Expressions of style, technical masterpieces or rudimentary pieces of cycle wear, a cycle jersey says as much about the cyclist as the bike he or she chooses to ride. Whether you buy a cycling jersey motivated by emotion, features, or perhaps just a great colour, read our thoughts below on some of the rider favourite brands from around the site and how to choose your perfect jersey. More >>
Every ride is different
What suits one cyclist may not in fact suit another. From environmental conditions to how often you actually manage to get out on the bike, a cycling jersey, or indeed any piece of cycle clothing should be bought with your ride in mind, and nothing else. For example, if hot conditions are prevalent in your area, then clearly a lighter weight jersey would be a better choice than a more 'early season' bike jersey designed for cooler conditions. Likewise, if you are lucky enough to be able to ride 3-4 times a week, a more feature rich, technical bicycle top would be more appropriate, whereas for the rider who pops out for a quick weekend spin every once in a while, a simpler, less technical jersey would be a prudent choice.
Vintage Cycling Jerseys
Solo are without doubt the greatest exponents of the 'Retro style' in cycling right now. Their Classique and Equipe cycling jerseys are as much testaments to great design as they are to cycling's rich & colourful history. Don't let the 'retro' tag fool you though, Solo's Jerseys are technical pieces in their own right, and employ fabrics such as MAPP Matrix Merino to great effect.
Pro Cycling Jerseys
If you talk about Research & Development, Craft of Sweden are right up there with the best. Not so well known in the UK (we're working on that), but highly popular in Europe, their cycling jerseys are both beautifully fitted and feature rich. If you want great performance, fit and function then Craft is the brand for you. Not just for mere mortals however, Craft's Bike Range is also used by a certain World Champion British Racing Driver for his training and triathlon work.
A recent addition to the Always Riding site is the Spanish (or Basque) brand Etxeondo - pronounced 'etchy ondo' as one word, not two as you frequently see online. Very popular in Europe, Etxeondo are revered as the makers of the highest quality bicycle apparel in the world. Choosing a bicycle jersey from Etxeondo is always going to be a good idea, and is the mark of a well informed and experienced rider.
Twin Six Jerseys
Deserving of a special mention, Twin Six Jerseys are something different entirely. Technical yes, but Twin Six's strength lies in their incredible design work, and the story behind each piece. Hailing from Minneapolis in the US, Twin Six have garnered a huge following of design savvy cyclists in recent years, eager to wear something a little more alternative than regular cycle clothing.
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"Etxeondo’s jersey feels like a quality item as soon as you put it on, with a great cut and a smooth, comfortable fabric. Etxeondo claims this Meryl Micro is the world’s first ‘bacteriostatic’ material, which allows the skin to maintain its natural bacteria level, and it certainly didn’t get smelly. The arms are relatively long so aren’t too tight over the biceps, but they don’t ride up. The full-length zip has no storm flap or zip garage but is easy to adjust while riding." - Cycling Plus Road Tested - 5 stars The ...
The Etxeondo Trier Jersey is a classic of the Etxeondo jersey range. Offering detailed styling and a precise construction, the Trier proves itself to be a beautifully fitting, warm weather cycling jersey aimed at the sportive, race and club run enthusiast.Tailored from Meryl microfibre for UV protective warm ride comfort, the Trier sports contoured panels that allows for a flattering, ergonomic look. Flatlock stitching is evident throughout, 3 open rear pockets with a zippered 4th sit at the rear, whilst a stylish embroidered half-zip up front completes the look.Meryl Micro fibre fabricUV ...
Created from Etxeondo’s custom Super Dry fabric - a breathable, lightweight offering that works very well in warmer conditions, and styled with a simple, bold chest design, the Etxeondo Gizon brings to mind the earlier days of cycling. Cut for a slim, ergonomic fit that tilts towards sportive rather than race day, the Gizon boasts a full zip, raglan cut sleeves and three roomy pockets to the rear. Etxeondo Super Dry fabric Full-length zip Fast drying Raglan cut sleeves Classic design Three pockets Low-weight and high breathability
Created with Etxeondo’s custom Super Dry fabric, the Etxeondo Andre Jersey nicely echoes the yesteryear of cycling with its simple, classic design. Stylishly cut, the Andre offers a full zip, Raglan cut sleeves, a very comfortable neck line and three pockets at the rear. Ideal for warm rides, the Etxeondo Andre is a great all-rounder that would suit club, training or relaxed road rides, and represents an excellent introduction to Etxeondo women's cycle clothing.Etxeondo Super Dry fabricFull-length zipFast dryingRaglan cut sleevesClassic designThree pocketsLow-weight and high breathability
Ideally suited to both road and trail, the Etxeondo Feman Jersey is an adaptable warm weather women's cycling jersey. Finished with a full front zip that allows a great measure of temperature control and tipped with a custom Etxeondo zip puller for easy access with cycling gloves, it features mesh side inserts which carry on over the shoulders - a boon for the very hottest rides. Three rear pockets adorn the rear, whilst the Feman is completed by subtle Etxeondo branding on the chest and middle back. Mesh inserts for warm weather ridingEtxeondo lined full zipperThree deep rear pocketsQuick ...
Designed for the very warmest days, the Etxeondo Feather Jersey is an exceedingly lightweight, UV protective cycling jersey made from Meryl fabric and tailored for an ergonomic cut. Ideal paired with the Spanish brand's Feather Bib Shorts or worn alongside existing bib shorts, the Feather Jersey sports a hidden 3/4 zipper, 3 deep rear pockets and rear reflective detailing for excellent low light visibility. A highly comfortable neck line (a noted Etxeondo feature) closed via an easy-reach Etxeondo branded puller completes the top.3/4 length zipperExceedingly lightweight Meryl fabric constructionUV ...
Designed for early spring or autumn rides, the Etxeondo Mutil Long Sleeve Jersey is a perfectly tailored & well-fitting jersey, ideal for the road cyclist looking for a subtle stylistic nod to road cycling's heyday. Trimmed with a full front zip finished with an easy pull Etxeondo zipper (a trademark of this Basque brand), the Mutil sports 3 deep rear pockets and a Comfort fabric construction that reveals itself to be pleasingly breathable and stretchy on the bike. Paired with a suitable early spring/autumn baselayer like the Etxeondo Labur, and the Mutil allows for rides ...
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