Carradice, the UK-based bike luggage manufacturer, is using next week’s Cycle Show at Earl’s Court to launch a new range of high-performance cycling jerseys that reflect what it sees as a growing demand away from lycra towards traditional styling.
The company, based in Nelson, Lancashire, claims that its Carradice Cycle Jersey represents “a real breakthrough in fabric technology”, and is made from “Dry Wool” – produced by a company in neighbouring Burnley – which combines a 100% merino wool base layer with a stable polyester layer. The jersey has been produced in collaboration with another British company, Shutt Velo, based across the Pennines in Ilkley.
Managing Director David Chadwick promises that the jersey provides “incredibly fast wicking to keep you dry no matter how hard you push” and says that on a 12-hour enduro off-road ride, it “kept me warm in the early ours but didn't cook me when the temperatures took off in the afternoon”. Other details include a classically-styled collar plus elasticated pockets and embroidered logos.
Carradice isn’t ignoring its luggage range, either, with new products being added to the Originals range, made from 100% waterproof cotton duck fabric and available in black and green, complete with leather buckles and chromed leather straps. It will also unveil the Alston tool pouch and Kendal Panniers in green, and relaunching its Carradura range.
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Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.