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  1. The Ultimate Guide to keeping your Gadgets safe this festival season

    Plan your outfit

    Taking time to pick a strong festival outfit in the weeks that lead up to your festival of choice is always a must. However when considering your outfit its worth thinking about your valuables safety too. You don’t need to compromise your look at all however it’s worth considering items with zipped or deep pockets. Zipped pockets provide that extra layer of security making it that little bit harder for would be thieves or for your beloved smartphone to fall out of your pocket as you get carried away with the crowd after a big set.

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    Take advantage of festival lockers and festival lock ups

    Its well worth taking advantage of festival lock ups. These are dotted round the camp site and tend to be open 24 hours a day. (Check with your festival)  You can leave any item big or small with total piece of mind. They are essentially big cloakrooms, similar to that of a bar or club. At Glastonbury the staff even hand out free toilet roll to those in need!

    Festival lockers are another great option. They may seem like an added expense you simply don’t need but if there is a group of you it really is a no brainer and many argue it’s worth it for the phone charger which features in them at the majority of festivals. The ability to store items like your passport, car keys, contact lenses and return travel tickets really is invaluable and shouldn’t be scoffed at.

    Don’t leave your valuables unattended or padlock your tent

    This one might seem obvious but it’s frightening how many people have their phones, car keys, wallets, passports and cameras stolen as a result of leaving them. Leaving your valuables in a tent is just asking for trouble and it could invalidate your insurance.

    Padlocking your tent might seem like a great idea and give you an added layer of security however it can actually often prove to be the worst thing you can do. Padlocking your tent screams that it has something valuable inside and is going to make any thief not only break in but probably ruin your tent in the process.

    If you are going to carry your belongings, it’s worth sleeping with them at the bottom of your sleeping bag. Thieves at festivals are crafty & bold and will try to rob you as you sleep. Putting them at the bottom of your bag ensures that even if you’re out for the count a thief is going to have a hard time moving your body to get to your valuables.

    Invest in a good case

    A good case can make all the difference to you breaking or losing your phone. When looking for a case try to get one that has flaps that cover the charging port and headphone jack, that way if you drop your phone in the mud it’s not going to break the charger or headphone jack. (I’ve broken 2 phones this way)

    Another good option to look at is a bungee key fob. These are available on amazon for under £10 and attach to most smartphones. The cord attaches to your smartphone and then you can clip it to your belt, pocket or inside of you bag making it that much harder for a thief to nab or for it to fall out of your pocket accidently.

    Get a festival phone

    Whilst we completely understand why you’d want your smartphone with you so you can upload pics, take Snapchats and even check the football scores it’s worth seriously considering leaving your smartphone at home.

    Use an old phone from the drawer or pick up a cheap phones for next to nothing and liberate yourself from the stress of looking after your number one personal item. Plus going a weekend with social media can be extremely liberating. If you’re worried about not having any photos go old school and get a few disposal cameras. You’ll have great fun getting them developed and be able to relieve all the memories (perhaps forgotten memories) when you get home!

    Report anything stolen to the police right away

    If the worst does happen and you do find that your valuables have been stolen, report it to the police immediately and get a crime number. This represents your best chance of getting the items back and if you have insurance a crime number is required as part of the claims process.

    Lastly……Take out insurance!

    If you’ve got a particularly active summer this year or heading to a festival it’s well worth taking out insurance. We offer insurance for gadgets and mobile phones. Insurance covers you from theft, loss, accidental damage and cracked screens.

    You can check out our gadget Insurance policies here

  2. The ultimate gadgets you need for the perfect BBQ

    May is finally upon us and brings with it two bank holiday weekends which are ideal for BBQ-ing! With the temperatures set to make it into the mid 20s this weekend we’ve pulled together the must have gadgets which are sure to make you the envy of all your friends and provide you with the coveted BBQ king crown this summer.

    Fugoo Style speaker – One of the main ingredients for any good gathering, BBQ or party is good music & a good speaker. We can’t think of a better one currently than the Fugoo Style. It’s rare that you can find a speaker that delivers great quality audio, is durable and stylish all in one portable Bluetooth package. However this speaker delivers all of that and more.  Supplying a crisp sound outlay you’ll be amazed about the sound quality that comes out of such a small speaker. The speaker also has a battery life of a whopping 40 hours which means you’ll never have to cut the party short!  It’s also been designed to be weatherproof and can be submerged in water for up to 30 minutes without breaking which is ideal if you have a pool or the great British weather takes a turn for the worst!

