The Cycle Jersey Blog
Cycling Jersey UK Size ChartStrongly recommend looking at our size guides prior to placing an order – please do not assume you will be the same size as another brand. Our jerseys are not made in race fit; however we have taken feedback on board and altered our cycle jersey sizes to be; slightly sculpted and a little shorter on the body. Measuring tips: the easiest way to identify what size you’ll be is to lay flat and measure a jersey you already own and love the fit of – then compare it to our own size guides. You’ll definitely find something to suit this way. ** We do offer a FREE sample service, however we can’t guarantee your preferred style/ sizes will be available; this is primarily a service used to showcase the quality of print and sewing. Our custom cycling jerseys are designed to last; we have tested and researched every item used to manufacture these custom tops. Our fabric, zips, ink, transfer paper, machines, etc. are all of the upmost quality and durability. Please note – our cycle tops are nonreturnable due to the nature of their design, so please do take care in choosing your design and size of garment. We’ve included our sizing guides below:
Tour de Yorkshire 2019The fith edition of this Yorkshire road bike sportive is just weeks away; further growing and succeeding as a recognised UCI event. Last year, Greg Van Avermaet secured overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire, winning general classification, points clarification and team classification (BMC). Stéphane Rossetto was KOM winner, with Megan Guarnier (Boels - Dolmans Cycling Team) led the Cow and Calf climb in Illkely and took the reigning champ title for the women's TDY. The Tour de Yorkshire was created in 2015 as a legacy event from the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in the county in 2014 – and Yorkshire has also been selected to host the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. Doing the Yorkshire Tour or the this year? Or how about the Ay Up! Yorkshire Sportive? We stock two awesome Yorkshire cycling jerseys and if you order now you'll get it in time for either event. With the routes announced and training well underway - have you thought about your kit? We specialise in both custom printed jerseys, made to your own design, as well as bespoke limited edition branded cycling jerseys - we even have our own Tour de Yorkshire cycling jersey available for sale. Wensleydale Creamery is stone throw away from each starting and finishing point of each stage. Every year Yorkshires finest food and drink producers are showcased to the worlds media, during these four days - so for all you cheese feins and those alike; there'll be plenty of opportunity to try a little taste of heaven. It'll be no surprise to you, that this brand is available as a jersey too! You'll need to be faster than the udders to bag one of these!
Falkirk FC Bespoke Cycling JerseysOn sale now! Falkirk FC Bespoke Cycling Jerseys - 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). Last year, we had SO MANY customers/ fans interested in having a custom cycling top made, replicating their preferred club's football kit, unfortunately most of which we had to turn away as we of course didn’t want to cause any issues with branding, suppliers, etc. So please note, if we don't inform you otherwise - you must have permission from the club to use their branding. This year we have a lot of contact with customers and clubs themselves who are interested in designing a cycle top to be available for sale as official club merchandise. Most recently of course - is our own local team Falkirk FC. However, we’re currently producing kit for Manchester City and have previously worked with Reading and Celtic too! So obviously there’s a great market of football supporting, cyclists! Which is great news!
University Custom Team KitAt thecyclejersey we specialise in designing and manufacturing custom printed cycle jerseys and event merchandise. Producing custom team kit for University Cycling Clubs/ Rugby Football Clubs and staff is a huge part to the start of our season now too. Currently we design and manufacture kit for approx 15 Universities - including St Andrews, Heriot Watt and Cardiff University. Last year we were approached by Rob wainwright - former Scotland Rugby Captin - to help support Doddie Weirs 'My Name's Doddie' charity and fundraiser events. We designed and manufactured thousands of headbands for the infamous 'March of 1000 Headbands' to raise awareness for MND. The march was the finale of the 'Doddie Gump', which set out to get people walking 50,000 miles, or twice round the world, to raise money for the My Name's Doddie foundation. Rugby fans in Rome were asked to wear a headband (Weir's trademark on the pitch ) and walk 2.5 miles from Piazza del Popolo to the Stadio Olympico. We're a Scottish teamwear brand located in Falkirk, central Scotland which means we’re able to manufacture and deliver your team kit within 2 weeks of order approval – we’re completely unbeatable on turnaround in the UK and European market. Our custom process is simple and quick; send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a design spec and all logos you'd like on the design and we'll get to work on creating a visual for you see prior to placing your full order in to print.
Free Design Service
- Layout and colours on a sketch is fine, although if artwork is within our templates already then this can speed up the process.
- TheCycleJersey will create your design at no charge and will allow 2 sets of alterations with no additional charges.
