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  1. LEJOG Cycle Route

       

    LEJOG

    08th Feb, 2018 So, what's the chat about 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! lejog blog thumbnail   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 :)   Pro spec - Lejog Macmillian - Lejog LEJOG (Lyle and Jen) St Margarets Hospice (LEJOG)      
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  2. Rural, Rough (enough) and Rest Assured UK Cycle Routes

    UK Cycle Routes

    08th Feb, 2018 With cycle season just about in sight, we imagine you're already planning some  gallivanting with your bikes this year!  Charity rides, training and 'just for funing', so we had a wee nosy at some of the best cycle routes in the UK that are traffic free, long distance and right up your street!
    1. LEJOG
    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! 2.  Lake District 140 miles of Lakes and the Pennies; this journey is probably the most ridden route of all, passing from Whitehaven to Sunderland.  It's challenging, but worth the reward!  There's picture perfect views and beaches! 3.  North Sea Scotland Hmm, I'm not sure many of you will do this 'just for fun'...  I recommend you pack a hip flask or 5 and make it the strong stuff!  This cycle route covers around 3,500+ miles!  Surrounding 8 countries!  It's just sounding worse, AHHH!  You'll be part of a small bunch who can say they were bad ass enough to complete it though!  Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England and Scotland are the countries you'll scoot through and take your time while you're there, say cheers to a beer and put your feet up, munch on a German hotdog and take in the breath-taking views - you'll be back in Scotland before you know it! 4. East Anglia This route isn't so risky, popular amongst  beginners or for time restricted rides.  You'll dilly dally from Fakenham to Harwich (163 miles). 5. Hadrian's Cycleway 174 miles on your 2 wheel, leg powered machine! This route is famous for the countryside views, coastal routes and the historic Roman Forts. 6. Tweed Cycleway A short (ish), downhill sweep covering approximately 89 miles from Biggar to Berwick-upon-Tweed.  You'll have a peaceful run through quiet lanes, villages and forest trails. 7. West Country Way This is a biggy!  Routing a total of 252 miles through Cornwall to Somerset - don't worry though, you'll have plenty of opportunities to stop for pasties and cake to fuel up! 8. Devon Coast to Coast Last, but certainly not least, this route will take you 102 miles around Plymouth beaches and Dartmoor National Park.  Following back roads and country lanes, this route is ideal for novices and families  - the wee jaunt will only take the weekend, so there's plenty of time to explore the beaches and the local life. 9. The Yorkshire Dales (bet you just said it in the accent like I did!) haha. Dramatic landscape and beautiful views all around, this is a route that you can’t miss out on!  It’s a perfect rural retreat for a leisurely pedal or for some uphill training instead – you can start as you mean to go on too; because there’s plenty of village pubs and cafes to choose from and incorporate into your pit stops.  You can check out the various routes and edit to suit, right here.            
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  3. Strathpuffer 2018!

    PUFFER MTB

    Strathpuffer 24h MTB Event: Another One Bites the Dust!

    01st Feb, 2018 So it seems after last years antics the guys over here at TCJ  aren't taking on this year's puffer  -  I don't blame them, I mean, they  have done 7 in a row - absolute nutters, if you ask us!  With 14 laps covered in 12 hours between the 3 brave souls - Brian, Frazer and Lindsay, they decided amongst themselves it was best to call it a night and have a well deserved nightcap.  With it possibly being the sketchiest trail, in all the teams race history, they didn't want to be down and out for the upcoming season This years puffer event is right around the corner and all bodies are in full preparation (for both the ride and specific beverages which follow)! There's noting better than starting off the new year, by putting all that hard work and training to the test.  The guys let loose in the mountain terrains of the Scottish Highlands, in what is described as one of the top 10 Mountain Bike events in the world!  After all, it's only 17 hours of darkness, winds that blow a hooley and rain no more than an average day in Scotland..  Nothing they can't give a good old bash! It's got the blood pumping and the brains ticking over at TCJ headquarters - keep your eyes front for some regular updates and quality stock to follow. The Strathpuffer started in 2005 - it was meant to be a one off local event but somehow THIRTNEEN (ooooh, unlucky for some..)  years later it has become a national event with a legendary status Over the years there has been every possible type of weather conditions - gales that blew away marquees, iced roads, 2ft of snow the week before the event, temperatures down to minus 10 degrees, rain, hail and even sunshine . . . . you get the picture but then if there's going to be a 24 hour event in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of winter what can you expect! Don't forget to have a look at the official merchandise that's available at this years event; it's pretty gnarlyyy!   STRATHPUFFER HOODY -bk STRATHPUFFER HOODY - fr  
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  4. Why Choose thecyclejersey

