The great part of the innovative relationship we have forged over the past 12 months with our Chinese manufacturer is the unparalleled flexibility we have with designs requested by you.
It has meant we could create jerseys named after you like The Nina, or full kits from yesteryear like a 1967 Peugeot Michelin Kit for a customer that he wore himself as a semi-pro cyclist (watch for him riding around Adelaide, Australia in it).
We even made a custom kit for a local business based on the old Flandria designs and many more.
All designed, order and starting production in 3-5 days.
Chinese New Year Slowdown
There is one catch though. Chinese New Year.
It is the main holiday for China, and the entire country shuts down for a couple of weeks for their national holiday.
During this time, orders not already placed or sent will be much slower than normal, there is no sugar-coating it.
Any order received after midnight Monday the 29th of January Pacific Standard Time and the 18th of February will have a much slower processing and delivery time of around 21-35 days depending on how far into February it is ordered.
We have placed a timer on each product page to help you know when this cut-off will be.
You can still get other gear in five business days
Luckily, there are still some options:
- We have over 50 single sized items right here in Brisbane, Australia waiting for a new owner. These are all brand new and sent via Standard International Post the next business day. For most major countries like the USA and UK, these will arrive within 5-6 business days. Head over to OCG Australia here to check them out.
- It's bloody freezing in some parts of the world this time of year, so for some of you, this just might be the perfect time to stock up for the upcoming cycling season. If delivery times aren't important for you, the entire store will go on a massive Chinese New Year Sale starting from Tuesday.
- Watch for a new range of cycling products to launch in February which will not be affected by Chinese New Year (they will ship out of the US or the UK).
What about my orders already placed?
Any orders already placed before Monday the 29th of January are unaffected by Chinese New Year as these will be made and sent in time.
Thanks! And go celebrate
Thanks to everyone for the amazing support across both OCG Global and OCG Australia the past 12 months. Come join us on Facebook as we use February to create an entire range of gear designed, voted on, and named after you!
Oh, by the way!
If you have not celebrated Chinese New Year, you really must.
Head to your local China Town precinct if you have one and join in the festivities, it really is something! (that is coming from a 40 something Aussie bloke).
Ride Safe. Ride Free.
Adam, Founder OCG
Buying cycling gear on the internet. It is so great, yet so frustrating at the same time.
Cycling gear doesn't make it any easier with just about every manufacturer sizing different to the other. A large in one is an extra-large in another.
Thanks to our no-questions-asked returns policy, we have been able to send over 100 replacement jerseys, bibs, and kits for wrong sizes.
But what would be even better for you as a customer and us as a business is to help our customers get it right the first time.
One size chart for all jerseys
We are pleased to announce as of today, all our men's and women's cycling jerseys have just the one sizing chart.
Even better, we have pimped out our sizing charts with the sizes of 11 of the most popular brands so you can compare what you have already and get that sizing just right.
We've also simplified the charts to just use chest measurement (or stomach, if yours is larger than your chest). It was clear from the respondents that was all that was used when they chose a size.
The brands and sizes chosen were from the most popular answers in our Sizing Survey (have a jersey from OCG? You can go give your answers and get an instant $5 discount code).
Let's take one of our Men's Cycling Jerseys as an example.
Wear a Large in a Cavalo (106-110cm)? Easy, you are an XXL in an OCG jersey (106-112cm).
What about an L in an Endura (104-109cm)? That is between two sizes in OCG gear, an XL (100-106cm) and an XXL (106-112cm) so which do you choose?
To be safe, it is generally a good idea to choose the larger of the two unless you like your jerseys to be a tight racing fit.
We have had to lose a couple of jersey's while we have these re-made to conform to the consistent sizing charts, but they will be back in no time.
Enjoy consistent sizing, and watch this space for some more announcements to make your purchases even easier.
The best thing about running an online store rather than one with a physical shop front is we can serve anyone in the world.
So recently we sent some of our OCG branded mask jerseys off on an adventure after one of our customers, Ted, wrote telling us of an upcoming ride that was planned? (see, write to us, we do actually read your emails).
The plan? 410 miles and 15,000ft of elevation as they rode through some of the most stunning scenery across the Oregon Central Coast on the West Coast of America.
Ted, John, Kevin, and Todd were the male supermodels as they took them on an amazing journey of gorgeous coastline, winding roads and stunning forest (and yes, a Gater on a bike, still seeking an explanation on that one).
I think it is safe to say "mission big success" for both their ride and the jerseys!
The OCG shirts were a huge hit with the guys and they were really complimentary on the fit and performance"
Check out these stunning shots of their trip over on our Facebook page and any offers of modelling contracts are to go straight to their agent.
Thanks guys for giving them a test run, and for some amazing shots!