Buying a Cycling Jersey

While the cycling jersey takes on many guises both in aesthetics and design, the basic function of controlling your body temperature during your ride remains constant. On a ride that can last several hours the outside temperature will often change dramatically, so choosing a jersey that will handle the conditions of the ride is essential. This could involve denser fabric with long sleeves for greater insulation on colder rides or thinner cooler fabrics with short sleeves for warm summer rides. It goes without saying that the fabric should have technical attributes that allow body sweat to wick away to keep you dry.

Apart from fibre properties and sleeve lengths you will find a vast array of zip configurations to allow you even greater flexibility in ventilation, thus helping to maintain your preferred temperature during your ride. You will find jerseys with full zips, half zips, quarter zips and no zips, it’s really up to the end user as to which they prefer. Zips can also add to the aesthetics of the biking shirt but furthermore they control the way the jersey’s collar stands up to protect your neck in from the sun in summer or seal in body heat in cooler weather.

Because of the body position maintained when cycling the jersey is designed with a longer cut at the back for better coverage while riding. Cycle Jerseys are usually form fitting to be more aerodynamic meaning if you’re a little overweight you might be wise to move up a size, fat guys and lycra really don’t look cool. The pockets of a cycling jersey should be on the lower back of the garment to allow easy access on the move. Reflective trims are also recommended for night riding.