    TCJ: Quality Development, Manufacturing and Success in the Cycling Industry

      At 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).
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  5. Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day

    Thoughts Every Cyclist has on Christmas Day

    4th Dec, 2017 1. AHHHHH ALARM FRIGHT!!! 2. Ok breathe, everything's alright.  Now,  ride time. 3. No wait. 4. It’s CHRISTMASSSSS! 5. Can I still just go for a ride anyway though? 6. I think so.   I'll be back in a couple hours. 7. Just get up vverryyy quietly. Like a ninja. 8. Just slowly sneak my kit out of the wardrobe. 9. Oh FFS!! Kids awake. 10. Game over (for now). 11. Let the fun commence - Santa's been, presents now, 12. Ride later? 13. I don't remember buying that?  Soo many presents. 14. If I hadn’t bought so many bloody presents I could have been able to afford that kit I’ve had my eye on for months! 15. AND a new helmet. 16. But I’ve been good this year. Maybe the big man has bought me some. 17. Socks.  Are you serious? 18. Thaaaanks... Just what I’ve always wanted. 19. There must be more presents later. 20. Presents for me, I mean. 21. First drink of the day, 10am isn’t too early for champers… 22. Plus mixed with orange juice it’s healthy. 23. Pretty much a Smoothie, technically... 24. And it’s made with grapes. So two of my 5 a day. cocktail 25. How long does turkey take to cook? 26. Long enough for me to ride while it’s in the oven? 27. Great Escape is on. 28. I’ll just watch 15 minutes, then ride. 29. *two hours later* 30. Turkey time! 31. Great hunk of protein for my evening ride. 32. And pigs in blankets. Good fats. Tasty fats. 33. Fuel me up. 34. FS. Who's washing up? 35.  Everyone's avoiding eye contact.  That'll be my job then, AGAIN. 36. How is it possible to have used EVERY plate and serving dish in my house? 37. This is where the children come in handy. 38. Mini dish washing slaves. 39. Now… Big decision. 40. Dr Who special 41. Or a bit of Corrie? 42. So gutted I didn’t get that kit. 43. But wait. 44. Is that one solitary present I spot at the back of the tree? 45. It can’t be? For me? 46. *remain calm* 47. Casually open the present. No big deal. best_present_ever 48. YA DANCERRRRRR!! It’s the kit! 49. OK sorry Dr Who. I’m going. Cycling, byee! 50. Need to try out these babies. 51. These are amazing. 51. All my Christmas wishes have come true. 52. I feel alive 53. I’m definitely cycling faster than I ever have before. 54. Actually starting to feel a bit sick. 55. Full stomach. 56. 12 drinks of Christmas. 57. Cycling = bad choice.  Complete school boy error 58. One block is far enough. 59. Back to the sofa I think.  Puke alert. 60. BEST. DAY. EVER. im drunk  
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  6. Plus Size Jerseys for Larger Riders

