BBB Cycling Full View Glasses

I have been running Oakley Jawbone glasses for about three years now with no real issues. So why did I need a new pair? Well mainly because I can’t really keep my money in my wallet! But also because I wanted to try some glasses with a frameless design.

When I snowboard I use Dragon APX goggles, their design is such that the curved visor and pure size means an almost uninterrupted field of vision. That’s the same for the BBB Fullview glasses.


Unboxing the Fullview glasses was a nice little experience, I wasn’t expecting to get such a solid case with them at this money, perfect for protecting the two additional lenses that come with them. One low light yellow and one clear. There’s no assembly required, they come fitted with darkest lense, but I insisted on playing with them to see how you swap lenses. It’s very easy, the arms just twist away from the lenses to unclip, and the nose piece comes away with a pinch. The glasses feel pretty solid even for a setup that clips directly to the lense, let’s see how this lasts over time though. I went for the gunmetal grey option but the arms are also available in orange, white, black, and navy.


The fit is pretty damn good, this is down to the adjustable design of the nose piece. It’s entirely adjustable allowing you to move the glasses nearer or further away from your face, adjust the height, or even straighten up wonky ears! Something that’s limited on my Oakleys. The grip on your head is light, probably down to the lack of frame, but they don’t feel insecure on your head with the rubber grippers on the arm hold them in place securely.


Having covered a good couple of hundred miles with them now the most noticeable thing about them is the fact they aren’t! They are very light and with the frameless design it’s an uninterrupted view. You almost forget that you are wearing them. Another boost for the frameless design is the lack of contact between forehead/hair/eyebrows and glasses (although this could just be me!) that always causes sweat to run down them. Something I frequently struggled with on my Oakley glasses meaning constantly wiping them and potentially wearing the uv coating from the lense. 

Overall I’m super happy with these BBB glasses. They are comfortable with great visibility, they come in at a great price, and they look fast! What more could you want from a set of specs?

The BBB Fullview glasses come in at £52 for the spec reviewed, but are available with a photochromic lense that auto dims with increase in light. Pretty cool eh! But be prepared to pay an extra £30 odd for it.

Check out the glasses here BBB FULLVIEW.

Cafe Velo Opens!

As if I needed an excuse to get out on the bike! There’s a new Cycle Cafe in Ringwood.

Cafe Velo opened on the 23rd of May and is a most welcome addition to the cycle cafes in the local area. Yes cafes plural, we now have 4 within a ten mile radius of Bournemouth! Spoiled for choice.

Cafe Velo is the passion of owners Andy and Naomi Boyd having moved to the area 6 months ago. Driven by a love for the area and desire to make coffee, cycling, and the cycling community a bigger part of their lives. It was great to chat to them both today, they are a lovely couple.

The cafe itself boasts an immaculate rebuild, a far throw from the American style diner that was in the premises beforehand, featuring pallet wood cladding, pendant lighting, and separate bicycle workshop and storage areas. A big TV shows the latest racing action with the Rapha Nocturne being today’s highlight.

Cafe Velos breakfast menu is a mix of the typical smashed avocado on toast alongside some nice full breakfast and your choice of mix and match ingredients on toast. Mustn’t forget the porridge or granola! For lunch they have baguettes and sandwiches, burgers, crab cakes, and salads. Not to mention an ever changing specials board.

Coffee is a big thing in the cycling world (how else would you get that kind of performance boost whilst keeping it legal!) and they have it in spades at Cafe Velo. It was pre midday so I almost went for a cappuccino but decided flat white at the last moment. I wasn’t going to have a pastry after all……. It was a nice brew showing off their ability and investment in the machinery! Cafe Velo serves Bournemouth based coffee roasters South Coast Roast coffee and I opted for the house blend single fin. After a great chat with the owners I had polished off two cups! and was ready to ride home at tour speeds!

Despite being Cafe Velo’s first month it looks like they have been doing it for ages (except a distinct lack of pedal and tyre marks of the walls and floors!) and there are plans afoot to bring even more to the business. Repairs and accessory sales being one for the near future, with workshop area already set out, and cycle maintenance and education classes. Another benefit Cafe Velo offer is 10% discount for every cycle club member or cyclist in club kit so get out there with your mates.

