Tips jersey for women

What they say: Unable to sell capes at least until we find a way to fly, TENSPEED HERO works up a sweat crafting gear for you to sweat in. We picture steep cliffs, hot tarmac, and breezy coasts as we design with primary colours and other ones, too. Always considering a cyclist’s swiftness and deft determination, if our small friend-based company had a board of directors it would be called the wheel of directors. Together in vibrant regalia, we aim to keep you awake and dreaming.

MACHINES FOR FREEDOM

What they say: “As my passion for cycling grows, the rides get longer, hills get steeper, and the clothes continue to pinch – rub – sag – squeeze – bunch in all the wrong places. I know they can be better. The cycling community has so many intangible qualities to offer women – fitness, community, accomplishment, adventure – we believe women need the right clothes to make those things possible. We’re here to bring women high-quality, high-performance, well thought-out apparel; and in the process, hopefully inspire a few more ladies to join us for a ride.

When I started to get serious about cycling, I became increasingly frustrated by how difficult it was to find great clothes. I’d pack for long riding weekends with my husband and while he was deciding which kits to bring from his vast cycling wardrobe, I was left scrambling to find enough to get me through several continuous days of riding. Then I finally reached my breaking point after 120+ miles and over 10k of climbing left me with several ‘issues’ that required me to take an extended break from my bike. And after talking to women in the cycling community it seemed these problems weren’t ‘just me’, 

RAPHA

What they say: “Rapha creates the finest cycling clothing and accessories in the world. Designed without compromise for the most discerning rider, Rapha products blend optimum performance, the finest fabrics and modern style.

A passion for road racing means Rapha is more than just a product company. It is an online emporium of performance roadwear, accessories, publications and events, all celebrating the glory and suffering of road riding.

Everything Rapha does is informed by its passion for the glory and suffering that lie at the heart of the sport. From rides to events, from exhibitions to products, Rapha brings riders together to share this passion. We know that every ride can be an adventure, its own epic story. The compelling features and striking photography on the Rapha website help reaffirm the relationship our customers have with the sport they love.”

FORWARD CYCLING

What they say: “Ride hard. Have fun. Do good.Nothing makes us happier than riding bikes with friends. Be it the freedom of the open road or the mystery hiding around the next turn on the trail, we are hooked on the possibilities that two wheels brings. We started this company out of the 2 wheeled (pun intended) desire to make jerseys that we wanted to wear and give back to the world we live in.

We hope that you feel proud to wear Forward goods out on your ride, not just because you look great wearing them, but because by buying our gear you are supporting sustainable manufacturing practices and charities working to make the world better.With every purchase, 10% goes towards a great cause and helps make the world a better place.”

SPECIALIZED

The Specialized Ambassador kit is an awesome mix of pattern and colour. You can’t buy this one (gotta earn it!), but you can buy their other great kits here.

What they say: “Is your style all-out and race-ready? If so, you’ll find our SL collection to be just as obsessive as you. But what if you prefer to ride against the landscape, challenging yourself to long, epic days in the saddle? Well, that would be a perfect match for our RBX collection of cycling jerseys and bib shorts. You see, no matter how you ride, we have the clothing to compliment your needs. Whether it’s a fit that’s engineered for comfort or fabrics and cuts designed to make you go faster, our road bike clothing enhances your passions. Suit up. It’s time to ride.”

How to wear your jersey

1. Don’t wear a personalized jersey

I get it. You’ve always wanted to play for your favorite team. Ever since you were five years old, you envisioned that the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to start you at first base. Well, they have this guy named Adrian holding down that spot, and his last name isn’t Smith, O’Leary, Simmons, or whatever your last name is.

