Velo Vitality - Bike Specialist

Compass 650b 42mm vs 48mm Comparison

I fitted a 48mm Switchback Hill tyre to the front of my Soma. Rear is a 42mm Babyshoe tyre. Visual comparison below. Click to enlarge image.

For reference, they are mounted on Pacenti Brevet Rims, with innertubes at 40psi. Front tyre is brand new and will stretch out little (currently 45mm) and rear is used (measures 39mm).

Written by Jonathan Holmes — June 07, 2017

March Rebate Scheme (Finished)

Update 24-04-17

Ok so all the individual discount codes have been created. It is very simple, the code is your email address. This will be the email address used when you placed the order. Valid until the end of September. If you need any help, or would like to know how much your voucher is, just email me at




Update - 04-04-17

The response to this idea has been very well received and I would like to thank everyone for their orders. Unfortunately i am slightly behind on getting the vouchers out as my daughter has been ill, but all being well, you should have a unique discount code in your email inbox within the week. 




Ok, so here is the deal. We will send you a unique discount code based on your total spend for the rest of March. The minimum spend is just £20 and the discount code value will be between 10% - 20%.

For example, if you made 3 orders totalling £40, you will receive a code for £4, alternatively 1 order for £200 will get you a code for £25.

  • £20 - £150 for 10% 
  • £150 - £200 for 12.5%
  • £200 - £500 for 15%
  • £500+ for 20%

The offer applies from now (9th March) until the end of March 2017. Discount codes will be emailed out early April. Please make sure your email address is correct. The code will be valid for 6 months.


Written by Jonathan Holmes — March 08, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide 2016

Buying for a cyclist is a hard task as they usually have everything they need, and if they don't, they are usually very particular with what they would like. I have chosen a small selection of things which make lovely presents without breaking the bank. Scroll down to view the products.

For the cyclist who has everything - Phil Wood Bio Lube

Chain oil is a consumable item so you can never have too much of it. The Phil Bio Lube is an all natural oil that can be used all year round. The bottle has an integrated dripper for a cleaner application. It can also be used to lubricate cables. 

 For the home mechanic - Phil Wood Hand Cleaner 

This hand cleaner developed by Phil Wood just works. It effectively removes dirt and grime, which is essential for any budding home mechanic. A great little gift they won't be expecting.

For the commuter - Bungee's and Repair Kits

Commuters, shoppers and people that get around by bike love bungee's. We have 2 options, some Dutch Bungee's and some very nice French ones. The Dutch style have a triple bungee with plastic coated hooks, good for tieing down larger items. The French use a grippy rubber single bungee with carabineer style clips and come in a striking red.

The dutch style are sold loose, while the French are sold in a nice presentation box.

And finally, probably a Christmas gift since the invention of the innertube, we have some classic French puncture repair kits. The French have a long cycle touring history and know a thing or two about fixing tubes. We have Rustines or Velox to choose from. Both will make excellent stocking fillers.

For the retro-grouch - Tool Rolls and Saddle Bags

These two next items are for those who love riding all things vintage. The Eh Works Tool Roll is made in the USA from waxed canvas and can store all your daily essentials like innertube and tools etc. It fits any saddle using a leather toe strap.

For those who need to carry a little more, we have the Minnehaha barrel bag. In black canvas with contrasting tan leather straps, it looks just the part hung on the back of a Brooks leather saddle. 

Alternatively there is the synthetic leather saddle bag. A small bag which can hold a phone or wallet. A finishing touch to a retro build.

For the new Christmas vintage bike - CountrySpeed Lights

If you know someone getting a retro styled bike for Christmas and you want to give them a little bike gift, these retro bike lights are perfect for accessorising in style. The front light boasts some decent LEDs punching 10 lux output, while the mudguard rear light has a built in reflector and a flashing mode. Practical gifts for winter cycling.

For the non-cyclist - Copper and Stainless Steel Water Bottles

These water bottles are great for everyday use. One is made from pure copper and the other stainless steel. Both bottles are designed for cold drinks only, ideally water. They both fit into standard bike cages (just incase they decide to go for a cycle). The clean Kanteen bottle is 800ml and the Copperlane is 900ml. Both bottles are leak proof and have a seamless construction, and make beautiful gifts!

For the hard-to-buy-for cyclist - Electronic Gift Voucher

Can't decide? Run out of time? Keep things simple with an e-voucher so they can pick and choose, leaving more time for you to kick back and relax.

Written by Jonathan Holmes — December 01, 2016

Black Friday Free Shipping

For the next 24 hours over Black Friday, we are offering free shipping across the whole of Europe! Just select the 'Black Friday' shipping option.

Written by Jonathan Holmes — November 24, 2016

Closing our Brick & Mortar store

Some of you will be aware that we have a high street store in Brighton. Its in a great spot in the North Laine and just down from the station. Over the past 5 years we have settled in to the area and got to meet a lot of awesome people, and it has been a pleasure. During this time, we have been developing and finding our place within a world of carbon fibre bikes and for the last 18 months, I have struggled to give 110% to both website and shop. Our lease is up on the shop so we have decided to close the b&m store. This was not an easy decision but the right one. Our true passion lies with importing and sourcing bike parts.

Our future as a website only will allow us to offer a better service online, both with delivery times and communications. Better stock levels and more brand focus. We have chosen a location nearby to our current location so we can offer a click and collect style service for Brighton locals.

Stay tuned for 2017. We have more brands lined up, and will be publishing regular product reviews and comparisons.

Written by Jonathan Holmes — November 06, 2016

End of Summer Sale Now On

Saving across all stock bikes. Up to 25% off RRP. Some examples below.....

In-Store Only (Brighton, UK). 

Reid Bikes from £249

Foffa Bikes from £287 

Bobbin Bikes from £337

6KU Bikes from £319

Written by Jonathan Holmes — September 09, 2016

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