We will be exhibiting at quite a few triathlons and shows this year.

Coming up in the next few months....

Shot Expo Auckland

23rd to 24th February

Husky Tri

22 to 24 March

Taupo Tri

28 to 1st March

Mooloolaba Iron Man Tri

9th to 11th March

Covi Motorhome show

15 to 17th March

Clare Valley Classic

8th to 9th April

Port Macquarie Tri

3rd to 6th May

Rotorua Marathon

May 3rd to 4th

Hawkes Bay Marathon Expo - Napier

17th May

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

24th to 27th May.

Cairns Ironman

7th to 9th June

National Fieldays - Hamilton

12th to 15th June

Shot Expo Sydney

23rd to 24th June

NZMA Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show - Hamilton NZ

20st to 22rd September

Sika Show

28th to 29th Sept

Auckland on Water Boat Show

3rd to 6th October

Auckland Marathon Expo

18th to 19th October

Ironman Taupo

8th December

We will keep you updated through out the year.

See you there!

Photochromic options

To Photochromic or Not

What type of riding do you do?

We received this comment from one of our loyal customers which has prompted this newsletter.

“I generally ride early and as most of my starts are pre dawn I use and trust my photochromic BZ's with readers, these are now 18 month old and I love em.

I recently purchased a pair of the new mirror lens with reader during your opening special deal, and have only just got around to use them, when we did a coffee ride with the missus and some mates.

I must say brilliant piece of kit. Great vision in the brightest of sunshine Thank you Bz.”

Do you ride to train, do ride for the social aspect, or do you ride to be with your friends.

With the new addition of the Hi Definition photochromic lens

Bz now has 3 types of readers .

*If you start your rides early pre dawn then the clear to grey photochromic lens is for you.

*If you start early but not in the dark then the new hi definition photochromic lens is for you.

*If all your rides are in full sun then you can't go past the blue mirror option.

Or with Bz's easy but secure lens mounting system why not option up, with all three lenses.

The new Hi Definition lens can really enhance vision in low light conditions including light fog or mist. They are soft on the eyes, and really comfortable to wear, great for road mountain biking Golf and trail running even fantastic in the car.

With all our glasses offer the 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays.

All lenses are available in the 5 frame colours

By popular request...

Our latest lens option is now in stock. 

The high definition photochromic lenses are now also in a bifocal reader along with the sunglass option.

Choose from either a +1.50, +2.00 or +2.50 strength.

These change from a light amber (cat1) to a dark amber (cat3) and are great for low level light and as a general lens, as it heightens the world around you.

Please contact us anytime with any questions on all of our models on either info@bzoptics.com or 07 55 764365


Another world first!

We are thrilled to announce our new blue mirror bifocal reader lenses are coming!

These world first lenses are due to arrive late June.

They have a blue mirrored coating on the front of the lens which hides the bifocal reader from sight.

Don't want the world to know you're  wearing bifocal readers?

Love the mirrored look?

Want something no one else has?

As a special offer any preorders online, until July 1st will be 20% off the retail price.

Available with the magnification options of either +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50.

These are ideal for someone who normally wears glasses to read things like: digital screens such as bike computers, GPS's, dashboards and boating or biking instrumentation. Maps, heart rate monitors, watches and mobile phones.

All pairs will be supplied with a hard case and micro fibre cleaning cloth.

This is now up on our website with the discounted price attached.

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask, email- info@bzoptics.com


Offer only valid with online orders and products ordered before stock arrives in June. We will contact you to confirm order and then again when order is ready to be shipped in June.

BZ Optics second year anniversary newsletter.

Welcome to BZ Optics second year anniversary newsletter.


Wow that two years flew by - since we released our "World First"  Photochromic Bi focal reader in 2016 at the London Cycle Show BZ Optics have been sold into 12 countries around the globe and many thousands of pairs are being worn by cyclists and outdoors people everywhere.

The range has been broadened to include a much more diverse array of lenses. 