If a girl has a personalized jersey, and she’s really hot, she’ll usually get a free pass on this one. Guys? Never. I’ll admit, I have a Miami Dolphins jersey with the #27 and Mackman on it. It was a gift from my father, and do you know when I wear it? Almost never, but if I happen to watch a game at my dad’s house when nobody else is around, I might bust it out. If you’re going to spend the money to have a jersey actually lettered and numbered for you, just pick the star player or a legend. You want something with staying power. Don’t go blowing your money on something you’ll regret.

To top it off, please don’t wear the whole uniform. Ronnie Woo Woo can get away with this, and that’s about it.

2. Don’t tuck your jersey in (aka Wilboning)

This just kills me. Jerseys are casual attire. Do you tuck your t-shirt in? Do you tuck your polo in (outside of a golf course setting)? Of course not (if you said yes, you should expect to stay single for a very long time). Athletes on the field tuck their jerseys in because they have to according to the rules of most sports leagues. It has a valid reason, and a correlation to performance, as well as preventing in jury. I don’t think you’re going to get hurt, and you sure aren’t having to perform much more than showing off your chugging prowess, so don’t tuck your jersey in unless you want to be the biggest dork in the room.

3. Wear a shirt under your jersey

I hate seeing this, and Greg Maddux did this a lot. He was also one of the best pitchers of his era, and he has license to do whatever is comfortable for him while striking guys out. It still looks stupid to have nothing under a sleeved jersey, and I don’t know many women that were drooling over his looks.

I think every jersey looks great with a ¾ sleeve, or raglan, shirt underneath. It works for every sport, but I realize for those of you in Texas, Florida, and Arizona it can get quite hot. In that case, a regular cotton t-shirt works just fine.

The one caveat here is basketball jerseys. Many people will wear them as tank tops in the summer. That’s fine, but make sure you put in some gym time first. ¾ sleeve t-shirts look great underneath basketball jerseys, and t-shirts are 50/50. You’ll either look okay, or you’ll end up looking like Patrick Ewing.  Just be sure to color coordinate.

4. Get a jersey that fits you

I never understand why people think it’s okay to wear size XXL when clearly they’re a medium. This gets difficult with some football jerseys because authentic NFL jerseys seem to start at size 48. That’s already a size too big for me. You don’t have to have your jersey tailored, but you should know what size you wear. Jerseys are not flattering on most body types, so you make it worse when you go too big or too small. Just like the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, get one that fits just right. If you have no choice, you can go one size above, but only if it’s the jersey of a sport that would typically involve shoulder pads.

5. Know your environment

There is a time and a place to wear jerseys. When you were a kid you could wear a jersey to school every day. You’re not in school anymore, and hopefully you’ve learned the art of timing. Are you going to a sports bar after work? Fine, throw on a jersey. Going to the gym? Heck no! Nobody wants to see you trying to bench press a measly 135 pounds while wearing a Ray Lewis jersey. Ray can lift a lot more than you, and you look just as dumb as the guy barely doing squats with the Superman t-shirt on.

Here are the acceptable times to wear a jersey:

  • At a game
  • At a sports bar
  • At a party specifically for a sporting event (Super Bowl, World Cup, etc.)
  • Halloween
  • If your work decides to have a jersey-themed day for fun
  • To outdoor events/festivals
  • Inside your own home
  • On a Monday if your team is playing on Monday Night Football

That’s it.

6. Shoes matter

This might be foreign to a lot of guys, but women do care about the shoes we wear. If it’s warm outside, flip flops and boat shoes are completely acceptable to wear with your jersey. For you sneakerheads, sneakers are okay as long as they’re fresh. You know those beat up running shoes you wore in last month’s Warrior Dash? Leave them at home. Go out and get some comfortable, crisp, casual shoes to wear so you don’t fall into this fashion disaster.

7. Don’t wear a jersey of a team that isn’t playing in the game you’re attending

Ever go to a Bears vs. Packers game and some tool four rows in front of you is wearing a Seattle Seahawks jersey? Why are you here?

Do I go to games where I have no interest in the teams playing? Sure, because I love sports, but I go in neutral colors.

