionary pair of eyewear because of its lightweight frame, robustness, high range of vision, all with the possibility of exchanging lenses to boot.

Oakley was smart by sponsoring Armstrong again. The rest of the cyclists took notice and got a pair for themselves.

The Oakley Radar Path were the first ones.

 

Replacement Lenses for Oakley Radar Path

 

A revolutionary pair of glasses, these were extremely lightweight for its time, brewed with hypoallergenic materials, comfortable, and tough. Including a magnificent range of vision, it had it all. Well… almost.

Although the lenses were interchangeable, it wasn’t an easy task. In the first models, the notches for loosening the screen weren’t well developed and proved puzzling for the first users.

But, the model evolved and the later versions made everything easier.

You can watch the process in this video.


As humans are in a state of constant evolution, this cycling eyewear evolves as well.

The Radarlock were born.

The revolutionary Switchlock system ensures that the lenses are exchanged with ease.. They simply added a removable part in the elbow of the frame (if you don’t remember what the elbow of the glasses look like, check out this article).

 

 

oakley cycling sunglasses
Switchlock System

 

Lifting SwitchLock easily removes the lenses.

Since this innovation, it has created a huge variety of exchangeable crystals for the Radarlock.

Many shapes of lenses also came up, that could focus on the different types of faces that could exist among the users.

The Radarlock Path had a curve on the bottom of the lenses, in order to avoid sticking to the cyclist’s cheekbones, preventing contact to the face.

Fogging of lenses and annoying rubbing against the glasses were avoided this way.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Path Model

 

Also, there is the Radarlock Pitch.

It is a lens with greater height and length coming from the upper part to the bottom. These are clearly designed for larger faces.

On the other side of the spectrum, there is the Radarlock Edge. This is the opposite of the Pitch as it has a more refined design and is curved in its external part.

These are mainly designed for small faces and are very popular among women cyclists.

It must be mentioned that the Radar just shares the same design as the Path, while the Radarlock has the two other features mentioned earlier.

Lenses

The lenses for all of these models, are obviously interchangeable and there are several types available; polarized models, photochromic, ventilated, PRIZM, etc.

Measurements and Variations

The Radarlock width is at 138mm.

The rod’s length is at 131mm.

For the Path Model, the lenses height is at 44mm.

Approximated prices

The Radar Path is no longer on the market.

The Radarlock Path go from €120.

The Radarlock Pitch go from €169.

The Radarlock Edge: Oakley has discontinued this model. You have to find them in alternative marketplaces.

Recommended for

Cycling as well as any other sport, from beach volleyball to golf, or even water sports.

Let’s jump ahead a few years and talk about another Radar.

 The Radar EV.

Description and brief history

These sunglasses went public not too long ago and the Oakley marketing department, managed to put them on the little face of yet another yellow maillot.

Chris Froome began to popularize them among his great crew.

Remarkable Features

Following the RadarLock, the EV has two forms.

Radar EV Path: with the same curve design in the bottom.

Radar EV Pitch: big lenses.

Is a natural evolution of the Radarlock, because of the lightness of the components, and improved range of vision.

This particular Oakley model has had a hard struggle for its domain on the market because many competitors make their brand so similar to this model. There’s a strong back and forth between Oakley and its competitors to make this model best suitable for cyclists, as well as other athletes.

Oakley cycling sunglasses
Oakley cycling eyewear Radar EV

Measures y Variations

The glasses have a total width of 138 mm.

The temples measure at 128 mm.

Just like we said, there’s the Radar EV Pitch and Radar EV Path.

Lenses

Exchangeable, ventilated, and non-ventilated. Oakley has the Prizm. Photochromic, and polarized.

Pitch and Path Models.

Recommended for

All types of faces because of its adaptability and its varied lens sizes.

Any kind of sport since its extremely comfortable and lightweight.

Approximate price

On Oakley’s official website, they have them starting at €169.

Now, hop in the Delorean and we’re going to go back in time like we’re Marty McFly.

Oakley Half Jacket

Description and brief history

This Oakley model is a classic. One reason is because it has two independent lenses instead of a screen.

Typically when you think of cycling eyewear, you think “sporty glasses with a screen covering the whole face.” Well…not these.

Remarkable Features

The Half Jacket, in this case, is a model that has the advantage of being sports eyewear as well as street sunglasses.

The rubber finishing of the rods are spectacular, and of course, the lenses are interchangeable.

oakley half jacket 2.0 xl replacement lenses

Measurements and Variations

The goggles have a total width of 124 mm, with a bridge of 15 mm.

