Jan 08

Stuffable water-resistant jacket

Waterproof jacket - frontBefore we start, we don’t want anyone to tell us where our stuffable jacket can be stuffed.

Such crudity (not to be confused with a selection of raw vegetables) out of the way, the Powerhouse Sport elves are putting together some rain jackets for us.

The jackets will be of the lightweight and stuffable variety. Apparently they should cram down to around the size of an apple for easy storage in a cycle jersey rear pocket.

They’ll be for occasional use when, for example, an unexpected shower decides to pay us a visit. The jackets shall provide a little extra heat but aren’t out and out winter jackets.

While not 100% waterproof they will be water-resistant to the point where they’re suitable for use in all but heavy driving rain.

Here is a summary of the jacket’s selling points:

  • ‘Scrunches up’ to around the size of an apple
  • ‘No rain’ fabric – waterproof, windproof, breathable, stretch membrane
  • Full length chunky ‘anti-snag’ zip
  • One back pocket with horizontal zip
  • Reflective strip on pocket
  • Lightweight silicone grip on waist hem

Featuring Old Bleach graphics in the newer colour scheme (as pictured) you can purchase the jackets – for £82-20 each – directly from Powerhouse Sport via our Team Store this link. This is a special ‘jacket only’ single item Team Store and closes at the end of next week – Sunday the 17th.

To ensure you order the correct size we recommend you contact Powerhouse Sport and arrange to call down to try on equivalent jackets. As all clothing is made to order there are no refunds or exchanges and it is entirely down to the purchaser to make sure he or she orders the correct size of garment.

Jan 02

Considering taking up cycling in 2016?

Old Bleach, Randalstownhello and thanks for showing an interest…

At this time of year everyone talks about making New Year’s Resolutions. Often such resolutions last a week or two before they’re broken and forgotten about. That’s not our modus operandi; We don’t wish to set you up with some unachievable goal – we want to help you become happier, healthier and to potentially introduce a fun activity into your life.

Cycling seems to work well for a lot of people in terms of being a sustainable activity one can build up over time gradually and enjoyably without really perceiving it as ‘exercise’ per se. It can be worked round one’s other interests and fit well into most people’s schedules, even becoming part of a healthy, energising and cheap commute to work for some.

Although we’re fairly moronic, we’re not complete and utter halfwits – we realise cycling isn’t for everyone. Plenty of Old Bleach members didn’t necessarily think cycling would be for them but it turns out, lo and behold, it is.

We get a lot out of cycling and it’s possible you may too. Why not give it a try to see whether it’s an activity which ‘clicks’ with you? What have you got to lose?

benefits: socialising, health, fitness & competition

Different people get different benefits out of cycling.

Some cycle purely for the fun of being out on a bike, chatting away with others and stopping for a cup of tea or coffee. All the time they’re surreptitiously gaining fitness and increasing their lifespan without proactively focusing on it. The average person who cycles to work will live in excess of 8½ months longer than those who drive. Obviously that shows cycling, without sticking to a definite training plan, can still be of immense benefit to an individual’s wellbeing.

Many people have found cycling equally as beneficial mentally as physically. For some it can be a great way of battling depression and may help with various other mental health issues. Unfortunately it’s not a magical cure for everything but could help and certainly won’t hinder.

Certain groups of cyclists are keyed in on following a strict training regime – using diet, heart rate monitors, power meters etc. This can be purely an exercise in maximising one’s fitness or may be in order to ready oneself for competition.

Competition in cycling takes many forms. The most common events promoted by local cycle clubs are Road Races and Time Trials. Even within these classifications there are many subcategories to suit varied ages, genders, tastes and abilities. Rather than bore you with all the details here we recommend you peruse the Cycling Ireland website (and others) at your leisure.

Old Bleach fully supports all its riders whatever his or her cycling desires are. For example, the time trialist is equal to the leisure cyclist in our minds. We want our club members to be happy and safe on their bikes. Whatever way they choose to use them is purely personal preference.

safety

Safety is always the priority when cycling with Old Bleach. It would be perfidious of us to suggest there aren’t inherent dangers in cycling on a public thoroughfare; however it is possible to limit these to a much greater extent than one may imagine. By cycling in a logical, informed and thoughtful manner a group can remain very safe on our roads.

