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
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.
#BeeStrong - We Love MCR Charity Cycling Jersey23rd June, 2017 A couple of months ago, we designed a really special custom cycle jersey for Chris; to help him with his decision to cycle for charity and help raise money for the Manchester Arena Victims. He cycled from Blackpool to Manchester on the 9th of July - that's 100km by the way... And he busted a gut and do it in a target of 4 hours! The charity he is representing is the Lord Mayor if Manchester charity - We Love MCR; this charity is dedicated to support people who have been injured or bereaved by the attack on the 22nd of May. Since the making of this jersey, the increase of fundraising event participation has kept just kept growing to help support the victims and their ever grieving families. Among all the events, various ranges of clothing have been released with a 'Bee Strong' logo to raise money for the victims. Charity rides are amongst the most popular acts of kindness to raise money for the charity, so we're proud to be able to offer such an meaningful product to so many people. You can show support by purchasing your very own MCR jersey here. Please take reassurance that we will donate a percentage of sales from each jersey to the We Love MCR Charity. The Arena reopens its doors (September 9th) after repair, for the first time in 3 months since the horrific event in which 22 people died and dozens were injured after the Ariana Grande concert; with an all star line up benefit concert in which proceeds will go to the We Love MCR Charity. There's still plenty of events lined up before the end of the year! You can see and sign up here.
Enduro Scene Thrives3rd April, 2018 WAAAAAAAAAH!!! We're pretty stoked out here at thecyclejersey HQ preppin' and printin' for ROUND 1 POC Scottish Enduro Series at Laggan Wolftrax Centre - who's shreddin?! So what sort of riding should you expect? The weather at the moment isn't too shabby, erring towards the damp side for the weekend. Expanding on “physical and fun” riders should be expecting some traditional trails with a mixture of built trails, some steep bits (both up and down) and a challenge for everyone. There will be a total of 5 timed stages for the full enduro and 3 for the short course the amazing Laggan trail ninjas have been working hard to give you all some treats. For the short course you should expect the best of Laggan’s blue and red tracks, with a wee bit of the Natural Gold that is on offer there too – expect a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge. Your course is just over 18km long and has 3 stages. Now, lets #throwback to 2017 Fort William held a great range of trails from trail centre to natural and for me that makes for a good weekend. The SES brings riders together from all different backgrounds; with a strong field of skills when it comes to the natural gold, but as my reputation seems to be emerging... it is true, I do love a good pedal in between the wild muddy sections. Coming in to my third year of racing Enduro, the SES has been a solid foundation for me. From 2015, each round has pushed my riding on committing me to the race line down steep muddy shoots I would have otherwise toyed with. Getting together with over 300 riders for a weekend of fun, Round 1 was one of the most chilled out weekends of racing I have had with excellent company and superb craic, it was so good to be in that atmosphere again... I’m still laughing my way down stage 4s wild mud rut/spaghetti bolognese. During the off season break in races I didn’t follow a good solid training program. What I did commit to was flat pedals... From a DC trainer/not so grippy Gusset pedal combo to a FiveTen/Nukeproof dream... it has been one big learning curve. A visit to Rab at Dirt School in November to rewind back to the basics was priceless, my whole riding position changed and I’m feeling more in control (I did sneak the clips back on for security this weekend haha, but really felt a difference in confidence when the mud simply didn’t let me clip back in!). My bike, Ibis Mojo HD3, was stripped down for a good 6 weeks at the start of the year as I worked my way around replacing all the much worn parts, so I took to hill walking/dog sitting adventures for the best part of February – best. job. ever! With a pretty large time gap still to close and lots of confidence still to gain, the slow progress has been enjoyable. It was pretty awesome seeing even more girls coming through to the race this weekend, from new riders to experienced, the overall women’s field is strong! Cheers for a good weekend, I hope to see you all again at round 2. Solid result all round for Team TCJ/BaseCampBikes, yessss! Our partner - Eventureworks is the main event supplies and merchandise sponsor for the umpteenth year in a row.
