Products we like
If you are of a certain age and your eyesight has passed its best and you are having trouble seeing your cycle computer but dont need glasses to ride then try these. Bi Focal safety glasses available in a variety of strengths and three different colours and all for £10.99 to £15.99. You cant go wrong! Available on Ebay, click on the image below.
Useful Cycling Websites
Not the most exciting website to look at but the source for all things mechanical. If they don't have an answer here you probably need help.
Global Cycling Network
A YouTube Channel that is updated daily. Complete with a 'How to Section', 'Interviews', 'Top 10s', 'Race Reports' and a good measure of comedy.
Ok an odd name for a website but nonetheless a fairly good blog written by a triathlete. Especially good at tech reviews. Particularly useful if you want to know how to create or upload maps to your Garmin.
If you need something a little more up market
As all pro riders know decent sunglasses are essential to protect your eyes from debris, bugs and assorted other airborne assault when riding. They can also make you look cool….
Sadly middle age degenerating vision can mean off the shelf eyewear isn't suitable as it doesn't look cool crashing into a hedge due to being unable to see where you are going!
Typically opticians can charge up to around £400 for prescription sports sunglasses but there is an online alternative, Optilabs, based in Croydon.
I recently unveiled my new sunnies to gasps of awe and envy from club members and am happy to share details. Optilabs sell sport specific sunglasses and can provide sports glasses with an optical insert – a second prescription lens – or more conventional styles with a single lens.
I went for the Swift model, which comes with an insert. This type tends to be cheaper and also with this style comes with interchangeable lenses (clear, low light, polarised, normal). These cost around £170 for which you get the glasses, a quality case including space for spare lenses, a soft bag and lanyard (handy for the librarian look). The only slight issue is lack of some peripheral (corrected) vision around the optical lense.
To order a pair you will need your optical prescription and crucially your Pupil Distance measurement. This is something opticians can be reluctant to provide because once you have this you can order spectacles online - I ended up explaining what I wanted it for and paying a small fee and a large price for new everyday glasses.
I have bought from Optilabs twice and can't fault them. They will post sample frames for you to try before ordering and my new pair arrived in less than a week. They had forgotten to include the spare lenses but a quick call sorted that out.
The website is user friendly and details all the options in a simple and clear way – www.optilabs.com Darryl