The temples measure at 133 mm.

Asian Fit.

Half Jacket: height of 36 mm.

Half Jacket XL: bridge height of 42 mm.

Lenses

Interchangeable lenses through pressure.

Polarized, photochromic, and Prizm.

There are no ventilated lenses.

Two sizes: Standard and XL.

Recommended for

The Asian Fit version is specially designed for Asian faces and for arguably smaller faces.

The other versions are recommended for large faces.

Approximate price

The standard Half Jacket 2.0 has a base price on the Oakley website of €119

This next pair is the first cousin…

Flak Jacket

Description and a brief history

The Flak Jacket is sporty eyewear similar to the Half Jacket. It is a little bit wider, allowing it to form naturally around more rounded faces.

Remarkable Features

The design is not as good as the Half, and currently, there is eyewear out there that is much more ergonomic. Even so, it’s a good option if you’re looking for a sturdy pair of glasses as it is resistant to falls and fairly tough.

The temples open “automatically” when they extend to a certain degree.

 

oakley flak jacket replacement lenses

 

Measurements and Variations

The glasses have a width of 116 mm, with an included bridge of 22mm.

The rods measure at 133mm.

Alternatives are the Flak Jacket 2.0 model as well as the 2.0 XLJ.

Lenses

Interchangeable through pressure.

Polarized, photochromic, but there’s no ventilated alternative.

Standard Lenses and XLJ.

 

 

Recommended for

Small faces.

They’re ideal for cycling and running.

This pair can be perfectly used as street glasses.

Approximate price

On the Oakley website, they go from €149.

Oakley cycling sunglasses Flak 2.0

Description and brief history

It’s difficult to distinguish between all these similar glasses. And in this article, we’re trying to highlight the differences a bit better.

The Flak 2.0 isn’t the same as the Flak Jacket, even if they look alike. The Flak 2.0 is the natural evolution from the Flak Jacket.

Remarkable Features

They differentiate from the Flak Jacket because of the rods as the Flak 2.0 rods are slightly curvier.

It has a more revolutionary design and much more ergonomic finishes. It has a more sportier look than the Flak Jacket. Is this an advantage or just inconvenient?

It’s slightly wider than its predecessor and according to experts, slightly more comfortable.

Also has two lens sizes, standard, and XL.

Remember that we always talk about two crystal sizes for the same glasses, the difference is in the vertical measurements.

Measurements and Variations

Even though it itself is a variant, we have to mention that it has the Asian Fit variant.

The width measures at 128 mm, with rods at 133mm.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable by applying pressure, it has the original Prizm lens, and there are polarized and photochromic ones, as well.

This model has no ventilated lenses.

It is important that you have clear Flak 2.0 lenses or else they won’t fit in the Flack Jacket.

Recommended for

Since they are wider, they’re recommended for bigger and more round faces.

All kinds of sports.

Approximate price

These go from €149 on the official site, but you could find them cheaper at some online stores.

We finish with the Flak…

Oakley Fast Jacket

Description and a brief history

We’re going to talk about these glasses even though the model has been discontinued.

Remarkable Features

This is a peculiar model. You’ll just have to see it to believe it.

Oakley Fast Jacket replacement lenses

Those two little holes in the upper and external part are locked in the frame. It has a lock and release system similar to the SwitchLock.

Not surprisingly, this Oakley model was not loved among the public and as such, it has been discontinued.

Measurements and Variations

These glasses have a considerable width of 142 mm, with a bridge of 9 mm.

The temples measure at 124 mm.

Lenses

The lenses are interchangeable through a similar system to Switchlock.

Currently, only the polarized lenses exist.

Recommended for

Wide faces.

Cycling.

Approximate price

These are discontinued, so you can only find it in second-hand markets.

One of the all-star models is the…

Oakley Jawbreaker cycling sunglasses

Description and brief history

Few eyewear has had such a resounding success as the Jawbreaker.

This model was developed by Oakley along with Mark Cavendish, who started a whole revolution within sports eyewear.

After the British sprinter, practically half of the international squad wore them.

Remarkable Features

It was the first cycling sunglasses that had a unique screen, but a complete frame.

As in, the lenses are not mounted, they sit exclusively on the upper part of the frame. This allows it to have a greater height above any other.

By being so big, these lenses allow having a range of vision even wider than the other models.

Measurements and Variations

These have a total width of 131 mm and the temples measure 121 mm.

The total height of the lens is no more than 53 mm.

