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Official Falkirk FC Cycling JerseysOn sale now! Exclusively sold at their Club Shop. We are delighted to be able to sponsor and assist the first club in Scotland in manufacturing their own cycling shirts. Including the club badge and Falkirk FC tartan, this is a must have for all Falkirk supporting, cycling enthusiasts. Limited availability on this garment at the minute, due to a soft launch so that club funds can be used for more important tasks - like getting them up the league! But fear not - these can be made to order. Falkirk Football Club is a professional club based in the town of Falkirk. The club was founded in 1876 and competes in the Scottish Championship as a member of the Scottish Professional Football League (currently 9th in Scottish Championship as of 10.01.19) and a game against Partick Thistle scheduled for 12.01.19. Manager Ray McKinnon is hoping to add another player to his winter signing list before the Thistles game too! Slowly re-building after the departure of Zak Rudden and seven existing first team players!
Coffee [kaw-fee, kof-ee]Noun 1. Freshly ground heaven. A morning is not complete without a cup of coffee. The most commonly psychoactive substance in the world. Every day, every ride - all over the world; a magical moment between a cyclist and their cup of coffee (and cake) occurs. It's an unwritten rule - a cyclist without their coffee is like a plumber without his tools! It doesn't just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, it has plenty of health benefits: It can help you burn fat and improve your performance; stimulating the bodies central nervous system, it raises metabolism and increases the decomposition of fatty acids. Coffee can also help stabilise fatty acids from the fat tissues; allowing you to build better muscle. A nice strong cuppa will reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, it will revive your liver function ANDDD help prevent early death There's more to caffeine than just it's social and health benefits; this relationship goes waaaay back. In 'olden' day Italy (1960); Italian espresso machine manufacturer Faema sponsored their own pro cycling team and notorious hard-rider Eddy Merckx – nicknamed ‘the cannibal’ because of his aggressive riding style – became Team Faema’s poster-boy, thus making coffee look very cool in the cycling world. And that's how the love of coffee came to be... Here are some espresso measurements and preferred coffee suggestions advised for preparation, action and recovery:
- Best pre-ride: Double Espresso; 185mg caffeine, 6cal, 0.4g protein, 0.8g carbohydrate, 0.2g fat.
- Best mid-ride: Medium Americano (with a splash of skimmed milk); 277mg caffeine, 18cal, 1.6g protein, 2.6g carbohydrate, 0.3g fat.
- Best for recovery: Medium Mocha (with full fat milk); 75mg caffeine, 301cal, 10.7g protein, 57.4g carbohydrate, 11.3g fat.
Bespoke Cycling Windcheeta Jackets & Training JerseysWith the mornings less refreshing to wake up to and the night's drawing earlier and darker, along with the erratic changes in weather, this is enough to signify that Winter is officially - non officially here. The constant battle between sunny showers and gale force winds make riding your bike outside feel like a grueling chore. Though we say - 'there's no such thing as bad weather... just bad clothing!' The general rule of thumb is to protect your core extremities, if they're protected you'll be riding in relative comfort. This year, we're offering a hugely discounted offer on our custom Windcheeta cycling jackets - £725* including FREE UK delivery, for every order of 10 placed. We're also currently running a Black Friday discount on all our branded cycling jerseys, long sleeve training jerseys and windcheeta jackets - buy any 2 and get 1 free*! Use code: 3FOR2
- Windcheeta Jacket Spec:
- Waterproof, windproof and breathable Windtex® fabric
- Brushed back inner layer for maximum insulation
- Full length YKK® zip
- Raglan sleeve
- Elasticated waist hem and sleeve cuff
- 3 pockets to the rear with elastic at the top
Ardbeg Whisky - Clothing and MerchandiseAll Ardbeg Whisky clothing, including original Ardbeg cycle shirts, jackets and Ardbeg accessories will become limited edition collectors’ items before the year is out! Their range of clothing will never be manufactured again; these designs are exclusive to thecyclejersey.com – only, so this really is your last chance to purchase their whisky cycle apparel. Currently the Ardbeg Distillery shop sells the only design which will continue to be manufactured; we will also continue to sell this cycle jersey in the new year. For over 200 years, Ardbeg has been made on the small, remote Scottish Isle of Islay. Some people travel to Ardbeg along the winding road from Port Ellen. Others follow their nose, their destiny or the advice of a good friend. Ardbeg has been called “as close to perfection as makes no difference,” by whisky connoisseurs. Proof then, that Ardbeg truly deserves its incredible reputation. As connoisseurs ourselves, we believe in trying all this whisky island has to offer! Below are some of the distillery history, tours, prices and durations that you can visit (by bike of course) in a weekend of travelling. Bunnahabhain Distillery; the most northerly of the distilleries and considered by many to be the most untypical of Islay... Swooping through the single track road, the momentous smell of malt was enough to awaken the Giant within!
