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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All new for 2013, the Radioshack Leopard Trek Elite Aero Jersey takes the immensely popular design from last year's Radiohack 'Nissan' team and gives it a new twist to match the rejigged sponsor line up. Designed for an aerodynamic look, the Radioshack Leopard Trek Elite range is cut for a pure racing fit, and as such, doesn't follow the Craft size chart. If in doubt, go one size up from what the chart indicates, or stick at your usual size for a super trim ride! Silicone print at back bottom hem keeps the jersey in placeMesh Superlight inserts in armpits for extra ventilationErgonomic ...
A jersey that just wants to be worn, get it on, get riding and let the pedals do the talking. A perfect acompaniment for when a solo ride is on the cards. Sporting a mid-length sleeve for a modern fit, a full length zip with locking puller, 3 deep rear pockets with a zippered, reflective enhanced 4th to hold ride valuables, the Morvelo a la Pedale Jersey offers everything a cyclist might need, whether road or trail is the terrain of the day. 100% Bioactive Dry Polyester Short Sleeve, with mid length sleeves for a more modern cut Slim Fit Full ...
Sporting a full front zip, raglan sleeves, three easy-access rear pockets and the original 'Belgian Blue' team design, the Bioracer Belgium National Short Sleeve Jersey is part of the official Belgium Team Kit, proudly made by Bioracer. Belgium's list of cycling greats is long and heady. Sven Nys, Philippe Gilbert, Tom Boonen, Niels Albert, Johan Museeuw - big names from a country that is widely regarded as the heartland of cycling. Since 1994, Bioracer has been the Belgium National Team's official cycle clothing supplier, a duty it takes great pride in performing. Full ...
With a more relaxed fit on the body and arms (Craft call this their 'wide fit') and short MTB style zipper, the Performance Stripe Jersey is ideally suited to trail or cycle-cross adventures, where its great shape, 4 rear pockets (one of which is zippered for valuables), silicon rear hem stability enhancement and highly breathable fabric all contribute to a great day in the saddle.Ergonomic construction for total freedom of movementFunctional fabric that enhances cooling and moisture transportAir-channeled mesh inserts in hot spots with elastic hexa-channel fabric for active cooling and ...
The brand new Solo Lightweight Jersey has been designed for the hottest riding conditions. When the mercury rises and you face a long hard day in the saddle, wearing the Lightweight Jersey is an ideal solution to uncomfortable hot ride over heating. To attain a cooling environment, the Solo Lightweight Jersey uses a superb moisture-wicking main fabric and incorporates highly breathable mesh panels on the sides and back; features which significantly aid temperature management. Cooling aside, the Lightweight Jersey sports a full length zip, stylish arm and neck bands and subtle ...
The Euskaltel Short Sleeve Body Fit Jersey by Bioracer is the official 2013 Team Euskaltel cycling jersey, shaped in the Bodyfit system with aero shaped sleeves and a race, ergonomic cut. Sporting a UV protective, light and breathable fabric, the Euskaltel Jersey includes three rear pockets at the rear, whilst up front, there is a full locking zip.Same jersey as worn by the riders in Team EuskaltelBodyfit with aero shape sleevesUV protective fabric3 rear pocketsLong, locking front zipper
A cycling jersey for hot weather efforts and Big Ring Riding, the Craft Elite Bike Jersey is a cleverly body-mapped top that successfully marries all-day comfort and aerodynamics.Constructed using a unique wing panel concept, the Elite Jersey provides not only near perfect body ergonomics, but a close fitted look, that, in cooperation with the highly breathable hexa-channel fabric, makes for a really comfortable ride, whether sportive, club run, race or fast training ride is the order of the day. Taped, ergonomic sleeve endings also demonstrate Craft's keen eye for fit.Offering the usual ...
