I'm curious how many of us ride with some sort of eye protection, whether it be sunglasses, cycling glasses, something that's already built into a helmet, or even the Home Depot style safety glasses. Please vote and say a few words on your choice.
Perhaps I should start off.
My eyes get watery even at downhill speeds of 25mph on a recumbent trike. Perhaps it's the wind going into my face that makes me cry. I loved the trike (and still do) and was training for a longer 545 mile 7 day ride. To get some miles in which meant I'd have to ride at night. Most of the day time was taken up by work and errands. Sunglasses at night doesn't really work, so I grabbed a relatively affordable pair of photochromic ones from Tifosi:
http://www.tifosioptics.com/products/ar ... cling|Run/
which darken in the sun. This particular pair of sunglasses are pretty much clear in the absence of sun, so riding at night with these things on is fine. I didn't want to have to switch out lenses or have multiple pairs of sunglasses. REI sells these for a good deal when you can get their 30% off coupon.
Curious if I'm being super paranoid since I'm coming from riding on 3 wheels to a 2-wheeled Trek 800 ebike. I'm just that much more worried that if stuff gets in my eyes and I can't see, it'll be that much worse trying to balance and orient myself on the road with the obstacles of traffic, kids and other fun city stuff that likes to get in our way.
The only reason I'd say I wear eye protection less than 100% of the time is b/c I recently went out at night w/o glasses or a helmet (not typical of me). Normally, I wear them all time time. Gloves, helmet, glasses - check.
The sunglasses have been great and I'm glad I had them when I was speeding down a hill at probably something close to 50mph during the Aids Life Cycle fundraiser. Maybe slower, but definitely at least 45mph. It was the best time on the trike ever! I wear these same ones one the e-bike and it's been great. Highly recommended to wear some sort of eye protection. Even if it's not for sun, the cheap safety glasses from Home Depot should work just fine. At probably $4-7/pair at the most, these can save your eyes from dust, rocks, bugs and other crud just waiting to hit you in the eye. And no, I'm not talking about the goggles that you used to wear in Chemistry class. I'm talking about these:
http://www.homedepot.com/Featured-Produ ... ogId=10053
After visiting the Home Depot site, I noticed there are a ton of other ones ranging from $3.99-19.99 that look fairly attractive. At $20 though, it's getting close to the cost of real sunglasses. I'd stick with the sub $10 if you go cheap. Each to their own.