At the start of this year’s Tour de France, road cycling blogs and some fans on twitter got their chamois in a twist over Ryder Hesjedal’s “funny” sunglasses (above). The Canadian pro’s oversize DID specs by POC Sports prompted roadcycling.com to huff about “disrespect for the Tour.” Please. Hesjedal, who rides for Team Garmin-Sharp and signed on with POC in June, deserves panache points for bucking ho-hum shield-style sunglasses for cycling. By the end of the Tour at least one TV commentator had named them “the coolest glasses in the peleton.” POC’s stylish, unisex frames also deliver winning versatility by transitioning with ease from paceline to city cycling to wherever comes next — part of a larger trend in cycling apparel and accessories. Here, some additional styles we’re liking for biking:

POC Sports DID Sunglasses in Hydrogen White, $165

Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Sunglasses in White, $155

Spy Optics Helm Sunglasses in Matte White, $99.95 (Bought ‘em!)

Oakley Frogskins Sunglasses in Polished White/Ruby Iridium, $110

Top photo: © Graham Watson Photography

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2 Responses to Sunglasses that Rocked the Cycling World

  1. Rob says:

    The only thing I would add is that it is important to consider sporting glasses with shatter-proof lenses when riding. Sure, sunglasses can look cool, but they’re also there for protection… And no one wants shards of glass in their eye after a crash.

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