    Fugoo Style – Available from Amazon for £149

     

    The Battery Powered BBQ Kebab and Rotisserie Spit is the perfect gadget for any BBQ enthusiast! This rotisserie rack sits on top of your BBQ and slowly rotates allowing you to concentrate on some of the more expensive items like steaks without worrying if your kebabs, chicken or sausages are cooking through evenly and more importantly not burning!

    The Battery Powered BBQ Kebab and Rotisserie Spit – Available from amazon for £50

    Meat Thermometers make the ideal gift for a birthday or any BBQ enthusiast. A set of 4 thermometers are available from John Lewis for just £10. Consisting of one beef, chicken, lamb and pork thermometer, the dial is separated into 3 sections; rare, medium and well done so you’ll be able to tell as soon as your meet is cooked to perfection!

    Meat Thermometers – Available from John Lewis for £10

     

    Looftlighter Electric BBQ starter – The looftlighter is a great invention and replaces the need for kindle, firelighters, lighting fluids or scrap pieces of paper. It works by blowing an extremely hot jet of air onto your coals and promises to deliver a fully established fire in under 2 minutes. Ideal for those who want to just get on with the BBQ without the hassle of getting it going.

    Available from Amazon for £48.99

    Lazy-Spay hot tub – Perhaps not an essential but something that should be considered by anyone who Is planning on spending any large amount of time in their garden with friends and family this summer! The Lazy-Spa provides the perfect way to unwind after a BBQ. This inflatable hot tub heats up to 40 degrees and offers all the social and health benefits that a hot tub brings at an affordable price!

    The Lazy-Spa (2-4 persons) Available from Amazon for: £257

    The Lazy-Spa (4-6 persons) Available from Amazon for: £329

  3. Are Virtual Reality headsets the future of gaming?

    VR headsets or Virtual reality headsets to give them their full name have been heralded as the latest technology innovation in the gaming sphere for a couple of years. Certainly VR has been right at the top of the agenda and proclaimed as this year’s greatest innovation at the CES show in Las Vegas for the last couple of years. It didn’t really happen in 2015 but with the first orders of the Oculus Rift shifting this month and Sony PlayStation announcing further details around their VR headset, we explore whether VR really is the future

    Photo by Maurizio Pesce

    Photo by Maurizio Pesce

    What are Virtual Reality Headsets?

    Virtual reality headsets secure a display in front of your eyes (in the case of the Samsung GEAR your phone) and some kind of input which dependent on the headset make could be anything from head tracking sensors, controllers, hand tracking, voice or buttons.

    The aim of VR headsets is to completely immerse the user in a virtual world that seems so real and life like that the user forgets the computer and head gear and behaves exactly how they would as if it were real.

    Generally the way it works is feeds are sent to the display which sits inside the headset. Lenses also sit in-between the screen and your eyes. These are there to interact with the pixels on the display, focusing and reshaping the picture for the eyes making them more lifelike and 3D whilst also giving headsets their goggle like look and feel.

     

     

    The contenders, price and availability

    • The Oculus Rift is a headset that plugs into your computers USB ports and tracks your head movements to provide 3D imagery on its stereo screens. Handsets are also available to enhance your gaming experience by bringing your hands into play. The only issue being you’ll need a pretty powerful PC to run the rift.

    Priced at $599

    • The Playstation VR is scheduled for release in October 2016. Given that over 46 million PS4s are out there worldwide, a strong pre-Christmas push could really launch VR gaming to new levels

    Priced at $399

    • The HTC Vive plugs into your PC in a similar way to the Oculus Rift. Thanks to huge number of sensors (70 in total) 360 degree head tracking is possible and allows you to really immerse you in a virtual world

     Priced at $799

    • The Samsung GEAR headset is available now and offers ludicrous value when compared with the other VR headsets on the market. The release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 has attended to complaints that the S6’s battery wasn’t powerful enough to run the GEAR. The S7 seems to have readdressed the balance and beefed up the headsets capabilities. The phone plugs straight into the headset allowing you to immerse yourself in the world of VR. The only drawback is that you need a Samsung Galaxy S6 or above to use this headset.

    Priced at $99

     

    So can it change the future of gaming?

