We are proud to sponsor the leaders and winners jerseys for the Cotswold league. They organise a league over the racing season open to all-comers that uses a handicap system. In the recent Albourne race it was gutting to see that the LVIS boys could only manage third and fourth – what’s going on there? They were wearing Fernando Carvalho kit, the fastest kit on the circuit and they still didn’t make it to the top of the podium.
You can find out more about the Cotswold League at http://www.thecotswoldleague.co.uk or their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7315182239
We tend to bang on a bit about the fact that we use microfibre for our kit (for cycling jerseys, custom technical t-shirts, cycling caps etc), but what is it and why is it so great?
Microfibre is essentially a thread that is less than a 100 times thinner than a human hair, which gives it some special properties – it is very soft on the skin and can give you very vivid colours when using sublimation printing, but the main benefit is its wicking proprties. Wicking just means that moisture (sweat) gets absorbed from your skin and transferred to the outside of the fabric so that it can be evaporated away, so that you stay dry.
For our cycling jerseys we use an extra special microfibre that has lots of tiny holes in to further aid evaporation and also has a cell structure that bacteria find difficult to bed down in; this means that they cannot get to work on your sweat so easily, so the jersey doesn’t smell bad. The fabric is also very stretchy to give a contoured fit and ultra-lightweight so that you hardly notice you are wearing it. Pretty clever stuff!
There are a lot of different microfibres available to make technical clothing from and we spend a lot of time making up samples with different fabrics and trying them out on the bike, in the gym, in the pool or wherever. It helps only employing people who are all sports fanatics! So if we are ever not in the office answering your emails, then you now know that we are out ’testing’ kit. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
We have just made the cycling kit for a popular Irish Cycling forum, boards (http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/forumdisplay.php?f=410). They have confirmed our belief that the Irish are the best natured people on the planet and it has been a pleasure to work with them to produce their kit.
Here is what they had to say to us:
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how happy we are with the kit! I finally managed to pry it from the hands of the Irish Postal service on Friday, and managed to get the stuff out to most of the guys that needed it in time for the Wicklow 200 on Sunday.
Everyone was universally delighted with the way it all turned out, the fit and design worked out just perfectly, and there were quite a few compliments from other riders on the day.
We’re so happy with the stuff, that there should be another order going in in a couple of weeks, and we will definately be getting training jackets for the winter (although we’re trying to enjoy the good weather we have right now while we have it!)
Also, I see from your blog that you’re now offering cycling caps, and am wondering if we would have to pay another design fee to get a boards cap aswell (as it wasn’t an option when we got the initial designs done)
Thanks again for everything, and I look forward to ordering from you again!
In fact the one off design fee that they paid when they placed the order covers the complete custom cycling range, so there will be no extra design charge to make custom cycling caps or any other custom cycling kit for that matter, even though we did not originally do a design for this.
We were very happy to supply some jerseys to the NSCDS and they kindly sent us a photo which I have to say makes the jerseys look fantastic.
Here is the email they sent:
I thought I’d send you a photo of one of our lot for your gallery.
Everyone loves the kit and we will be sending in another order very shortly!
Do the new caps come in different sizes?
The answer to the question about the custom cycling caps is that they are currently one size fits all.
We have worked really hard to establish our brand in Ireland – we don’t really believe in advertising, just the value of word of mouth that comes from delivering pro quality at fair prices. The Tralee Chain Gang had this to say about us:
This is a pic of some of our ‘gang’ that attended the Currow CC tour cycle on the 1st June. We’re nearly thirty strong at this point so we still need to organise a proper shot of all of us to send it onto you -tralee chain gang we might need a camera with a wide angle lens to get us all into view though!
Everyone loves the kit, so much to the point that we even picked up three new previously unattached cyclists on the day, who were immediately interested going for a full set! And then you tell them the prices and people can hardly believe what you’ve quoted them for custom kit.
It’s getting a great wearing now that the weather’s improved a bit, getting 100 miles and more worth of wear a week and it’s all holding up excellently.
