The Cycle Jersey Blog

  1. KICC Kiduro

    KICC Kiduro StandKids Cycle Clubs

    Don't let their cuteness fool you...  These kiddies are tougher than they look!  The KICC Kiduro event that took place at TweedLove Bike Festival this weekend past, allows for little riders (as young as 7), with big biking  dreams  to show the adults what they're made of. There was some celebrity endorsement lurking to help get the riders pumped for a wicked race day; including Trek's Tracy Moseley , Cube’s Greg Callaghan and Ibis Teammates Gary Forrest and Robin Wallner amongst many more. Taking to the meandering trails of Berm Baby Berm and Electric Blue at Glentress, this route resembled that of any other MTB event - these kids can't be tamed!!  It's a great stepping stone for the next generation of successful riders to develop their skills and create their own riding style.  Each little rider took to the trails like champs and the real pro's were left eating their dirt. We're pretty happy here at TCJ to have provided the event merchandise: stickers, banners, t-shirts (which we're all sold out and are now in high demand) - just thought I'd drop that in there...  See the cracking tablecloth featured in the blog image?  We did that too!        
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  2. Tweed Valley Physiotherapy

    Happy Customers tweed valley physiotherapyWe love knowing all our hard work pays off and our customers are excited to wear their quality custom designed jerseys!  The guys and girls at Tweed Valley Physiotherapy were lovely enough to drop us a line of thanks – ‘Thanks for the jerseys – they are great!!  It’s having its first ride out at the Tweedlove International Enduro this weekend and also at the GT7.  Thanks again – great service!’ CHEESERR!  Awesome feedback and have fun this weekend! The Tweedlove International Enduro that many of our customers are participating in is headlining this weekend in Peebles; with 600 of the fastest UK and International riders coming to ride on Scottish soil.  Keep your eyes peeled, because as usual we’ve kitted a lot of riders out including our very own team riders. P.S. If you have any injuries or little niggles that are giving you bother, check Tweed Valley Physiotherapy out!  Their magic hands will fix you up and you’ll be on top form to kick butt for the rest of race season!
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  3. THINK BIKE!

    THINK BIKE!Some feel it’s unnecessary, unenforceable and will create more problems.  Those more understanding, know the importance of safety on the road, considering other types of users and believe there is a need for this law. With the summer sun splitting the sky, more cyclists come out to play!  It's a necessity to keep your eyes peeled and be aware of various types of road users, by creating a protective barrier when passing. Stay-wider-of-the-rider is a petition generated campaign, being implemented in hope of passing new legislation to allow a permanent, minimum passing distance between motor vehicles and cyclists.  In order for this to be challenged by the Government there must be a total of 100,000 signatures (but the more the merrier)! With approx. 5.1 million cyclists in the UK (including children), commuting to school and work on a daily basis, it makes sense to broaden the rules of the road; giving a cyclist a safe space of 1-1.5m when passing is enough to save a life in a lot of cases.  For those still unsure of how effective this law will be – have a look at the facts and figures. Please get on board and help cyclists become safer on the road; it’s not enforceable without your say! Sign here  
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  4. Tweed Valley Bike Patrol

    Quick Response Force Tweed Valley Bike PatrolFounded approximately 10 years ago, TVBP are known as a quick response force for the area of Glentress and Innerleithen (approximately 6.5 miles).  The programme is solely run by a voluntary organisation, dependant on the donations of tourists and cycle enthusiasts.  Each patroller simply enjoys the outdoor experience and wants to ensure those participating in cycling are aided throughout their journey. As qualified patrollers their daily duties typically consist of: orienteering the area in even the extremity of weather, assessing the terrain and advising riders accordingly, bike repairs and attending to bodily injuries.  All patrollers hold the following qualifications which enable them to confidently approach each unique scenario ranging from lone riders and group pavilions: MBLA Trail Cycle Leaders, MTB Leaders and First Aid.  A select few of the team are also working alongside the Mountain Rescue Team. Please give the volunteers and their work a browse on Facebook and Twitter!  A complimentary donation would be greatly appreciated by the patrollers!
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  5. Scottish Enduro Series

