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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The stand out feature of all Craft jerseys is the fit. Long arms, generous back coverage and a body shape that interacts with the shoulders so well, you really feel they become part of you during the ride. The Craft Elite Bike Long Sleeve Jersey for 2013 carries on this Swedish tradition of intensive ergonomics, by offering the rider a beautifully cut, windproof, water resistant Ventair fabric, for a perfect on the bike position. A full zip sits at the front, detailed with welcome reflective areas for low light visibility, whilst at the rear, 3 deep pockets provide more than enough space ...
A versatile, technical cycling jersey designed for wet, cold days, the Cafe du Cycliste Josette Jersey is a wind and waterproof top, ideal for rides in changeable conditions. Made from a unique fabric developed in Italy, and finished with an internal membrane and waterproof full zip for total insulation, it nevertheless sports armpit and back pocket vents to assist with on the bike thermo-regulation. Stretchy and lightweight, it won't flap in the wind, and is designed for rides between 5 to 15 celsius when worn with a base layer and / or arms warmers depending on the conditions. ...
A brand new addition to the Swedish brand's collection for 2013, the Craft Elite Bike Weather Jersey is a windproof & water repellent cycling jersey, perfectly suited to changeable conditions, where blustery wind, showers or sunshine could be your ride companions. Laser cut throughout for a crisp, clean look, the Weather Jersey offers a fitted shape that utilises the Craft principle of variable fabric thickness for specific heat zones. Three rear pockets augmented with a zippered 4th for valuables sit at the rear, whilst up front, a full lock-down YKK zipper with ...
A product born out of Castelli's collaboration with Team Garmin in their former guise as the Cervelo Test Team, the Castelli Gabba WS Short Sleeve Rain Jersey is a foul-weather cycling jersey sporting full windproof and water-repellant properties. Designed to be paired with the Italian brand's Nanoflex arm warmers, the Gabba Jersey is aimed at the rider looking to take on weather as foul as the Spring Classics are known to offer - pretty foul indeed. A stretchy form-fit, the Gabba offers 3 rear storm flap enclosed pockets complete with eyelet holes to drain water in a ...
A product born out of Castelli's collaboration with Team Garmin in their former guise as the Cervelo Test Team, the Castelli Gabba WS Long Sleeve Rain Jersey is a foul-weather cycling jersey sporting full windproof and water-repellant properties. The Gabba Jersey is aimed at the rider looking to take on weather as foul as the Spring Classics are known to offer - pretty foul indeed. A stretchy form-fit, the Gabba offers 3 rear storm flap enclosed pockets complete with eyelet holes to drain water in a downpour, finished with reflective trim for enhanced low-light visibility. ...
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