Business & Life

A Notice To Our EU Customers…

Well, we stuck it out longer than many other small UK based businesses, but it is with a heavy heart that we have now (temporarily) decided to turn off shipping to EU customers. There is currently just too much bureaucracy and red tape involved and the worst of it is that all the fees involved … Read more …

Tim’s End of Year (2020) Review

Hello Herd, apologies it’s been a while since I personally posted anything. It’s been quite a year! As I type, Boris is telling me (on the news that is, we’re not chums) that I’m now in Tier 4. Whilst that has come as a disappointing end to a tough year, one thing I now know … Read more …

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New Stolen Goat X World Bicycle Relief Product //

Yesterday we launched an all-new collaboration product with World Bicycle Relief…. The Zambian Zebra Bandido, to match the men’s and women’s jerseys. The Bandido is an incredibly versatile accessory that can be used all year round and has a multitude of ways in which it can be used. Great for covering the neck, face and … Read more …

COVID-19 – An update from our founder //

By now I have no doubt that you are fully aware of the global pandemic that is COVID-19. It’s a troubling time for many and it’s clear that life will be far from normal over the coming months. At Stolen Goat we believe in the power of freedom through sport in general but our main … Read more …

Stolen Goat Pop Up Shop In Bruges
// 26th Feb – 1st March 2020

Exciting news to announce, we have a pop-up shop opening for a limited time within the super cool, Velusso store in Bruges (Brugge), Belgium. If you haven’t heard of Velusso before, they are a great bunch of people with a like-minded approach to having fun and inspiring people to get out there. They organise cycling … Read more …

Wishing You A Happy New Year From Stolen Goat
// 2020

Welcome to 2020, goats! We wish you and your families the best for this year and on! So, we’re 13 days into the New Year… what have you planned for 2020? Have you decided to join crit racing, or change your training or dietary plans, or take up triathlon, maybe you just enjoy cycling with … Read more …

An Epic 100 Mile Gravel Ride For Charity

Following on from World Mental Health Day yesterday, we wanted to carry on the conversation and keep pushing for change. One of our Sweedish ambassadors Oscar has been organising a charity ride for the past few years raising awareness and money for mental health illness. With thanks to Oscar and his friend Anders, Stolen Goat … Read more …

Freedom Is…

As we rolled quietly past our 7th birthday in July I began contemplating our journey thus far and, as I often do, I reflected on the beginnings of Stolen Goat and what it really means to be part of The Herd. It may sound corny, but Stolen Goat was created by myself (Tim Bland) as … Read more …

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Grab & Go Recipes to Fuel Your Adventures
// Jennifer Lucas // #4

Adventure snacks On Your Bike: Grab & Go Recipes to Fuel Your Adventures I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: one of my favourite things about cycling (other than the snazzy lycra and exploring the great outdoors) is the snacks. Anyone who’s ever experienced the dreaded mid-ride “bonk” (a term which means something … Read more …

We’re hiring! Could you be the Stolen Goat Product Manager?

Job spec: Product Manager, Full Time, Hook Hampshire // This is a core position in Stolen Goat. The candidate will work directly with Tim (founder), and SG lead designer Trevor, and our key suppliers on an ongoing basis to improve the current offering and expand the range where there are gaps and growth opportunities. Stolen … Read more …

Rethinking the Jersey
// A thoughtful piece of apparel

Rethinking the Jersey: a thoughtful piece of apparel Last year Stolen Goat launched a jersey (see here) to help raise awareness and funds for mental health charity Rethink (www.rethink.org). Very simply, we named our design “Rethink” and incorporated both the colours of the Rethink charity as well as covering our jersey in a positive “plus” … Read more …

Why Stolen Goat Stopped Selling To Wiggle…

Stolen Goat clothing has been available to buy on Wiggle since 2015. Our new SS19 Collection will not be available via Wiggle or Chain Reaction Cycles. Some people have asked about our reasons for taking the step to move away from the WiggleCRC platform, which may seem counter-intuitive on the surface of it, so I … Read more …

Tim’s End Of Year (2018) Review

It’s been a while since I wrote personally on this blog, Rob does such a great job of managing the content on stolen goat but from time to time I wish I had more time to contribute to this part of the business. Warning // Some Gushy Stuff // Cards on the table… I’m writing … Read more …

