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Cycling jerseys come in a variety of different designs and materials to suit your riding, conditions and your own sense of style.

First is the classic short sleeve road jersey. These have a number of rear pockets for you to carry your ride essentials such as food and spares. A stand-up collar sleeves that reach the mid-point of the upper arm, close fitting shape and a long zip complete this traditional look. While the style remains unchanged modern materials are used to maximum effect.

Lightweight summer jerseys are designed to wick sweat away from the skin to keep you cool, some offer UV protection and others employ fabrics that fight the build-up of odour. Long sleeve versions for autumn and winter use heavier weight fabrics and make use of Windstopper front panels to protect the chest area from wind.

For those who don't want the tight athletic look there are similarly styled jerseys that are more generously cut for a relaxed look. Mountain bikers who favour hydration packs don't make as much use of the rear pockets so there is a range of jerseys without the extra storage. There is also the option of the 'Tech Tee' - designed to look like a casual shirt but made with the same technical fabrics of a jersey.

Tops designed for the road tend to be in bright colours and may feature reflective piping for visibility, for off-road and leisure riding more subdued tones are often favoured. When trying a jersey on make sure it offers sufficient lower back coverage when you are in your riding position. Female riders will find an equivalent range of  female jerseys cut to fit the female torso. Simply buying a small men's jersey can result in a top too long or with excess fabric around the waist which will mean it neither looks good nor performs as well as it should.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012