    Plus-size cycle gear

    16th Oct, 2017 Is by no means the easiest thing in the world to find.  It can certainly be a frustrating and costly search for the right findings. Plus size jerseys for larger riders are for those who measure larger than average in the chest, neck and shoulder areas, you're considered a 'big person' to us little 'uns.   Such people do not fit in the standard sized cycling apparel and mostly face the problem of finding the perfect fit for them and luckily, we understand the struggle is real. MENS SIZE GUIDEGenerally our branded and custom jerseys come up bigger than most others on the high-street anyway; they're not hugely different, we're just not followers of the skin tight 'can you see what I had for breakfast'  Italian look.  Because we're in control of all stages of production - from design to print, it means we're able to create your jersey accordingly.  Even the non custom, website jerseys!  We can offer larger sizes from X-XXXXL!! Our standard biggest size is a 2XL and as we've stated we can go up to 4XL however this will incur a small surcharge due to extra material and template alterations.  We're still the most genuine on the market in regards to price and delivery.     It may also be good for our female riders reading to know - we already go up to size 18 (XXL), but the same size options are available up to 4XL for you too.  Ladies cycle wear is a topic that has been brought to our attention numerous times, problematic issues such as: sizing, availability, style and design (all equally important as one another), must be researched correctly in order to create the ideal women's jersey - and that's just not happening. 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.WOMENS SIZE GUIDE Being bigger often brings other issues too, like longer arm and torso length, which means a standard XXL jersey often won't have long enough sleeves and likely too short on the body.  But don't worry, we've got that covered as well - all you have to do is have a look at our size charts when ordering and enquire about these things.  Probably best to go by a jersey you know fits like a glove, compare it to our charts and go from there. Note:  make your size decisions while sitting in the saddle and not standing up. Cycling gear is designed for the cycling position, not standing. *Chest: Measure across the fullest part just under the arms *Arm: Measure around the thickest part of your bicep *Waist: Measure around the narrowest part of your midsection *Hips: Measure around the fullest part You may also be interested in custom Recumbent Bike jerseys...
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  7. 7Stanes

    7Stanes Mountain Bike Centres

    11th Oct, 2017 The 7Stanes are a novelty group of MTB centres spanning Southern Scotland; from the heart of the Scottish Borders to Dumfries and Galloway.  But there's more to it than that - 'stane' in Scottish tongue means 'stone', which is exactly what you'll see at each trail.  The stanes can be located at each of the 7Stanes destinations trails; they're accessible by foot, horseback and obviously the more fun way - by bike.  You'll understand the buzz of the trails once you've been and you'll note the mythical and legendary stories the stanes have to tell.   South West of Scotland, right in the Galloway Forest Park.  There are various routes within this area from quick jaunts or long hauls, to leisure trails fro beginners and blue trails for those desperate for some uphill craic.  The Giant Axe Head stane: represents the areas past Scottish and Irish giants.  The Giant Axe Head - a 1.5 ton sculpture which overlooks Loch Dee - closely resembles actual Neolithic stone axes and has runic text inscribed onto its top surface. 7stanes-stane-kirroughtreeKirroughtree: it's just a wee bit away from Glentrool and this one's definitely more fun!  Featuring black and red routes!  Fast flowing and technically demanding - it's a wee gem!  Hence the 'Gem Stane' - a true reflection of the centres trails.       7stanes-stane-dalbeattieDalbeattie: here might not be any big hills, but this trail isn't boring - it's renowned for it's granite features and great views - there's suitable trails for every level here.  This stane was donated from a local quarry and symbolises Kirkcudbrightshire's history as a town that was once the heart of the granite industry.       7stanes-stane-mabieMabie: the original mountain bike venue of South West Scotland.  The trails cater for beginners right through to the most experienced riders: there’s a skills area for honing your technique, great trails that snake through the woods.  The stane here is known as the 'Ghost Stane' - no horror stories to reflect this one as far as we're aware, unless no one has ever lived to tell the tale..   7stanes-stane-ae   Ae Forest: the most popular among the 7 stanes and often part of enduro series'.  It's the perfect place to head for a day out - picnic or energy burning carnage; this route features orange trailsThe 'Talking Head Stane' rests here and has a Norwegian poem scribed into its side.     7stanes-stane-glentress (1)   Glentress: hmmm, maybe it's a tie between most popular location...  Just one hour away from Edinburgh, Glentress offers superb walking, mountain biking, tree-top fun and magnificent views of the beautiful Tweed Valley.  You'll be in good hands here as this is Tweed Valley Bike Patrols stomping ground - always on hand for the help and support of riders.  Here lies 'The Meteorite'; a 6 ton marble stane that's outta this world! 7stanes-stane-newcastletonNewcastleton: one of  the internationally-renowned mountain biking trails, probably because it's got some adrenalin pumpin' rides!  There's plenty of stop off areas here, so make sure to take some time to take in this wildlife haven.  The stane here is the Border stane and as you can guess - it's stands very close to the Scottish borders.  On the north side, Auld Lang Syne is inscribed to represent Scotland. On the south side, representing England, are the words of Jerusalem. The hole in the middle allows people to stand on either side of the 'border' and shake hands through the sculpture. It's certainly worth your while making this a round trip, if you haven't already, there's plenty of scope for skill building, adrenaline junkies and leisurely peddlers.  You can even say you've 'been there, got the t-shirt', because we're the only manufacturers of 7Stanes products. You might also be interested in routes near here... 7stanes07-road-fr © 2005 Andy McCandlish
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  8. What does your Merchandise say about your Brand?