    Round 2 - Fort William

    Eillidh Round 2 Fort William

    The 3 weeks leading up to round 2 of the SES at Fort William didn’t quite go to plan. After racing Vallelujah in the Tweed Valley with an unhealthy shock I also discovered a crack in the swing arm. Thanks to Jake at 2pure, my Ibis frame was good as new within a few days, but the problem with the shock remained. I was left without my mountain bike for 2 weeks longer than I had hoped. A full 3 weeks without a mountain biking, a crazy amount of round the clock work pressure, this left me turning to my road bike for one day and pushing out my longest road ride to date. One of those morning when you just wake up at 6am, get on your bike and go… Practice day on Saturday was a nippy start to head up to the range for race registration. With some light flurries of snow and a cold wind (& after the weather conditions from Vallelujah still taunting me) I put way too many layers on and headed out to stage 1 with the boys. This was the same as a stage as last year so most of us knew the painful sprint that awaited us come race day. The stage starts off with deceptively flat grassy take of sprint that contains tiny wheel pulling rocks, ruts and wood to zap your energy before merging with single-track , increasing in gradient to hurt your legs that little bit more. After a flat top section, a short loose descent follows before your final climb up and over the last mount to the finish line. Stage 2 was also similar to the previous year, but had been nicely extended to include some of the downhill track leading in to a blue grade section of trail. This stage was pretty open and just a matter of going flat out on the top section and keeping it tighter on the lower section. A quick stop at the Nevis Range for food and a quick mechanical check at the Basecamp Bikes stand, then our group headed up to stage 3, a stage I know inside out. Stage 4 - proved to be the most natural stage, introducing mud, ruts and that river crossing.  I loved this stage.  There were plenty of rocks to catch you out along the single track, before a tight right over a narrow river crossing and climb out the other side The next transition, after seeing the route elevation on SES Facebook feed, I wasn’t sure what to expect; it looked very steep and sharp.  This was by far the longest and most demanding stage for me. RACE DAY! I knew for the first round I had to let go of my brakes, with so many fast local riders and juniors coming through, the pressure is on and risks were taken.  Stage 1 went really well, though after practise day, I could feel my legs hadn't yet recovered. Stage 2 - I took a few risks, without much confidence in the air for the top section, I had to let go of the brakes and just go for it. Stage 3 - the top half of the stage went extremely well, feeling fast and controlled, sprinting the flats and the fire roads I was feeling good, but towards the bottom I washed out on a simple section and hit the deck pretty hard. Thankfully only a small section remained to get me over the finish with squinty bars and a gammy leg. Stage 4 - started great, making it across the river crossing that I struggled with before, I took another moment on the ground shortly after. With squint bars I just tried to get to the bottom as quick as I could. Dabbing the full length of the rut was extremely frustrating given how clean I has ran it the day before, I had lost a good 1-2minutes on this section and thought that was race over. Stage 5 - with my superman injuries starting to seize up, the climb up to stage 5 was tough. With the wild winds at the top, this stage was now a survival stage. Struggling to stay upright and keep my bike in place at the top, I set of pretty quickly, keeping it steady in the strong headwinds and rolling over the rest. The wind wiped me off course a handful of times before reaching the lower section of trail, from here it was the home straight and all I could think about were the chips at the bottom. Bikes were washed, chips were amazing, & dibbers were handed in. Spook handed me my result with a smile. With 1st on my slip, I assumed after stage 4's heroics that not all the girls were in, but I managed to hold onto it with a narrow margin.  Catching up with everyone at the end of the race is always the best part, hearing how everyone else got on and having a good laugh. Thank you to The Cycle Jersey & Basecamp Bikes for their support throughout this series.   untitled
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  6. Women's MTB Weekend

