How to choose your bike jersey?
The practice of road cycling, gravel or cycle tourism requires specific equipment to ensure the comfort and safety of the cyclist.
The cycling jersey, because of its specific characteristics compared to a classic sports jersey, is essential. We explain how to choose it well !
The specificities of a bicycle jersey
You have already seen it on the shoulders of professional runners or those of your fellow travellers, the bicycle jersey differs from a traditional jersey in several respects. He has :
- Un full zip which regulates the temperature, especially in summer.
- pockets on the back of the jersey, the number varies from 2 to 5 depending on the model and some can be zipped for valuables. They allow you to take with you clothes, gels, tools etc. and not to clutter the bike with a handlebar bag.
- silicone inserts on the sleeves and lower back to keep the jersey in the right position when you go out.
- The presence of reflective stripes on some models.
The cut of the jersey is also different. Given the position adopted on a road bike, the back of the jersey will be longer than the front to allow a perfect fit once on the saddle.
A bike jersey is close to the body to limit the wind grip and gain in aerodynamics but the brands offer different ranges and cuts for all body types and needs.
How to choose your jersey ?
The choice of your jersey is made according to the climatic conditions and your practice.
In cool weather, the long-sleeved jersey is perfect. It keeps the body's warmth through a fabric that is a little thicker than a traditional swimsuit. Carried on a baselayer (or 1st layer), you can ride serenely in the fall or early spring. In winter, you can also wear it under a jacket or a windproof vest.
In hot weather, the short sleeve jersey is the perfect companion. Made of polyester (or a blend of wool and polyester for some top-of-the-range brands such as Rapha or Louison Bobet), the short sleeve jersey is lightweight, breathable, wicks away perspiration and dries quickly. You can wear it alone or under a first layer. Its integral zip makes it easier to get air in when the body temperature rises.
If you are used to surveying mountain ranges and passes in summer, some brands even offer very light and ultra-breathable jerseys for climbers (this is the case with the Climber's range at Castelli for example). They allow a better evacuation of perspiration during a very intense effort under heat.
If the choice of your bike jersey depends on your practice and the time of year, it is also aesthetic because it is also one of the criteria of choice at the time of purchase. You can choose to match it to your cycling shorts or simply display your favourite brand/team.