BZ's PHO model in now available fitted with:
* Photochromic bi focal reader lens which darkens from Cat 0 (clear) in pre dawn to Cat 2 (mid grey) in full sun - available with +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50 magnification.
* Photochromic (non reader) Cat 0 (clear) in low or no light and darkens to Cat 3 (dark grey) in full sun.
* High Definition Photochromic - this lens is a light copper (Cat 1) in low or no light and darkens to dark grey (Cat 3) in full sun.
* Blue Mirror (Cat 3).
* Fire Mirror (Cat 3).

PHO frame is now available in the following colours:
* Gloss Graphite with light grey non slip nose piece and temples. * Matt Black with dark grey non slip nose piece and temples.
* Fluro Yellow with light grey non slip nose piece and temples.
* Hot Pink with light grey non slip nose piece and temples.
* Gloss White with mid blue non slip nose pieces and temples.  

Our second frame design is called the OZ and it is available fitted with Photochromic (Cat 0) to (Cat 3) 8 base curve wrap lenses or the option of having the lenses removed and a flatter lens frame (6 base curve) fitted into the frame in their place. This frame comes standard with fire mirror (Cat 3) lens or these can be removed and replaced and with prescription lenses produced by your optometrist or BZ.

What’s NEW for 2018:
We are also currently working on two new lens options to fit the PHO frame:
* HD Photochromic (Cat 1) to (Cat 3) with bi focal reader.
* Dark Grey (Cat 3) with blue mirror bi focal reader lenses.
Both are due for release mid 2018.

We are also finalising our two new Mountain Bike frames which will be due for release by mid year. We will offer a great deal of 25% of retail for the pre purchase of these glasses - stay tuned.

Free Freight February
During February we are offering free freight for orders anywhere in the world.

Photochromic Readers
We have had some people comment that the reader lenses do not go dark enough.

When we first developed the glasses we had anticipated that the lens would go to Cat 3 and not the lighter Cat 2. The issue is that to achieve the the maximum darkness the lens has to be dip coated so that both surfaces have the photochromic solution. It works fine for both the normal lenses but when the bi focal is dip coated a small amount of the solution sits on top of the top of the reader and creates a slither of distortion. As we had ordered our first three thousand pairs dip coated - once we found the problem we didn't want to go to market with a inferior product. So we decided to infuse the photochromic solution into the lens in production. The only issue was that because we only had one layer then lens didn't go as dark.
 So if you wish we could send you a pair of these lenses for free  - all you need to pay is the $11 overnight freight - making you aware firstly that there is a slight sliver of distortion. (those who have taken us up on this offer generally haven't had an issue once they had gotten used  to the line from the bi focal already.

BZ Promotions
We at BZ have been promoting our products around the world at various trade shows and events. We have just returned from the Core Bike Show in the UK and ISPO Sport Trade Show in Munich. Later in the year we also plan on promoting BZ at cycle trade shows in Europe and in the USA.

We have also been marketing at various events around Australia and New Zealand including Ironman, cycling and mountain biking as well as some print and social media.

Future Promotions
Huskisson Triathlon Festival - 16th to the 18th of February.

Luke Harrop Memorial - Gold Coast Ironman - 24th to the 25th of February.

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman - Taupo NZ - 1st to the 2nd of March..

Clare Valley Cycle Classic SA - 7th to the 8th of April.

Port Macquarie Ironman - 3rd to the 6th of May

Noosa Cycle Classic - Auckland Marathon - 12th May.

Hutchwilco Auckland Boat Show - 17th to the 20th of May.

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Gold Coast - 24th to the 27th of May.

Cairns Ironman Qld - 7th to the 10th of Jun.

World Web sites in their own currency:

www.bzoptics.co.uk - UK and Europe
www.bzopticsus.com - US and Canada
www.bzoptics.co.nz - New Zealand
www.bzoptics.com - Rest of the world.

Scotty and I would like to thank you all for making our first two year so successful and we look forward to exciting times ahead.

To all those customers who have penned reviews and reports an even bigger thanks.

Regards - Scott Birdsall and Kevin Barr.


BZ Optics are now available in the following countries.

Please contact our distributors and stockists for further information.


