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Cycling glasses with some modern helmets: over straps or under straps?

Old 06-17-21, 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
I wear under too. My sunglasses are prescription, so I basically don't take them off. If the straps were underneath, my glasses would likely be flying off my head, and possibly getting scratched, on every ride at the coffee stop.
Yup. Under. And that includes my sunglasses over my prescription glasses.

Imagine in cold weather and you have to wear a cap over your ears? Who wears glasses where the the arms aren't sitting on your ears?
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Old 06-17-21, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
I would love to see a scientific study that proves wearing glasses under the straps of a helmet means that the helmet straps are not properly adjusted ant will prevent the helmet from protecting you.
You can never 'prove' anything scientifically, it's not possible. Like Newton's first law doesn't 'prove' anything about gravity, it only describes and predicts the motion of objects.

"Cyclist head and facial injury risk in relation to helmet fit: a case-control study."
https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc...=rep1&type=pdf

While this doesn't prove anything, you can see from this qualitative study that anything that deviates from an almost 'ideal' fit the probability of getting an injury was much higher. .

Now in this study it doesn't distinguish if the helmet tipped back or moved to the side because it was too big or if the straps weren't adjusted properly, but you can infer that anything that could lead to these conditions (fit, straps, etc.) can lead to a reduction of the helmet's effectiveness in a crash. But my thinking is if the straps not as tight as they could otherwise be to accommodate glasses underneath or they stretch out then you may be at greater risk of the helmet tipping back than you would be otherwise opening yourself up to injury. But we can't really prove that can we?

My Specialized helmet only says not to wear anything under the helmet and not to attach anything to it like camera or mirrors, but nothing about something under the straps specifically. I guess we'll have to wait for someone to sue for that specific warning to get added by the lawyers! I might be paranoid about safely equipment, but I always ask myself, "Am I paranoid enough?"
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Old 06-17-21, 08:10 PM
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I wear two pairs like Robert Stack did in Airplane!
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I'm not very smart.
When I wear straps under the sunglasses, without thinking, I sometimes whip my helmet off first. Which sends the sunglasses flying. Can't happen with straps over the sunglasses.
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Old 06-17-21, 09:03 PM
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I wear my glasses under the straps. I've pulled my glasses off my head when removing the helmet when I wore the glasses outside the straps. I've never accidentally yanked the helmet off my head by wearing my glasses the "wrong" way.
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Old 06-17-21, 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by CAT7RDR View Post
I see a lot of cyclists not wearing helmets lately but they do wear sunglasses.
I call them potential organ donors.
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Old 06-18-21, 06:42 AM
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Over the straps.

Rule #37: // The arms of the eyewear shall always be placed over the helmet straps.No exceptions. This is for various reasons that may or may not matter; it’s just the way it is.
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Old 06-18-21, 06:56 AM
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one can avoid the issue w/ a helmet that has an eye shield
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Old 06-18-21, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
As a practical matter, I've had to get a helmet off my head as quickly as possible because a stinging insect flew into the vent (more than once); and I'm blind without glasses. Don't want to get stung, want to be able to see to continue riding safely ... I'll keep wearing my helmet over my glasses.

As for the pro look, well, nobody looking at me has made that mistake.
Same thing has happened to me 3 times and since I had my glasses under the straps I was able to remove my helmet without stopping. One time it was while I was riding in a duathlon and so it slowed me down but at least I didn't have to come to a complete stop.
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Old 06-18-21, 08:51 AM
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one temple piece under (left) and one over (right)
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It depends on the width of the lenses. It’s not about style but function, unless you are about style over function, then you might need more help than you can find here. . I seriously doubt that any thinking person would give it a second thought how you wear them.
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Old 06-18-21, 10:11 AM
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I know this is heresy to some, but my glasses are more important than my helmet. They go directly on my head so they stay on, even if my helmet gets jarred.