    BRAND AND BUDGET Think of your promo merchandise as glorified brand ambassadors.  Each piece of merchandise will instantly give prospective customers a first impression of your company; it will create an image of who you are as individuals and as a company – so you’ve got to make sure it’s a memorable product.  In order to gain the right kind of attention and public impressions, you have to speak to the merchandise Guru Gods and ask: Do you really need it?  Your product choice has to be appropriate to your company’s vision and mission identity; e.g. are you amongst others in the sports industry – selling a service or a product?  A water bottle or an accessory such as a reflective band or sports towel could be a great approach to selling the life style.  Orrrr, how about you’re involved in community development?  Customised seed packets, or draw-string backpacks to avoid littering is another take on promoting your company beliefs. Is it a product for life, not just for now?  You want to be able to freely give this product and know people will be proud to keep and actually use.  Distributing thoughtless and cheap junk will have a life span to the closest bin – do not depict your brand as substandard, it’s your livelihood! The quality of your merchandise deeply reflects the value of your product or service; you want people to be proud of what they receive and show it off time and time again – at the gym or just scooting about day-to-day life.  The customers wearing/ using the product are a walking billboard; you have to nail this decision!  It’s a gateway to direct and free brand advertising. It might also be wise to take note that if you are a brand that promotes environmental issues or quality of working establishments, etc. that you do choose a product that is environmentally friendly and/ or made in the UK. Does it stand out? Does it make you look like a trendsetter or a follower? Neither is bad – as long as it stands out in the crowd. As well as making it practical and relevant, it has to have some creative spunk for people to remember your brand and associate great memories when they see, wear or use the item. For example, a pen need not be boring; your choice of colour and shape would set it apart from the rest, why not even make it a mini permanent marker?   A keyring is as common as it gets, but a mini tape measure keychain from a real sports apparel company is both useful and unforgettable. Your promotional merchandise walks and talks your brand. Choosing them is serious business, but by keeping these 3 questions in mind, making the decision will be a breeze. So now what does your merchandise say about your brand?
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  9. Cycling to work

     

    How to: Cycle to Work Wisely (Women's edit)

    3rd Oct, 2017 Check out our Pinterest page for some more awesome ideas, tips, travel, accessories and soo many more fun things! Bike by Public Transport.  Sometimes, a 30 mile commute to work just isn’t plausible, so why not take the train?  Mixing up your commute by boarding the train with your beloved bike is a great option when heading deep into the winter season, especially if driving isn’t an option. Bear in mind some silly buggers don’t allow bikes on trains.  Slightly unreasonable, I know – you can check ahead and plan your journey on the National Rail Line website. The most common reasons for being unable to take your bike aboard a busy train is lack of space; having to stand awkwardly in the doorway, manoeuvring at every single stop, whilst getting funny looks and the jaw clenching 'tuts' – arghh that drives me berserk! Often events control the acceptance of bringing your bike on board too, so double check there isn’t any engineering works or big match games on. On a positive note, the train lines that do let you bring your bike to work make sure you’re looked after relatively well.  Generally there’s a separate compartment rack and/ or designated areas you can lock up to and sometimes they’re even bookable in advance! Rush Hour; when commuter carnage usually breaks out.  City cycling isn’t ideal at any time, really…  But there’s ways and means to staying safe on busy roads – I’m afraid being a seasoned pro at this kind of thing is irrelevant if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
    • Wear bright clothing. There’s not much more dangerous than not being visible in heavy traffic. You can find yourself a good high viz helmet and some bright accessories ideal for remaining seen.
    • Use the cycle lanes. Where possible cycle in the lanes provided.
    • Position yourself away from the curb.  Keep around 3 feet away from the curb. This will allow vehicles to see where you are.
    • Pack your recovery tools.  Imagine trying to catch a bus/ train with a burst tyre.  Bike over shoulders, inappropriate shoes for running, backpack swinging behind you.   It’s a commuting nightmare. Tubes, pump and lock!
      Packing and Carrying Kit on the Commute. 
    • Put your clothes for the day in a suit carrier, seal and roll up to avoid any creasing – gotta be on point for that 10 AM department meeting with the H.O.D.
    • Ummm, whatelse?  Waterproof mascara, helmet friendly hair? Lol.  You can also get ear protectors now!!
    • You may become more comfortable with relaxing some personal grooming standards as well...  Wearing less makeup? , (just don’t give up the deodorant, for your coworkers’ sake!).
    • And maybe best to rustle up some answers for the inevitable 'What are you doing?' questions to follow your arrival.
    • We’d suggest a backpack over Panniers.  Keep it light and practical.  If you can leave certain things in the office overnight, that’s a godsend!
    • Most importantly, don’t forget your coffee travel mug!
    Clothing.  Being bright and being seen are the 2 most important things to avoid any incidents, but you’ve got to be warm during these long haul winter commutes.  All of our online stock is now available with long sleeve/ zip options and you can request the jersey design as a windcheeta/ Lite Jacket too.  It’s a work in progress, so if you don’t see the drop down option, just give us an email and we can arrange an order for you. If you don’t usually commute to work, but are maybe starting to consider it over the coming months as a winter training programme, or to avoid the inevitable public transport issues to come, have a look at this simple advisory programme suggested by some amongst the industry: Week 1, ride to work Tuesday. Leave bike at work. Ride home Wednesday. Week 2, ride to work Monday, ride home Tuesday. Ride to and from work Thursday. Week 3, ride to and from work Monday. Ride to work Tuesday and home Wednesday. Ride to and from work Thursday. Repeat weeks 2 and 3 alternately for a month or so before increasing to a daily commute or as many days as the commuter is comfortable with. You might also be interested in Winter Training Tips...
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  10. 2018 Cycling Predictions

