Introducing... Fingerscrossed

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We love to find out a bit more about the interesting people behind the brands on OMNIUM. People who are turning their inspiring experiences on the bike into the creative fuel that drives them to produce something awesome. We recently found out a little bit more about the couple behind the massively popular Fingerscrossed socks...
Introduce yourselves, you are you, where are you from?

My name is Patrick and I'm 33 years old. Living in Munich, born in a small town close to the mountains.
My name is Susanne 28 years old. Living in Munich, born in the middle of the mountains. 

How long have you been riding bikes and what sort of riding do you do?

Patrick: I've been riding bikes since about 13 years. I started MTB but as I bought my first road bike in the bike shop where I work before my studying I'm mostly on the road.
Susanne: I've been riding road bikes since about 4 years now.
Why do you ride, what do you love about it?
Patrick: There is so much about cycling. It's the bike holidays you do with great friends. It's the afterwork round you do after a bad day. It's the indoor season you don't want to do at all but puts a smile on your face afterwards. It's just the greatest sport in the world.
Susanne: I like being by myself on my bike to think about my day, to dos and what's coming up.
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Why did you decide to start making cycling socks?
Patrick: I'm into design in general. If it's clothes, furnitures, shapes…and I was always a big sock nerd. A good pair of cycling socks gives you the possibility to give your outfit individuality. It's actually a great way to express yourself.
Susanne: I always felt cycling socks are totally underestimated. 
fingerscrossed cycling socks mountain socks by fingerscrossed
What are your influences or inspirations?
Patrick: Susanne is doing the design and I'm mostly riding bikes ;-)
Susanne: My influences: Shapes /and Materials
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The OMNIUM Winter Edit

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Cycling in winter - especially in Europe - can be a bit of an acquired taste. When most people start cycling, it's a way to enjoy long lazy summer days, and more of a fair weather hobby. But once you are in deep, the thought of leaving your bike to gather dust for 5 or 6 months whilst you slog it out on the turbo is not really an option any more. And you begin to discover winter riding - a different kettle of fish for sure, requiring more planning, more kit, more hardiness and determination, but with it's own rewards in the form of riding into glorious late sunrises, cutting down misty lanes, and the feeling of conquering the elements. 

Winter dressing is a bit of an art - but one that is essential to get right. Practice and experience help, but here are our tips for some items that will help you along the way. 

LAYER UP

Layering is key - by layering with lots of thin layers you trap air in between the layers, which keeps you warm without adding extra weight (just like a down jacket!) You also have the added advantage of being able to take layers off if you get too warm.

We recommend the Good Cycling base layer - it's mesh surface helps trap air, and also transfers sweat away from the body. When sweat cools on your skin it will make you cold, so it's important to have a close fitting wicking layer like this to keep you dry. 

COZY LEGS

Having a fleecy lining inside your bib tights really makes getting dressed in the morning much more pleasant when it's cold outside, and will keep you nice and toasty on the bike as well. We also recommend bib tights instead of regular tights so there is nowhere for the air to escape on your lower back! These options from Twin Six are our best picks.

WOOL

Merino wool in winter is a cyclist's best friend. A fine merino piece like this long sleeve jersey by Twin Six is an absolute staple for cold weather riding. Merino naturally transfers moisture outwards, without letting moisture come through inwards. Merino cycling jerseys are great for keeping you warm and feel a lot more cozy than a lot of man made alternatives. Plus, it's naturally anti-odour so it won't get stinky which is always a bonus...

WRAP UP YOUR HEAD!

It's true, you lose a lot of heat through your head, so to keep warm, the best thing you can do is put on a super cozy winter cap. The Le Velo cap by The Wonderful Socks is one of the most outstanding winter caps we have ever come across, made with top quality Italian fabrics, embroidered with beautiful details, and yep, it's seriously warm. So much so that we wouldn't recommend it for a mild autumn or spring ride, you'll get too hot! But when the deep freeze sets in there is no better alternative.

BE PREPARED

Weather can change, and forecasts can be wrong, so it's always worth packing an extra layer in case you've been too optimistic, or for cafe/puncture stops. We recommend a light jacket or gilet such as the Smoke Shell by God & Famous that packs away into it's own little bag, or a plain goes-with-everything packable gilet like this one by Angeles Creative or this one by Hills & Yonder!

DON'T FORGET...

Eat and drink as normal, you might find it harder with winter gloves on but your body needs the energy to keep warm - and bonking and getting cold is not a good combination. Keep your phone close to your body as cold temperatures can make the battery die extremely quickly and you don't want to get caught out in an emergency (or good photo op) And don't forget to enjoy the special moments on a winter ride, appriciate the beautiful frosty mornings, the quiet and and your warm breath clouding the air... 