To see cycling growing to the extent where we have viable business opportunities like Cafe Velo makes me feel good about the world! and helps subdue the despair I feel when I hear that Bournemouth is the most congested town in the UK and one of the most unsafe for cycling. This town needs to wise up and embrace cycling not just as a hobby but as a genuine method of transport, we could be leading the way if we all put our heads together, and cycling hubs like Cafe Velo and Velo Domestique are slowly helping to change things.

Long live the cycle cafe!

 

Suns out, Guns out!

 

Just the right hint of Giro pink!

Cafe Velo is located in Star Lane in Ringwood, just behind the Furlong Centre.

For more information go to the website….. CLICK HERE

 

MyProtein.com fuel and recovery

Last weekend I was able to try out my new mid and post ride nutrition setup from MyProtein.com

Using the product finder options on the MyProtein.com website I filtered down to two products. One for mid ride hydration (electrofuel) and another for post ride recovery (recoverfuel).

I’ve found myself trying and buying loads of mid and post ride supplements in the past and never really settling for anything due to flavour or disagreement with my stomach. SIS Rego being the only one I’ve bought twice so I wasn’t holding out massive hope for the MyProtein.com offers.

As it happens I’m suprised.

Electrofuel is MyProtein.com’s during exercise electrolyte and carbohydrate drink. It’s available in a few flavours but I opted for the lemon and lime. Last ride was 60+ miles on a single speed with 2000+ft of climbing, I took one gel and a protein flapjack with me, and I successfully avoided cramping and bonking. Id rate it! Although I will say that in the recommended dilution its pretty sweet, I generally make it a little weaker but drink more of it. Find the full nutritional information CLICK HERE.

Recoverfuel is MyProtein.com’s post exercise recovery drink. I use their standard whey protein as a meal replacement during the week at work if I’m feeling lazy or trying to avoid things that might upset my digestive system and I liked the chocolate smooth flavour. This isn’t identical but it tastes pretty good for a protein shake! The nutritional side looks as good as any other recovery product I’ve tried and this shake contains their D-Celle whey that is apparently more easily absorbed into your body. Recoverfuel also contains Ganeden a probiotic blend to keep your gut healthy, great for me! If you want to find out more CLICK HERE.

I’m happy with both, they come in bulk, and they are at a good price. If I don’t get bored by the end of summer I think I’ll be reordering. 

Another cycle cafe!

Yes that makes it 4 cycle cafes within a 10 mile radius of Bournemouth.

We already have Velo Domestique in Southbourne, Rockets and Rascals in Lilliput Poole, and Psychling in Wimborne. But in the last two weeks we have the opening of Café Velo in Ringwood!


It’s great that the local cycling community is growing stronger and the demand for these businesses is really there. I was met with funny looks ten years ago when I suggested the idea to friends and family……. now we have enough for a ‘Tour De Cafe’.

I don’t need an excuse so I’m going to try plan my Sunday excursion around a visit. Try the coffee and have a little breakfast.

Looking forward to it!

Café Velo can be found HERE

Or check out the details here:

The Tarmac Catwalk

When it comes to road cycling fashion there’s a few different methodologies. You have the brand tribe dressing solely in and swearing one brand of clothing is the best with no questions allowed (brands for this will be Assos, Rapha, and Castelli), you have the guys who buy the best that’s available on sale (me mostly!) and have kit from all over the place, and then you have the fashionistas! who when summer comes get lairy with their jerseys. Now I’m partial to a bit of colour so I went hunting for what I think is some of the coolest summer kit available for all you fashionistas!

Castelli

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The Castelli Atacco. Available in a few colours but this green camo is savage! Check it out here! £70 retail.

DHB

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Wiggles in house DHB brand has some cool designs in it’s BLOK range. This Nova jersey is a bargain at £45. Click here for more!

Hunter brothers

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Now this stuff is hip. Australian family brand Hunter Brothers make some super cool jerseys and skin suits. Not cheap though! $170 AUS. Click Here!

This is Cambridge

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UK based TIC started with caps and now make full kit. This A bloc jersey is snazzy, and all designs are available for him and her so you and your partner can matchy matchy!! £95. Click Here!

Cycology

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If you like your jerseys with more than a hint of tattoo style about them then hit up Cycology. £55. Click Here!

Hizoku cycles

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Hizoku do a whole load of cycle based casual wear but this samurai jersey stand out with an awesome print, again tattoo style the whole back piece is intense! $50US. Click Here!