Talks Downhill World Cup and TrainingHey guys, Fraser McGlone here with my first blog post of the year for The Cycle Jersey! Going to be writing some words throughout the year following my journey of what it’s like racing on the Downhill World Cup circuit. This winters been a proper winter, haven’t really experienced this much snow during the off season before and its been causing havoc with trying to get riding done. Only being able to get on a handful of uplifts has been super frustrating but it's one of these things that you can't change or it would be 30 degrees all year around in Scotland and everyone would be a whole lot happier! And when there's no snow, there's mud - lots of it!
Lightweight Cycle Clothing06th March, 2018 With blue skies on the horizon and the temperature slowly rising; lightweight clothing is an essential component to comfort - among an abundance of other things. Suns out, guns out! Now, we're good at prepping you for this one; leave the layers at home and make sure you're the owner of a highly durable and suitable textile material style jersey. We use top notch 'Airtex' fabric which not only wicks sweat away from the body efficiently, but dries in the blink of an eye with super ventilation. You won't get a better quality cycle jersey. If you're an early riser and are out before the sun, outerwear is recommended. Our Gilets have technical sweat-wicking properties, with plenty of ventilation as we offer the option of a mesh back panel – and they come complete with a full length zip, so you can get as much cooling air over your body as possible. Side note: it’s probably best to avoid dark colours as we all know it attracts heat. Toot, toot, legs oot! Show people what leg day really looks like! What style you wear is totally personal preference; for a leisurely ride MTB shorts sit more freely - avoiding any fashion faux pas! For the roadies, we recommend some Lycra bib-shorts, not so flattering to the eye... But your performance will soar! We can customise bib shorts, shorts and skin suits! Contact us for details. We’ll hook you up. Slather the Sun Cream It’s easy to forget when getting ready to ride your bike and by the time you’ve set off, if you’re not already covered – most of the damage will already be done. The most important areas are those with thin skin: nose, ears, cheeks and the arms. DO NOT forget the back of your legs – sunlight reflecting off the ground can burn your calves and behind your knees, and that’s fairly uncomfortable. H20 - just add water Water you talking about? Feel the thirst already? You're already dehydrated - school boy error! It takes no genius to know that you must stay hydrated before, during and after your ride! It's not often a cycle goes to plan, so be prepared - try and take a sip every 15 minutes or so, and on hot days gulp away... Steady on! Take it slow (when appropriate) and don’t charge up all of the hills. Regular breaks in the shade (or pub/café if you prefer)…
Valentines Gifts13th Feb, 2018 Love it or hate it, this particular date (14.02) comes around like clockwork every year – and like many other promotional dates, the hype is getting bigger and bigger. Whether you’re drowning in abundance of chocolates and flowers, or dodging Cupid’s Arrow – don’t forget your truly greatest love – your bike. We’ve gathered some ways for you to ‘woo’ your bike the Valentine’s Day:
- Get Soapy! Whilst the worst of the Winter weather is done with, set some dedicated time aside to focus on the wellbeing of your bike; grit and mud will have taken its toll on your poor bike – so dig out the brushes and some nice smelly soaps and make your bike do a bunny hop with some rough lovin’…
- Get in all the Nooks and Cranny’s… Make your bike rise and shine with a polish to spouse up any scratches.
- Lube it Up! You can never have too much of the good stuff – and it avoids the risk of friction between the pair of you.
- Splurge on It. Go big or go home – or accessories with a little bling; it’s the thought that counts really.
- Listen to It. I know you can hear it, but are you really listening... Don’t be guilty of selective hearing when it comes to any rattles.
- Use Protection. It saves the both of you a lot of cleaning up! Mud guards are a must.
- Dress to Impress! Get yourself a gift; match your kit to your bike this year and show your bike off with some custom complementary kit.
- Take It on a Date. It’s cheap too! Go a for some rumble (maybe not any tumbles) around your favourite trails and top it off with some coffee and cake. Mmmm.