- Subsequent changes may be charged, we will notify you of any charges prior to any additional design work.
- Initial designs are normally carried out within 2 working days.
No limit to number of colours
- The print process runs CMYK, however we can also use PANTONE as well as RGB
- If there is any doubt in the colours when we are testing the print, we will print a mini colour chart along with your colour sample to allow you to choose the desired colour.
Logo’s & Sponsors
- No limit to the number of logos
- All logos required within the design must be supplied
- 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
- Please convert all text to outlines / curves if able to do so.
- TheCycleJersey does not accept responsibility for poor print quality on logos which have been supplied in a substandard quality
- TheCycleJersey will mention any issues with logos and if necessary supply a print sample of any sections of logos or design which is questionable.
- TheCycleJersey assumes that logos supplied are with permission to be used
- Logos can be enlarged as long as they do not cross seam
- Individual names can be added for an additional charge
Branded Cycling JerseysPromote your brand, with a custom printed cycle jersey! It's risk free, easy, quick and you'll reach a world wide audience. As extreme coffee, alcohol, food and sweetie connoisseurs ourselves, we would love to help cycle cafes, distilleries and others alike, give their fans and customers a unique way of remembering their experience with your brand. Create a fully custom cycle jersey and take advantage of this one of a kind branding opportunity. It's a hassle free and simple process, and you'll receive your iconic design, just 2 weeks after artwork approval! Here's what we do for you; we design your garment (saving you all the creative work), after you've approved the design - we sell it online to customers. In general, our current clients (Bruichladdich, Talisker Ardbeg, etc) take a stock of their garments to sell on in their shops, however this is not essential. Side note: it has been known for our customers to order our enduro style cycling jersey to sell on as custom merchandise, rather than cycling specific road jerseys, as the enduro jerseys are basically just over sized, performance based t-shirts that could be thrown on with a pair of jeans to go to the pub in... Still asking what's in it for you? You get branding through another referral source! As well as advertising free of charge, from the public who are purchasing your design - exposing your brand to mass audiences (globally) via our website, through our various social media channels and including it in email campaigns sent numerous times a year to thousands of customers. There's more! If cycle clothing isn't your thing just yet; we're able to design and manufacture custom clothing merchandise and event supplies such as flags and banners! The other side to our business is Event Merchandise and Supplies - along side our printers and pressing machines, we're able to mount and prep banners, print and punch race numbers, set up and embroider school clothing, staff uniform, etc. If this is something you feel that you would be interested in then all we need from you is your logo in a print ready format (Adobe, Illustrator, CorelDraw, Photoshop or a high res Jpeg). If you do have any elements that you feel are essential to your design then let us know! Otherwise we'll take inspiration from your website and corporate identity to create you something awesomeee! Some of our current customers include: Diageo (Ardbeg, Glenkinchie, Lagavuilin), Bruichladdich, Tunnocks Tea Cake, Soreen, Mackays Jam, Scottish Enduro Series, Red Bull, Jet2 and many, many more!
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 month is over! 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)
Team Cycling KitWhere o' where to start with designing your own team/ club kit... Our design motto tends to be 'simple is powerful' - and it all comes down to the concept and logos you're working with. Corporate logos follow all brand marketing rules; simple, memorable and more important to us designers - they're designed and constructed in the correct artwork format! Small local/ entrepreneurial businesses on the other hand - tend to be the complete opposite! Having said that - when paired with a retro design any logo can be morphed into an awesome custom cycling jersey. Another good point to remember, is to bare in mind the whole kit. We only offer black shorts as it's the most popular colour choice and it tends to always go with every design - you are able to fully customise the leg gripper - and we can colour match any corporate or branded logos to ensure it all matches. When choosing colours, it's better to have brighter colours on the shoulders, side panels and/ or lower back. It's always a good idea to make yourself visible, no matter what the purpoe of your jersey is for. We offer the option to add a reflective strip to the back pocket of your jersey, for a small fee. We don't currently offer a neon colour chart, however you can trust in us that our colour range is very wide - you can request a free colour swatch if you're unsure. Click here to read more about our custom product range and to see pricing and additional options for our 2019 custom collection. We currently offer a FREE artwork design and mini sample service. AND there's no minimum order numbers to meet!
