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Customized Equipment Made Earlier than My Eyes

I tour the Ale Bikewear manufacturing unit in Italy to see first hand how they make a customized jersey and bibshorts proper earlier than my eyes. I clarify all the Customized Equipment course of from design and ordering to following every manufacturing step from chopping material, to printing and sublimation, by means of every intricate stage of stitching to create Professional Tour stage biking equipment – all in a customized design only for PEZ.

After I first began biking within the 80’s, “customized” biking equipment didn’t actually exist – positively not prefer it does at present.  The closest we got here was a buddy’s mother who sewed us a few jerseys with a fundamental polyester materials she discovered on the native material retailer.

The completed product – brand new equipment to trip the Ale la Merckx gran fondo.

Since then sublimation – the switch of dyes to from paper to material, and the digital revolution, has created an trade that we might solely picture a couple of years in the past.

Click on PLAY ee how customized equipment is made, as I comply with the entire course of at Ale’s Italian manufacturing unit…


After I began PEZ, one of many loosely imagined targets I had was to get our personal customized biking equipment.  It was a dream I’ve shared with many a rider, anybody who most well-liked to create their very own look as an alternative of sporting – and selling – another person’s’ model.  With customized equipment, everybody will get to be their very own model.  I like that.

Sublimated material popping out of the printer.

We’ve been reviewing and sporting Ale equipment right here for years now, and have visited their Italian headquarters and manufacturing unit a few instances – however that is the primary time we’ve labored collectively to create a customized equipment only for PEZ.

Reviewing preliminary designs – all a part of the method.

Our course of began within the Spring, with a couple of emails after which a face-to-face name with their designers, to debate ideas and concepts for the way this equipment ought to look.  A few weeks later they got here again to me with a couple of completely different designs, and we refined from there.

The manufacturing file seems like this – and particulars the design throughout all sizes.

As soon as I’d signed off on the design, they took over and made it.  That meant creating manufacturing information from our authentic design, in order that the equipment would look the identical whether or not sized XS, or XXL – ie: logos and coloration strains must line up throughout a wide range of sizes.

After I visited in June, after the Ale La Merckx gran fondo, I received to comply with the precise manufacturing course of all the way in which from the pc drawings to completed product – together with seeing simply how a professional folds and jersey and bibs to suit so completely into the bag.

Items for every equipment are sewn collectively by hand – by extremely expert employees.

The method is intricate and concerned, however they’ve received it right down to a science, run by expert artisans and technicians who know easy methods to mix Italian tailoring and craftsmanship, with the lates manufacturing methods and processes, to that dressing your workforce, membership, or buddies in a glance thats all yours is a fairly easy endeavor.

Personally, I like the method of making new equipment, so I distilled the method right down to a 20 minute video so you possibly can see precisely what occurs every step of the way in which, however the very best half is definitely using it.

• Get extra AleBikewear Customized Equipment data right here.

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