 

winter cyclingwinter riding festive 500

*photos from our attempt at the Festive 500, cycling to visit our families over Christmas with bags by Apidura and Restrap! We had great weather although it was cold and misty - highly recommended way to save money and spend time on the bike over the holidays if logistics allow it.

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THE CHRISTMAS EDIT

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We're all about the matchy-matchy this Christmas! Here are some suggestions for the most co-ordinated of gifts for cyclists...

matching cycling gifts

Petersfield jersey with matching bidon and cap

MUUR's jerseys are made from high quality performance fabrics, and their bold designs add a touch of 80's fun.

pink christmas gifts for cyclists

Wilde Jersey, bidon and cap by MUUR, Giro socks by The Wonderful Socks

We think the Giro socks by The Wonderful Socks and the Wilde kit by MUUR must have been separated at birth (in Italy) 

red matching cycling kit gift

Summer jersey and matching socks by Endless

 It may not be summer yet, but it will be soon! in the meantime the red socks feel a bit Christmassy, even if the jersey is confined to the turbo trainer. 

The Climb socks and matching cap gifts for cyclists

The Climb #1 cap and matching socks by The Wonderful Socks

A super high quality cotton cap with matching socks, for a classic Euro-style look from The Wonderful Socks.

matching orange jersey for cyclists

QOM cap and Race jersey in Coral by Queen of the Mountains

Give the gift of performance this Christmas and feel part of the QOM gang with this set. The coral colour is tied together nicely with a flash of trim on the shorts.

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The OMNIUM x The Cycling Store Christmas Pop Up is now open!

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We're excited to open our first proper pop up shop in collaboration with The Cycling Store at The Factory, 120 London Road, Elephant and Castle.

OMNIUM London cycling pop up shop

We'll be here for 3 weeks only until 13th December, and we've partnered with The Cycling Store to give a broad offering for all types of cyclist, so alongside our performance wear will be their selection of city and commuting wear by independent designers. We hope it will be a great opportunity to get a bit of Christmas shopping done and also for us to meet some of our lovely customers!

omnium cycling pop up shop

Alongside the shop we have a display of bespoke bikes including builds from Hartley Cycles (as featured in the Design Museum's Cycle Revolution exhibition last year) Saffron, Field, Quirk (the bike Rob Quirk built for himself to ride the TCR) and a fully restored 1980's Rossin Track Pursuit bike.

omnium london pop up

We also have a few cycling publications for sale provided by our friends at La Biblioteka and are offering gift wrapping. Currently some of our stock in the shop hasn't been uploaded to the site so come along for a sneaky peek of our new brands coming soon!

london cycling pop up shop twin six jersey

We're open Monday-Friday, 11-7pm until the 13th December so please do pop down and say hi. We'll also be having some drinks and late night shopping on Wednesday 30th December, more info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/682153398627372/

Omnium the cycling store

  

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OMNIUM in the press

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We've been featured in a few brilliant cycling publications recently, here's a little round up...

CASQUETTE

If you haven't come across it yet, Casquette is a new women's cycling magazine focusing on the "style, freedom, flavours and humour" of cycling. It's like nothing else on the market, a kind of cool women's lifestyle magazine but solely for cyclists! We were really happy to be a part of the first issue in the form of a fashion story shot by Claire with all clothes from independent designers on OMNIUM.

women's cycling clothing

Race jersey and Race shorts by Queen of the Mountains, Glorious Brits and The Climb #2 socks by The Wonderful Socks

women's cycling fashion

Spektrum jersey by Angeles Creative Base Layer by Good Cycling and Race Shorts by Queen of the Mountains

women's cycling fashion

Kitty caps, Welcome to the Jungle jersey and Saved by the Bell jersey by Forward, Navigator cap and jersey by Twin Six

CYCLIST

Cyclist interviewed Claire about The New Trend for Bold Jerseys and featured the Spektrum jersey by Angeles Creative, Saved by the Bell jersey by Forward, Marker jersey by Good Cycling, Hot Wire jersey by Twin Six, Which Way jersey by Hills & Yonder and Wilde jersey by Muur in their photo shoot!

CYCLING WEEKLY

We were featured in Cycling Weekly's round up of best products back in the summer, with a bit of an OMNIUM plug in the video, cheers guys! (and FYI, the new version of the Spektrum can be machine washed, which makes it pretty much perfect, right?)

spektrum jersey featured in cycling weekley

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