We have commissioned several new garments from our custom clothing supplier Pactimo in 2020. Now we have our own mitts and base layer, as well as a really practical long-sleeved three-season jersey.
Deliveries are getting back to normal again, so you can expect your clothing to be here about a month after order.
We did have a couple of errors in the last batch, but Pactimo readily acknowledged these and replaced the garments with no demur, as we would expect.
Some have murmured that our clothing is a shade costly. Be aware that it is really top-drawer kit, on a par with the best. Just one example – the pad on our bib shorts is made by Cytech in Italy and is identical to that used by Rapha, Assos, and other high-tone brands.
Pactimo is constantly developing its garments, and we at Central London CTC benefit from their expertise with a modern, elegant, and varied wardrobe. Take a look … or another look!
We launched the Central London CTC team clothing over five years ago, and as well as looking good, it's proven comfortable and durable. Our range has clothes for all riders in any season, from a high-grade winter jacket to a skin suit, and pleasing accessories like the arm-warmers and cap. The service by Pactimo, our official clothing supplier, with a four-week turnaround from order, is impeccable.
All our garments have a common motif, a modern rendering of the traditional Cyclists' Touring Club 'winged wheel', together with our name Central London CTC in the traditional London Transport font. The third colour, magenta, is that of the Metropolitan Railway, London's earliest Underground line. For a fuller account of the creative development of our 'look', see this post.
Our aim as ever is to offer an adaptable, high-quality range that is distinctively our own, whether you wear only one piece or the full kit and caboodle. It has been seen and admired far and wide, traversing the French Alps, in Croatia and Greece, on events in Spain, Italy, South Africa, and Australia, even in Vietnam and Laos.
The thumbnails (click them to enlarge) show most of the major items. Our full product range is shown in the Club Store. Recent additions and changes include:
There's a helpful fit guide on this page.
Detailed fit comparison videos of jerseys and shorts for women and men, plus current price list and technical information on the clothing are here.
It is vital to get the right fit because Pactimo cannot offer an exchange or refund if you order the wrong size. We can usually arrange for you to try on another member's garment if you're not sure about the fit.
What should you buy?
A traditional club strip comprises a jersey according to season (Continental, Ascent) and shorts (Summit bibs or Ascent shorts). For cooler mornings you can augment this with arm-warmers and a gilet (Divide or the heavier Breckenridge). Any of these garments can be combined with non-custom kit – for example, summer and winter gilets work well over a plain jersey.
The long-sleeved Ascent Aero jersey is lightweight and can be worn on all but the hottest days (recommended if your skin is sensitive to sunburn), while the Continental jerseys have a more relaxed fit and are warmer. The Alpine jacket is outstandingly snug, as those who have worn it to ride l'Alpe d'Huez can attest! If you want just the one piece, may we suggest the Breckenridge gilet with its capacious rear pockets?
How to order
The Club store will be open from Friday 22nd May until Saturday 30th May.
The Club store is currently open until Saturday 30th May.
The Club store opens for a five-day order window (watch out on the website, or contact Martin Hayman). You can preview the prices before the shop opens here – these prices include VAT but not the 2% shipping fee.
If you have any specific questions, please contact Martin Hayman.