It’s been a while since I’ve shopped for riding sunglasses. When I last found a pair that worked for me, I bought a spare set, and they’ve been my go-to for the last few seasons. These days they’re a bit run down and they fog up constantly, to the point I stopped wearing them. According to my eye doctor, this is a very bad call, so it was time for some fresh eye protection.

I haven’t been very familiar with Ryders, other than seeing their print ads in bike magazines featuring Dave Hill-style HDR imagery emphasizing the clarity of their optics. Our first impression of the Face, Via and Caliber were extremely positive in this regard, especially in comparison to the high-end name brand lifestyle glasses we’ve been wearing. All three models are available in a multitude of frame colors and you can choose from the standard, polarized or photochromic lenses.

Ryders Eyewear Via Sunglasses

Inga models the Via from Ryders

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San Francisco’s only sanctioned mountain bike race makes its comeback September 6th, with the return of the SF Mountain Bike Festival featuring the headliner event, the McLaren Short Track. The event will be held in SF’s McLaren Park, as the event is a fundraiser for the McLaren Bike Park Project.

Besides the short track race, the event will also include a box jump demo, youth bike skills zone, the inaugural Cargo Bike Hill Climb Challenge and 11 Mile Adventure Ride.

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