- Production Tour: 09:30 (50 mins - £7)
- Warehouse 9 Experience: 10:30 (1 hour/ 5 drams - £25)
- Distillery Tour: 14:00 (45 mins - £6)
- Distillery Tour: 16:00 or Drop in for a wee complimentary dram (open until 17:30)
- Distillery Tour: 10:00 (1 hour/ 2 drams – £7)
- Tasting options not time specific
- Tour: 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 (1 hour - £5)
- Drop in for a free tasting – licensed after 11:00 (bottles under £200)
- Classic Tour: 12:30/14:00
- Tasting Bar: 12:00 – 15:30
- Full Range Tour & Tasting: 10:00 (1 hour 45 mins/ 5 drams - £20)
- Old Kiln Café (lunch)
- Laphroaig Experience Tour: 14:00 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £10)
- Layers of Laphroaig Tasting: 15:15 (1 hour - £20)
- Core Range Tasting Tour: 15:30 (1 hour/ 3 drams - £15)
- Sensory Tasting Experience: 14:30 (5 drams - £35)
Surprise, surprise! An exclusively printed holiday themed, Christmas jumper design; long sleeve cycling jersey - a quirky Christmas gift for cyclists. Like most of our custom cycle clothing and jerseys; it features 140gsm multi dry technical fast drying polyester fabric, three rear elasticated pockets and long sleeves; which makes sense as Christmas reaches horrifically low numbers this side of the world. We all know someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for and our cycling socks are the perfect solution! We have a range of socks available in a choice of men's or women's sock sizes and are sure to raise a smile with cycling enthusiasts! Our socks are manufactured using CoolMax Core Spun fibres, which wick moisture away from the foot to allow fast evaporation, while providing an excellent defense against blisters. TCJ snoods are a multifunctional accessory ideal for many activities – and just the right size for stocking filler! Designed to keep you warm in the cold, they also take moisture away keeping you cool when it’s hot too. The lightweight, breathable, microfibre fabric is also wind resistant and really comfortable to wear. Snoods are extremely versatile and can be worn as a neck warmer, headband, wristband, hairband, balaclava, scarf, scrunchie, beanie and bandana.Read more...
Fuel your Winter: Training DietThe official riding season is down and out for a few months now and what might be stressful for some; Winter training is a blessing in disguise for others. You'll have hopefully read our Winter Training blog and are well versed in how to train safely and how to dress accordingly. The next - and arguable most important topic is food; how to eat, what to eat and when to eat. When the harsh winter hits and the world around you starts to crumble with school closures, sick kids and blocked roads, your diet is likely to take some bashing too (and that's not including all the 'festive spirit' consumptions)! Training whilst undertaking a poor diet isn't smart - it's just asking for trouble. You've got to make sure you're getting the vital food groups and vitamins to avoid tiredness and lack of release in endorphins - remember; when you exercise your body releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy! We've established that time is of the essence around this time of year, so as applied to most things in the cycling world - plan ahead. Don't depend solely on protein as your main fuel source - carbs and fats are your friend, only when these are hard to come by do you depend on a shake. Fat will slow the digestive process and aid recovery; keeping you fuller for longer. Here's a few bits to add to your next shopping list: Egg noodles, oats, eggs, lean cuts of meat/fish, Full-fat Probiotic yoghurt (mmm), bananas (your best friend), coconut/almond/cows milk, seeds and nuts mix (not too many, mind!), lentils/beans/pulses provide good quality proteins, fresh, brightly coloured seasonal vegetables (Butternut squash soup or curry to warm up with after a winter ride) and brown rice/pasta. Now, the when to eat bit. You should probably avoid the usual McDonalds or local pub stop.... But who am I to ruin a good ride! Honestly though, it's not a conductive way to achieve great health... The general rule is carb load before your ride - big lunch if you're at work, or hearty dinner at home - wait an hour or so before hitting the road and hey -presto you're good to go! Remember your recovery fuel and gels - they'll balance out your electrolytes - we've got plenty of back pocket munchies you can make and take with you on our Pinterest page. Seriously - they're to die for! I'd go riding more, just for an excuse to keep eating. Tips: Eat and drink up until you are home from a ride. The body can only utilise a small amount of protein every two hours therefore, keep protein intake small and evenly spaced throughout all daily meals/snacks. It’s cheaper, less time consuming and healthier to arrive home from a ride and have a glass of milk (ideally semi-skimmed or full-fat) and a banana/flapjack to aid recovery until your next mealtime than buying a protein shake. Staying well hydrated with water, only use sports products alongside water during training and minimal caffeine intake when not competing. You might also be interested in some seasonal and not so healthy recipies!