A ‘good’ cyclist is not necessarily a fast cyclist – a ‘good’ cyclist is a safe cyclist. Have a quick read through our Rules of the Road for a few pointers pertaining to considerate and safe cycling. Don’t feel you have to read it all; It does go on a bit.

goodbye and thanks for reading

Old Bleach is always on the lookout for new club members. We want to get more people to give cycling a go. Sure there’s every possibility you’ll find you don’t like it but there’s also a reasonable chance you’ll think it’s wonderful.

As we asked earlier, what have you got to lose by trying it? It doesn’t cost anything and you might reap huge benefits from it.

Please contact us if you have any questions whatsoever – we would be delighted to hear from you. 

Oct 29

Hallowe’en is coming

Hallowe'en Charis cycle 2015Is it Hallowe’en?

Is it Halloween?

Perhaps it’s Samhain?

Does it matter? Do we care?

Whatever the case, it’s Saturday the 31st of October and Old Bleach is getting dressed up to the nines (possibly more like the fours) to celebrate.

We shall be taking part in the Charis Cancer Care cycle from the White River House Hotel, Toome(bridge) this Saturday.

As you can see from the flyer (image to the left) the minimum donation required to take part is £10. That includes a, slightly late, breakfast upon return to the hotel.

The actual cycle itself leaves from the White River House Hotel at 9-30am with registration opening from 9am. In case you’re not familiar with where the hotel is located, this should work as a link to a map.

Members of Old Bleach are meeting up outside The Old Forge, Randalstown at 8-45am to cycle over to Toome. If anyone wishes to join them, please do. Otherwise we shall see one another at the White River House Hotel at 9-20am.

The Charis Cancer Care cycle covers around 35 miles and Toome is about 8 miles from Randalstown. Therefore, if you are cycling from and to Randalstown, it will be a total of approximately 51 miles.

Now onto the important stuff…

The organisers of the Charis Cancer Care cycle are putting up a prize for the cyclist wearing the best fancy dress outfit. We don’t know what this prize is but that’s not the point – let’s try to get as many people in fancy dress as possible.

Obviously that’s if you want to wear fancy dress. If it’s not something you want to do, then don’t feel forced into it. We’re not some kind of horrible sorority from a bad American teen movie which forces people into things they don’t want to do with heapings of reprehensible peer pressure.

So, getting back on track, please wear fancy dress if you wish to. Remember, of course, you’ll be on a bicycle in among a group of other people on bicycles. It makes sense to wear something which does not obstruct your movement or vision, doesn’t stand any chance of catching on/in your (or someone else’s) bicycle, won’t create huge amounts of drag and provides adequate warmth for cycling in at the end of October. Oh and it should look good and be fun to wear too.

We hope to see a good turnout for this cycle. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Aug 23

Casual club clothing

Flippin' SweetWould you like to pay money to advertise Old Bleach Cycle Club?

Great!

We shall very happily take your hard earned cash and let you perform your duties as a ‘living sandwich board’ for our bike club.

Thanks to the good folks at Flippin’ Sweet we will soon be placing an order for club ‘logo-ed’ hoodies and polo shirts.

The delights on offer will come in a few varieties for your swellegant wearing pleasure…

AWDis zipless hoodie

This is fairly self-explanatory. The ‘zipless hoodie’ is a hoodie without a zip. Not much more to say about that really other than they’re made by AWDis.
[The available colours can be seen here]

AWDis zipped hoodie

Again you can probably guess what this is; It’s a hoodie with a full length zip and is made by AWDis. It works out a couple of pounds more expensive than a zipless hoodie but they’re all such good value you are unlikely to find yourself terribly out of pocket shelling out for the ‘luxury’ of a zip.
[The available colours can be seen here]

gildan polo shirt

A polo shirt made by Gildan. Basic but decent quality. Slightly less fitted than the B&C equivalent.
[The available colours can be seen here]

b&c polo shirt

A polo shirt made by B&C. A little more fitted and (apparently) ‘higher wicking’ compared to the Gildan version.
[The available colours can be seen here]

mock ups

You can see a rough ‘mockup’ of how the prints will look on the hoodies and polo shirts by clicking on those links. Please remember to take the word ‘rough’ into account – we did the pictures ourselves (as is patently obvious). The actual garments should look LOTS better.