Lenses

As this is one of Oakley’s pride and joys, it has all the lenses that you can imagine: Prizm, polarized, photochromic…

They are interchangeable, but it’s not the simplest thing in the world to learn. On this video, we will show you how to use it.

Recommended for

Large, round faces.

Any sport. We even use them as ski goggles.

Approximate price

radar-pace

On Oakley’s official website, you can find them starting from 189€.

There is a last variation of Radar, but this one deserves its own space.

Oakley Radar Pace

Description and brief history

The Radar Pace was created to apply the latest technology onto a pair of Oakley’s.

Remarkable Features

The Radar Pace incorporates rods, auricular connectors, and even a microphone.

So it’s kind of like Google Glass applied to sports.

It can synchronize with your mobile device and with an app that acts as a personal trainer.

It measures distance, calories burned, etc.

Just like Google Glass, you can “talk to Google” and ask it to start or stop training.

You can even use it as a music player and a phone.

oakley cycling sunglasses
Picture from Youtube

Measurements and Variations

The measurements are identical to the Radar EV.

Lenses

It has interchangeable Prizm and Polarized lenses.

Recommended for

Small faces.

Running and cycling.

And, more importantly, for fans who like it when technology is applied to sports.

Approximate price

It costs €439 on Oakley’s website.

In this video, the glasses are shown in great detail.

 

Oakley cycling sunglasses EVZero

Description and brief history

oakley cycling sunglasses

This eyewear is a recent release and Oakley released them in an attempt to offer a type of frame whose lenses can’t be exchanged. Meaning that if the glasses you bought get scratched, you have to buy a whole new pair.

“Purito” Rodriguez was the first elite cyclist that wore these glasses.

Phil Dalhauser, the mythical American beach volleyball player, also used them in the past Rio Olympic Games.

Remarkable Features

Oakley was the first company who created sports eyewear with exchangeable lenses, and these glasses offer an entirely different concept.

Its main virtue is that these glasses are extremely lightweight.

Measurements and Alternatives

These glasses have up to 5 alternative models.

EVZero Stride: comes in a small and large model.

EVZero Swift: recommended for women.

EVZero Pitch: slimmer profile lens and more suitable for small faces.

EVZero Range: comes with a large lens with many edges. This model has some of the best ventilation.

EVZero Path: the name “Path” indicates a bottom edge cut so it doesn’t touch the cheekbones.

Lenses

The lenses aren’t interchangeable but exist in almost all types: Prizm, photochromic, and polarized. There are no ventilated lenses, however.

Recommended for

With a great variety of sizes and forms, they’re recommended for all facial types.

In regards to sports, cycling is the star of the show.

Dalhauser used them in his volleyball matches, but the lens suffers too much contact with the abrasive sand. And remember, you can’t exchange the screens on this pair.

Approximate price

It costs €149 on Oakley’s website.

Did you like our collection of information about Oakley cycling eyewear?

There are other models that can be considered Oakley cycling sunglasses, such as the Bottle Rocket, the Turbine, the Crossrange, or the Tombstone.

But we didn’t include them because they don’t belong in our “pure and tough” criteria of cycling eyewear. If you disagree, or if you believe that we’re missing another model that we didn’t mention in here, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Please check our website in order to know more about our Oakley replacement lenses.

And if you did like this article, please share it on social media.

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Cycling sunglasses: The most popular in Tour de France[2016]

Cycling Sunglasses

Yes, the 2016 Tour de France is over, but I know you have been looking at the cycling sunglasses in the race. We are, too, so we have created this article:

 The most popular sunglasses models in this 2016 Tour de France.

Let’s talk about differents brands, models and the cyclists who wear them. Oakley, Rudy Project, Bollé, Lazer and relatively new brand called POC, with a model that has not been to a sporting spectacle, at all. To do this, you will have to read the article to the end.

Ready?

We will start with a modern classic of all sports sunglasses

Cycling Sunglasses Oakley Jawbreaker

This model developed in collaboration with Mark Cavendish and was the dominator of cycling glasses last year and this year it’s going down the same road. Cavendish, himself, and many of the squad are using them, including the great Peter Sagan.

cycling sunglasses tour de france

 

In the picture you can see the two greatest sprinters in this Tour, sharing laughs and sunglasses.

Do you want to win today, or shall I, Mark?

That could be one of their conversations.

Let´s go

Oakley Radar EV

This goggle is the direct competitor to the Jawbreaker.

I would not dare say which of the two is used the most, but it´s a fact that this new Oakley model has already surpassed the mythical Radarlock.

