Wheelie Cool Eyewear for National Bike Month In May

Every month of May the people from coast to coast celebrate “National Bike Month”.  The League of American Bicyclist first came up with the idea in 1956 to encourage others to give biking a try.  With numerous good reasons to bike, such as cardiovascular exercise and a reduction of carbon footprint, it’s no surprise the week of May 16-20 is “National Bike to Work Week”.

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Vintage Cassanova Eyeglass with bicycle

In honor of this healthful 1950’s born month we present Vintage Casanova Eyeglasses with tiny bicycles on the template.  These rare frames could not have the most adorably detailed bike that’s as joyful as a ride in the park.

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Paul Smith Bicycle Temple Tip

Absent comfort and wearability, eyewear is all about the finishing touches that differentiate and make them special.  Paul Smith put his “spin” on things with a tiny etched bike on the ear piece of these red glasses.

Pierre Marly Bike Eyewear circa 1950

Pierre Marly Bike Eyewear circa 1950

Outlandish and innovative optician Pierre Marly created bike eyewear right around the time the League of American Bicyclists sponsored “National Bike Month”.  By the look of the frames and what they represent to the times, you could say bicycling was  à la mode!

Bike Eyewear by Anglo American circa 1980. Available on Etsy

Bike Eyewear by Anglo American circa 1980. Available on Etsy

These 1980s eyeglasses show that two things were here to stay: retro round lenses and two-wheel seated bikes!

Bicycle Steampunk Sunglasses by Hi-Tek

Bicycle Steampunk Sunglasses by Hi-Tek

Even steampunk fans can participate in the hype of “National Bike Month” with these gadgety spoke lens sunglasses from Hi-Tek eyewear company.

Bicycle Sunglasses by Scott at Urban Spectacles, sunglasses made from Bicycle Parts

Bicycle Sunglasses by Scott at Urban Spectacles, sunglasses made from Bicycle Parts

Riding a bike is of course better for the environment than driving a fuel-guzzling car (not sitting idle in traffic is an added bonus to cyclers!).  In the spirit of being green and repurposing, so were born these purple lensed sunglasses made from – you guessed it – BIKE PARTS!  Was it the giant fragment of a chain ring on the face or the SCHWINN emblem on the temple that gave it away?

Resources

bikeleague.org

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