If – looking at the mock ups – you decide you would like a hoodie or polo shirt without one of the prints, please let us know. We can get them printed without either the chest or backprint. In fact you could get a piece of clothing with neither print but that would just be a plain top and wouldn’t advertise Old Bleach at all. We can’t have that.

colours

When picking colours for hoodies and polo shirts please take into account that it’s a black outlined print with black text. Also, you only have yourself to blame if you pick a colour which clashes horribly and you look like an utter twonk. That written, twonkiness is in the eye of the beholder.

prices

The  prices of the various garments are as follows:

  • AWDis zipless (pullover style) hoodie – £14-25
  • AWDis zipped hoodie – £16-25
  • Gildan polo shirt – £11-25
  • B&C polo shirt – £12-75

sizing

AWDis hoodies
  • XS – 34″
  • S – 36″
  • M – 40″
  • L – 44″
  • XL – 48″
  • 2XL – 52″
  • 3XL – 56″
  • 4XL – 60″ 
  • 5XL – 64″
    NB: 3XL+ available in limited colours
gildan polo shirts
  • S – 36/38″
  • M – 40/42″
  • L – 44/46″
  • XL – 48/50″
  • 2XL – 52/54″
b&c polo shirts
  • S – 36/38″
  • M – 38/40″
  • L – 41/42″
  • XL – 43/44″
  • 2XL – 45/47″
  • 3XL – 47/49″
NB: 3XL available in limited colours

ordering

Orders can be placed by contacting us directly. The ‘cutoff point’ (after which no more orders are taken) will be 24 hours after we reach twenty total items.

At the time of writing we’re ‘almost there’ so please get your clothing demands in soon. Otherwise you will miss out.

UPDATE: We placed the order at 10-30am on Thursday the 3rd of September. If you want casual club clothing please contact us to ask about being included in a future order.

turnaround

From placing the order with Flippin’ Sweet to our receiving the items should take between five and fifteen working days.

Aug 05

Competition time – WIN STUFF!

Obi Ceeblethering/information

Now we can leave our reminders about ordering club kit behind, it’s time to move onto something new.

That ‘something new’ is a splendid* competition. You can win genuine physical prizes – not pretend, yes, actual real life prizes – for doing extremely little.

Have a look at that little chap to the left. His name is Obi Cee, at least that’s what we call him.

We think we’re really smart as he’s an Old Bleach Character hence O.B.C. leading to the phonetic Obi Cee. It turns out we’re not very smart after all – we’re predictable. It also has very unrelated and vague Star Wars suggestions in the name. Let’s hope Disney doesn’t get wind of it and sue us; They have a reputation for being litigious in nature and, perceiving us as another media powerhouse, would revel in the opportunity to put the kibosh on our activities.

Returning to reality, Obi Cee is a little cartoon gent who will soon appear on some Old Bleach tat high quality merchandise. To mark this momentous occasion we offer you the once in a lifetime (if you’re a Mayfly) opportunity to win a collection of random prizes.

how to enter

To win simply send us a photo of you mimicking Obi’s pose in the picture (left). You can eMail us, post on our Facebook page or tweet to our Twitter account to enter.

We shall post up a gallery of the images on our Facebook page and pick the lucky winner from there. Use all your catwalk skills to gain an advantage over the other poseurs.

notes

This competition is open to all-comers, not Old Bleach members alone.

If you’re in a cycle club, get one of your clubmates to take a photo of you doing the ‘Obi Cee pose’ when you’re out on a club run. Why not win something for nothing?

hints

Particularly thorough entrants may wish to buy a comedy moustache for added authenticity. Those truly committed to excellence will grow one.

We’ll look forward to seeing your photos. It should be a lot of fun.

* = ‘Splendid’ is a subjective term but we can almost guarantee the prizes are better than you currently imagine them to be. You will actually want most of them

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