Ladies Cycling JerseysEager to design some female specific stock jerseys, we have grown our women's cycle clothing range; including long sleeve options, new bibshort chamois and sculpted side panels for optimal comfort. Constructed from a fairly lightweight material, our jerseys are perfect for all types of riding - be it weather determined, road cycling - or enduro/ mountain biking. With our customisable options such as full length YKK zip and short sleeves you're able to choose what's practical or simply just whatever suits. More women are participating in cycling ; both leisurely and professionally, but 'more' isn't enough. We want everyone behind the front wheel of a bike. After a quick browse on the web, it seems the main reasons of those who do not cycle, are: being stuck in congestion, lack of cycle lanes and general safety concerns. And unfortunately these are all elements that need to be over come by the individual themselves. BUT! We want to break the mould - get that 'middle aged man in Lycra' image out of your head (sorry for putting it in there in the first place). We need to show women that they can introduce cycling into daily life; they can still cycle to work and look presentable for that 10am department presentation. There's plenty of ways around getting yourself together on the move. Big brand cycle manufacturers currently produce cycle gear for homogeneous groups; they don't put in the extra mile in order to produce for the variety of people within each cycle category - though their interests are the same, their genetics aren't! It seems their 'women's wear' is just a spin off, of existing male designs, and is just made female friendly by changing the colour of each design - as the saying goes they 'shrink it and pink it'. Well... Not us! We are going to embrace and focus on the individuality of women; their female form, lifestyle choices and personal preferences. Our ladies cycling kit will be completely unique and not available on the high-street! So we can almost guarantee you'll be part of a niche group wearing the perfect female form jersey - for your body type.
Custom Cycling JerseysIf you have a club, company, event or organisation you think would benefit from a custom jersey to lift it's profile and leave a good impression with customers or clients, just check out our custom jerseys page and see what we can do for you. You might be surprised how reasonable the cost can be! Jerseys: Choose from three different styles: Road/ XC, Enduro MTB & DH Freeride tops. Comfortable on and off the bike, our jerseys feature high performance 140gsm multi dry technical fabric. All cycling jersey sizes are available from S-2XL *larger sizes are available upon request - there is an additional 20% sur charge for these sizes. We use advanced sublimation printing techniques, that achieve detailed designs which means your design will never wash out, fade or peel. Our standard road cycling jerseys come as standard with; short sleeves, a 3/4 length YKK concealed zip and three rear elasticated pockets. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £55 3-4 - £50.50 5-9 - £42.50 10-19 - £36.50 20-39 - £34.00 40-74 - £ 30.00 75 + - £28.00 Enduro MTB and Freeride DH cycle tops are very similar to each other - our enduro jerseys; newly introduced last year, have been an absolute hit! These are great for riding as well as retail/ custom merchandise. They come as standard with short sleeves and a round neck - the fit if these is slightly more fitted than most mountain bike jerseys and we recommend not wearing armour under this top. Our Freeride DH jerseys, are a more traditional style mountain biking top. They come as standard with short sleeves and a v shaped neck - unlike the Enduro style, these are a lot more of a leisurely fit and are perfect for wearing protective armour underneath. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £53.00 3-4 - £48.50 5-9 - £40.50 10-19 - £34.50 20-39 - £30.00 40-74 - £28.00 75 + - £26.00 Training Jackets & Gilets: Choose from three different styles: Gilet (light weight/ full Windex), Windcheeta Jacket and Windcheeta Lite Jacket. Our Gilets are high performance garments, ideal for crisp cold, dry weather riding. They're manufactured with a Windex fabric; allowing you to retain heat, whilst wicking the sweat away from the body to ensure a comfortable experience. Gilets as standard come with a mesh rear panel, however these is a heavier weight Windex option - see here. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £58.00 3-4 - £55.00 5-9 - £47.00 10-19 - £41.00 20-39 - £37.00 40-74 - £34.00 75 + - £30.00 Windcheeta Jackets are waterproof, windproof and breathable. They come with a brushed back inner layer of fabric for maximum insulation, 3 rear elasticated pockets and hem/ sleeves. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £92.50 3-4 - £87.50 5-9 - £75.00 10-19 - £70.00 20-39 - £60.00 40-74 - £57.50 75 + - £52.50 Windcheeta Lite Cycle Jackets provide the optimal fit for wet and cold weather riding, using a 3 layer windtex fabric which protects from wind and rain whilst maintaining good breathability. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £80.00 3-4 - £75.00 5-9 - £70.00 10-19 - £62.00 20-39 - £57.00 40-74 - £52.00 75 + - £47.00 All garments have additional options that can be added to your custom kit: OPTIONS
- Full Length YKK® Zip (+ £2.00)
- Long Sleeve (+ £2.00)
- Individual Names (+ £2.00)
- Silicone Hem Gripper (+ £4.00)
- Zipped media pocket to the rear (+ £4.00)
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.