The key is the ergonomic design of the lens and the shape of the frame that offers a wider field of vision.

If the three times Tour de France´s champion, Chris Froome, is using them, the glasses should be good, right?

Cycgling sunglasses
Pictures by LeTour

 

As you can see in the picture, they are personalized with the colors of the yellow jersey.

But the maximum customization is found in the following model.

Lazer SS1

Thomas De Gendt offers the best example of this cycling sunglass, but his entire team also uses them, including André Greipel.

Last year Lazer was already a supplier of material for the Lotto-Soudal team and have repeated that this year.

But look at the next picture.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

De Gendt´s sunglasses are customized with red spots as the Mountain´s leader. They are awesome.

And they are the subject of many comments and photos.

It´s a success from Lazer Marketing.

But we have more.

Adidas EyeWear Zonyk

This Cycling Sunglasses has not yet been released for sale to the general public.

Adidas has decided to create a small collection for the most visible faces of the bunch, they promote it in this 2016 Tour.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

No doubt Alejandro Valverde is a face the new Zonyk fit well and look great on. All the Movistar team except for Quintana use them.

And what glasses is Nairo Quintana wearing?

We will see later.

Rudy Project Tralix

Or rather:

Rudy Project Ettix-Quick Step Tralix.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Pictures by Ettix-QS Team

As you can see in the picture, Tony Martin is wearing this model developed exclusively by the Italian firm, for Ettix-Quick Step team.

It’s a lightweight design with great ventilation in the frame itself, and with interchangeable lenses.

No doubt it helped the German, Marcel Kittel, to get his victory in stage 4 of the 2016 Tour

Ekoi

This model used almost exclusively by Alexander Kristoff, follows the example of the Adidas Zonyk.

They are not yet on sale like the Ekoi AK Kristoff, already used by the Katusha rider in the past.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

We do not know the exact name of these glasses, but we sure will soon.

Furthermore, these glasses have a slight resemblance to the next.

Oakley EVZero Range

“Purito” Rodriguez has left behind the Radarlock, and is the top representative of this new model of Oakley.

They are sunglasses without a frame, they do not have a frame around the lenses.

It consists of two lateral temples and a big lens (shade) on the front.

This makes them the lightest cycling sunglasses in the market, at 22 grams for the Path model, and 25 grams for the Range model,which is the one we see in the next picture.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

 

New cycling sunglasses for Purito, before his departure at the end of the year.

We will miss him and his sunglasses.

Come up with another brand

Bollè Vortex

These cycling googles are the top model of the French brand, quite popular in the bunch.

AG2R and Orica cyclists use them.

Cycling Sunglasses
Pictures by LeTour

 

Vuillermoz and Mathew Alexander Michaels are some of the riders who opt for this model of the great French cycling goggles brand.

There are still 4 but they have a lot to offer, don’t miss them.

Oakley Radarlock

There’s not much more to say about these glasses, which have lost the predominance in international cycling racing they had a few years ago.

We have seen them on Alberto Contador’s face, but not every day, because he also uses the more modern Radar EV.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

 

This photo could have symbolism

  • Contador says goodbye to the 2016 Tour de France
  • He says goodbye to Tinkoff
  • Could he also say goodbye to Radarlock?

We will see in the next races.

The following are legendary sunglasses.

Oakley Racing Jacket

Or it could be also a Jawbone, because as we told you in this article, they are almost identical.

Sky cyclist, Luke Rowe, is wearing them in this picture.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

However, it seems that these once popular sunglasses are gradually disappearing in the international bunch

Hold on tight for the next

Require POC

This recently created brand of sunglasses is slowly growing.

The company also manufactures bicycle helmets, like other brands such as Rudy Project and Lazer.

This certainly is helping its growth, and they offer complete kits throwing in glasses and helmets, which havebeen widely accepted by the public for good value for the money.

Their flagship model is called DO, but in this Tour, they’ve decided to give prominence to their Require model.

Look at this picture

Cycling Sunglasses
Pictures by LeTour

 

Hands up; who believes that this is a pair of cycling or sports glasses?

I guess nobody raised their hand.

All Cannodale Team cyclists are using them in this 2016 Tour.

What do you think?

Is it a brand strategy to popularize their casual glasses?

Do you think that the Cannodale cyclists are comfortable with them?

Or perhaps they were partying and go to the race as if they were on After Hours?

Leave us a comment with your impressions.

We will now finish with Nairo Quintana

Cycling sunglasses Adidas Eyewear….¿?

