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Our Guide to Buying: Cycling Jerseys

 

What are cycling jerseys used for?


In a nutshell

Jerseys are a key piece of cycling kit, available in different styles, to suit all bike riders. When choosing a jersey start by deciding what type of cycling you will use it for. Road cycling jerseys are generally tight-fitting, cut for aerodynamics and featuring rear pockets. For those who don’t want a skin-tight race jersey, there are less form-fitting options and plenty of eye-catching and retro styles.

We have a jersey for every condition and for men, women and kids; from lightweight summer race jerseys to long-sleeve thermal and windproof tops, for mountain and road bikers. This buying guide is here to help you pick the best type of cycling jersey for your ride.

 

MTB Jerseys


What should I look for in a MTB jersey?

For mountain bikers there is a broad range of jerseys designed to offer breathability and protection, some cut to allow body armour underneath, perfect for downhill and enduro riding.

Even T-shirt style tops still feature highly technical fabrics for wicking and breath-ability whilst retaining a more casual style. Look for longer length sleeves that will help protect your arms from brambles or grazes and sit over body armour if you are using it.


Road Jerseys


What should I look for in a road bike jersey?

If you are road racing or performance cycling it is important to look for a tight-fitting, smooth material which hugs the torso and upper arms to reduce wind-resistance. For long distance cycling and training having easily accessible rear pockets for storing food and spares is very useful.

Look for fabrics that are breathable and wicking to help carry sweat away from your skin. Long zips are also useful for ventilation and for removing your jersey without taking off your helmet.


Do jerseys come in a lot of different styles?

Style is of course key and jerseys come in a range of designs, often to coordinate with bib-shorts. Choose your favourite pro-team, a classic retro look or something bright to match your bike.

Jerseys are available in different fabrics, summer jerseys feature SPF for sun protection and winter jerseys are highly thermal, often with windproof panels.