I need glasses to see. Being a fashion statement, reducing sun glare and keeping bugs out of my eyes are nice extras.
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Old 06-18-21, 10:23 AM
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It depends on the helmet and the sunglasses shape. On my current helmet with the glasses I usually wear while riding, going under smashes the arms of the glasses painfully against my temple and/or pulls the nosepiece too hard into my face, so I go over (when I think about it - or ride outside at all, mainly Zwift these days and not at all after being hit by a car a month ago as my bike and back are not functional). Other helmets that aren't as tight against the temple or glasses that don't go as far out before coming back in, and I might go under.
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Old 06-18-21, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
I wear glasses, so I wear them under the straps. I don't want to take a tumble and risk my glasses flying off to parts unknown, leaving me essentially blind. That's also why I wear a strap on my glasses while riding, so if they do come off they will hopefully just dangle around my neck.
Actually, you DO want your glasses to fly off to parts unknown if you crash. Take this from someone who wore glasses on a strap, crashed, and narrowly missed losing an eye (65+ stitches - 3 layers deep - in my right eyebrow).
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Old 06-18-21, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I wear my glasses under the straps. I've pulled my glasses off my head when removing the helmet when I wore the glasses outside the straps. I've never accidentally yanked the helmet off my head by wearing my glasses the "wrong" way.
Strap over the glasses, both helmet and glasses feel quite secure because it's really being on both sides of the ears and under the jaw that secures the helmet straps. Put anything between the glasses and my head, however, and it's bound to knock the glasses loose. Me losing my glasses while riding would be a disaster--I'd basically be blind.
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Old 06-18-21, 11:30 AM
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Sigh... I don't care what "the rules" say, since I'm the one who makes cycling rules, not the one who follows them. Also, I don't really care that much about losing my cycling glasses when taking off the helmet, since my cycling glasses are not corrective (I wear contacts). And, of course, I'm already well used to the fact that when taking off the helmet glasses should be taken off first. Yet I believe that a properly designed helmet should have its straps laying flat on the wearer's head for their entire length. The strap attachment points should be located on the inner surface of the helmet (or very close to it). What Specialized did with its Prevail II is weird. (I have no experience with the original Prevail, so I don't know whether it was also like that).

I ended up retuning this helmet. Got myself a POC Ventral Air SPIN instead. POCs are somewhat goofy and not as "serious" looking as Specialized helmets. POC's design definitely borrows something from mushrooms from Mario universe. But deep in my soul I have always wanted a POC. So, this was my chance. That POC does not suffer from this issue.

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Sigh... I don't care what "the rules" say, since I'm the one who makes rules, not the one who follows them. Also, I don't really care that much about losing my cycling glasses when taking off the helmet, since my cycling glasses are not corrective (I wear contacts). And, of course, I'm already well used to the fact that when taking off the helmet glasses should be taken off first. Yet I believe that a properly designed helmet should have its straps laying flat on the wearer's head for their entire length. The strap attachment points should be located on the inner surface of the helmet (or very close to it). What Specialized did with its Prevail II is weird. (I have no experience with the original Prevail, so I don't know whether it was also like that).

I ended up retuning this helmet. Got myself a POC Ventral Air SPIN instead. POCs are somewhat goofy and not as "serious" looking as Specialized helmets. POC's design definitely borrows something from mushrooms from Mario universe. But deep in my soul I have always wanted a POC. So, this was my chance. That POC does not suffer from this issue.
falling or failing 7 times sounds painful
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Originally Posted by Daniel4 View Post
Yup. Under. And that includes my sunglasses over my prescription glasses.
Imagine in cold weather and you have to wear a cap over your ears? Who wears glasses where the the arms aren't sitting on your ears?
Why would wearing glasses over straps keep the arms from resting on your ears?
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Old 06-18-21, 06:31 PM
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one temple piece under (left) and one over (right)
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Be careful with this, as this will cause you to dog-track crookedly down the road.
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Old 06-18-21, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by AndreyT View Post
...Got myself a POC Ventral Air SPIN instead. POCs are somewhat goofy and not as "serious" looking as Specialized helmets. POC's design definitely borrows something from mushrooms from Mario universe. But deep in my soul I have always wanted a POC. So, this was my chance. That POC does not suffer from this issue.
You'll like the POC in summer heat. The ventilation is excellent. I have an Omne Air Spin. I originally intended it only for riding my hybrid, but wound up wearing it often on the road bikes in summer daytime rides for the better ventilation. Only problem with the Omne Air Spin is the brow is a bit low so when I'm in the drops I have to crane my neck up a bit for an unobstructed view. So I don't wear it for harder workout rides when I expect to be in the drops, or with aero bars. I have other helmets for that.
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I wear my sunglasses under the straps. A habit from wearing a "beanie helmet" when riding my Harley.
My full-face helmet has a built in visor.....but I digress.
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I go over the straps for safety, not for looks. If you crash, you want your glasses to go flying off you rather than to be pushed into your eye or face possibly causing loss of sight or permanent disfigurement. If your new helmet does not allow you to put the glasses over the straps, I'd suggest returning the helmet.
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And then always remember rule #5
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Rule # 5 would say to pick up your eyeball from the road along with those bloody hunks of skin from your face, straighten out your handlebars, and finish the ride; but it would not say to intentionally do something foolish that requires invoking Rule #5.
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