Distributors in New Zealand

BZ Optics New Zealand



Ph: 0064 (027) 4496415


Distributors in the UK


Cambridgeshire, UNITED KINGDOM

Ph: +44 (0) 1353662662



Yuuko Marine Kabushiki Gaisha

Hyougoken, JAPAN

Ph: 81 (0) 798208892





Ph: +385 21398577




Lesehilfen- Diko

Ph: 09776 709528



We are pleased to announce BZ Optics are now newly stocked in the below stores.

We thank them for their support and encourage you to in turn support them!


31 Albany St CROWS NEST, NSW

Ph: (02) 94391133



6/41 Cavanagh Street DARWIN, NT

Ph: (08) 89814436



107 Gymea Rd GYMEA, NSW

Ph: (02) 95256673



13-15 The Kingsway CRONULLA, NSW

Ph: (02) 95442079



200 Charters Towers Rd HERMIT PARK, QLD

Ph: (07) 47255083



70 Newcastle St FYSHWICK, ACT

Ph: (02) 62804984



27 Collins St  Kiama, NSW

Ph: (02) 42323005



1/495 Brighton Rd, Brighton SA

Ph: 1300 464453



Centro Tweed Shopping Centre, Tweed Heads NSW 

Ph: (07) 55994495


9/58 Deshon St, Wooloongabba QLD

Ph:  (07) 3891 6470



New Beach Rd, Rushcutters Bay NSW

Ph: (02) 9363 1939


Distributors in New Zealand

BZ Optics New Zealand



Ph: 0064 (027) 4496415


Distributors in the UK


Cambridgeshire UNITED KINGDOM

Ph: +44 (0) 1353662662



How to change a BZ Optics lens

1- There is a small rectangular clip on the rear of the lens – push this with your thumb - through to the other side of the lens. Once it is clear lift the lens out of it’s retaining slot.


2- Replace the new lens into the frame (nose end first). Then push the clip back into and through the lens with you thumb.


In order to best demonstrate how the photochromic lenses adjust you can do this simple test.


Start indoors where the light has not affected the lenses.

Place your cupped hand covering half of one lens. 

Once half of the lens is covered, take the sunglasses outside & hold the sunglasses up towards the sun.

After 30 seconds to a minute, remove your hand and hold the sunglasses up to light.

You will be able to see a noticeable difference between the covered side (minimum light, dark conditions, indoors) and the uncovered side (full sun)

It is not something that is otherwise noticeable as you are wearing the lenses, as the lenses gradually darken at the same time.

Another important note is that the nose bridges are adjustable.

This means they become a one size fits all and are great for hot days when they can be adjusted up and off the nose.






Baguettes and Bicycles

It was cold and miserable when we got in from our morning ride.  It was winter in Sydney and whilst thawing out with a hot cuppa Scott suggested a cycling holiday in the south of France!  My initial reaction was don’t say a thing; don’t move or the wind will change and so will his mind! Could we really plan a cycling holiday through France?  Yes we could and yes we did!


Being keen cyclists and both reasonably fit we decided to book through Cyclomundo Cycling Tours.  We chose the intermediate level self guided. We would be cycling along the Dordogne!  OMG!!


Scott is not only a keen cyclist, he is also an elementary level triathlete, a paddler, a plumber, a landscape gardener, a leather maker, a husband – you name it he does it!  BUT he also likes a good challenge and is always willing to try new things.  Recently some colleagues and Scott got together and decided that they wanted to create and import some new sports sun glasses that were not only photochromic but had the added bonus of a reading lens in the bottom part of the glass.  This is apparently something totally new and totally awesome !!  Apparently they are the world’s first bi focal photochromic lens and have full uv protection AND they can go from clear in low light to dark in full sun light!   What a perfect opportunity he thought to trial these glasses on our amazing cycling holiday in France!  Read on!


We started our trip in Souillac after catching a train from Paris.  All accommodation and luggage transfers were included in our package and the majority of meals were also included except for lunch.   We cycled out of Souillac and headed for Sarlat – a 14th medieval town.  This town was steeped in history and ancient folklore stories of goblins and witches; the cobbled streets and antique building were alive with tourists and locals.  The ride was quite picturesque and reasonably flat and easy.  Maybe about 50 kms so quite doable. 


This area along the Dordogne, unbeknown to me is also the origin of fois gras so not only did the wines and cheese delight us we now had something new to tease and tempt our tastebuds.  France and in particular the south are proud of this cultural and gastronomical heritage and fois gras seems only to be found in this area.


