Sunday, 26 May 2019

“Revenge of the cakes” Tour de Carbs

One thing that has always gone well together has been cake & cycling. Because your was cycling you have no guilt in having the odd cake or 2 along the way cause you knew you could burn it off later.So bikes and cake go together so well.

So when the Tour De Carbs ride was announced and lead by Paul Ratzker

So meeting up at bird cage at Kings Cross we started to gather. Most of the bromptons I haven't met before but a couple that I have met before where greeted with hugs as always.

The Gathering
After a brief safety talk we set off. I kind of naturally fell into the back marker role as I noticed a few of the riders may not be used to London traffic.

Yeah a big bike but she was cute so forgiven ;)
Our first stop
Dominique Ansel: this Victoria located bakery serves up the ‘Cronut’, a cross between a croissant and a donut.

The "Cronut"
We were lead not too far to a local park where we could enjoy our purchases.

Matching colours

OMG I'm in love with the "Cronut"
Next up,Maรฎtre Choux: outrageous blinged-up eclairs. After we get them we can sit down to eat them in the nearby Soho Square.

Before I could purchase my eclair I had to make sure the Bromptons where parked properly, my OCD was kicking in big time.

Once again we headed to a park close by to eat. mmmmm

A peanut butter eclairs

Does my butt look bigger after just a couple of cakes? :D

Cake bum? 
Ottolenghi: this Islington based bakery is famous for its meringues, we can take our cakes to a nearby secluded square to eat them. 

This leads neatly on to the nearby...
Hanbury Arms: a hidden away pub with stone baked pizzas and plenty of room for our Bromptons.

I think was in abit of a coma by this point ahd didnt get any photos of the pub. I didn't have a pizza either as i was still stuffed.

For my first LBC Ride in along time it was a nice relaxing time for me a good way to ease into it. I did miss some of the core LBC members but i know it time I will see them soon.

BIG thanks to everyone attending this ride and also to  Paul Ratzker for planning and leading the well thought out ride. Kudos my man Kudos.

til the next ride, bee safe x

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Review: Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad

A good while ago I got myself an iPhone 8+ a HUGE upgrade from my tiny iPhone 5C

The iPhone 8+ can be charged via USB port or with a charging pad. I'm always breaking the USB cords for charging so I thought this time end I'd spring for the charging pad this time round.

I saw the Belkin IQ Wireless Charging Pad and thought I'd have a go seeing as buying a new USB cable for my iPhone 8+ is pretty expensive these days, for a good quality one. For £30 thats like 3 apple cables, maybe less.

It comes with a USB cable to power it and that's pretty much it. I've used it for about 2 weeks now and from what i can tell it charges the same rate as the cable maybe even faster. It even charges though my case so i don't even have to remove it to charge

The only niggle I have with is is that the phone has to be perfect in position for it to charge sometimes. Just a different way to charge your IQ enabled device

till the next ride, bee safe.....

Monday, 7 January 2019

Review: Shimano MT34 Mountain Biking Shoes

So after a number of years with my current clipless shoes Specialized  BG Tahoe shoes I felt the need to get a new pair.

Wanted to get pretty much the same kind of design so I looked into my local Decathlon Sports store and found these Shimano MT34 Mountain Biking Shoes

Bought these from Decathlon as they where pretty much the same kinda of design as my old Specialized  BG Tahoe shoes

  • TRACTION - EVA midsole and rubber sole for comfort when walking.
  • BREATHABILITY - Areas with breathable fabric.
  • FIT - This shoe provides good support with its lace-up tightening system.
  • FITTING COMFORT - Specially-designed inner volume for better comfort and support.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT - 378 g in size 7.
  • RIGIDITY - Fibreglass sole reinforced with polyamide for greater rigidity.
  • COMPATIBILITY - Compatible with SPD cleats (not included)

I've been using these since the middle of November 2018 on my commute rides. I have to say they feel pretty damn solid and feel hard wearing.

The only thing I may have a problem with is the clipless mounting system.

As you can see before the mounting plate is in there is a big hole in the bottom of the shoe. At the time of writing I haven't walked or ridden in the rain yet to see if they are still waterproof after the clips been mounted. If not what I may do is put some kind of sealant around the inside where the metal plate mounts to make it waterproof.

There is a metal plate that goes in the inside of the shoe and the clip part that you see screws in and tightens up pretty good but also adjustable. In time ofcourse I will probably get some yellow laces like the last pair.

till the next ride, bee safe.....