Winter CyclingWith the mornings less refreshing to wake up to and the night's drawing earlier and darker, along with the erratic changes in weather, this is enough to signify that Winter is officially - non officially here. The constant battle between sunny showers and gale force winds make riding your bike outside feel like a gruelling chore. Fortunately though (if you're not in Scotland), not every single winter day brings bad weather and with the right forecast and plenty of preparation it's not all doom and gloom. We'll give you enough of reasons to pluck up the courage to take on the elements and avoid slipping away to the turbo set up; while static training is viable enough, it doesn't ever feel as satisfying as challenging outdoor ride... First things first - safety! It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned pro and have a dedicated winter bike, or if it's the same trusty bike you use all year round, you have have have to get it serviced! Subtle changes such as re-greasing and new or tightened cables will make the world of a difference when it comes to comfortable riding. It might seem a bit counter intuitive as your bike will be subject to copious rides through rain, mud, grit and snow, but having a bike that’s in the best working order creates a massive impact to your riding capability during the unpredictable season. Plus, if you've ever had a mechanical out in the sticks during the winter months, you'll know how soul destroying it is trying to fiddle around and fix things when your fingers are frozen still and about to fall victim to frostbite. Don't be chilly, wrap your... Let's take a look at winter kit - we're going to presume you have the right kit to wear because you'll have ready our Autumn/ Winter Gear blog, righhhhht...? It's also good to note, that with a trusty base layer, as with the layering of clothes that you can't avoid, you're bound to work up a sweat no matter how cold the air is. A good quality base layer will help regulate your body temperature and wick away moisture from the skin to ensure a comfortable ride and avoid any chance of catching a chill. Now you’re ready to ride, but how far and how fast? The two biggest questions debated by cyclists at this time of year. But there's no real right answer to us, this decision is going to be made based on your goals, current fitness and motivation (or lack of). It will generally go one of two ways: For improving your endurance, winter is arguably the best time. Riding long and hard will help build a strong fitness base for when Summer eventually comes back around; you'll be ready to put plenty or road miles behind you. Orr, there's the later of the two - regular short rides, this will improve your overall speed and you'll avoid most wind chill and rain! Whatever the weather, whatever the ride, don't forget to enjoy it with a post ride tipple of your favourite dram. After all, the festive season is just around the corner after all... You might also be interested in LEJOG Challenge...
Custom Cycling Jerseys for ChristmasWe've pulled together and attached a copy of the latest recommended Christmas 2018 delivery post dates. But as I'm sure you're all aware of - post early to avoid any potential delays. Our personal delivery services are always sent 1st class (UK & International) and won't cost you a penny*! That means you'll receive your cycle jersey the next day*! We wouldn't want you waiting by the door like a little lost puppy, waiting for such an awesome jersey; we know how good it feels ripping the bag and trying on for size. The last chances for us to post to you, will be between 4th-18th December (for Europe & International postage) and for UK delivery, this will be 20th December. Our standard guidelines on delivery for a fully custom cycle jersey is approximately 2 weeks from artwork approval - we would still like to implement this as it covers any potential delays (which never really happens because we're so on point with our work), but we wouldn't want to disappoint. Therefore, we would advise you place your custom order by the end of November - with artwork in print ready format. This allows us to follow our printing and manufacturing process as sleek and quickly as possible. Semi custom jersey orders we can deliver within about a week from the day, your order is placed. Please identify your country of residence to plan for Christmas delivery accordingly. Finally, web orders - they can always be sent next day delivery, on the rare occasion we do not have any in stock, we will notify you immediately and you will receive within 1 week.
