Worn as an expression of style, leading-edge tech or affinity with a favourite team, rider & country, cycling jerseys say as much about the cyclist as the bike he or she chooses to ride. Whether you buy a cycle jersey motivated by emotion, features, or perhaps just a great colour, read our thoughts below on some of the rider favourite brands from around the site and how to choose your perfect jersey.
What suits one cyclist may not in fact suit another. From environmental conditions to how often you actually manage to get out on the bike, a cycling jersey, or indeed any piece of cycle clothing should be bought with your ride in mind, and nothing else. For example, if hot conditions are prevalent in your area, then clearly a lighter weight cycle jersey would be a better choice than a more 'early season' jersey designed for cooler conditions. Likewise, if you are lucky enough to be able to ride 3-4 times a week, a more feature rich, technical cycle jersey would be more appropriate, whereas for the rider who pops out for a quick weekend spin every once in a while, a simpler, less technical jersey would be a prudent choice.
In the past few years it has become common for brands to produce a vintage cycling jersey or at least, retro-orientated model within their line-up. Despite their best efforts, most come off as poor relations of their original namesakes. However, all hope is not lost, for brands such as De Marchi are holding true to original detailing, fabrics and production techniques. In fact, with the popularity of retro inspired 'yesteryear' races such as l'eroica, making riders ever more demanding (quite rightly too) in their quest for more accurate recreations of the jerseys that adorned the shoulders of the cycling greats, there's never been a better time to wear a vintage cycling jersey.
For fast-paced club runs, crits and races, sometimes only a classic pro-orientated bike jersey will do. Whilst brands like Castelli, Craft, Assos & Etxeondo are revered by many riders as offering race-proven shirts, we're seeing some of the coolest cycling jerseys coming from newly established brands over in Australia, the US and of course, the good old UK! So whether you look towards Melbourne's Pedla, San Francisco's ORNOT, perennial favourites like Twin Six or home-grown Morvelo, you're sure to find a stylish jersey with the tech to match.