Carvalho Custom

  • Cycling on Lake Como

    In the interest of fully testing our cycling clothing in a range of different environments, Charlie has just spent a week cycling on Lake Como in northern Italy with his slightly slower brother, Tom.

    It is an unbelievable place to ride a bike, with great quality roads (most of the time) some monster climbs and unbelievable scenery. One of the major benefits is that the whole area is so stunning, if your other half doesn’t ride s/he will probably be quite happy chilling by the lake and looking at the beautiful people (George Clooney has a place there!).

    We stayed in a tiny village called Dorio on the northeast coast, where by unbelievable luck there was a café on the main drag (Elsa Bar) that was owned by a cyclist (Big Lugo) who knew every possible cycling route in the area, spoke good English and was generally a very nice chap. Definitely worth a visit…..

  • Things to consider when choosing your custom cycling/triathlon kit supplier

    We would like to think that you should choose us of course as your supplier, because we believe we offer the best value for money for pro quality kit and the best service. But what are the nuts and bolts you need to consider when choosing your supplier? Here are a few things you may not have thought about….

    Will the supplier carry out graphics work as part of the service or will they demand extra money for it or insist that you deliver logos and graphics in a format you may never have heard of?

    Will they resize logos and graphics so that they are in proportion to the different sizes that you are ordering? It seems incredible to us that some major suppliers print logos the same size for a size XS custom jersey as for a size XL, which can make designs look horribly disproportionate – all to save a bit of time in the design studio.

    Can you extend patterns and lines over seams to get the design effect that you are looking for? It requires a lot of work for the production team to set up the designs so that graphics can cross seams and makes the life of the seamstress much harder. That is why a lot of suppliers refuse to do it.

    When you are considering which supplier to go to, will they send you samples at no charge and with no commitment for you to place an order? Will they also send you sizing samples at no charge?

    Will your supplier be prepared to make alterations to the cut of the kit to fit unconventionally shaped athletes? Will they lengthen the leg in your tri shorts or offer wide fittings in your training jacket for example?

    These are all issues where suppliers can cut corners to save a bit of time and money, but you only find out about it in the small print!

  • There is a new girl at Fernando Carvalho Ciclismo!

    There is a new girl at Fernando Carvalho Ciclismo! She is Nicole, who lived in New York until moving to Portugal to go to University in Braga. She was competing for a place on the US diving team before a car accident stopped her from competing.
    Nicole is extremely good at developing designs for new clients, so you can always turn to her for inspiration and guidance for your custom designs – you will have to forgive her New York sense of humour however!

    The technical sports garment industry is in a very rapid state of development at the moment, with new fabrics able to contribute an enormous amount to the performance of technical sports clothing; this means we have had to constantly adapt our range to reflect the latest thing available. We have just launched a new chamois for example with better contouring to give padding where it is most needed and a microfibre, anti-bacterial cover to wick away moisture and improve hygiene.

    Our company has been growing very rapidly over the last few years, particularly in the custom triathlon kit market – it has meant that we have had to work extremely hard to meet our 4 week lead times and we have had to take on more people, but we are still proud to boast the shortest lead times in the custom cycling and triathlon clothing industry.

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