We’ve searched to find the name of the model being used by the Colombian rider in this Tour, but we have not discovered the name.

We believe that is a variation of the Zonyk used by the rest of Movistar Team, but we can’t say for sure.

cycling sunglasses tour de france
Picture by LeTour

We’re asking for your help.

 

Leave us a comment if you know the name of the model of sunglasses that Nairo Quintana is wearing in this 2016 Tour

And that’s all.

We have finished this article about the most popular sunglasses in 2016 Tour de France.

If you enjoyed it, let us know, and please share it on your social networks.

Take care and see you soon.

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Women biker hairstyles: 5 types to look wonderful

Women Biker Hairstyles

If you’re a woman and a cyclist, you possibly have found problems putting on the helmet, because of your hair. Although if you are a man and have long hair, you can also have the same problem.

In this post, we are going to write about five different women biker hairstyles to wear under your bike helmet.

We have found an article from a German girl, who has a blog dedicated to cycling. She has fascinating articles.
We will summarize one of her posts, where she explains several different hairstyles to wear under the helmet.

The very first of all is to wear a bike helmet specially designed for women.
She speaks about her Specialized helmet, but if you search in Google, you can find much more.

Women biker Hairstyles

The key:

The helmet must be adapted to have enough room for your hair on the back side.
And the ties must be height-adjustable for regulating them according to the hairstyle that you wear in each moment.

If not, it´s possible that the helmet doesn’t fit properly to your head, and it would be uncomfortable.

Michelle of Cycling Sunday,(the blogger and its blog) talks about five sports hairstyles for women cyclists:

Ponytail
Ponytail with a braid
Fishtail braid
Two braids
Messy bun

We are going to show every hairstyle in the pictures below

1. Women Biker Hairstyle : Ponytail

It´s a classical

Women Biker Hairstyles

2. Women Biker Hairstyle : Ponytail with braid

It´s also very classical but with much more elaboration. It´s more stylish than the first Ponytail.

women Bikers Hairstyles

3. Women Biker Hairstyle : fish tail braid

The translation is complicated. But it´s the way she names this cycling hairstyle. If anyone has a better translation, please leave us a comment.

Women Bikers Hairstyles

This hairstyle goes a step further and certainly looks much better. Highly recommended if you have a cycling event with ‘glamour.’

4. Women Biker Hairstyle : Two side braids.

This is another classic hairstyle, and can be done even without the special helmets that we mentioned before.

Women Bikers Hairstyles

We are about to end this article, but first, look at the last hairstyle

5. Women Biker Hairstyle: messy bun

If you are in a hurry, this is your sports hairstyle, without a doubt. Just put on the helmet, make a fast monk, and you will be ready to go.

Women Bikers Hairstyles

So far, these are the five women biker hairstyles

I hope that you liked, and you’ve found inspiration for your next ride on your bike.

Remember that the most important thing is that the helmet must be properly adjusted, but… you can wear a safety helmet and look great, can´t you?

You can find the original article on her blog, Cycling Sunday (Haarfrisuren: this is the German word for women biker hairstyles)

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Cycling clothing: top 17 garments for every cyclist

Cycling clothing

In this post, we are going to talk in details about cycling clothing.

In fact, there will something about

Cycling clothing for each part of the body

Body can be divided into couple of categories:

  • Head
  • Trunk and upper extremities
  • Lower extremities
  • Feet

It is well known that if you build a house, you need to start it from foundations, but this time, we will start it from the roof.

Cycling clothing for the head

When it comes to the head, we have two basic pieces of clothing, helmet and sunglasses. Other optional items, used more during winter are the skullcap, the neckwarmer, ear muffs and “face warmer” or mask.

Cycling clothing for the head

Helmet:

There are as many different types of helmets as there are many different types of cyclists, but what is mutual for all of them is that they are based on the same principles.

If we stick to the kind of competition you will find the following:

Mountain Bike Helmets

  • The most popular are the classic ones with visor.
  • Helmet for Trail is also a popular option within the amateur category.
  • The helmet for Enduro should be completely different, resembling the one for a motorcycle. It is not in vain that this helmet is the most specific one within the range of helmets for mountain biking.

Road Cycling Helmets

We can make a classification such as it follows:

  • Classic helmet
  • Semi-Aero
  • Aero
  • Short-tailed
  • Long-tailed

There is not much to talk about the classic type and when it comes to the other two, we can say that their usage is growing increasingly in the professional field because of their great aerodynamics.