    BikePark Wales Event   Bikepark WalesCycling comes with enough minuscule difficulties; from seating issues and suitable clothing attire (for both male and female’s), to elements out with our control - like the weather!  But c'mon, we're in the 21st century!  The most technically enhanced and advanced as we have ever been!  And mountain biking is still a male dominated sport!  BikePark Wales are doing their best to change this stereotype - and if there’s one way to get more of you involved, it’s through shopping!  BikePark Wales, main aim is to allow females direct access to some of the highest quality kit.  You’ll also get the best guidance on bike maintenance and repairs.  And if that’s not enough;  our leading lady and close friend Tracy Moseley will also be attending the event as brand ambassador for the sport, hosting a range of opportunities for ladies to get involved in, including: Q&A sessions, coaching and leading some of the rides throughout the day. Head over to their website and book yourself a slot for a different kind of girl’s day out!  Oh, and whilst your surfing the web, check us out too – thecycejersey.com!  We can guarantee you’ll find something to wear for every event!   BikePark Blog
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  7. TCJ & BaseCamp Bikes Team Rider Experience

    DreamTeamBlogDylan Farquhar, our youngest team rider, racing in the Juvenile category of the SDA season has managed to spare us a few minutes in between studying and training to fill us in on how the first stage went!  Here's what he had to say... The 2016 season of the SDA kicked off at Ae Forest,  in the South of Scotland.  It was a dull forecast for the weekend ahead, but spirits were high and tactically that's all that mattered.  I managed to find a few good lines and was excited for Saturday practice. The day started at about 6am on Saturday morning, arriving at the track at about 8am.  My practice run started at around 10, which gave plenty of prep time and the track was looking dry and fast.  I got my first few runs in and then stopped for lunch.  After lunch I got most of my lines dialled...  Except for a small section in the woods, where I made friends with a tree!!  It knocked some confidence into me though, as by the end of the day I was happy with the track and the bike was running mint. Sunday morning started roughly the same, I got to the track at about 7:30 and my practice run went ok.  I took it easy, cruising through my lines, making sure I knew the track and once I got to the bottom I was really confident in the bike and in myself. My first race run went well.  I just made sure that I got a fast, clean run and that I got a decent time on the board.  Once I had refuelled I walked up the track to the step down and watched riders come through until it was time to head back up to the top for my second run.  On this run my plan was to just go flat out, I had got a good time in run 1 and was sitting in 7th so I would be happy with that if I crashed or the run didn't go to plan.  I hit all my lines mint and managed to get a 2.37 which placed me 4th, but by the time all the riders had come down I was in 6th. Overall a great weekend, stoked with 6th - my highest position in the SDAs so far!  Definitely looking forward to the rest of the season, and hoping I can pull a podium at some point! Proud to be having him race in our colours, we wish him and the rest of Team TCJ and BaseCamp Bikes an awesome ride throughout the race!
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  8. Coffin Dodgers

    Coffin Dodgers CoffinDodgersThis week at TCJ headquarters we received another custom order for a bunch of cycle enthusiasts - no surprise there!  Although, these guys are a little different.. They're part of an exclusive riding club named 'Coffin Dodgers'  - I thought this was absolutely BRILLIANT!  I had to create a blog post to make them known. These guys are pretty impressive, the name literally tells all; the club originated back in '05 when a few guys aged 60-90!, went on a weekly ride (approx 50+ miles), just for fun and fitness.  Over the years their member capacity grew, as expected, members would come and go (they forgot the dodge)!  And still to this day, they ride great British roads, both for leisure and to raise awareness for various charities Now whilst their age is slowly increasing, their souls are forever young and there's no sign of hanging the bike on the rack any time soon!  Here's another reason to jump behind the bars and give cycling a bash - it really does have no limits.

    hawick coffin dodgers cycle jersey

     
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High quality digital printing technology has evolved over the years and we have the facility to utilise it to the max. So we use it unlike most others! Initially to produce our own cycle jerseys, mainly for races, enduros and just plain fun. Most of all we just wanted something different to wear on the trails that subtly whispered our likes and dislikes, our joy of the sport and desire to be creative with it.

Trouble is, we kept getting nagged for jerseys from friends and fellow riders......It didn't take much of that to realise there was a demand for these quirky and limited edition designs we were wearing, so it began to dawn on us that we should go for it. Go large. Thanks to the help and encouragement from the fine companies you see in the following pages, we finally got ourself together and brought our designs to the public at large - and created TheCycleJersey.com ...Read More

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