Searching for the right Cycling Jerseys
Why are bicycling jerseys important? Why not just ride in
Those were questions I asked when I started touring, and they might be questions you're asking if you're
new to touring. If you ride in a regular t-shirt, your perspiration will stick to you and won't dry fast,
which is very uncomfortable. This also causes you to be hotter on warm days and colder on cold days.
Cycling and running tights wick dampness away from your body, thus keeping you cool in hot weather
(or warm in cold weather), and more comfortable. In addition to wicking, the fabric is constructed to cut
down on the amount of wind that moves through the jersey, which again makes it better for regulating
Cycling clothing are cut long in the back to compensate for the rider being bent over so much. After you
wear a cycle shorts a couple times, it will stretch out to fit your body better.
Because front pockets spill things when a rider bends over, all the pockets in a cycling jersey are in the
back. On men's jerseys, the zippers are on occasion long so that the jersey can be opened wide in hot
Cycling jerseys are available for men and women in a wide collection of colors, designs, and fabrics. The
most frequently used materials are cotton, polyester and nylon, though wool is starting to mount a
Cotton is very comfortable and looks superb. But cotton can get uncomfortable when you perspire or
get wet, because it doesn't wick moisture away as well as polyester, nylon or wool.
Nylon jerseys are a blend of spandex and micro fiber, which lend it stretch ability and allow it to wick
moisture away. Nylon is long-lasting but doesn't hold dyes well, so its color fades with time.
Polyester is similar to nylon and performs even a little better than nylon for dampness management,
because polyester is more hydrophobic. Nylon threads absorb more water than polyester, so nylon will
feel colder when it's wet and will stay wet longer, which impedes its breath ability. But polyester retains
more odors than nylon and isn't as lasting.
Many cyclists used to think wool too abrasive to wear, but the new merino wool jerseys are comfortable
and soft. They are non allergenic and have better wicking properties than the artificial materials. They
also don't get as smelly when you ride as synthetic jerseys, but they're more expensive and don't shed
the wind as well.
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The weave of the material is crucial. If the yarn on the outside of the garment is skinnier than the yarn
on the inside of the garment, capillary action will pull moisture to the outside. The increased surface
area of the skinny yarn gives the water more space to spread out, increasing the wicking capabilities.
Both nylon and polyester feature this structure in certain brands.
You need a jersey that fits snugly but doesn't constrain your movements on the bike. If it is form-fitting,
it will stretch to fit you to some extent.
Thin material is better in hot weather, but thick material is warmer and lasts longer. You will have to
decide on a lot of other issues, like whether to go with sleeveless, short sleeves or long sleeves.
Read the reviews of jerseys that interest you. Best of luck to you.
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