Protective eyewear is an absolute necessity for any bike ride—they protect your eyes from rocks and road debris that often gets kicked by passing cars and trucks (and sometimes from junk thrown by mischievous teenagers). Performance Bicycle often puts their Radial II Multi-Lens Eyewear on sale at unbelievably low prices, and last fall I was able to pick up a pair for around $20 at a local Performance bike shop.
The Performance Radial II Multi-Lens Eyewear will give you 100% UVA/UVB protection and they are not the worst looking pair of cycling sunglasses you can buy (how’s that for a compliment?). The polycarbonate lenses on these glasses provide excellent optical clarity and are fairly scratch resistant. The lenses also have upper vents that do an excellent job of keeping fog from building up. The frame is made of forged nylon and appears to be very rugged.
Like most of the eyewear sold by Performance Bicycle, these glasses come with a carrying case, cleaning cloth, and three interchangeable lenses (Clear, Grey and Orange). The grey lenses work best in sunlight, while the orange lenses work best on overcast days. Obviously the clear lenses are for riding at night or in the rain.
The only problem I had with these glasses is the hard plastic nose piece—if you change you lenses often you are probably going to break the nose piece. It appears like Performance decided to supply three lenses but hoped that you would not have to change them very often.
The Performance Radial II Multi-Lens Eyewear retails for around $50, but as I mentioned earlier, they are often on sale for as little as $20 both online and at Performance Bicycle brick-and-motor stores. These glasses also have an optional Rx insert that turns your Radial II Eyewear into prescription cycling sunglasses.
While I still occasionally wear these glasses, they are not my favorite pair. If you are looking for great cycling sunglasses I have two suggestions. First, the Ryders Eyewear Hex Polar/Photochromic Sunglasses are the best I’ve ever seen for cycling. However, if you sometimes reading glasses (but don’t want people to know you need reading glasses), then I would strongly suggest the Dual Power Eyewear Dual SL2 Sunglasses.