The best way to avoid any scrutiny is to get an All-Star Game jersey. You can wear those to any game in the country, and nobody will give you flak for it. If you’re at the Super Bowl or at an All-Star Game, you have carte blanche to wear whatever team you’d like. This applies because at those events, every team has a representative (unless you’re a Browns fan), or you likely bought tickets without knowing who would be there.

8. Age matters…sometimes

I find it weird when someone is 65 years old yet they’re wearing a Robert Griffin III jersey. It’s a small quirk. As you get up in age, find jerseys that connects to the era when you first fell in love with sports. My dad rocks a 1969 Ray Nitschke jersey on Sundays. Now that’s pretty sweet! It shows you’ve been loving your team your entire life as opposed to having just discovered sports last season.

Great Bike clothing

Bike-specific clothing makes for a comfortable ride whether you’re on the road, hitting the trail or commuting to and from work. These styles can help you perform better and ride longer!

REI’s new collection of urban cyclewear adds some city styling to your clothing choices. Here’s what to consider.

Cycling Jerseys, Shorts and Tights

You don’t need to squeeze into skin-tight spandex covered with corporate logos just for a trip to the grocery store.

 

Bike Jerseys

A bike jersey of Lycra spandex or other form–fitting material reduces drag when you ride. Their technical fabrics enhance performance by wicking away sweat to keep you drier.

Cycling–specific features:

  • Stand–up collar to shade your neck in summer.
  • Front zipper for ventilation when your temperature rises.
  • Shoulders cut wider for arms–forward comfort.
  • Sleeves specially shaped for forward lean.
  • Back pockets for easy on–the–go access.
  • Longer cut in back for coverage when riding.
  • Reflective trim or highlights for night riding.

Additional features for winter riding:

  • Long sleeves for more warmth and coverage.
  • Denser, heavier fabric weaves and a brushed lining to add insulation.

Shop REI’s selection of men’s cycling jerseys and women’s cycling jerseys.

 

Bike Shorts

These differ from street shorts primarily by 1) added stretch for full freedom of movement, and 2) a padded crotch liner to reduce friction and wick moisture. If possible, try several on to determine what padding style best fits your anatomy.

Road-bike short features:

  • Panel construction: In the past, a greater number of panels (typically 6 or 8) correlated to a more comfortable fit. While this is still generally true, fabric technology has progressed to the point that the number of panels doesn’t necessarily mean “better” for everyone.
  • Padded liner: A smooth, soft pad of “chamois” (actually made of synthetic) minimizes friction, wicks moisture, prevents bacterial growth and helps cushion bumps. It’s the most complex part of a bike short. There are a multitude of shapes, thicknesses and materials among brands and genders. Some guidelines: 
    • Multi-density, open-cell foam liners deliver high-end performance and comfort for long rides.
    • Gel/open-cell foam liners offer greater recreational or mountain-bike cushioning but are less breathable on long, hot rides.
    • Closed-cell foam liners offer good performance at a lower cost.
  • Legs: Longer-cut legs and leg grippers prevent saddle chafing and keep shorts in place.
  • Waist style: Most road shorts feature stretchy but non-adjustable spandex. A yoga-style cut offers less-restrictive comfort in some women’s styles.

Tip: All of the bike-short padding in the world will not make up for an uncomfortable or poorly adjusted bike seat. See the REI Expert Advice article, Bike Saddles: How to Choose for more information.

Other styles of bike shorts include:

  • Mountain bike shorts: Sometimes called “baggies,” these have a loose outer short in addition to the spandex chamois liner. The waist is fastened by a button or hook-and-look patch. Pockets are also common. Choose these by their features and quality of construction, but also make sure the cut of the outer shorts feels comfortable and allows for full leg rotation and flexibility.
  • Bib shorts: Popular with cycling enthusiasts but a comfortable option for any rider, these don’t have an elastic waistband that can restrict breathing. Worn with a jersey, they look like any other bike shorts.
  • Skorts: For women, some brands make cycling skorts, where the spandex short is covered by a skirt. Skorts can be worn on the road, mountain or even around town.