    The Future of Cycling; 2018 Trends

      CYCLING TRENDS 2018With a little discussion over lunch time cheese and crackers in the office about the evolution of E-bikes and how we'd fancy a wee E-Road bike ourselves, it got us to thinking what predictions and trends are heading our way in 2018.  From disc brakes and indicators, to off loading our gear into the hollow tubes of the bike - what else is in store for the industry in 2018?  We've had a little look at what to expect and what's already in the pipelines of being launched into the cycling world. MTB bikes are hitting it off by getting longer, slower and slacker; and next year's trend predict this geometric calculation isn't staying in the enduro community!  Nope, it's sliding in among lightweight XC hardtails!  The expertise behind the manufacturing of these frames is lending more stability and predictability to handle this future trend of more technical cross-country courses. Integrated Storage; bar end to bar end, a South African brand is already ahead of this 2018 trend - using a tire plug system that mounts inside your bar ends.    There's also the result of the Fork Cork, a good looking solution to hiding a few extra necessities on the bike and ensuring it fits any modern tapered fork on the market. Any other hollow tubes you see fit for stuffing your extra gear in?  Or is this an impractical approach? In terms of racing bikes, the idea of disc brakes is increasingly catching on. Racing cyclists saw this years ago with mountain bikers. This crossover idea is taking effect more and more in the cycling scene. It's the Gravel bike's turn!  To most of our untrained eyes , gravel bikes look pretty similar to cyclo-cross bikes because of their relatively thin studded tires and race bike aesthetics.  But there's so much more to it than that...  The differences lie in the details. The geometry is designed for a not so freeride and more upright posture. Gravel bikes run more smoothly, are more stable, and have spaces to mount a luggage carrier built into the frame. A bigger, badder ass splash is coming to town!   This little piece of magic is clamped underneath the seat and keeps the majority of the dirt away from the rider in muddy and rainy weather. There are also wider variants in 2018. Lazer lighting!  Initially designed by a budding student turned entrepreneur, this technological brain has been designed to control a laser, LED lights, Bluetooth and GPS for London’s new fleet of Santander bikes, The Laserlight works like this: as you cycle at night a laser image of a green bicycle is projected onto the ground five metres in front of you. And lastly, because this one's going to blow up!  Cementing  itself in line among the cycling sector in 2018 is bike leasing. Employees can rent a work bike from their employer. In this case it does not have to be a classic city bike or e-bike. Racing bikes, gravel bikes and cyclo-cross bikes can also be leased. Even if the employer does not finance the costs themselves, everyone who opts for a leased bike has a financial (fiscal) advantage. And the future for TCJFrom 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.
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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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