MTB Mint Sauce JerseyMint, the only mountain biking sheep known to man, created by the illustrious Jo Burt and recognised most by those who follow the most iconic magazine in the industry – MBUK 1988-2018. While Mint didn’t make an appearance in MBUK until 1990, he’s still been a huge part of our journey so far. MBUK is a little over 30 years old now and has recently celebrated with long term friend Jo Burt and fellow side kick – Mint. They marked this birthday not by having knees up, but with a sit down; to pick the brains of Jo and how Mint came to be such a huge character in the world of MBUK. Jo (Illustrator, cartoonist, writer, cat owner); is the first to admit; 'it’s an incredibly odd profession drawing cartoons, sat within a dim cone of light in a dark dust and rubber swarf thick corner of the spare room, I work best in the hush of night, doodling away and somehow putting a lifetime into a magazine page.' Being a freelance illustrator he has done illustrations for just about every magazine and subject matter you could imagine. The backbone of this has been cycling related but he has done work for publications covering an abundance of other products/ interests such as: jet-skis, cars, hi-fi, 'what’s on listings' , oil rigs, horoscopes, computer software, green issues, lots of outdoorsy stuff, and even some top-shelf material. 'Those were good years. I’ve also illustrated books, drawn posters, scribbled t-shirt designs, and drawn logos for bike bits, and a driving instructor.' In perspective - these materials can take anything up to a week to draft and finalise. 'Multiply that by 12 months and 30 years and you can work out how much of my life that is - AND, that doesn’t include all the extra Mint stuff I’ve done! I’m going to have a cry now...' We've been lucky enough in years passed to have had unique - now retro style cycling jerseys designed by the man himself! Two designs available in both road and enduro style jerseys, with short sleeve and long sleeve options available. You can view out Mint Sauce Cycling jersey, here. You can read MBUK's full article on Jo Burt by clicking here.
Cyclists Suffer Less Mental Health Issues
Riding a bike is relaxing. If you’re stressed at work, you can often burn it off by cycling home. And if you’re dealing with a more serious problem, cycling can help you regain some balance in your life. A survey conducted over the years showed that indoor or outdoor cycling ranks close to the top for beating stress, depression and poor mental health - after those who play team sports.There was a positive correlation between all those who participated in some form of physical exercised and a lower mental health burden – this ranged from an 11 to 22% reduction. Those who played team sports saw a 22% reduction, whilst cyclists enjoyed approx 21% and gym users a 20% reduction. I imagine most of us probably still don’t give much thought to mental health - even after all the campaigning and changes in our local communities to un-mute this topic of discussion. We’re still all just managing okay – or just about managing – and, unlike physical health problems, the symptoms in ourselves and others can easily be overlooked. As an office full of cyclists and other outdoor pursuits we can vouch for the fact that exercise makes us feel better. The proof is in the pudding - exercise is significantly associated to aiding well-being and preventing poor mental illness/ emotion. What happens during a 1 hour ride?
- First 10 minutes; a sense of freedom hits your system! An uncontrollable grin emerges from all joy sparked from the burst of energy you feel pedaling.
- 20 minutes in; you're still riding the wave - the buzz is high and so is the pace. Your body is ridding itself of the cortisol in your body - the stress hormone that prevents sleep.
- 40 minutes; blood flow and oxygen to the brain is boosted. All this fresh air = less couch potato days!
- 45 mins; what a difference 5 minutes makes - endorphins are released and endorphins make you happy!
- 60 minutes in; with every minute you're going you automatically reduce the risk of hear disease. But now you're debating the inevitable question - to keep going, or to keep some in the tank for another day...
- 60 minutes in; whatever the answer - recover properly! Warm down and refuel (energy bar/ water or hit the pub - we don't judge) - both are good for the soul!
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 too. Our custom kit range is huge! We can manufacture: cycling tops, mountain bike clothing, cycling jackets, sleeveless cycling jerseys, full custom running vests and custom running leggings! We have a custom 3D kit designer for smaller orders - and the cherry on top, our artwork set up is free of charge; we even offer downloadable design templates for both road jerseys and enduro racing tops. Our custom process is simple and quick; send your inquiry to email@example.com 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
Lightweight Custom Cycle ClothingJust like a spell of hot weather shouldn’t make your intentions of a ride questionable, neither should the fresh chill of a spring morning – with the right precautions you’ll be just grand. After all, the Easter holidays are a golden opportunity for cyclists. It allows for some warmer weather training, loads of sunny miles to put behind us and creates buzz of excitement in time for the British Summer months officially beginning. The biggest posed topic though, isn’t where to go – it’s what to wear? The in-between months are tricky, with light showers still existing, sunny spells one minute and chilly starts most mornings. Spring requires some key pieces of lightweight training clothing and a little experience to know how to best approach – and that’s where we're on hand to help and advise: Caps: These are an underrated accessory for sure! They actually keep so much heat inside of you – a great benefit of a cap is once you warm up, it’s functional and lightweight enough to shove in your back pocket. Tip to consider when wearing one under your helmet – point it up! It’ll avoid a sore neck from peering up to see ahead. Jerseys: It’s getting warm enough to ditch the heavy weight, fleece lined Windcheeta and swap it for a long sleeve road cycling jersey; our jerseys feature a high performance 140gsm multi dry technical fabric. They’re produced using advanced fit technology to provide the most comfortable riding experience. Jackets: Alternatively we can offer both Gilets and a Windcheeta Lite option. Our sleeveless jerseys A.K.A - Gilets are made from high quality Windtex® fabric – making it windproof, waterproof and breathable. The standard Gilet is manufactured with a lightweight mesh rear panel, but we do give the option to alter this for a Solid Windtex® rear panel instead. Our Windcheeta Lite is hugely popular at this time of the year; providing the optimal fit for wet or that little bit colder weather riding. It consists of a 3 layer Windtex® fabric which protects from the wind and rain whilst maintaining breathability. You can design a custom long sleeve cycling jacket here. Arm & Leg Warmers: The general rule of thumb is to protect your core extremities, right? If they’re protected you’ll be riding in comfort. Warmers are a cooshtie piece of kit! Don’t jump the gun on this one – save bare legs for the later spring months and double up with shorts and warmers to ease yourself in. Arm warmers aren't a necessity this moment s your probably wearing a long sleeve, but it's something you should start sourcing for around about now too – as your long sleeve jersey will be taking a back seat for the season. Snoods: These are genius. I can’t keep up with how many ways there are to use a one?! Sweat band, head band, hair tie – the list goes on and on. It’s a great piece of kit to have handy; bridging the gap and protecting you from the chill. If you've got an event or team/charity ride scheduled this season, our custom service is the best place to buy your event top. There's no minimum order required, free fabric sample service and an unbeatable turnaround time of just 2 weeks from order approval – that’s the fastest delivery in the UK and European market!
Football Team Cycling TopOn 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!
Ladies Custom 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.
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.
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.
#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.