Winter cycling sunglasses: why do cyclists wear sunglasses in winter?

winter cycling sunglasses
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With Peter Sagan sporting his latest 100% signature sunnies in a white-and-gold colour way and Alexander Kristoff rocking a pair of real gold-plated, diamond-encrusted Scicons on the podium, cycling sunglasses are getting bigger, flashier and more expensive every season and they’re showing no signs of shrinking back to the minimal strips of plastic they were 15 or 20 years ago.

However, the best cycling glasses and sunglasses are not all about fashion – they are an essential item for most riders throughout the year. In the summer, they do their traditional job of protecting your eyes from the sun, as well as keeping road debris, wind and bugs out. So, regardless of fashion, bigger is better in many ways.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.