Category Archives: Business & Life

Fancy Cycling Helmets // Designed By Artists // On Show In London

In the market for a new cycling helmet?….. Well, look no further! A collection of stunningly crafted helmets designed by various artists will be on show at London bike shop and cafe Look Mum No Hands from Friday 1st September. With artists such as Grayson Perry and Stephen Jones to name a few, this is […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

The Jonesie Diary // #3 // India Edition

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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 […]

How to start racing – The Jonesie Diary – #2 – Where it all began!

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How to start racing – The Jonesie Diary – Where it all began Where #teamjones began……How to start racing……Let’s start at the beginning…. I get asked these types of questions a lot….. ‘How do you do it?’    ‘I could never compete at that level – how to start racing?’     ‘You must be so strict with […]

A Boxing Day Ride – Brand Ambassador – Helen Jones – Winter Riding

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Winter Blues Winter riding – Short daylight hours, layers of kit, freezing extremities, poor riding conditions, all add up to the reality – I HATE WINTER! I find it a real struggle to get the outside bike miles in once the clocks have changed. I have a little chart: So as you can see, slim […]

Tim’s stolen goat review of the year – 2016

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“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, […]

How we work 5 hour days and why it’s vital for our survival

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Two office workers are talking. The woman says, “Bet you I can make the boss give me the day off.” The man replies, “And how would you do that?” The woman says, “Just wait and see.” She then hangs upside down from the ceiling. The boss comes in and says, “What are you doing?” The […]

Why I’ve turned off my phone notifications, and 6 reasons you should too…

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“You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.” ~ Tom Kite Here at stolen goat we’re all about working more effectively in order to free up time for fitting more adventures into our life. Whatever your chosen sport – cycling, running, mountain climbing, whatever – I think we can agree that being stuck […]

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 […]

#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! […]

FOR SALE – One Of A Kind Custom Steel Donhou #11 – Show Winning Bike…

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Yep, there comes a time in every man’s life when he needs to make room for another project in the shed. For me, that moment is today. I’m selling my utterly beautiful custom steel Donhou. If you don’t know Tom Donhou then go check him out. I met him in 2011, he was a brand new […]

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 […]

2 years in – running a cycling business – my personal journey

stolen goat has been running for just over 2 years now. Friends & family are always interested to know what it’s like running my own company, and I think that most people are very curious about what it’s actually like. I know that I was very curious for the 7 years I spent working in a corporate […]

Don’t Be More Dog… Be More Goat

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Caps Not Hats! Spread the cap love with this special offer #CapsNotHats

Over the last year or so – an outrage has slowly risen amongst the cycling community. This outrage comes in the form of baseball caps being worn on the podium instead of the beloved cycling cap. Trivial as this point may seem – the cycling cap is an iconic accessory of our sport. It is […]

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 […]

Stolen Goat Giving To Crisis Homeless Charity This Christmas

This weekend contains Small Business Saturday (7th December). You may or may not have heard of this – it’s a way of getting people behind small business in the UK. Stolen Goat definitely falls into the Small Business slot, we’ve only been going for a year or so and whilst we are growing we are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pushing for Efficiency in Life, as a Cyclist and as a Business Owner

It has to be said, I’m an efficiency nut. Whether I’m working, cycling, running, or whatever I’m striving for 100% efficiency. I think it’s why I love cycling so much, particularly road cycling. Cycling races are typically won by the most efficient team or cyclist. Take a look at Team Sky in action over the […]

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 […]