JL Velo - Custom Cyclewear



A family-owned business, social and environmental issues are at the top of our agenda when making operational decisions. From where we buy our supplies to how we treat our employees, we believe in leaving as small a foot print as possible, and treating our employees well!

About Us

JL is a family-owned business, run and staffed by athletes.  For over 30 years, we have been designing, engineering, and manufacturing our technical training and racing clothing.
At our partners' family-owned facility in El Salvador we have complete control over the means of production, over the timing, and over our impact on the community and on the environment.  We source our materials as close to production as possible, use recycled fibers when available, and plan to be 100 percent solar by 2020! Our employees repay our commitment to them with consistent, quality work--you'll recognize it in every garment we make!
So who are we? My name is Joline Esparza. I started JL in the early eighties while training and competing for the US Rowing Team. It was my great honor to represent the US; I raced to a Silver Medal in the Open Women's Eight, Lucerne, '82. I designed and made clothing that worked for me, my training partners, and my husband, a track and field athlete. In the years since then, Ken and I have developed JL Design Enterprises, Inc., a full-service sports apparel company specializing in customized uniforms for training and racing.  You can see our tough standards at work, when you go to our Secret Testing Lab, where we put our designs and fabrics through the ringer.
The photo above (after a ride) is Ken Mills. In  1980 he competed for the US Junior National Track & Field Team in Canada.  Ken trained under Olympic coach Art Venegas with the top throwers of his generation.  Faced with the dilemma of every top-class track athlete of the period, Ken made the decision to remain clean.  Though this contributed to his early withdrawal from competition, it is part of what defines Ken and what he brings to his management style at JL.  Dedication with honesty and hard work--no shortcuts.

Come see us at our office: 216 E 3rd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92702

Or at our Philadelphia Store: 132 Levering Street, Manayunk, PA 19127.
Ken and Joline





Augie Gonzalez-Inside Sales
augie@jlvelo.com
760-333-0207


Andrew Nydegger
Mid-Atlantic Sales
Andrew@jlvelo.com
800-831-3305 ext 216

While Joline was sewing and designing in the garage (really!) Ken was working his way through the bike retail industry.  We owned a shop in San Diego for 5 years.  Ken built a great reputation among club and pro riders in the area until the advent of catalog bike sales meant the end of our independent, family-owned shop. The bad news for bike retail meant great news for our clothing line, since both Ken and Joline put all their energy into JL.
As a company we are committed to value and service. As a family we stand behind the integrity of our company. What this means to you is that we understand the importance of creating and maintaining team relationships. Ask any of the teams we work with. Ask about our communication, deliveries, and service. And ask about our products.  We enjoy what we do at JL, and I think it shows.  Look for the JL tent at local events.  Call us any time to ask questions or to locate a regional representative.  We look forward to working with you and your athletes.