The semi-aero gives good ventilation while the Aero is practically zero and it is used for very specific moments such as sprints.

The short-tailed helmets are very specific and they are used mostly for time trial and triathlon. They are extremely aerodynamic, but this type of helmet has reduced ventilation.

This binomial aerodynamics/ventilation is inversely proportional, for obvious physical reasons.

Urban Helmets

As its name indicates, these are helmets that are produced for customers living in big cities. Lately, these have become trendy for the further proliferation of fixie bikes and urban ones in general. There are plenty of different designs, from the most classic ones to the most extravagant.

Specifications of bike helmets

Now, let’s talk about some of the technical aspects of bike helmets.

Main manufacturing material is polystyrene. Depending on the type of the chosen helmet, material will be of a better or lower quality.

One of the most important things that you have to bear in mind is the weight of helmet case. It is not the same if you wear a helmet weighing 200 grammes or the one of 350 grammes. This “little” detail can affect your entire back.

Another essential characteristic is ventilation. The better helmet ventilation is, the more comfortable it will be for you to use it.

And last, but not least important are straps. In the event of an impact, the cyclist’s safety will depend on a good fit. It is important to assess both straps, main ones and the back ones. Cases with high-end solutions are more comfortable and more effective than the ones with low-end.

And now, let´s talk about the remaining cycling equipment that belongs to the head area. Of course, those are cycling sunglasses.

Types of Cycling Sunglasses

As we all know, there are plenty of sports sunglasses so it is hard to make a proper classification. And because of that, it is even harder to make an exclusive classification for the cycling glasses since many models can be used in several sports.

However, we can talk about two following classifications.

  • Glasses for cycling by the type of Mount
  • Sunglasses for cycling by the type of lens.

Sports sunglasses depending on the type of frame

This classification considers taking into the account lenses at the same time. So, this is why they are listed in two groups:

  • Solar shields frames
  • Frames with two rings.

The first group is the one where famous Radarlock Path, Radar Path, Bollé 5 h Element, etc belong.

These are sports sunglasses of excellent quality whose origin can be traced back to the mythical EYESHADES that were popularized by the great Greg Lemond.

These are very light glasses, of aerodynamic shape, with components which are ergonomically optimized and above all, they are very comfortable.

As for the second group of sunglasses, those are, as its name tells, glasses that have two lenses.

If we are talking about two rings frames in the field of cycling or any sport in general, we must mention the Racing Jacket or Flak Jacket, as well as the Rudy Project Stratofly or the  Adidas´Evil Eye.0

Although they have two rings, the vast majority of these glasses has a complete frame, which is almost frameless glasses. (invisible?)

I would recommend you this article if you are interested in understanding the matter a bit better.

Cycling sunglasses depending on the type of lenses

There are tons of different lenses for sunglasses so it is not of vital importance to make a classification based on this category.

So, let’s assume that the material used for making lenses is polycarbonate.

A large classification that should be taken into account is the group of polarized lenses and not polarized lenses.

However, in our humble opinion, since cycling is an outdoor activity that considers spending many hours in the Sun and under the reflections of the same, it must require the use of polarized lenses, without any doubts.

There is another article where we explain what are polarized lenses and which are their benefits.

So, if we leave all these factors aside (although they are pretty significant), we can make the following classification based on the color of lenses.

We can talk about:

  • Classic lenses
  • Mirrored lenses
  • Transparent/Yellow lenses
  • Photochromic lenses

Classical lenses are usually considered as the ones of evergreen colours: brown, grey and green. The grey ones are also known as black.

Mirrored lenses have become popular in recent years. The mirroring effect has the function of providing higher degree of darkness, something which is very important on a sunny day and during hours of the day when the Sun is at its peak.

If we are talking about yellow and transparent lenses, these are recommended for rainy days or for the parts of a day when there is the little light, such as sunrises and sunsets.

And finally, photochromic lenses are the most common and most attractive option for MTB lovers.

Why is this so?

Because mountain bikers, who go through a great number of places, change the surroundings from very sunny ones to the ones that are darker because of tree shadows, for example.

Photochromic lenses are (Wikipedia)  lenses that become darker when exposed to a certain intensity of light, most commonly UV radiation. When activating light is absent, lenses return to their original condition.

This is a common definition. A better definition will be available in our next article.

They are ideal for both cloudy and clear days.

That would be all about glasses, now let’s move on to other items that complete cycling equipment for the head.

