Why you need a cycling jersey?
Cycling jerseys are designed with absorbent fabrics that can help regulate your body temperature, the key for a comfortable ride and preventing you from overheating.
You have the ability to carry all the necessary accessories because jerseys have the specially designed pockets that are easy to access while you are cycling along.
When you’re in the riding position, cycling jerseys fit perfectly and keep all the right parts of your body covered.
More recently jerseys are making of the material that can protect you from the sun's harmful rays. It’s quite easy to get caught out in the UK, so this is an effective prevention to reduce the harm.
Selecting the correct apparel is very important, not only in cycling, in every sport.
Wear a thin summer jersey in winter, you’ll freeze; wear a thick winter jersey in summer, you’ll boil. So you need to get the right balance. You also have to consider the fit type. Do you want an ultra-tight, super-aero race fit jersey or a practice everyday performance fit?
Choosing a good cycling jersey can help you get a better cycling experience. We think everyone should get more riding and have more bike adventures. Making a decision with regard to a jersey can be a bit difficult because there are too many choices and the range of prices is diversity. The following tips will help you to understand what is your getting for your money and what a fit jersey can do for you and your ride.
Weather you believe or not, but the first thing you should consider is the fabric. In most cases, you’ll find that cycling jerseys are made out of some variation of polyester. Although you might be inclined to resist polyester and would like to go with something like cotton, you’ll actually be regretful you did. Cotton can be extremely uncomfortable. It soaks up moisture (sweat) and keeps it near your body while riding. Polyester fabrics provide breathability and help to wick or pull the moisture away from your body so you will not feel cold or wet when you are cycling.
Higher priced jerseys are usually constructed with more groups of fabric. More panels mean a better entirety fit because the jersey is designed to follow the curves of your body (more on fit below). But more panels also allow for the strategic use of many kinds of fabrics to increase the technical performance of the apparel. In other words, windproof fabrics can be used across the front and shoulders while wicking or stretchy fabrics are used under the arms and across the back.
It is a good idea to spend wisely and invest in a specially designed jersey, even for the particular type of cycling you will be doing, for example, road, mountain, etc. When you get a balance body temperature, improved breathability, and can even combine UV protection alongside anti-microbial properties, you will find your money is well-spent.
You might be inclined to choose a jersey that is totally unlike the form fitting ones you see before. But the fact is: due to all the extra material, you get a better fit, and the less wind drag you will experience. A flapping jersey will only slow you down, and on long rides will actually attack some of your energy. So, although you might not choose for a skintight aero skin-suit, you will need something that fits will and helps to increase your performance on the bike.
Similarly, please make sure the jersey you opt is long enough as well. You do not want to pull it down all the time when you are riding. The best-designed jerseys are short in the front so you will not get much material bunched up; when you are your in riding position, you can get adequate cover if the back is long enough.
Also, the sleeve lengths should be considered. For cooler temperatures, longer sleeves are great, but the shorter sleeves might be more comfortable in the rest of the year. If your budget limits how many jerseys you can have, your best choice will be to go with a short-sleeve jersey and use arm warmers (which are normally a tenth the cost of a long-sleeve jersey) for cooler days.
And, as mentioned above, the more panels of fabric used in the construction of the garment, the better the fit.
Zippers are important because you can lower them or raise them providing the proper amount of ventilation your body needs, whether it is heating up or cooling down. While some jerseys come with zippers that only have partial length, others have full-length zippers. The important thing is to make sure the jersey you select comes with a zipper, and a good one, too. It’s extremely annoying if we have to fight a zipper snag while in the middle of a ride. The better-designed cycling jerseys will make their mark with either a nice zipper garage (that bit of material that protects your neck from a zip accident) or by way of a custom, branded zip puller.
You’ll also want to look for bicycling jerseys that feature rear pockets with either a zipper or elastic in order to hold them closed. The zipper is normally the case on mountain bike jerseys, where big bumps might result in valuables or tools getting bounced out, even with an elastic closure. A couple of pockets on the jersey can allow you to keep important items with you while riding, including your keys, cell phone, a couple of energy bars or tire tools and a spare tube. On road bike jerseys you’ll want them to be deep and stretchy
Lastly, try to choose a design that allows you to show off your personal sense of style.