Shop REI’s selection of men’s bike shorts and women’s bike shorts.

 

Bike Tights, Knickers and Leg Warmers

For cooler temperatures, you may opt for cycling tights, which cover the entire leg, or knickers, which cover the knee and above. Just like shorts, many tights and knickers come with a built-in chamois and should be chosen using the same guidelines for fit and comfort. Tights often include weather-resistant front panels and reflective detailing for dark, winter rides.

For layering purposes, some tights and knickers come without a chamois liner so they will fit over a pair of cycling shorts with no problem. Additionally, leg warmers are a handy cycling accessory that can be used on the fly to make a pair of cycling shorts into tights or knickers.

Shop REI’s selection of men’s bike tights, women’s bike tights and warmers.

 

Cycling Jackets

The top 2 considerations when selecting a cycling jacket: Will it keep me warm? Will it keep me dry? Some styles will do both, but keep the following in mind:

How warm is “warm”? The jacket you select for winter riding in Chicago will probably be different than the one you’d use for winter riding in Phoenix. But don’t overdress; you’ll warm up from exertion during your ride. Jackets for maximum warmth will protect you against the wind and offer some insulation, mostly in the front and arms.

Is rain in the forecast? Get a waterproof cycling jacket. These provide a longer back and sleeves cut for a forward lean; some offer an oversized hood that fits over a helmet. Most offer minimal insulation (which can be offset by layering) and are less breathable than other jackets, but they will keep you dry on a long, wet ride.

Not sure what to expect? For mild winter conditions, look for a waterproof/breathable or water-resistant jacket. These are also lightweight and offer wind protection; stow in a pocket or pack when not in use. Some cycling jackets can be converted into a vest via zip-off sleeves. These are suitable for year-round use.

Perfect jersey for your fashion style

So let’s lift the veil on the mysterious World of cycling jersey production & pricing and how the different fits work best in certain situations. Ultimately this guide should help you work out what’s the best cycling jersey for you (even if it’s not one that we stock)…

#1 Graphics – The Cycling Jersey’s Persona

Remember how your mum always told you not to take things on face value? Or how you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover? Well that’s only partially true here. How pleasing the cycling jersey is on your eye obviously has no impact on how comfortable it is or how well it performs on the bike.

But these items cost money, for you to get real value out of your purchase – you need to wear it lots. You aren’t going to wear a cycling jersey that you hate the look of no matter how well it performs! Simple as that. If you love how a jersey looks then you’re onto a good start. By the way, as in life – people have vastly different tastes here. Be bold and express yourself, this is your cycling persona, your alter ego. Forget everyone else, go with what you like.

#2 Fabrics – The Cycling Jersey’s Genetics

What a cycling jersey is made of has a massive impact on how much it costs, how it sits on your body and how it performs on the bike. The fabric can even have an impact on your confidence off the bike if you’re the type who likes to ride to the pub but doesn’t like looking like an aero weekend warrior sipping on a beetroot cocktail.

The latest style trend seems to be for understated merino wool cycling jerseys. Merino wool jerseys not only look classy but feel luxurious on your body and merino wool has a plethora of thermal regulating properties that make it an excellent choice for a variety of weather conditions. Oh and modern wool is not scratchy like old school wool jerseys from long ago.

Merino wool is not perfect though. It is expensive to manufacture, relatively heavy and can be tricky to wash and care for. And despite its natural performance capabilities – it pales in comparison to modern man made polyester / Lycra blend fabrics.

Polyester used to be sweaty and uncomfortable. But the modern blends are often anti-bacterial, ultra fast at wicking away sweat and very comfortable indeed. They will keep you dry whether it’s hot or cold. It’s also an incredibly light fabric, and can be sublimated – a form of printing that lends itself perfectly to the graphical designs you see on cycling jerseys.

