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05/17/2012

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Bicycle Bill

KÖNIG is German for "King", and "FAHRRAD-REIFEN" translates as "bicycle tire". Therefore, you are wearing advertising for "KING (brand name) bicycle tires".

There is no such company; but what the hey? It looks good.

-"BB"-

Jack

Good to see NZ cycle kit represented here! Solo make good stuff - I regularly see their jerseys on happy looking riders around these parts (Wellington, NZ).

As "BB" says, it's a fake company name - I think that they idea was to have a jersey that looked classic old school, without being an actual replica. I think the result's pretty nice.

You mention merino jerseys - if you'd like to try one, consider acquiring one from Soigneur (http://www.soigneur.co.nz). They do classic-styled merino jerseys - I have their "Le Cannibal", and it's absolutely brilliant. Not a jersey for the long days of summer, but for the other three seasons it's my go to jersey of choice. And I can confirm that it doesn't smell, even after a long, hard day in the saddle.

Solocc

Thanks for the explanation BB – that's exactly right. Solo is my company and I design all the jerseys. I do a lot of research when deciding on the fictitious sponsor for a new jersey so I can create something with an authentic look. I'll nearly always have to simplify the original design to get it looking period perfect. We've actually had some older gents clamp eyes on our jerseys and launch into a story about the team – when they were active, who rode for them, what races they won etc etc. It's the best compliment we could receive and I hardly have the heart to tell them the team never existed! Nice review Matt and thanks for your kind comments Jack!

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