Komraid 

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Bored of what was on the market two friends founded Komraid (King of the mountain raid – get it?) in 2016. This Jammer jersey and bibs are hawt! £75. Click Here!

Stolen goat

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In a Ziggy Stardust stylee the Stolen Goat limited edition Big Lightening jersey stands out! £75. Click Here!

Tcycling

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Wow. This Isometric jersey bib combo from TCycling is bold. The baby blue and yellow…. £55. Click Here!

Ornot

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Ornot from the USA, staying on that baby blue vibe is the Icy Hot jersey. $140. Click Here!

Tenet supply

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Australia seems to be pretty hipster when it comes to cycling. Wanna look like a Dalmatian crossed with a Whippet? the Zeppole jersey from Tenet Supply is hot for that. $179AUS. Click Here!

Parle cycling

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Parlé not Parlee. Freebirds jersey, because thats what we are on the bike yeah? some awesome jeresys in their collection…. I think I’ll be spending here. €80. Click Here!

Twinsix

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Twin Six have some awesome urban styles in the range. This is the Huntsman. $85US. Click Here!

Curbar

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Uk branch Curbars Atelier jersey. Bold colours and artistic prints. £80. Click Here!

Gasp cycling

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Chevrons are on! French branch Gasp are hitting the right look with their Maillot Versailles. €119. Click Here!

Miltag

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Its the Giro so pink has to be in the look book. Milltag weigh in with their Sector jersey. £80. Click Here!

So there you have it. My round up of what I think are some of the most eye catching jerseys you could wear this summer. Its great to look good on the bike if that’s your thing but, and there is a big but, you need to back it up. Go lairy and go fast!!!

Now lets go check that bank balance…….

 

Sven cycles cider ride!

Weymouth based handmade steel bicycle manufacturer Sven cycles is having a cider ride. Well what else would you do being a Dorset based enterprise? Cider almost runs through our veins down here.


The ride is on the 24th and 25th of June at Burton Bradstock.

Sven make some fantastic steel bikes, with a range of models from steeds great for hacking about the back lanes of the south to super slick steel racers at home in the city.

You can check out the website at SVEN CYCLES or get more details of the ride on the Facebook page SVEN CYCLES

#svencycles #steelisreal

SkyRiding!

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to try out a very different form of cycling recently, a stretch from my normal fair but if it’s got pedals right?

Whilst on holiday in Miami I rode Carnival Cruise Lines SkyRide, their mid air bicycle experience built on their ship Vista. I also chatted to the guys behind building and running this incredible onboard attraction.


Ok so what is it? SkyRide is suspended cycling on a track. So imagine riding a recumbent that’s hanging from the ceiling.


The bikes are singlespeed, belt drive, and run in a box section track around the ship. For the most of the ride you are about 150ft above deck, and when you are above the water it’s even further! Pretty scary for someone who isn’t a fan of heights.

Anyway onto the ride! The track is relatively short but it is good fun for sure. Two people ride at once on the figure of eight shaped track so you end up passing under or over your co rider.


When one track dips down under the other you can pick up a fair bit of speed, great fun, but that can be scrubbed off with the onboard brakes. On the other hand when the track points upward you have to pedal to get back!

Despite being Vista being docked the views from the ship were phenomenal and I can only imagine how amazing riding SkyRide would be whilst sailing around the islands in the Caribbean.

The idea and design were created by the same guy and team that invented roller blades and the process wasn’t trouble free. As you appreciate this is a ride that has to be super safe, user friendly, able to withstand tough conditions, and fit multiple different body shapes. Not something your normal bike will do. Initial land based trials were flawless but when translated to ship thing weren’t always perfect, with traction issues due to damp salty environment and accelerated corrosion. The team over came these issues pretty quickly and were ready for customers, producing a pretty cool mix of engineering and cycling. The footfall of this ride in full swing is huge, with queues all day long.

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If you are lucky enough to get the chance to cruise the Caribbean then see if you can take your trip onboard the Carnival Vista. Not just for the SkyRide obviously! But from what I have seen of the whole fun deck and ship, it’s an incredible place to be!

I reckon I’ll be adding cruises to my holiday shortlists from now on, especially if they continue to add such innovative ways of having fun!