But there’s polyester and there’s polyester. It’s not all the same… more advanced fabrics hold their shape beautifully meaning that you require less panels and the jersey sits perfectly on your body all day long. Check out our Bodyline jerseys for a look at what you can achieve with modern fabrics.

Of course, there are creative fabric blends out there such as “sport wool” as often used by the likes of Rapha and so on. These blends are expensive (like mortgage your house expensive) but offer an interesting mix of wool and Polyester.

#3 Fit – The Cycling Jersey’s Purpose

What sort of rider are you? This goes deeper than road cyclist / off roader / commuter. Ultimately any type of jersey can be used for any sort of riding, but the fit you choose may have implications on your ride style and confidence and of course performance.

If you’re a road cyclist or competitive mountain biker looking for a higher average speed and all day comfort then you want a close fitting aero jersey. Aero doesn’t need to be a skinsuit by the way and close fitting doesn’t mean “spray on” – it simply means that there is no excess material flapping around in the breeze. A comfortable, good fitting aero jersey can make a genuine difference to your performance and cycling happiness. Modern aero jersey make use of longer, close fitting sleeves. These sleeves can be expensive to manufacture well, but they are a joy to wear. It’s why our jerseys rated so highly on road.cc, sportive.com and The Cycling Bug.

If you’re someone who like doing cycling sportives, club rides, casual meanders and so forth then a club fit jersey will again give you all day comfort whilst not being at the peak of performance. OurRetro Image Apparel cycling jerseys are perfect for this sort of riding and bring a bit of fun to your trip too.

Typically, a pure merino wool jersey will offer you the most relaxed fit – simply because there is a lot of natural give in the fabric. Perfect for comfort and style on and off the bike.

#4 Features – The Cycling Jersey’s Bragging Rights!

Certain features are very common – 3 rear pockets for example. As a newbie these pockets may not seem that important but the more you cycle the more you come to rely on these little beauties. They can carry everything from food and water to spare and repairs, maps, phones, keys, money for coffee & cake… the list goes on.

If you’re someone who likes to abuse the pockets then you need a jersey with strong pockets that don’t sag. Again – this kind of strengthening adds cost to the product. Wool jerseys tend to sag somewhat under load so that is also something to bear in mind.

Other features to consider are:

  • zip – full length, 1/2 length, 1/4 length? The longer it is the more options you have in keeping yourself cool. Ironically, many brands charge more for full length zipped jerseys even though the manufacturing costs are negligible. Hey ho.
  • zip garages, heat transfer labels and so on – these type of features add a level of comfort and ultimately sophistication to the jersey.
  • Extra pockets. Our Bodyline jerseys come with an extra 4th pocket that is zipped. Ours is also water resistant for good measure. These types of features make the jersey more useful but of course add to the manufacturing costs significantly as they require extra seams, fabrics and zips etc.

Anything beyond that is quite honestly paying for marketing and advertising rather than simply making a profit on manufacturing.

These are the brackets should look to slot into. Typically, if a brand wants to step up or down a bracket then it means a change in fabrics & features and so on. We took a different approach to reducing the customer cost – we adapted our business model. We only sell direct to the customer. Which means our £90-£120 bracket jersey can be sold for £60. I like this, a lot… no compromise on quality, but still rock solid, honest pricing.

how to choose best of cycling jersey

Jerseys are extremely important in the arsenal of a cyclist. Sometimes forgotten, this unsung hero can mean the difference between a comfortable ride versus an uncomfortable, chilly and pretty miserable time out on the road.

  1. Fabric & Material

Choosing a jersey made with high quality materials is a must for any cyclist.

Most jerseys are made from a blend of polyester and elastane. These materials are designed to regulate temperature by wicking the moisture away from your body to the outer layers of the material, therefore making it easier for the water to evaporate. This is crucial for your jersey selection as it ensures you stay dry and comfortable on your ride.