Sporting a custom Italian striped Piqué fabric, the Cafe du Cycliste Henriette Jersey in burgundy is a light & breathable, beautifully tailored cycling jersey ideally suited to warm weather road rides. Closed via an easy-pull half zip, the Henriette Burgundy Jersey offers an assortment of well-thought out pockets, including a zipped key pocket & pump pocket in addition to the de rigueur three pocket layout for ride snacks and supplies. Reflective details provide low-light visibility, and embroidered front and sleeve logos complete the top. 100% polyester Half ...
Babici have paid homage to the Netherlands with its Haarlem Mundial Jersey. Orange is not a subtle colour yet Babici have managed to provide a considered nod to this Jersey's Dutch inspiration. Whether you remember Jan Raas or Lars Boom the Haarlem is a clean and simple way to show off your colours. Understated Babici detailing has been paired with practicalities such as angled rear pockets for easy access and a waterproof zip pocket for essentials. A silicon grip hem keeps the jersey in place whilst a full length zip is great for those extra hot days of climbing. Angled ...
The Flandrien pays homage to the host of the hardest spring classics. Decked out in Belgian colours the Fladrein gives a hint to the kind of rider it's designers had in mind. Inside the collar is written 'De Vlaamse weg: Wind, Regen, Kassei en Hellingen' meaning 'The Flandrien way: wind, rain, cobbles and hills' - enough said. Sporting a mid-length sleeve for a modern fit, a full length zip with locking puller, 3 deep rear pockets with a zippered, reflective enhanced 4th to hold ride valuables, the Morvelo Flandrien Jersey offers everything a cyclist ...
The Ride Jersey is all about simple, pared down style. But, like riding in rush hour, there's a lot more to it than meets the eye. Made from a super comfy odour resisting cotton blend that dries four times faster than straight cotton, the Ride Jersey gets things done on the bike courtesy of a fitted design with ergonomic side panels and a dropped rear hem. Shoulder seams are placed lower to ensure bag carrying comfort for city riders, and at the rear there is a handy zipped side opening pocket for your mobile, complete with an internal wire hole. A printed neck label keeps ...
This time around for Solo it is Denmark that gets the Classique treatment, with the addition of the New Zealand brand's new ATR Jersey - the first Scandinavian country to be featured on a Solo jersey. The deceptively simple design has a distinct 1970’s feel, evocative of the emerging pro teams of that era. Highly breathable and wickable polyester fabric keeps you cool and dry 18cm front zip with over-size zipper pull designed for using with gloved fingers Customised silicon elastic waist band Small rear zipped rear pocket (in addition to the standard ...
Worn alone as first layer for trail rides, touring or the regular commute, the Bionicon Merono T-Shirt is an exceptionally comfortable cycling top, made only from the finest New Zealand MAPP Merino Wool in a superfine 150 g/sqm blend.Furnished with flat lock seams throughout and no seams in the shoulder areas for bag carrying comfort, the Bionicon T-Shirt also features raglan cut sleeves, and a longer cut at the rear for the perfect on the bike fit.Classic, slightly tight fitFlat-lock-seams for high comfortRaglan-cut sleeves to prevent pressure points when wearing a rucksackCut longer ...
Competitively priced, yet offering welcome touches of detail like a silicone rear hem, a soft, ventilating fabric, soft sleeve ends and four rear pockets (one of which is zippered for valuables), the Craft Active Bike Logo Jersey is a great cycling jersey choice for the rider looking to get out 2-3 times a week over moderate distances. Ergonomic construction for true freedom of movementSilicone print at rear jersey hem to keep the jersey in placeLightweight, soft and ventilating fabricFour back pockets (one zippered for valuables)Classic Sublimated logo designFull front zipperSoft sleeve ends
A classic in the Craft jersey range, the Performance Bike Tour Jersey is the go-to rider favourite for wherever the road takes you this season.Featuring rider friendly features like 3 rear pockets with a zippered 4th for valuables, a full front zip c/w zip garage and a silicone print rear hem for a consistently smart fit, the Performance Bike Jersey covers all the bases, and rounds it off with a perfectly cut fit that strikes an ideal compromise between pro fit and Sunday sportive.Functional fabric that enhances cooling and moisture transportErgonomic construction for a perfect riding-position ...
"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 ...
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