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// Christmas Gift Ideas 2018

Stolen Goat Christmas Gift Ideas Christmas is fast approaching. We get to pack in parties, presents and holiday riding. And we plan next summer’s adventures whilst feeling super-confident after a couple of drinks….. That 300km gravel ride we need to get super-fit for? Done. The “really short” long weekend in Mallorca? No problem, the parents-in-law … Read more …

Stolen Goat Winter Tops
// The Three Golden Qualities

Goodbye summer haze, hello winter breeze As the longest heatwave in recent memory comes to a definite close, attention quickly turns to keeping the rain out and the warmth in. Take note – we are talking about retaining warmth, not retaining humidity and perspiration! It’s no good if rain meets an impenetrable barrier in your … Read more …

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World Mental Health Day 2018
// Make A Difference!

Today – 10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day #wmhd World Mental Health Day is a day created for mental health education, awareness and to rid of the social stigma associated. The day was observed for the first time on 10th October 1992 and started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental … Read more …

Five Different Ways Cyclists are Using Strava

Before you get into this – did you know you can join us on strava! Maligned by many for encouraging competitive riding on public roads, the fitness tracking app Strava has the ability to turn even the most ordinary ride into a race. But not everyone uses the app in quite the same way, or … Read more …

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Riding in Mallorca
// Ashley Oldfield // #2

Riding in Mallorca   I do a fair amount of overseas travel for work every year, but it’s never the type of travel where I can settle in, take in the sights and get a feel for a new place. It’s high-paced. I’ll fly for anywhere from 8 to 16 hours to get to Europe … Read more …

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World Bicycle Day 3rd June 2018

“Cycling is a source for social, economic and environmental benefits – and it is bringing people together” –  European Cyclists’ Federation Secretary General Bernhard Ensink What is World Bicycle Day? World Bicycle Day is on Sunday 3rd of June. It’s a day developed by the United Nations as a day of awareness in regards to the multiple societal … Read more …

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Vive le Yorkshire! The Route of the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de France comes to Yorkshire, 2014. Photo by Bryan Ledgard. Yorkshire, the proudest of English regions, a county that is home to some of the most sublime landscapes England has to offer, and a place that has managed to attract more than a few international events to its humble borders. The 2014 visit … Read more …

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World Bipolar Day 2018

World Bipolar Day falls on 30th March every year World Bipolar Day is a day designed to raise worldwide awareness of the condition and change the social stigmas regarding the disorder. Someone who experiences the condition isn’t any less of a person than a person that does not, nor should they be considered ‘weak’. Bipolar … Read more …

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Ridley Bikes
// A Quick Look At The 2018 Noah’s

We were lucky enough to borrow some truly great bikes while we were out in Mallorca last month. Thank you Berganti Bikes and Ridley Bikes for the hook up! If you didn’t know, we launched our new SS18 collection in Sa Ruta Verda, a cycle-friendly cafe in Caimari – Mallorca. This is a popular hotspot for cyclists … Read more …

The Winter Motivation Manifesto

Six weeks into the new year the steely resolve of that new years resolution has softened into a mushy apathy, the dark days and freezing weather offering the perfect derailment to your well-intentioned fitness resolutions. But never fear, this post is to help you shake off the winter sluggishness, and start getting outdoors even when … Read more …

Time To Talk Day 2018

What is time to talk day? Time to talk is a campaign created by Rethink and Mind – both organisations for Mental Health Illness. It’s a day designed to encourage everyone to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to learn, to change lives. For too long, many people with mental health … Read more …

It’s Time To ‘Rethink’ Blue Monday
// Show Your Colours

Last year we published a blog post in which Bruce (one of our brand ambassadors) explained his fight against Mental Health illness. Read here if you missed it. Since then, Bruce has been working very hard on himself and his future. Find out how he’s been getting on and what he’s been up to here. Following … Read more …

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Bruce Karsten
// A Quick Update

So its been a couple months since I last wrote for SG. A lot has happened in many ways I guess. I have made good strides forward in feeling better and seem to be coming to grips with depression and how it manifests itself in my day-to-day. The doc is pleased and thinks I’m ready … Read more …

