The Cycle Jersey Blog
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!
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)
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.
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
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.