    We’re clearly not quite at the stage where you’ll be able to jump straight into a First Person Shooters (FPS) with the ability to storm a building or make a break down the left wing in a game of FIFA. However as the Bullet train FPS developed for the Rift proves we aren’t too far away. This is definitely an exciting time to be involved with VR gaming. We predict over the next couple of years major developments. The VR headsets that get released to market will only help to drive on companies to outdo each other and release the next best thing.

    The question remains whether the technology and gaming capabilities will come quick enough to match the current hype surround VR. The danger is that developments take too long, the hype ebbs away and we’ll all have moved on to the next thing.

  4. Geraint’s Wheel of Fortune Competition

    Geraint Thomas MBE has been the Protect Your Bubble bike and gadget insurance ambassador since 2015. We work with him to provide you, ours fans and followers with exclusive updates, blogs and amazing giveaway prizes such as authentic kit worn by G himself. Make sure you keep following @PYB_Bike to keep up with all things Geraint Thomas and check out the latest blog he wrote for us on his altitude training and the Tour of Flanders HERE

    Those who follow Geraint Thomas will know he got the new season off to a flying start with back to back wins! Geraint has been extremely generous and has donated a signed race number and jersey from one of the races. We’re very excited to announce we have set up a competition for one lucky person to win this fabulous prize!

    If you fancy fancy winning this one of kind piece of memorabilia worn by Geraint Thomas, simply watch the vine on our Twitter profile take a screenshot when the wheel of fortune is on the last race Geraint won and send us a screenshot to @PYB_Bike with #PYBG

    You can enter on Twitter HERE

    Good luck!

    wheel of fortune competition

    Competition Full T&C’s

    Eligibility

    1. The promotion is open to residents of Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Isle of Man and Channel Islands only, excluding employees of the Assurant Direct Limited (the “Promoter”) and their immediate families, agencies of the Promoter, and anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.

    2. This promotion is only open to individuals aged 18 years or over on date of promotion entry.

    3. The promotion begins at 12.00 on 26th April 2016 and closes at 11.59 on Saturday 30th April 2016 Daylight Saving Time (DST). Any entry received after the closing date and time will not be valid. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.

    4. Entrants must have access to the internet and a Twitter account.

    5. Entry is free and no purchase is necessary to enter this promotion. A maximum of one entry per person is allowed and a maximum of one prize may be won per household.

     

    How to Enter

    6. Watch the video vine posted on the PYB_Bike Twitter feed entitled “Geraint’s Wheel of Fortune”,take a screenshot and reply when you see the name of the last race Geraint Thomas won on the rotating wheel. Your comment must contain the #PYBG hashtag.

    7. No entries from agents, third parties or those automatically generated by computer or any software will be accepted. Incomplete or corrupted entries will not be accepted. Entries are valid only if they comply with all the requirements stated in these rules.

    8. Entrants must continue to follow the @PYB_Bike Twitter account to be eligible.

     9. Entrants must not publish repeated tweets.

    10. Entrants must not attempt to enter the promotion using multiple accounts or multiple entries across different social media channels. Entrants found to be doing so will be ineligible to participate in the promotion. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure they comply with Twitter’s rules regarding usage.

    The Prize

    12. There is one winner. The prize is a signed winning race number worn by Geraint Thomas

    13. Cost of shipping is included in the prize. Any redelivery requirements where a user has not been available to receive their delivery that requires an additional costs is the winner’s responsibility. The winners are responsible for all expenses not expressly stated in these terms and conditions as being included as part of the prize.

    14. The prize is not transferable & cannot be exchanged. The prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied.

    Winner Selection and Notification

    15. The winner will be randomly selected on 30th April 2016 by the Promoter from all of the valid entries submitted during the promotional period in accordance with these rules.

    16. The Promoter will contact the winner within one week of 30th April 2016 via private message on, Facebook or Twitter. In all matters, the random selection made by the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.

    17. The winner is required to respond to the private message notification within 7 days in order to claim the prize. Failure to do so will result in the prize being forfeited and another winner will be selected.

    18. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for failed delivery due to provision of incorrect contact details by entrants. Any prize that is returned undelivered will be assumed unwanted and the Promoter reserves the right to select an alternative winner to receive the prize using the same process referred to above in these terms and conditions.

