December 31, 2016

2016 has been another turbulent year (for us and the rest of the world) - I think it'll always be like this but sitting on the eve of 2017 it definitely seems like once again the ups have outweighed the downs and we're heading into a new year full of excitement and anticipation, here are some of our highlights.



After a few years' break we headed back to the big smoke to participate in the London Bike Show. While usually 4 days in an exhibition hall makes me exhausted beyond anything, this was a huge surprise. We met so many of our customers both loyal and new, saw people we usually only exchange emails with and both of us were thoroughly star struck - firstly when Rachel Atherton commented that she had been following our progress, leaving me with a face the same colour as my jumper. Secondly when Ben met Martyn Ashton, his childhood inspiration.



Once Spring/Summer prototype clothing had arrived we spent a great couple of days with some members of Team Flare (and some hangers-on) shooting around Sheffield and the Peak District. We rode bikes, ate delicious food and did the same again the following day and it was great to hang out with Ben, Nikki, Claire, Kelly and Darren (and his beard) and we're really looking forward to doing more of these in 2017. 



Earlier in the year we were taken by surprise to be told we were finalists for Total Women's Cycling's prestigious award of "Best MTB Clothing 2016". We had keep this secret, though, until official announcements and reader voting opened. Then the Cycle Show rolled around and I was completely gobsmacked when we won! A highlight if ever there was one.



Not a business highlight, perhaps, but in October Ben and I got up, went for a bike ride with 25 of our closest friends and family and then just, you know, got married. 



With even more plans for next year, we decided it was time to shake up the team. With an open application process we received over 200 entries and whittled it down to have 11 fresh faces join the ranks of #teamflare! We can't wait to see what they'll get up to and keep an eye on this blog where you'll be formally introduced.


Of course, it couldn't all be award wins and life-changing moments, but we're taking the highs and going forward to 2017 hungry for more. Some of the things to look out for...

New products and accessories as well as our core lines of jerseys and shorts in updated graphics and colours
Flare HQ moves to Sheffield
Supporting more grassroots racing
Links with other MTB businesses - Wheelers MTB in Portugal and Cafe Adventure in Hope


From the three of us here at Flare, Happy New Year, see you on the other side 🍾

Size Guide

Women's Tops

UK USA Bust Hip Length (front)
8 4 87-90cm 96-99cm 53cm
10 6 91-94cm 100-103cm 54.5cm
12 8 95-98cm 104-107cm 56cm
14 10 99-102cm 108-111cm 57.5cm
16 12 103-106cm 112-115cm 59cm
18 14 107-112cm 116-121cm 61.5cm
20 16 113-119cm 122-128cm 65cm

Women's Shorts

UK USA Waist Hip Length (inside)
6 2 70-73cm 84-88cm 34cm
8 4 74-77cm 89-93cm 35cm
10 6 78-81cm 94-98cm 36cm
12 8 82-85cm 99-103cm 37cm
14 10 86-89cm 104-108cm 38cm
16 12 90-93cm 109-115cm 39cm
18 14 94-97cm 116-122cm 40cm
20 16 98-101cm 123-129cm 41cm

Men's Tops

Chest Length (front)
X-Small 87-91cm 55cm
Small 92-95cm 56.5cm
Medium 96-99cm 58cm
Large 100-109cm 59.5cm
X-Large 110-119cm 61cm
XX-Large 120-127cm 64.5cm
XXX-Large 128-135cm 66cm

Men's Shorts

 Waist Hip Length (outside)
28" 69-73cm 84-88cm 60.5cm
30" 74-78cm 89-93cm 61.5cm
32" 79-83cm 94-98cm 63.5cm
34" 84-88cm 99-103cm 64.5cm
36" 89-93cm 104-108cm 65.5cm
38" 94-98cm 109-113cm 66.5cm
40" 99-103cm 114-118cm 67.5cm

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