Bike jerseys come in all different shapes, colors, sizes and styles. Some are trendy, some are _ashy, some are simple, and some are downright ridiculous. But no matter what kind of bike jersey you choose, you can rest assured that it’s going to make a statement while you’re on the road.
Many serious cyclists use their jersey as a place to advertise for their sponsors. However, for one reason or another, some cyclists choose not to ride with a sponsor. In those cases, a cycling jersey becomes a canvas for expressing your interests, your hobbies, your favorite bands and even your most important social causes.
Aside from making a statement, though, a jersey is also designed to help you improve your riding through a faster, stronger and overall better performance.
What to Look for in a Quality Bike Jersey
1. Finding the Right Fabric. Look for either polyester or a blend of polyester and lycra/microfiber. These fabrics wick moisture away from your body which helps keep you cool as you work up a sweat. These fabrics also facilitate evaporation, so as your sweat starts to dry you won’t get cold.
2. Determining the Best Fit. Self-conscious people beware: Jerseys are made to be formfitting. No, this isn’t to torture you. It’s to prevent extra material from dragging in the wind and slowing you down. It’s also important that your jersey is long enough to cover your back so you don’t have to constantly adjust it while riding.
3. Getting the Most Helpful Features. Look for bike jerseys that have a partial or full-length zipper down the front. You can use it to control ventilation as your body heats up and cools down. Large pockets on the lower back are a must for carrying useful items such as your cell phone, keys and energy bars.
As you’re shopping for the perfect bike jersey the three most important factors to keep in mind are fabric, fit and features.
Finding the perfect jersey is an adventure. There are tons of possibilities, and there’s really nothing to limit your choices. As long as you stick to the guidelines outlined above, you should have no problem finding a style that looks great and improves your ride.