    19. The Promoter reserves the right to ask for evidence of identity and address of the prize winner.

    20. By entering this promotion, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

    21. Losing entries will not receive any notification.

    General

    22. The Twitter handle full name and county of residence of the prize winner will be available upon request by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope to; Geraint Wheel of Fortune, Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN after 30th April 2016

    23. In the event of unforeseen circumstances the Promoter reserves the right to provide alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

    24. By entering, all entrants grant Promoter, and their licensees, successors and assigns, the assignable, perpetual, worldwide, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to publish, reproduce, prepare derivative works of, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, broadcast, televise, digitize, otherwise use, and permit others to use their entry for this Promotion, including the names and likenesses of any persons embodied therein, in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and on Promoter social media sites, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Promoter, all without further consent from or notice or payment to entrant or winner(s). Promoter is under no obligation to make use of the rights granted herein.

    25. The Promoter and its agents will only use personal information supplied by entrants to this promotion for the purposes of administering this promotion, unless consent is received to use such information for any other purpose. All personal data shared by the entrants will be collected in accordance with Promoter’s privacy policy available at http://uk.protectyourbubble.com/legal-privacy/privacy-policy.html

    26. Nothing in these terms shall exclude the liability of the Promoter for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence or any other liability which may not be excluded by law. The Promoter excludes all other liability to the extent permitted by law and in particular without limitation to the foregoing, the Promoter shall not be liable for any indirect, special or consequential loss nor for loss arising out of matters outside of its control nor for entries lost, delayed or undelivered, nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in networks and/or internet access.

    27. By participating, each entrant agrees to release, indemnify, discharge and hold harmless Promoter and Twitter, Inc., and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising and promotion agencies, and the respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents and representatives of the forgoing (collectively, “Released Parties”) from any and all injuries, liability, losses and damages of any kind to persons, including death, or property resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from entrant’s participation in the Promotion or any Promotion -related activity, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prize and/or Promoter’s use of the rights granted herein.

    28. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to modify, discontinue (temporary or permanently) this promotion with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the Promoter in all matters under its control is final and binding.

    29. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Promoter and not to Facebook or Twitter. Entrants to this promotion hereby release Facebook, and Twitter from any claim or liability suffered in connection with this promotion

    30. This promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

    Promoter – Assurant Direct Limited trading as Protect Your Bubble, whose registered office is Assurant House, 6-12 Victoria Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1EN and whose registered number is 5399683

  5. Geraint Thomas discusses tour de Flanders , altitude training and the Cataluyna

    I’m currently training over in Tenerife at Altitude Camp. We are staying at 2000m on top of the volcano; it’s great for training and rest as there’s not much else to do here! 

     

     

    My last race was Tour of Flanders. It’s my favourite one day race of the year. It was the only cobbled classic that I have done this season. It was hard missing the other races like E3, Gent Wevelgem and Paris Roubaix. Going into Flanders I was confident that missing the build up races wouldn’t effect my performance. I was more concerned about getting there fresh and ready to race. I pulled out of Tour of Catalunya 9 days before as I wasn’t feeling 100% and hadn’t recovered properly since Paris Nice and San Remo. 

     

    I felt good during the final hour of racing in Flanders, which was good for my confidence going into the last part of the race. Unfortunately the result I was hoping for didn’t materialise. Like I mentioned I was feeling positive and hoping to attack in the final stages but my team mate Kawasaki (or as everyone else likes to call him Kwiatkowski) was already up the road so my hands were tied and options were limited. Up the penultimate climb, the Oude Kwaremont, the race split up when pre-race favourite Fabien Cancellara attacked. I was able to go with him until we caught a few riders, I lost his wheel and some momentum and just like that he was gone. I was in a group of 10, racing for 4th, but we were only a handful of seconds behind Cancellara and Vanmarke (2nd and 3rd place on the road). In these situations nobody in the group really wants to commit to riding the break back so it ends up being a game of cat and mouse and it is because of this that we didn’t catch them. I tried to get away towards the end when I attacked around 2km to go, as I wasn’t the fastest in that group and needed a good distance to aim for. I didn’t manage to hang on and ended up rolling in at 12th place. My team mate and good friend Luke Rowe finished well and was 2nd in the group, finishing 5th, which was a great result for him.

     

    Ah well, there’s always next year!  

    Geraint Thomas

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