Cycling Jersey ManufacturersSo many people are weary when ordering a personalized custom cycling jersey, due to the cost implication, the risk of potential error - because you can't return custom bike jerseys (when it's your own mistake) and the general result of the printed garment; quality, durability, etc... That's why we thought, it's best to lay all the details on the line and comfort you with the information to help aid your decision to jump in with both feet and design your own cycling jersey and make it something spectacular for your team/ club, event - whatever the reason for some custom kit. Jersey:
- High Collar
- Concealed YKK Zip (available in two lengths): 3/4 and full.
- Sleeves (available in two lengths): short or long
- Lycra Cuff option available on long sleeves
- 3 rear elasticated pockets (zipped media pocket option)
- Silicone Gripper option
LEJOG? Or as others may know it, Lands End to John O' Groats, JOGLE, whatever you want to call it! We've had a lot of custom made jerseys made specifically for those undertaking the challenging route, over the summer months - it's becoming such a hot spot for riders of all abilities! Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route! Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total. Whatever you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out. Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted. On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this! And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate! The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats! The further North you get, you better hope you packed tactically! As the towns get few and far between, the locals become ginger, intimidating and Scottish, and the weather is so unpredictable, you could experience all 4 seasons at their most extreme, in 30 minutes! You need to expect the unexpected, so lets talk bikepacking tips: 1. Weight a minute! How does your bike feel? Do your research and join forums, don't make things harder on yourself by lugging unnecessary weight up hill and around the country. You'll not enjoy it and it'll certainly become borderline impossible to complete your journey. 2. Midgies! The further North you get, the bigger and badder they get! So keep your sensitive bits in completely off limits! As mentioned previously, the weather will produce tropical results, so be prepared, don't layer up! Your cycle attire should be performance material. Take your skin so soft, tea lights and snoods! 3. Take your time. What's the rush? To be honest, with all the uphill you wont be going anywhere fast to begin with, but enjoy the views. embrace mother nature. You're likely to encounter some mechanical issues, which will cost you time. Don't let it deflate you're mood. 4. You're on a 'see food, eat food' diet! You need to keep both your energy and morale up. Mechanical bike issues aren't always avoidable, but body issues are. If you fail to eat every couple of hours - you're already starving without even knowing. Injuries will become more likely and although we suggest taking you're time, the ride will become a struggle rather than a leisurely pace. 5. Buy the best. Everyone's budgets and opinions of what does the job performance wise is different, but if you put the money in at the beginning of your trip, ensuring you have a sturdy tent, bike accessorises and clothing, you won't need to spend much at all throughout your journey. In this case, money does buy you happiness! If you're about to embark on a little expedition around LEJOG, or have already been, let us know! Send us a picture, or design you're own custom jersey to commemorate the journey! Here's some we made earlier :)
thecyclejersey (TCJ) we specialise in custom printed cycle jerseys made to your own design, as well as bespoke limited edition designs we have been able to create with the permission of the company or artist. Our jerseys are designed and developed to fit every kind of cyclist; from a leisurely Sunday peddler who likes a coffee and a cake (or two), to the hard-core downhill/ endurance and seriously savvy road racers. Whatever your riding style, you need to be comfortable on the bike – that’s why we don’t compromise when it comes to manufacturing our apparel. Each individual jersey is developed from start to finish, by our small in house, professional team. SYSTEMS: From design to print, our machinery, software and staff are of the highest quality in the cycling manufacturing business. With our software holding the capability to almost run itself, we are able to look ahead to future development. QUALITY MATERIAL: Our jersey fabric is a 100% recycled polyester (from the Polyester chain) located form Belgium, that faces no boundaries when it comes to performance; constructed with a multi drying fabric that contains a unique fibre to instantly wick moisture away from the skin. You can read the technical bits about each of our garments here. QUALITY MANAGEMENT: Our sportswear is all produced under one roof (Falkirk, central Scotland) and overseen at every stage of production by each individual of the team. This ensures the quality of the software, machinery output and final garment results are of the most efficient and highest quality achievable. GOOD ENOUGH FOR: Our team riders! And a few others you might have heard of? Tracy Moseley (member of Trek Factory Enduro Team and reigning EWS World Champ) , Mark Cavendish MBE ( The Manx Missile – the most successful British cyclist overnight), and Martin Johnson (Ex England Rugby Player).