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Back On The Bike
// Nicole Pugson // #3

It’s that time of year where the weather is bleak, the festive cheer has disappeared, we’ve all eaten and drunk a bit too much and feeling perhaps a little less motivated to get back on the saddle. It probably doesn’t help that when we wake up it’s dark outside and being under the covers, wrapped … Read more …

New Year New You //

New Year New You – A term easier said than done, for some of us it may last a few weeks, for others, longer…. but ultimately we end up going back to our old ways because it’s what we know! Here’s some pointers on pushing on through… Brush The Dust Off The Bike Now is the … Read more …

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Last Chance To Order For Christmas
// Don’t Leave It Too Late

For Uk Mainland customers the last chance to order for Christmas is Thursday 21st by 2pm and the only way to hopefully guarantee you receive your order is if you select ‘Next day delivery’. For International customers, we use DHL Air Express, it’s the fastest thing going so you should be good up until Friday 15th … Read more …

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Festive Bike Rides 2017
// ‘Tis the Season to be Cycling

When the family are snuggled on the sofa watching Christmas TV, you can be out on the frozen roads, tyres scorching the streets in the cold air, icy snot like crystals on your chin.   Ah, Christmas, the season of sitting around over-eating whilst your bike sits lonely and unloved in the garage….But before cabin … Read more …

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Behind The Kit p/b Stolen Goat: Tim Panagis – Motivation

Behind the Kit p/b Stolen Goat: Tim Panagis – Motivation Hello Goaters! It’s been a long time since my last post and for that, you have my apologies. I do have a pretty good excuse though because in late August I got married to the love of my life and then soon thereafter headed off on a … Read more …

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World Mental Health Day 2017
// Why Everyone Needs To Speak Up

Every time we have a mental health awareness week my spirits sink. We don’t need people to be more aware. We can’t deal with the ones who already are aware” – Professor Sir Simon Wessely, president of the Royal Society of Medicine. Full interview published via British Medical Journal Yes, you read that correctly. Mental … Read more …

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Born In A Shed – My Thoughts On 5 Years Of Business

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business. – Henry Ford This week stolen goat turned 5. Despite owning pairs of jeans that are older than this – I realise that 5 years is not an insignificant amount of time to survive in business. The word ‘survive’ is apt here. The first … Read more …

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Top 10 Pro Cyclists To Follow On Instagram
// Get To Know The Pro’s

Top 10 pro cyclists to follow on Instagram, it’s not about the number of followers…. Instagram is one of the best ways to see the goings on of a pro cyclist. Follow them and have an insight into what their busy lives entail: race days, training, travelling, dietary plans, hobbies, time off, messing around, personal things, cool products … Read more …

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The Jonesie Diary
// #3 // India Edition

The Jonesie Diary # india edition Greetings from across the waters: I’m currently sat on a beach in North Goa. Most triathlete / athletes take a break from their training schedule post race season – for me this year my rest month was delayed by a few months to incorporate a 5 week trip to India … Read more …

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Tim’s stolen goat review of the year – 2016

“You can’t take over the world without a good acronym” ― C.S. Woolley What a year it’s been for SG! I’m physically tired and emotionally  worn out but at the same time full of energy and optimism for the future of this growing business. 2016, like every year I have headed up this business since 2012, … Read more …

A week without the boss, everyone’s dream!?

The boss is away hooray? For the past week, owner of stolen goat Tim has been away on holiday (much deserved) and left us to fend for ourselves. Everyone thought, great, come in, laze around, go out for rides, get away with the bare minimum and go home. Oh we were so wrong….. When the … Read more …

#FunFriday

It’s Friday! Here at stolen goat we take our Friday’s very seriously! so…….. All of the SG herd are preparing to venture off into the wild, for their weekly Friday ride. The weather isn’t too good here, it’s not sure whether to rain or shine. So we’ve all got our Orkaan kit on, ready for any situation! … Read more …

2014 – A Year In Review – And A Glimpse of 2015…

It’s around about this time of year that I get all reflective on the year gone past. I like to share these thoughts and experiences, be they good or bad. It is perhaps a little self indulgent but people always ask me – “how is business?” – from which I am expected to give a … Read more …

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Don’t Be More Dog… Be More Goat