Our final word on our kit is; we absolutely recommend Fernando Carvalho to any club large, small or just starting out and interested in investing in their own kit. The help recieved through each step of the designing, sizing and ordering process is second to none and you finish up with your very own pro-quality kit exactly as you want it. For people like us, it helped bring a group of people who have been training together for years into a club with a real presence on the roads. And in only a matter of months from first contacting you. We can’t thank you enough.
Finally, keep an eye out for the Chain Gang on the roads of Munster and at the up coming Ring of Kerry and Tour of Waterford cycles, the next big ones on the menu – we’re nearly unmissable now!
The Chain Gang CC
Co. Kerry, Ireland
We have a new chamois for our shorts, which we think is the very best you will find. We have tried a large number out with the pro riders who test our kit for us and of course by the team at Fernando Carvalho and this was the very best.
So what should you look for in a good chamois? You will read all sorts of rubbish written in technical language about chamoises, but we would like to speak more plainly about it. What we think is important is that it gives support in the right places, it does not rub, it moves with the shorts as you pedal, it wicks sweat away (that is it does not soak up moisture) and it is hygienic (so it has properties that prevent bacteria from flourishing).
Our chamois is contoured so that it is thicker on the seat bones and has less support on the front of the saddle so that it does not bulk up (the density we use is 80kg/m3 for any chamois anoraks out there).
It is made from 82% microfibre and 18% elastane (a version of Lycra). This means that it will stretch in all directions to accompany the movement of your legs and because it is made in microfibre, it will wick away the sweat. (Microfibre just means that it is made of microscopically small fibres that will not absorb moisture, but rather allow it to pass straight through.)
Our chamois does not have any seams to reduce the possibility of any rubbing and by using a particularly soft and smooth microfibre finish, it reduces friction to an absolute minimum.
Finally, it has an antibacterial treatment to keep things as hygienic as possible.
So we have a great fitting chamois that is made with cutting edge fabrics all designed to make riding a bike as comfortable as possible. And we don’t believe in trying to impress our customers by blinding them with a choice of chamoises – we just offer the best and it is the same we supply to pro teams as to a first time rider.
We are very proud to supply some of the leading triathlon teams in europe – in Ireland we have supplied the kit for a few years now to Wheelworx, which sponsors leading athletes such as Ailen Morrison, Elena Maslova, Fernando Fuentes, Katharina Baldinger and Kim Visby.
Congratulations to Kim who just finished 11th in the Lanzarote Ironman and congratulations to Katharina for making our tri-suits look so great.
We have supplied a full range of kit to Wheelworx, including cycling and triathlon kit and it is available for sale in their shop. Find out more about them at www.wheelworxbikes.com and if you are in Dublin then you should definitely pay them a visit for service from people who are passionate about their sport.
We have added an old style cycling cap to our range – we use microfibre for the main body of the cycling cap to wick away sweat, a felt sweat band to fit snugly round the head and a traditional stiff peak that can be worn in the up or down position.
We use the same sublimation printing technology for our custom cycling caps as for the rest of our custom kit so you can print exactly what you want and where you want it on the cycling cap.
At 6.85 euros it is very competitively priced for a sublimation printed cap, continuing our tradition of offering pro quality kit with excellent value for money.
We have just supplied 600 jerseys for the Help for Heroes charity ride – http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/ – they are doing a ride sponsored by Halfords to raise money for injured soldiers. We are pleased to say that we delivered the jerseys in 4 weeks (two days early in fact!).
We were also very proud to supply a jersey for the Help for Heroes mascot (known as ‘Hero’ to his friends).
We are always happy to produce custom cycling jerseys and other kit for charity rides and have already supplied clothing for many events.
Here is what Nenagh Tri had to say about their kit:
Here is a snapshot of some of the lads before they lined out for the Joey
Hannon memorial triathlon last week (the little lad on the right won it).
I spent 5 1/2 hours in my gear the previous week at a 1/2 ironman and it was never less than comfortable. I thought the bulky zip would cause a problem under the wetsuit but it was fine. Thanks again for a great job.