The Cycle Jersey Blog

  1. The Cycle Jersey - Custom Collection

    Custom Cycling Jerseys

      custom cycle jersey prices     If 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)
      Bib/shorts; Using power Lycra for the best fit and durability for the ultimate performance and comfort, our bib shorts and shorts are designed and manufactured to provide the most comfortable riding experience.  Our shorts include Italian chamois pad (TMF®pad), Lycra bound straps for reduced irritation, high stretch and supporting Power Lycra fabric and wicking upper mesh for optimal breath ability. Our new 2019 custom price list is as below - all exclusive of VAT : 0-2 - £80.00 3-4 - £67.50 5-9 - £60.00 10-19 - £55.00 20-39 - £47.50 40-74 - £45.00 75 + - £40.00   Design, print and manufacture is all carried out here within our own premises in central Scotland which allows the 2-3 weeks turnaround from approval of artwork. Artwork/setup is free if you can provide a rough idea of design and colours along with any logos in a print ready format, ai, eps or corel is preferred although high res jpegs can also work.  We put the design together in our templates and email over for checking prior to printing a mini sample on fabric for approval before production of any garment.
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  2. Hit me with your best (coffee) shot

    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.
    As extreme coffee connoisseurs ourselves, we would love help cycle cafes and others alike, give their fans and customers a unique way of remembering their coffee experience.  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!  Check it out! We've added some of the best coffee pit-stops to visit on your travels! Now we're not suggesting you take these kind of coffee's in your travel cup to work, but you should definitely consider them as a pre or post ride ritual... Don't let your love of coffee get too strong that you over-consume and lessen the enjoyment and benefits - you can read loads more facts here
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  3. Bespoke Cycling Jackets

    Bespoke Cycling Windcheeta Jackets & Training Jerseys

    With 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
    Provides the optimal fit for cold weather riding, using a 3 layer Windtex® fabric which protects from wind and rain whilst maintaining good breathability. Windtex® fabric - the heat produced by a human being varies greatly during physical effort. During winter riding, despite the surrounding low temperatures, the body temperature can vary greatly. In order to keep body temperature within certain limits, heat is lost through perspiration. At this point, clothing plays an important role: heat retention compromises physical activity if the fabric does not breathe. Windtex’s excellent breathing capacity as well as its heat retention protect the body’s microclimate.  
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  4. Ultimate Christmas Gifts for Cyclists

       

    Christmas Gifts for Cyclists

      christmas jersey BLOGSurprise, 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.
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  5. Winter Nutrition Tips for Cyclists

    Fuel your Winter: Training Diet

      The 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 accordinglyThe 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!    
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  6. Winter Cycling Training

    Winter Cycling

      With 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...
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  7. UK & International Christmas Postal Dates

    Custom Cycling Jerseys for Christmas

    We'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.          
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  8. Road Grand Tours

    GRAND TOUR JERSEY

    Grand Tour Cycling Jerseys 

    30th July, 2018   GRAND TOUR BLOG GIROGiro 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.     GRAND TOUR BLOGTour 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. SPAIN JERSEY VISUALVuelta 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.    
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  9. Tips for Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey

     

     HOW TO_

    Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey

    Our bible quote –‘simple is powerful…’ Tips for Designing a Custom Cycling Jersey; the process is simple; we provide the template 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:
    1. Concept is key – why not consider matching custom bib shorts too?
    2. Think about the angles across all sizes!
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    We make your custom cycling kit under one roof, here in Falkirk, Central Scotland - we're one of the few cycling jersey manufacturers in the UK, let alone one of the only who can print, manufacture and deliver your clothing in two weeks! For more information, or just a general chat about a potential order, get in touch with us at - info@thecyclejersey.com
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  10. Manchester Arena Concert Attack

     #BeeStrong  - We Love MCR Charity Cycling Jersey 

    23rd June, 2017

    I LOVE MCR JERSEY BLOG IMAGEA 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 herePlease 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.    
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ABOUT TCJ

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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