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 Cafe du Cycliste Yolande Jersey is a merino wool based long sleeved road riding jersey, finished with careful detailing and ride-specific features. Made from a technical merino fabric blend that offers natural fibre benefits alongside enhanced garment longevity, the Yolande sports 3 deep rear pockets, a zipped key pocket, chest iPod pocket & finally a pump pocket to round out storage capabilities. Reflective detailing at the rear provides welcome low light visibility, whilst up front, a full zip handles closure duties, finished with a classic fold over button-down collar. ...
As any cyclist knows, once the speed starts getting past 20kph, it becomes that much harder to not only increase, but to maintain speed. Castelli, rocking a cycle clothing heritage that goes back to the invention of rear jersey pockets no less, developed their Aero Race 4.0 Jersey in response to this problem, with the result that wearing the Aero 4.0 can save between 10-12 watts of power at 40kph. Now in its 6th successful iteration, the Castelli Aero Race 4.0 Jersey is a honed classic of the Italian brand's range, offering not only the aforementioned aero advantage, but a full length ...
Designed for the very hottest rides, the Castelli Climbers Jersey is a sub-100g cycling jersey designed for big temperature racing up or down hill. Ideal apparel to conquer tarmac melting international sportives in both comfort and style, the Climber's Jersey sports a multi-denier fabric that boasts excellent wicking characteristics, aerodynamic shoulder mesh fabric, and a full length Vislon zipper. Three rear pockets sit at the rear and a lightweight lycra hem completes the top.Strada light 3D meshMulti denier fabric for excellent wickingVelocity mesh fabric on shoulders for fit and ...
5 light and wicking fabrics, 15-panels for a perfect fit - the Castelli Fuga Jersey is big on numbers, but they're all lucky, with the dashing red or black top offering club run, Sunday specialists and sportive riders a striking, feature rich environment for their next ride.Rocking 3 external rear pockets and a zippered 4th melded to a limited stretch back panel that inhibits pocket sag (the ugly duckling of the cycling world!), the Castelli Fuga sports a full easy pull zip, tailored collar for a comfortable on the drops position, rear reflective tabs and silicon rear hem.5 light and ...
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. ...
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 ...
The Chrome Cobra Hoody is the US brand's live-in 24/7 top. On or off the bike, its great fit, soft merino wool fabric and rich feature list will both please and delight you. (Hmm, we have to stop writing these product descriptions after reading Chinese fortune cookies). For riders with big storage needs, the Cobra's full width rear pocket will come as a nice surprise, as will the pocket zippered wrist, thumb loops and generally pleasing fit that gives you a longer torso and longer sleeves. High neck collar with 3 panel merino hood Full width pass though ...
The Cinelli Italo 79 Jersey brings Cinelli's Italian made throwback styling bang up to date with a quick drying Silvertouch fabric construction. Cinelli are renowned for their bikes, but anyone who has ridden in their kit knows how well designed it is. A slim cut makes this a racer's jersey but with the Italo 79's bright colours and rear reflective stripe it will help keep you safe and seen however fast you ride. 100% Polyamide Three rear cargo pockets Slim fit Made in Italy Rear gel grip
Furnished with 3 rear pockets, a full length high quality YKK front zip, and tailored with a race cut ideally suited to hard, hot days on the bike, the Cinelli Team Jersey is a perfect addition to the wardrobe of any Italian cycling heritage fan. Made in Italy 100% polyester YKK full front zip 3 rear pockets Race cut
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 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 ...
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 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 fine club run, training ride or sportive jersey, the Craft Performance Bike Jersey 2013 offers a typically awesome Craft cycling jersey fit (always ergonomic, always perfectly shaped) alongside a full front zip, soft sleeve endings, three deep rear pockets enhanced with a zippered 4th for ride valuables, and 360 degree road visibility courtesy of generous yet subtle reflective print. A silicon printed rear hem completes the jersey.Ergonomic construction for a perfect riding positionSoft, elastic fabricsBody-mapped mesh inserts at hot spotsSoft, ergonomic sleeve endingsSilicon printed ...
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 ...
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 ...
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