Sewing is a vital part of your garment in terms of comfort and durability. Sewing elastic materials is almost an art form and using the right yarn, stitch and tensioning is essential for a high quality garment.

Other considerations when selecting your jersey are UV protection and anti-microbial properties. Long days out on the road mean you are exposed to a lot of those harmful rays. It’s important to choose a fabric with a high UV rating as you’re not likely to apply sunscreen under your jersey.

  1. Fit and Cut

Whether you’re competing or just out for a leisurely ride, fit is key.

If you’re into racing then tight fitting jerseys that are designed to hug the body are the way to go. Not only do they help to reduce drag and increase aerodynamics, they ensure the fabric is close to the skin to aid the wicking process.

A well cut garment will also account for your position on the bike; if you are a racer you are more likely to have an aggressive aerodynamic position and the garment needs to be styled and cut to accommodate these factors. For leisurely or commuting riders, a more relaxed fit is preferable to accommodate the more upright position you will most likely ride in. Regardless of the cut, a great jerseys should still be made from high quality fabrics with a comfortable fit when you’re on or off the bike.

  1. Pockets, Zips & Extras

Jerseys can come with an array of different optional extras. Standard in any quality jersey should be – 3 rear pockets and a full-length zip. Having enough room for your café money, spare tubes and nutrition is key! Zips are the unsung hero of the jersey. Hidden away is best but the garment is useless if the zip doesn’t work so it is important to use a high quality zip that is flexible, functional and durable.

Great summer cycling jerseys for men

images-38You can shed litres of sweat on long rides in the sun so a technical jersey made with a high wicking fabric will keep you dry and cool. Worth noting is that many jerseys can be worn nearly year round, during early spring and late into the autumn. As part of a layering system, a jersey can be paired with a gilet and arm warmers and used on cooler days around the calendar.

A summer jersey is a simple garment in essence, but look through any catalogue or browse your local shop and you’ll quickly realise there are hundreds of different jerseys. They’re all trying to do the same thing though, but how they do it can be very different, so it’s worth being clear what you’re looking for before you starting buying.

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You can pay anything from £5 to £130 for a jersey, but an expensive one isn’t necessarily 20 times better. Generally, you’re paying extra for better and more advanced fabrics that are better at wicking sweat and keeping you cool and dry than very basic fabrics. You can also expect improved fit and styling and extra features.

Materials and fabrics

Yes, you could wear a t-shirt on your bike. But cotton, as you’ll find out if you ever ride in it on a hot day, isn’t that great at dealing with sweat; it simply holds onto it, and before long will be soaked through. Add a light breeze and you can quickly chill. Not good.

So the aim of a technical jersey is to wick sweat from your skin to the outer side of the fabric, where it can evaporate. That leaves you dry, so you don’t get clammy with sweat and won’t chill if the temperature drops or the wind picks up.

Man-made synthetic fabrics are the mainstay of summer jerseys, but natural materials – basically types of wool – are also good choices. Naturally sourced materials such as Merino wool have developed a lot in recent years with many improvements and developments leading to Merino wool being a good choice, even on hot days. One particular benefit of woollen jerseys is that the fat molecules in sweat find it harder to cling to the organic fibres than they do with man-made polyester, so wool jerseys take a lot longer to pong.

Sun protection

Another consideration for cycling in hot weather is to look for a jersey with a fabric that provides some sun protection. Some jerseys use very lightweight and loose weave fabric that can let a lot of harmful UV rays through, so manufacturers have started addressing this by making clothing with SPF and UPF ratings. When you’re cycling you’re exposing your back to the sun, the area under your jersey that you most likely don’t apply suntan lotion to.

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Fit is everything

You can have the best and most expensive fabric in the world, but if the jersey doesn’t fit well you’ll lose a lot of performance. Fit is, naturally, a personal thing, and also depends on the style of riding you do. If it’s sportives and racing, then tighter fitting jerseys are better, they’re less flappy and more aero.

