Final Review: BTB 910 Sunglasses

I haven’t posted a review in a while and it’s high-time I got this particular one done. BTB Sunglasses sent me a pair of their 910s about five months ago to review and they’re probably wondering where it (the review) is. Or maybe they’re wondering where I am. Well, here it is. My sincere apologies to BTB for taking so long. For complete disclosure, BTB Sunglasses sent me the 910s free of charge. I’ve worn the 910s about 15 times now while riding so I think I’ve got a pretty good idea about how they work and what I like/don’t like. Back in my ‘in for review’ post, I mentioned that the BTB 910s come with some pretty impressive specs that include HD Lens Technology, complete UVA/UVB protection, and ballistic rated lenses. Like most guys, I think the ‘ballistic’ part is the coolest as evident in the following video. I don’t know how many shotgun wielding cyclist-haters you’ll see while out riding but that’s cool as heck. It says something for the durability. Can they be ridden in? The thing you probably want to know more than anything though is if they’re any good for riding. In a word, yes. Like I said above, I’ve ridden in these sunglasses about 15 times now and have experienced zero problems with them. The frames are well made (out of a material called Grilamid TR90 – the link goes to a tech document for all the geeks out there) and have a good form fit. The temple pieces are attached to the frame using screws – not some cheap plastic connection. The...

In For Review: BTB 910 Sunglasses

A few weeks ago the sunglasses I had been using while riding finally had to be tossed after I lost one of the nose pieces. The nose piece had been coming off a lot but I kept putting it back on. Well, it finally came off and I didn’t notice until after my ride so there’s no telling where it ended up. That left me in need for a new pair of riding sunglasses. A couple of days later I received an email from Chase at BTB Sunglasses asking if I’d like to review a pair of their shades. What a coincidence. I said sure Chase sent me a pair of my choosing. About BTB Sunglasses BTB Sunglasses started in the basement of Steve and Jo Brown a few years ago. Every night Steve and his wife Jo would sit downstairs tagging and bagging sunglasses in preparation for shipment. Their sales steadily grew and they now offer sunglasses for several sports including cycling, golf, hiking, fishing and motor sports. BTB Sunglasses have become known for their incredible lens quality, durability, comfortable fit and low price. BTB Sunglasses is a part of a bigger whole and is one of the divisions of Be the Ball, Inc. located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Be the Ball, Inc. support numerous causes and athletic events. A portion of every sale from our website goes to the Be the Ball Foundation. After browsing through the selection on their website, I picked out their BTB 910 which is a 3/4 frame design with vented lenses. BTB 910 Features I selected the BTB 910 to review...

Original Road ID Sport Review

Let me start out this review with a story I told my newsletter subscribers earlier in the week: When I first started riding I gradually built up my mileage but was rarely gone from home more than an 1 to 1.5 hours. One Saturday morning I decided to do a long ride and was gone for over 2 hours. When I returned home I was greeted by a frantic wife who had been worried because I hadn’t returned home after my normal riding time. She was scared that I had been in an accident and was lying hurt somewhere on the side of the road. She had even been out driving around looking for me! I felt so bad that I had put her through that. After that incident I kept her informed of my expected route and time but also started carrying an ID (driver’s license) and emergency contact information (written on a piece of paper) with me. I kept these two items in a plastic bag in my jersey pocket. Last week, after some prodding from my wife, I finally broke down and bought a Road ID. Honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to get one. I think I was just lazy. Regardless, I ordered one last week, have worn it a few times, and this is my review. What Road ID Has To Say From the Road ID website: “If you are a runner, cyclist, triathlete or just a person who doesn’t sit on the couch all day, Road ID is for you. This awesome piece of gear not only looks good but...

In For Review: Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Cycling Shoes

I’ve needed a new pair of cycling shoes for a while. My old pair was several years old and had seen better days. They were truly a ‘beginners’ pair of cycling shoes as the outer sole was plastic, they weren’t stiff, and only had velcro as the closure system. So, as part of my ongoing bicycle fit I’m doing with @Victor at Bicycle Lab, I went ahead and bought a new pair of shoes. Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Specifications The Speedracer features a synthetic upper and a three closure system. The two lower closures are velcro while the top one is a four position micro-metric buckle. The upper is bonded to a stretch resistant outer cage for added support. It features a dual sole that has a carbon spine inside a fiberglass outer sole for stiffness. The shoe has full SPD and Look-type (three bolt) compatibility and is well ventilated with over 15 vent holes per shoe. First Impression I picked these cycling shoes up at a local bicycle store and had the opportunity to try them on before buying. I read some online reviews that indicated they ran a little small in size and I found that to be the case as I went with a size 45. They come with their own removable insole but I pulled them out so I could use my own. I have wide feet but found the fit to be very good. They are stiff. I knew I was losing a lot of power in my old shoes as they were almost as flimsy as a fish. There is no give in...

Final Review: Cateye HL-EL450 Headlight

A couple of weeks ago I announced that I had a Cateye HL-EL450 Bicycle Headlight in for review. I’ve ridden with it for two weeks during my pre-dawn rides on the weekdays and am ready to give you my final review. I purchased the HL-EL450 at a local bike shop because I needed a new headlight. My old light worked for my old Cannondale but it’s mount didn’t fit the over sized bars of my Specialized Allez. Because my weekday rides are performed pre-dawn I had to have something that made more more visible to the early morning drivers. What Cateye Has to Say About the HL-EL450 From Cateye.com: See your way home. The HL-EL450 is perfect for occasional night rides and regular commutes. Its improved OptiCube™ lens focuses the beam to help find your way through dark streets. A lockable switch eliminates accidental switch-on/off, while letting you easily toggle between high, low and flashing modes. The adjustable bracket quickly mounts to almost any handlebar, stem or helmet, and a simple clip lets you attach and detach the light in seconds — without tools. Whether you mount the HL-EL450 on your bike or keep it in your pack, it will always light the way. High, low and flashing modes 720 candlepower 30-hours of run time on high beam on three AAA batteries Waterproof to 50 meters/165 feet Lockable switch Cateye HL-EL450 Bicycle Headlight Final Review HL-EL450 Mounting Mounting the HL-EL450 to my handlebars was very easy and the bracket accommodated my oversize bars with no problem. It’s attached with a simple ratcheting mechanism that’s tightened down with a small...

In For Review: Cateye HL-EL450 Bicycle Headlight

As I eluded to in my post yesterday, I needed to get a new bicycle headlight so I headed to the a local shop to see what they had in stock. The selection wasn’t great but I did find a Cateye HL-EL450 that would fit my handlbars and give me some light out front. Cateye HL-EL450 Headlight Specifications 400+ Candlepower Three modes: Hi/Low/Flashing Water resistant to 50 meters 360 degree ring to allow side visibility Rotatable up to 90 degrees left or right Available in Silver or Black Includes 3 AAA batteries Though the Cateye HL-EL450 is water resistant up to 50 meters, Cateye makes a point to say the headlight isn’t intended for diving. While I didn’t plan on taking it on my next Jacques Cousteau undersea adventure it is nice to know it should survive these Florida rainstorms if I get caught out in the rain. Below you can see some additional pictures. In picture one note the red switch lock that has to be depressed to turn the light on or off and in picture three you can get a good view of the 360 degree ring for side visibility. After I’ve used it a few times I’ll post more detailed review covering use and impressions. Get the Cateye HL-EL450 at...
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