Grand Tour Cycling Jerseys30th July, 2018 Giro d'Italia This year (4th May, 2018), for the first time ever - a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe! It's the 13th time that the Giro starts outside of Italy; Israel has the honour of hosting the first 3 stages, kicking things off in Jerusalem with a time trial. As usual, the race will consist of 21 stages: 2 individual time trials, 7 sprints, 6 medium difficulty stages and 6 high difficulty stages. The total distance covered will be 3,546.2KM (2203.5 miles), which is approx. 168.9KM (105 miles) a day, OUCH. There's a nice little change for the final stage, as riders will entre beautiful Rome, an opportunity that these riders have likely never done before. With four tours and one Vuelta Espana under his belt , Froome is now the first British rider to win the Giro d'Italia; also making him the second rider to have won all three Grand Tours AND the third rider to win them all in one year! Get full details of each stage here. Tour de France As usual, this incredibly famous event will take place throughout the whole of July - beginning 07.07.18 until 23rd. The 105th edition of the tour will consist of 21 stages and cover a total riding distance of approx. 3,329km. There's 9 new locations visited fir the first time this year. It's broken down into; 8 flat stages, 5 hills, 6 King of the Mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col de Portet) , 1 individual time trial, 1 team time trial and 2 rest days. This year, the race includes 25 mountain climbs and the cobbles return during the 9th stage in Arras, Roubaix. The last curve ball is that after a 3 year absence, a TTT is back on the cards as early as stage 3. With Lance Armstrong (stripped of his 7 TDF wins), he stated that if Chris Froome races the Tour this year he'll face a 'nightmare' - after experience on the unclear end of a doping accusation. The four-time title winner of the TDF is still the bookies odds to win! The record number of titles held is five, held by Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. Four-time leading champion Froome, completed the podium this year, but not as expected... Geraint Thomas stepped in to this years spotlight; after the individual time trial stage, he gained 1m51s over Tom Dumoulin. Ever wonder how the TDF ever got to be the biggest Classic race of all time? Read how times have changed - here. Vuelta a Espana Beginning on August 25th, the 73rd edition of this Spanish La Vuelta will begin in Malaga - the second time since 1936 and there's no better way to start than an ITT right?! The rumours are circulating, but the finalised route/ stage details are yet TBC this month. Looking ahead though, there's rumours of the 2020 edition already! Will the Vuelta go back to the future in the Netherlands... Simon Yates won the 73rd edition of the Vuelta a Espana ahead of Enric Mas and Miguel Lopez - making this the first time, all grand tours in a season have been won by British Riders.
Designing a Custom Cycling Jerseytemplate and you can design your own cycling jersey - however you like! Sublimation print allows for limitless colour choices and numerous logo/ image positions. There’s only one catch! To avoid any potential artwork charges - artwork must be supplied in a print ready format = logos should be supplied in print ready format (AI, EPS, SVG or COREL). Some PDF files will be suitable if they contain vector files. JPEG PSD PNG or TIFF files can be used also but they must be at least 150dpi at actual size Once you’ve gathered your artwork and downloaded the template, the rest is easy. Stick to the following guidelines and the process will be slick and effortless:
- Concept is key – why not consider matching custom bib shorts too?
- Think about the angles across all sizes!
- Bear in mind seam allowance - Trying to match patterns across the body panels – chest, back and sides – is easy. However, from the body to the sleeves and collar is… REALLY DAMN HARD. So avoid this area or create a pattern that's abstract enough to accommodate a bit of movement across these seams, without ruining the overall look.
- Mini Samples - you should always take the extra step and try to see the colour on the fabric before starting full production. That's why we have a full Pantone blanket of each fabric we use so that we can choose colours with confidence.