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A new BBB BikeBoard cycling app is easy to use and free. Does it do a good job?

Dutch brand BBB Cycling is renowned for their no-nonsense, designed-for-the-task cycling clothes and accessories. The company was launched by two former professional riders Chris Koppert and Frank Moons almost two decades ago and if it works for the founders then it is most likely going to work for more ordinary riders.

I have tested a few of their products, as BBB makes it to retailers in the UK, and I like that they do what they say on the label. In particular I am a fan of their cycling sports sunglasses.  They are very reasonably priced for lightweight wraparound sunglasses and come in a good range of shade colours.

New BBB Signal lights. New BBB Signal lights.

A new edition of their super lightweight and rechargable bike lights, the Signal, have recently been launched and so far with the testing I really like the product. The Signal back and front lights offer a very bright light for a small and lightweight product.

They are easy to attach to bikes and backpacks via a secure silicone strap. I can never be bothered with lights that require a screw-secured mount. Perhaps I am lazy but usually I realise I need bike lights at the last minute and I want to quickly fix them to my bike and go.

BBB Cycling also design well-fitting and attractive cycling jerseys for women, such as the Force.

New BBB Cycling app

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 13.47.37Now the brand has brought out a cool new cycling app. The BBB BikeBoard app comes with the sub-title: “Does nothing unnecessary, yet it does everything important.”

The no-nonsense but useful Bikeboard app does these things:

  • Easy download from itunes and App store.
  • Easily customisable layouts for data screens using a drag and drop system. You can add multiple pages including specific data.
  • A direct link via Bluetooth to your sensors from the Current Workout screen and also information about which sensors are connected so you can choose which you use for your bike ride.
  • GPS tracking with map view.
  • A straight-to-Strava upload. (Strava, for those who don’t know is the place where people can record bike rides on-line and see how they compare against other riders. There are sections of road and trail, as well as hills, where people try to out-race other Strava users.)
  • Keep-awake and auto-pause features.

BBB are also aware that many cycling apps use up a lot of the battery life so they have chosen to create an app that “limits use as much as possible to minimise the strain on a phone battery”.

The Bikeboard app does not:

  • Confuse me with too many features and possibilities.
  • Require lots of reading of instructions.
  • Take ages to set up.
  • Cost any money.

If you are already familiar with an iPhone you will find the app is easy to use and navigate and offers a straightforward way to record your bike rides and save rides for future use/share with cycling friends.

I like to keep things simple and this Bikeboard app works well for me.

Usefully BBB also sell bike phone mounts so you can safely attach your iPhone to your handlebars. Make sure you also wrap the phone in a waterproof case to prevent it being soaked on a rainy ride.

Find more information about the BBB BikeBoard see bbbcycling.com/headlines/bbb-bikeboard-app/ or search on the itunes store.

Walk of the Week: The Jurassic Coast, England

20 August 2014
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Welcome to Walk of the Week. We’re starting this feature to give a little bit of the limelight to some of our favourite walking trails, the ones which we feel deserve some love and praise. From the absolute classics to the slightly more obscure routes (and everything inbetween) we’ll introduce a new walking trail each […]

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It’s great outdoors, says new study

19 August 2014
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Holidays are great for your health, but a holiday that is spent in the great outdoors is even better. That’s always been our opinion and now a new study has backed this up. The report by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) shows that people who regularly visit green spaces are more likely to feel healthy. And […]

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I can see the sea… and other coastal attractions

15 August 2014
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As children, whenever we headed off on a seaside trip or holiday we would try to be the first to “see the sea”. This childish game has stayed with me and I am always ridiculously delighted when I spot the blue of the sea for the first time. There are so many attractive things about […]

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Make your own tasty energy bars

15 August 2014
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Ask any of our team at Macs Adventure for a top 10 “don’t leave home without” list, and food (usually in the form of energy bars or cereal bars) is always a pretty high priority. It isn’t that we’re greedy (well, maybe a bit), but we know how important it is to be prepared on […]

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Kit review: SmartWool Next-to-Skin baselayers

12 August 2014
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Looking for a lightweight Merino baselayer? The new SmartWool NTS range could be just the thing. I love Merino wool for its amazing all-weather and all-year-round wearable qualities. Merino wool is a natural fabric and is great at keeping you warm on cold days while walking or cycling. Amazingly, it’s also good at cooling the […]

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Travelling in Japan

12 August 2014
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Travelling to a country like Japan for the first time can be quite daunting – with a completely different language, busy airports, local buses and trains to deal with I was slightly concerned that navigating my way around may be quite difficult whilst I was on my walking tour in Japan. However, for anybody worried […]

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The Best Places to Walk in September

11 August 2014
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Isn’t it great how you can see the same landscape in a variety of seasons and have a completely new experience each time. (That experience can change by the hour in Scotland – so if you really want to see four seasons in one day, you know where to go!) Every season brings it’s joys, […]

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Three top windstopper jackets

7 August 2014
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There are days when the weather is windy but not wet, or it’s cool but not too cold. That’s when a lightweight windstopper jacket comes in handy. Some people might call a windstopper jacket a softshell, or perhaps a windstopper shoftshell jacket or simply a softshell jacket. Basically, a softshell or windstopper jacket is made […]

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Minshuku and Ryokan – Traditional Japanese accommodations

7 August 2014
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During your walk on the Nakasendo Trail or the Kumano Kodo Trail you will stay overnight in either Minshuku or Ryokan. Both types of accommodation are similar in that the emphasis is on a very personalised service and delicious food. The rooms will be simply furnished with Tatami (straw mat) floors and you will sleep […]

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Walking in Japan – the Nakasendo or the Kumano Kodo Trail?

7 August 2014
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Here at Macs Adventure we offer two fantastic walking holidays in Japan – the Nakasendo Trail and the Kumano Kodo Trail. The Nakasendo Trail goes through rural Japan and the central mountains on a route used since feudal times which linked Kyoto and Tokyo. The Kumano Kodo Trail is one of a series of pilgrim’s […]

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