For touring and leisure cycling a relaxed fit with a more generous cut will be preferable. Equally too for commuting to the office. Such jerseys can be made from highly technical fabrics, but offer a more relaxed style that is as comfortable on the bike as sitting in the beer garden for a post-ride drink.

Sizing is critical, whichever your chosen style, and here companies offer a range of sizes that should sit most body shapes. Some measure up smaller or larger than others, so don’t take it for granted that you’re a medium in one brand that you’ll be the same size in all other brands. Trying before you buy is really the best way to proceed, if you have the opportunity.

If you’re racing or seeking an aerodynamic advantage, there are a raft of new jerseys designed to sit very close to the skin, with no excess material to flap in the wind, and help your upper body better cut through the air. They’re not for everyone though… Remember, about 80% of the wind drag you face when cycling is caused by the body, so ensuring your body is aero is a better place to start than dropping £2K on a pair of carbon deep-section wheels.

Pockets, zips and mesh panels

Features can make or break a good summer jersey, and generally speaking, the more features the higher the price. The very minimum you want is three pockets around the back for stuffing a ride’s worth of food, money and spare tubes, and a zip at the front for when you need to cool down. That’s your classic cycling jersey right there.

There’s a myriad of extra options, with everything from zipped pockets, full-length zippers, mesh panels strategically placed for maximum ventilation, elasticated waists, silicone hems to stop them riding up, and reflective stripes, good for riding late into the summer evenings.

Style it up

How the jersey looks is purely personal preference, there’s enough choice out there to keep everyone happy. Your options range from team replica kit, understated but stylish branded wear all the way through to the current trend for retro inspired garb.

And the choice continues to grow. A big growth area has been in the cycle clothing that doesn’t look like cycle clothing, that could happily be worn off the bike without raising eyebrows. Yet using the latest technical fabrics and smart fit, means they work well on the bike when you’re hammering along the road.

Women

Women are better catered for now than they ever have been in previous years, with most manufacturers now offering comprehensive choice of jerseys specifically to cut to suit the female form. And some even manage to avoid making their jerseys pink or baby blue and plastering butterfly details over them, but if that’s your thing there are still plenty of pink and flowery tops too.

Caring for your new jersey

It’s not a good idea to wear your new cycle jersey more than once, even if it was just a short ride. Your perspiration settles into the fabric of the jersey, and the bad smell is caused by bacteria. So wash your jersey after every ride.

For washing, it’s important to follow the manufacturers guidelines printed on the care label. The temperature rating is the vital bit, and it’s necessary to wash accordingly. If you do wash a fabric at a higher temperature than advised and do so constantly, the fabric will deteriorate in quality.

Washing liquid or gels are preferable to powder as they are less aggressive with the delicate fabrics, though powder is better at getting out really muddy stains. When it comes to drying avoid the tumble drier at all costs, unless you want your jersey a size smaller. Hang on the washing line or over a clothes rack and allow to dry naturally, the best thing about cycle clothing is how quickly it dries, so you won’t have to wait long.

Other tips, don’t forget to empty the pockets – sounds obvious but I’ve lost count of the times I’ve stuffed a jersey in the washing machine and forgotten to remove a used gel wrapper. We would advise washing your cycling clothing separately from your ordinary clothes too. And don’t forget to zip up the zippers as well.

B’Twin SS Jersey 300 £4.99(link is external)

There isn’t much cycling kit you can get for a tenner: a pair of socks maybe, or a of couple water bottles. Or, you can buy a fully functioning B’Twin 300 cycling jersey. You’ll have change too. In fact you’ll have change from a fiver.

It may be basic but the 300 isn’t just a rehashed t-shirt. You get breathable material with various panels, two rear pockets and a front zip plus Decathlon’s two-year warranty against defects. You kind of wonder what the catch is. As far as we can see there isn’t one.