Fresh Goods 414 – Bamboo, BMX, Brakes, Algae, Smart Watches And Acid Brass!

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I sit here listening to DJ Boring, sipping my brew from a bamboo cup and await the onslaught of Bronagh. There are a lot of ‘B’s in this weeks edition of Fresh Goods Friday! Beware, brace yourself, but above all do not become bemused! And while you read the following think about the answer to this question:

  • Just how many times does the letter ‘B’ appear in FGF 414? Answers in the comments below!

Singletrack Bamboo Coffee Cup

You need one!

New in the Singletrack Online Store is our new coffee (or Tea) cups made from sustainable and biodegradable bamboo! These reusable cups are available to order right now, will make you look 150% cooler and will save the planet! Buy one today.


  • Price: £349
  • From: CSG
Hannah joins the BMX Bandits!

The BK stands for Brian Kachinsky, who the kids in the skatepark tell Hannah ‘goes hard and goes home in an ambulance’. Hannah will be trying not to go home in an ambulance as she attempts to learn some tricks on this new toy she’s bought herself. With plenty of Cr-Mo about the frame, 3 piece cranks, and a damn sexy matt black finish, this is probably way more bike than Hannah will ever do justice to. But it’s cheaper than a Porsche, and she’s happy, so we’ll just let her get on with her midlife crisis.

Sun God Polarised Renegades

sungod glasses

Hannah designed these herself on Tuesday and they’d arrived in the office by Wednesday – you can choose from a range of frames, lenses and finish details to make sure you look as cool as possible, and they’re built in the UK for a fast delivery time. As well as looking good, these frames come with a lifetime guarantee covering accidental damage, with Sun God claiming their TR90 memory polymer is strong but flexible and #adventureproof.

Specialized Women’s Gloves

Happy hands!

A couple of pairs of women’s specific gloves arrived in the mail this week for Amanda, although it looks like Hannah may have nabbed a set for “BMX stunts”.

The LoDown (purple and blue) glove costs £20.00 and is designed for comfort and grip in mind. A pre-curved palm and finger construction promise a “second skin” fit for maximum grip. Perfect for backflips at the local halfpipe. For an extra £15 you get the Grail Long Finger Gloves with added science. The touchscreen compatible glove gets palm padding to reduce numbness and improve blood flow.

Fresh Goods Friday Live

Need a rest from reading? You can watch Chipps and Hannah waffle for a bit.

Shimano Deore BR-MT520 4 Pot Brakes

  • Price: £54.99 per end
  • From: Madison
shimano deore 4 pot brakes
Shimano’s budget 4 Pots in the house!

We first spotted these new Shimano 4 pot brakes on a couple of bikes at Eurobike. Since then they’ve started to show up on more 2019 models including the new Saracen Myst downhill bikes we reported on last week. These Deore spec 4-pots are aimed at customers wanting a little more power on a limited budget, and at e-Bike riders who need that extra power a 4 piston calliper offers. The MT520 callipers are paired with BL-MT501 brake levers which offer Servo Wave features to tool-less reach adjustment, a lot of brake for not much money.

Elephone W3 Smartwatch

Elephone w3
Not an Apple Watch!

Elephone is pitching this smartwatch at tech lovers, business users and sports people alike. The W3 is loosely based on the design of the Apple Watch but it doesn’t run Apple’s Watch OS nor does it cost a small fortune. The W3 has a claimed battery life of up to 10 days, has a 1.33in touchscreen, a built-in heart rate monitor and will work with either Android or iOS devices.

Elephone W7 GPS Fitness Band

Elephone W7
No need to carry your phone with built-in GPS.

The W7 is Elephone’s sportier looking fitness band with a ‘Fitbit’ look but similar features to the above W3. The W7 however, does have built-in GPS and Elephone claims it’s the most affordable fitness band on sale today with this much asked for feature.

Elephone Band 5

Elephone band 5
Possibly the most affordable fitness band on the market?