If you live in the UK and watch TV, chances are you’ve seen the Be More Dog campaign by O2. It’s a good campaign, good fun – and engaging. The essence of the campaign being that dogs are care free and have a “Carpe Diem” or seize the day attitude. That’s cool. But I’m not … Read more …

5 Reasons Why You Need a Holiday

Image: my 2 daughters enjoying a pedal powered roundabout on holiday The Goat is an awesome animal. But it needs food, drink and occasional play & relaxation to keep it performing at it’s best… It’s been over 2 years since I had more than a day off work. In that time a second daughter has … Read more …

Lance Armstrong – The Marmite of Cycling

Few people have divided the opinions of the cycling world in recent times, and quite possibly ever, as Lance Armstrong has. Where usually a veritable rainbow of opinions emerges, in his case seemingly, there aren’t even 50 shades of grey. It’s black or white, love or hate. Like Marmite. Yet, while I have a very … Read more …

When things go wrong…

As promised last week, I’ll tackle the first question that was asked. This one came from Victoria on Twitter and she wanted to know: What do you do when things go wrong? The very short answer actually comes from the boy scouts: always be prepared. However, there are different kinds of ‘preparedness’: physical, mental and … Read more …

Climbing out of a black hole

No, I’ve not rewritten the laws of Physics. Though, who wouldn’t mind a cheeky Nobel Prize? No, this is about a different sort of black hole. Last weekend, I did an 18 mile trail race. It’s a distance I have never done before. It was a completely new experience and a big challenge and my … Read more …

2013 In Review

Above – my 2 Children Daisy & Emily… could they be the future leaders of Stolen Goat Corporation??? On a personal level this year has been a genuine roller coaster for me. Ditching your steady, well paid, corporate job that puts food on the table for the whole family in favour of running a company … Read more …

We were rated 4/5 instead of 5/5 – time for a shake up!

If you’ve ever bought something from Stolen Goat then you will probably have received a request to review your experience a few days later. It is completely optional of course, some people feel compelled to offer feedback, some don’t. It’s all good. I made the active decision when embarking on the review system that I … Read more …

Great Cycling Gifts For Under £30

With Christmas just around the corner, here is a selection of super cool presents for cyclists that won’t break the bank. All of the following come in at under £30, but you can see the whole list here: cycling gifts for under £30… Cycling T-Shirts starting at just £18 Cycling inspired tees make an excellent … Read more …

10 Selfish Cycling Gifts

Apparently at this time of year – some people start buying each other gifts! Forget that, it’s not Christmas quite yet so lets all focus on ourselves for a bit longer shall we? If the thought of doing the Christmas shopping sends shivers down your spine then have a look at these lovely items which … Read more …

The Power of Goal Setting

pic: ©Stefano Sirotti The days of frivolous cycling in the warmth of the Sun are starting to slip away. But we are still cyclists right? We may not cycle as much (although many do) but we still ride our bikes. The thought of going out in the Autumn and Winter is often worse than the … Read more …

FACT: cycling is for creative, attractive tech wizards

I am a cyclist, I am also very much a tech fan. I’m betting you are the same. There is something about cycling that seems to attract tech geeks. Most of the cyclists I know are heavily into tech and gadgets and indeed most are in or have worked in the software industry or come … Read more …

September Riding – 10 Reasons Why It’s Awesome

It’s around about now each year that people start telling you that Autumn is on its way – you need to start wearing warmer clothes and being depressed. To be honest, this message mostly starts because all the retailers have got their Autumn / Winter stock in the shops! But it’s bullshit! Right now is actually … Read more …

Find Your Inner Goat

Let’s face it, most of us (OK all of us) cannot climb the Pyrenees like some kind of Columbian Mountain Goat. Watching the Tour de France makes me realise just how lame I am at climbing, but hey – it’s what cycling is all about. We all “hate” hills and yet we all seek them … Read more …

How Screen Printing is done – by Eliza Southwood

Eliza Southwood is one of our favourite print artists here on Stolen Goat. She produces some fantastic Limited Edition hand pulled, silkscreen art prints, most of which are cycling specific. She recently gave us exclusive rights to sell her limited edition run of her wonderful Cime de la Bonette prints, and I suddenly realised that I had no … Read more …