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176 Northcote Road
Battersea London SW11 6RE
United Kingdom

Everyone Bikes is a friendly bicycle shop on Northcote Road in Battersea, London.


Riding With Glasses


Today's blog relates to a sensitive area that can be seriously damaged or upset if one simple measure is not taken.

When I first started road riding, like many others I listened to my friends who had been riding for a long time and it was one mechanic's advice specifically that rang true.

I was riding my road bike on my own on a slightly drizzly day. I'd escaped the M25 perimeter and the busy roads of London. I was descending down Crockham Hill. It's a lovely but fairly steep winding hill that fires you off into the fields and open expanse of the Kent countryside. It also has a left turn half way down and around one comer, so if a car is waiting to pull out you need to be able to check this at high speed when the turn comes into view.

It was at this moment that... nothing nasty happened!

A bee flew straight into my glasses, making a small mess on one of lenses. Luckily I could still see when I reopened my eyes and managed to continue my ride safely and without mishap.

BUT had I not been wearing clear glasses on my head it would have been a very different story. And that is why I'm sharing with you this simple tale.

Please remember to take your glasses on any ride, whether its on or off-road (the chances are increased off-road with mud spray and hanging branches.) When commuting it's possible to have stones fly up whilst following other cyclists or from cars wheels. Trees and plants are also shedding and pollinating at this time of the year causing lots of flying debris, even in central London. Don't worry if its raining or sunny or overcast, if you have a pair of glasses, wear them. They cost as little as £15 from Endura or get some light adaptable ones for more general riding.

Happy riding! :)