We continued cycling on our very upright hybrid bikes which ran along incredibly smoothly and were not too heavy.  Scott’s bike had a map stand attached to the handlebars panier, which was encased with a plastic sleeve.  The directions and itinerary from the tour company were great and quite accurate. We had taken our own pedals, helmets and shoes with us which was incredibly sensible I thought but not totally necessary if you don’t want to.  We did actually cycle a few hills as the tour company tries to take you on the more scenic routes away from the main roads.  Occasionally we got a little lost and thank goodness for the garmin and … yes the new glasses enabled Scott to read the tiny weeny print on the maps on the fly without having to stop and swap over to reading glasses.  These new Bz Optics glasses come in +1.5 up to +2.50.  I would also borrow them occasionally to double check his navigation!



On day four the weather closed in on us and our wet weather gear was very limited.  Scott leant me his arm warmers but they ended up soggy wet wrist warmers so we decided a “cheat” day was called for!  We cycled to a near by train station put the bikes on board, chatted to some fellow cyclists from Belgium and descended the train in St Emilion. 


Again another extremely fascinating town from pre historic times and a UNESCO world heritage site.  Set upon a high hill in stunning surrounds and famous for not only its red wines but also it’s limestone monolith where St Emilion lived after escaping the Benedictine Order.  (Quite an interesting story but not fitting for this site)!


The summer evenings in Europe are long and beautiful and our evening meal was always included but we would still got a menu to choose from.  Sitting in the beautiful gardens eating alfresco -  lucky Scott had his sunnies on with the reading lens for menu choice as well as sun reflection! The BZ Optics glasses are super light and the adjustable non slip nose piece ensures a comfortable fit for all face shapes. Towards the end of the trip I did feel that Scott and his colleagues were on to a winner with these glasses.


On day seven we cycled into Bordeaux and the cycle paths become flatter, longer and busier – we even came across a roundabout on the cycle path! As we crossed  Pont de Pierre Bridge,  we marvelled at the city spread along the river with the church spire towering above like a leading star.  Our cycle tour was coming to an end, the lycra was going to be put away.  We would trade our bicycle seats for a train seat, sit back relax and say “au revoir” to France and “hola” to San Sebastian.


Would I recommend CYCLOMUNDO – I would!

Would I wear BZ Optics – I do!

Would I do it all again – In a heartbeat!


Taken from  louloubird.com

A Quick Look at some new Glasses

A quick "look" at some new glasses. Transitions Reveiw

We recently told you about some photochromic bifocals on Kickstarter, well we got pre-production pair to test. See what our not so eagle eyed reviewer thinks.


After receiving the glasses a call went out for someone with the right script to test these soon to be available glasses for a spin. 

Forum member "Ex-hasbeen" answered that call and here is his review. 

Roxii sent me a set of the Photochromic glasses last week for me to try out. Being an old bastard, I've been wearing reading glasses for the past 6 years, and have found over the past 3 that it's getting difficult to see the speedo on the bike. I've tried regular bi-focals, but they really aren't suitable for riding.

I've been for 2 rides in these now. The first was a short 30min ride during the day. The glasses felt great to ride in, and although not real dark, did provide good protection. 

The 2nd ride was a bit longer, and went from just before dawn to an hour after. This is where these glasses come into their own. Not only are they a great clear lens, but with the small reading pane at the bottom inner corners, I could read the computer screen in the low light before sunrise when I normally have no chance. Then as the sun came up, they provided glare protection.

Overall, I was very happy with the glasses. They are light, comfortable, the lenses are very easy to see through, and they do what the maker says they will. 

On the bike, the reading insert is in just the right spot to see the screen when in a normal position. On a cold morning, they keep the wind out of your eyes, but don't fog up like some other glasses do. The only time they fog is when you stop, but then defog almost instantly when you get going again.

The only minus I could find for them is they can't double as driving glasses, as the insert is not in the right place to see the dash instrumentation, but then again, that's not what they are designed for.

From me, it's a big thumbs up.


This report can be found at http://transitions.org.au/index.php?a=418