Manufacturers of cycle clothing
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When I first started riding, the production of cycling clothing was a distinctly European affair. The likes of
Biemme, Castelli, Santini and Nalini ruled the production of pro team clothing, which along with club kit most club riders favoured rather than "collection" items that showed little sartorial elegance for the rider.
There were only really two
high end brands: Assos and Descente who used to make some fabulously detailed kit. With the boom of cycling all over the world, the bike clothing market is now notoriously crowded, with startups appearing (and disappearring) on a regular basis, yet brands like Castelli, Etxeondo and Assos still offer innovation keeping new brands like Rapha on thir toes. Adidas
Despite Adidas having supplied the GB cycling team since 2005, the German sportswear giant have only recently added a cycle clothing range for the public.
See all of the Assos team jerseys that I have as part of my online collection of team cycling jerseys.
Founded in 1978, Biemme has sponsored a number of professional teams including Panasonic, Telekom, Gewiss Ballan, Le Groupment and Lotto.
Blackly is not longer in existence, but the jerseys were of good quality for the time and often featured the brand's horse logo on a custom zip puller.
Cannondale are well known for their aluminium and now carbon bikes, but on occasions they have made their own clothing for teams like Saeco and Lampre.
Given the dominance & popularity of Castelli, I've decided to get some additional Castelli team and retro jerseys from this fine Italian brand online!
Whilst Craft of Sweden are most famous for their award-winning base layers, they provide cycle clothing for the Orica GreenEDGE & Novo Nordisk pro teams.
Decca clothing was founded in the 1930s and still produces it's cycle clothing using in-house design and production facilities in Zottegem, Belgium.
Denti is another Italian cycle clothing brand featured in my online collection of retro team jerseys that is no longer trading or in business.
The distinctive logo of the Descente brand has been present on a number of very important cycling teams through history.
Endura is a Scottish cycle clothing manufacturer based in Livingston. They sponsor the Movistar team as well as producing alot of MTB & custom clothing.
Etxeondo have a reputation for producing top quality cycling gear. I've a great many iconic retro team jerseys from them, many of them have a great design.
Fangio was a bicycle shop in Aartrijke, Belgium who re-branded many frames as their own. Their name was famous for sponsoring the Fangio-Tönissteiner team.
After a long cycling pro career, Simone Fraccaro founded Giessegi GSG, using his experience to produce quality team cycle clothing.
Giorgio Andretta created the company in 1971 but only adopted the Giordana name in 1979, continuing to this day with their unmistakeable Sagittarius logo.
During the 80's, Impsport provided the majority of UK club clothing from it's Lincolnshire factory, allowing club members access to Lycra jerseys & shorts.
Sadly no longer in business, Marilena were based in the VVVV region of Italy.
Established in 2010, Milltag supply the Matrix Pro Cycling Women's team (inc. Laura Trott) as well as the fictional Top-Bonk / Schleppers cycling team.
MOA Sport, known to many cyclists as Nalini , is a big producer of cycle clothing. As well as their own brands, they also offer a ‘private label’ service.
Whilst Model were a popular clothing manufacturer in the 1980's they now appear to have disappeared without trace!
During the peak of Lance Armstrong's reign, Livestrong or USPS replica team kit by Nike was everywhere! They've now pretty much withdrawn from the market.
Parentini have been making cycle clothing for over 40 years and actually produced the first MAPEI jersey in 1993 as well as plenty of iconic designs.
Pearl Izumi was founded in 1950 in Tokyo by a father who wanted to produce cycling apparel for his son - a promising racer. It is now part of Shimano.
Founded in London 2004, enjoy some of the iconic cycle jersey designs that Rapha have produced.
Santini Maglificio Sportivo was started by Pietro in 1965. They've supplied clothing to Peugeot, La Vie Claire, Liquigas, GreenEdge & the Giro D'Italia.
SEB is yet another cycle clothing brand that is not longer trading.
Created by the 1976 French professional champion Guy Sibille (Peugeot Esso), the brand is no longer active with it's last team sponsorship was Lotto in 97.
Sportful have a rich history in providing some of the best teams in the pro peloton such as Ariostea, Mapei, Tinkoff Saxobank & the Italian national team.
Famous for producing the La Redoute team jerseys, Tricodnar is yet another Belgian cycle clothing manufacturer from the 1980's that is no long in business.
Ultima Sports Wear
Yet another clothing brand sadly no longer in business, I was first aware of Ultima during that famous '89 Tour, as the PDM's team kit was made by them.
In 1977 a former professional cyclist Frans Verbeeck founded Vermarc Sport in Belgium who clothes the Etixx-Quickstep professional team in 2016.
Vittore Gianni founded his fine tailoring business in 1876. Castelli can trace its roots back to 1935 when Armando Castelli joined Gianni in 1935.