If GPS isn’t essential to your fitness routine then the Band 5 gives you all the features that the above two fitness bands have plus a “real-time” heart rate monitoring, so rather than just checking your heart rate when asked to, the Band 5 records it 24/7, a feature we’re told is pretty unique.

Sun Chlorella Granules

sun chlorella granules
Will feeding this to Ross create a Rosszilla?

Apparently, this Japanese wonder substance is actually a special algae (not from the same place Godzilla is from we hope) that contains huge amounts of nutrients and protein. This granulated version of the algae has been specially prepared to allow the body to digest it properly and will apparently aid recovery as well as generally be good for your health. We’re going to start adding a spoon a day to Ross’ coffee from next week and will report our findings soon.

Lumicycle Apogee 4500 Lumen Bike Light

Prototype Lumicycle light with 4500 Lumens of power!!

This is a prototype of the new Lumicycle Apogee high-intensity LED light boasting a maximum output of 4500 Lumens! The lamp uses CREE XPL LEDs and uses a feature called “Glow Crescent” that provides 50% more light than current Lumicycle lights for improved side visibility. If you’re already using a Lumicycle lighting system then you’ll be glad to know that the Apogee is RF enabled and will integrate with your current system so that a single switch can control your whole set up. We don’t currently have a price for the Lumicycle Apogee but keep an eye out for a full review in the next few months.

Now, what you really came for! Slip on some headphones and enjoy this splendid version of Pacific 202 played by a brass band!

And here’s some Stereolab too. Enjoy!

Comments (22)

    The letter B does not feature in FGF 414…… that one’s ancient!

    @martinkiely ah, but I’ve actually gone ahead and counted them all…

    I CAN’T AFFORD ANY…. oh wait, it’s quite reasonable this week.

    I’ll be keen to see a review of those brakes. I’ve usually found Shimano’s cheaper brakes to be more consistent than their more expensive ones!

    @horatioHufnagel we’re currently in the middle of a spirited debate about who will get to test these out. For the money, they look really good.

    Acid Brass CD is well worth a buy!

    Shirley the Deore’s are £54.99 an end not per set? Bloody cheap if correct 🙂

    that’s an excellent price for the deores. presume w/o rotors or adaptors?

    Sorry guy’s that’s the ‘per end’ price.

    The brakes seem to be 130 euros per set on the German websites bike-discount, rose etc.

    Good grief! Is this the cheapest bike ever to feature on FGF? Do they make one big enough for me? I have reached a great age without ever trying a BMX, maybe it is not too late to try. In Bolton town centre the BMX kids are amazingly skilled, though sadly the council is trying to ban them (and the skateboarders). It seems they are trying to make being young and happy a criminal offence.

    How am I supposed to come and do my usual moan about over priced stuff? Hmph.
    (Bet those Deores are brilliant 😀 )

    Got to love the Fairey Brass Band. Mentioned a few times in the early Len Deighton ‘Harry Palmer’ series. They’re a true labour of love.

    Oh and either 0 or 112 ‘b’s.
    Paste text into word and do a find change…

    But what about the B’s in the pictures? Do they count?

    and the 4 ‘b’s in the Tags too?

    Not sure anyone needs RF functionality to run more than one 4500-lumen head unit at the same time – at least not on a bicycle.

    “women’s specific gloves” – is that a real thing? i just checked a couple of women & they all had 4 fingers & 1 thumb on each hand, just like me. i already wear women’s socks coz it turns out they fit my feet just fine & come in colours other than grey. does that mean i’m trans?

    @Hanna check out over 30s BMX groups on FB, rideon is my personal favourite. There are over 30s nights in various skateparks around the country.

    @thebrick thanks…I think…though I am trying to pretend I’m not over 30 🙁

    @brainflex only the ‘B’s in the text including captions, but not the tags 😉

    @stuartsimpson not the ‘B’s in the tag

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