Skullcap

It is the name used for a winter cap. But, this is not a usual hat. It is made of specific materials in order to avoid cold getting through to your head. Producers tend to opt for thermal materials that allow air to pass in and out. Other kinds of materials would cause excessive sweating.

Ear muffs (Head Band) 

The name says it all. There are cyclists who use ones made of thermal materials which allow the wind to pass, and the ones who opt for materials that are impenetrable. This choice depends on each person.

Neck warmer

This garment perfectly protects neck, mouth, and ears. But, during very cold days this may not be enough.

Face-Warmer

You must admit it, the first time you saw a picture of this piece of garment you thought of Hannibal Lecter.

Face warmer is a very important piece of equipment of every cyclist during winter because it protects him from the cold air that he breathes.

Some manufacturers had put together these four items and made only one piece. When you put a CAP, earmuffs, Neck Warmer and Face Warmer in a single garment it is called Balaclava.

It is the best solution if the winter is hard in the area where you ride.

After going through the clothes and accessories that make the head equipment for a cyclist, we will pass to the next part of the body.

Cycling clothing for the trunk and upper extremities.

The first and most important garment for any cyclist, whether are starting young or as an adult, is the Jersey (Maillot).

Everyone recognises very well the yellow Jersey (Maillot Jaune), so it is well known outside cycling world and most often it is its symbol.

But of course, there are more items of the cycling equipment made for trunk and arms. They are listed here:

  • Jersey
  • Arm caps
  • Gloves
  • Windscreen
  • Jackets

As same as when it comes to the head, there are two essential parts of equipment. Those are Jersey and gloves. The rest of garments is usually more related to winter equipment so they are optional.

Cycling clothing for the Trunk

Jersey

We are going to talk about every part of equipment starting with, of course, the Jersey or Maillot.

We going to make a basic classification for this piece of clothing by its sleeves:

  • Strapless jersey
  • Short Sleeve jersey
  • Long sleeve jerseys

The strapless jersey is most commonly used for triathletes. These athletes often paint its dorsal in the area of arms and in this way make it recognizable for the Organization of the event. This is also a good way to save yourself time of changing clothes during the process of transition from cycling race to running race.

The jersey with short sleeves is the one that is widespread within cyclists in general, both for road and mountain, professionals and the amateurs.

The long-sleeve jersey is a piece of equipment used for winter cycling.

Another classification of jerseys can be made by the type of zipper:

  • Jersey short zip
  • Half-zipper jersey
  • Jersey with full zip

Short zip is the most popular among amateurs. They are cheap and very functional.

Half-zipper is also very popular in this group of users since it allows a much more significant amount of air to pass through the chest. This is something that is very important in times when you are making great efforts and the heat is unbearable.

Full zip jersey is the one that is mostly used among professionals.  These are very comfortable when opened fully, both because these permit air to pass through the chest or to put the grateful and typical newspaper when a cyclist should ride down a mountain.

Jerseys depending on the type of fabric used for manufacturing

There are several types of tissues, which are called textile fibre. Within these textile fibres, there are a lot of different types including more or less known ones.

Among the most famous are Lycra, Neoprene or the Gore-Tex.

There are many more materials, such as Windstopper, and Thermo-Elastane, etc.  This topics is a interesting one and we plan a whole post about it in the future.

Of course, it is worth investing more money in the jersey, since it is garment t closest to the body of cyclist, and the second most responsible for his comfort or, discomfort.

Now, let’s move on to the garments for arms:

The sleeves or arm caps

These are a highly recommended part of the equipment for seasons such as spring or fall when the weather is changeable.

It happens very often that you leave your house in the morning when the weather conditions are intensively cold, and come back at noon when there has been a significant temperature rise.

Changing your winter garment with summer one can be a real pain in the ass. As you can imagine, the winter clothes would make us sweat at noon, and the summer  ones would make us feel cold in the morning or the evening.

Good sleeves are ideal both for protecting yourself from the cold in the morning and also when the sun becomes harsh so you just have to lower them or remove them completely.

They are manufactured from tissues elastic and thermal.

Now let’s turn to other cycling clothing

Cycling Gloves

In our humble opinion, gloves are the third most important cycling garment after the helmet, and the shorts (culotte).

When a fall happens, it is a natural tendency of human beings to put their hands forward. If your hands are not protected, asphalt can seriously harm them.

Because of that, use of gloves is essential during winter and summer also.

Summer gloves: they are cut at the height of the first phalanx and manufactured of highly breathable fabrics. These two features provide a good “grip” on the handlebar.

