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Buying Guide for Cycling Jerseys

For a lazy weekend ride it doesn’t really matter what you wear. But when you’re out doing some serious biking - either on the road, trail or track - the right cycling jersey is very important.

Designed to cut the wind and keep you comfortable, a modern cycling jersey is more than a simple t-shirt. Available in different styles and materials, it’s worth comparing the different options on the market to find one that feels comfortable and encourages you to keep riding hour after hour. And let’s be honest, we all want to look good while we’re out there, so why not choose a bike jersey that is functional AND looks great with the rest of your kit?

Bike Jerseys: Consider Your Options

We’ve put together a handy guide of what you should consider before purchasing a cycling jersey:

Fit - This might seem obvious, but when it comes to a jersey for cycling, you want a snug – or perhaps even ‘race’ fit. Loose, flapping fabric creates additional wind resistance that can slow you down on the road. If you’re a mountain biker racing through dense bush, close-fitting mountain bike jerseys are less likely to get snagged on a branch.

Material - The choice of bike jersey material comes down to three factors: comfort, breathability and the ability to dry quickly. When you’re out riding for hours, you don’t want a material that chaffs or irritates. All sorts of blended polyester materials are available on the market, though some might prefer the feel of natural wool. For winter, you’ll want to consider long sleeves and a thicker, warmer jersey. For hot-weather runs, you need maximum breathing to let air out.

Features - Zippers, pulls and ties can all be useful, depending on your riding style. A zip in the collar can allow you to cool off a bit when you get riding hard. Pulls can keep your jersey snug around your waist if there are gusts and crosswinds. Pockets are extremely handy to keep nutrition as well as small items such as your keys or a phone, and they are usually sewn into the back to keep a streamlined profile on the front.

Your Personal Style

What you’ll see when you start comparing different brands and styles of cycling jerseys is there are tonnes of different options. What’s left is to choose the style, colours and design you like. Jerseys are typically available in long-sleeve, short-sleeve and sleeveless options.

Are you part of a cycling team? Why not pick identical jerseys to create a real team feel? Or maybe you can have some custom bike jerseys printed to show off your team’s brand? It is a good idea to include some bright and reflective colours and materials to your jersey. This is especially important if you bike at night.

Show everyone just how serious a biker you are with a bike jersey that looks great and fits you perfectly! You’ll find plenty of options on BikeExchange. Once you’re done browsing bike jerseys, check out our editorial section for all things bike, from the latest news and reviews to interviews and more.