Choosing a Cycling Jersey? You need our top tips for success!
When seemingly every cycling jersey and its Uncle Fausto is proudly proclaiming technical prowess, it can be hard to make an educated purchase decision. However, as in life, some of these shouted 'specifications' can be little more than marketing snowballs, designed to slip you up, snatch your credit card and push you out of the door. Come with us then as we tweak the nose of bad decisions, wipe that foggy build up from your glasses, and delve under-shirt with the hardly serious Always Riding cycling jersey guide.
Always judge a book by its cover
The key to making a successful purchase is to assess the jersey on its merits, and the easiest way to do that is to use your eyes. If a cycle jersey looks good, and has a shape that appeals to you, then it's worthy of further consideration. Are you really going to wear a jersey that you don't like the look of, just because you 'should'?
Fabric - it's all in the touch
It's a great time to be a bike rider. Even basic jerseys now rock effective, comfortable fabrics, yet despite these advances there is fabric and there is fabric. What we are trying to say is that for regular high mileage riders, it really is a good idea to spend wisely and invest in a jersey designed for more frequent use. Your money well spent will get you a fabric that both better balances body temperature, improves breathability, and can even incorporate UV protection alongside anti-microbial properties.
If you are in the market for a technical jersey in order to complete hard training, racing or sportives, you need at least 3 rear pockets - a zippered fourth would be a bonus, but isn't always necessary, especially for racing. Deep, stretchy yet secure, these little life savers are all set to hold your pump, tyre levers, action figurines, cakes, or wind proof shell.
Zip me up
Hard riding makes for a sweaty rider, and a cool down essential is a full length or at least 3/4 zip. Good cycling jerseys from attentive brands will make their mark on the zip with either a nice zip garage (that bit of material that protects your neck from a zip accident), or by way of a custom, branded zip puller.
Fits like a glove
A perfectly fitted bicycle jersey is a sight to behold. No fat, no waste, just smooth fabric over a sculpted frame. Ok, so your frame might not be sculpted, and to be honest, it's got all flabby for some reason, but hey, that's no reason not to be able to wear it well - and a good jersey, very much like a good suit, should still mark you out as a Giant of the Road.
Higher priced jerseys are usually set apart through a higher number of panels. Simply put, the more panels, the more the jersey can be made to follow the curves of your body, which puts a much greater focus on ergonomics.
For too long, male cyclists were the brunt of terrible jokes, and not all without merit when it came to toting some style. With cyclists struggling to get dates and some actually admitting to friends that they had never even kissed a girl, brands realised enough was enough; David Lee Roth-era Whitesnake inspired design was out, style was in.
Nowadays, the whole scene has changed. Design meets tech and all that, but for the most part it is true. You can ride out today wearing a jersey that not only performs flawlessly, but complements both bike and rider.
We hope you've found our semi-serious jersey guide useful, but if you have a moment, put your new found knowledge into practice and browse our range of cycling jerseys in store. Female cyclists can head on over to our growing women's cycling jersey area.