A glove that does not perspire can make our hands sweaty, and a glove made of a piece of fabric that does not have proper mechanical fastening for handlebar can jeopardise cyclist’s safety.

Winter gloves: obviously it is a full glove, whose manufacturing fabrics combine the breathability, features that protect from the wind and that have “the grip”.

Gloves of Gore-Tex which combine these three characteristics are very well known.

Let´s talk about the next part of the body.

Cycling equipment for the legs.

Toes will be separated from legs since we believe that feet deserve different treatment.

cycling clothing for the legs

Cycling shorts

If we are talking about cycling equipment, after the jersey, shorts (culotte) are the second garment that is most well known by general public.

What is not so well known is that there exist different parts and various types of culottes.

We must differentiate the padding from other parts of shorts. The padding is a part of the culotte located in the crotch and the one that protects areas that are sensitive such as the perineum or pelvic floor.

A padding of good quality makes the difference between good and bad shorts.

We can establish three major divisions within cycling shorts:

  • Cycling shorts according to the gender of the cyclist
  • Cycling shorts with or without shoulder straps
  • Shorts or Tights

Male shorts are not the same as female shorts for reasons which are more than obvious, so this would be the first major division.

Paddings for women are different than those for men.

Strapless shorts is a classic that is most famous. It is an elastic garment that is mostly used in amateur categories.

Bib shorts are more technical and originally made for professional cycling, but amateur cyclists adopted these as well.

In theory, the function of straps is to prevent excessive pressure on the waist. The bib holds shoulder and that is how the pressure is gone, so sweat is not concentrated in this area.

Many riders prefer it, but there are also others that are more inclined to classic shorts.

There is one thing that should be clear about cycling equipment and that is that there doesn’t exist better or worse equipment, but only the one that is best for every individual cyclist.

Regarding shorts or tights (culottes,) it seems evident that the long ones are for winter and short ones for summer.

The fourth division could be made according to the type of material they are made of. But, as this it have been mentioned before in the section on jerseys, this topic deserves an article for itself and we will publish it in the future.

Leg warmers:

Warmers are a cyclist garment made for the lower part of the legs, twins and tibiae, which were once used in cold weather. Lately, this cycling equipment has been replaced by long shorts.

Now we turn to the last part of the body:

Cycling clothing for the feet.

cycling clothing for the feet

 

There are three types of garments for feet:

  • Socks
  • Boots
  • Overboots

Socks

As for cycling socks, they aren’t much different from any other type of sports sock. They must be as breathable as possible, cool in summer and hot in winter.

Typically, the ones for summer are cropped and the ones for winter are of medium length.

It must be said that in recent years, manufacturers have developed another type of socks that are very technical, such as waterproof socks. They are ideal if you want to keep your feet dry and hot regardless of the fact does the cyclist use covered boots or not.

They are highly recommended for winter and rainy seasons.

Cycling shoes/boots

Shoes are an essential part of the equipment for a professional cyclist, but nowadays, even for amateur cyclists.

If we are talking about this category, we must divide it into boots for mountain biking and road cycling shoes because the hooks are completely different, and there are, of course, boots for the triathlon.

Road cycling shoes

Cycling fans are accustomed to seeing professional cyclists wobble the podium or other firm areas when they walk in their boots.

The reason for this is that the boots for road bikes have fasteners with quite considerable coves. This is so because the cleats of the pedals must be large enough to make a grip and optimum pedalling.

The shoes are very rigid and have at least three strips of mooring.

Triathlon bike boots.

They are very similar, but somewhat more open, with a less rigid outsole and somewhat smaller cleat. This found its use in changing positions from bike to running.

They usually have two Velcro fastening.

Shoes for MTB

This type is very different since mountain bikers have to get off their bike on many occasions and take it in tow. For this reason, they are designed with a multitude of heels and smaller cleats.

Usually, it’s velcro adjustments have three straps.

And the last part of the equipment are:

Overshoes

Overshoes can be divided into two types

  • Complete overshoes
  • Toe cover

Actual overshoes are complete. They are made of windstoppers and thermic materials. They should be as waterproof as possible and cover perfectly the whole shoe.

The bottom must have an optimal opening so it can allow removing gear from the cleats of the pedals.

Toe covers must have the same characteristics of impermeability, but the only difference is that these cover the front of the foot, as their name suggests.

They are used for seasons such as spring and autumn.

So this is the end of our lengthy article. We have created this infographic to sum up everything we tried to elaborate.

Cycling clothing

All the cycling clothing you should have.

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