“Can I just wear a normal cotton shirt when I cycle?”
Ostensibly, this seems to be a common question the leisure cyclists would ask. Many have not comprehended that cotton is not designed to wick away perspiration making it more difficult for your body to regulate your temperature.
Imagine, wearing a sweat-soaked shirt, you’re still halfway through your ride. Imagine, coming from tropical Malaysia and not wearing a cycling jersey under the scorching weather, you do not have a zipper that runs down the front for more ventilation to cool yourself down.
Worry no more! Whether cycling for recreation, competition or as a means of regular transportation, cycling jersey is an essential part of every cyclist’s wardrobe. It is a lightweight garment for the torso that is meant to allow utmost movement of the neck and arms, allowing cyclists maintain a comfortable fit.
However, making a decision with regard to a jersey can be intimidating. In this issue, we tell you what a jersey can do for you and your ride.
- Cycling jerseys are made of moisture moving fabrics that pull perspiration off your body and move it to the outside of the garment where it evaporates quickly.
- By keeping you dry, the fabric will keep you cooler when the mercury rises.
- Synthetic materials include Polyester, Spandex, Lycra, Elastane, Nylon and other compounds.
- Natural materials include Merino Wool, Bamboo, Bio-ceramic and others.
- Polyester is great in hot weather, whereas merino wool is more suited for cold and wet conditions.
- Cycling jerseys are cut to follow the natural lines of your body while riding.
- They use grippers to stay in place as you move around the bicycle.
- Shoulder cut wider for arms when you’re leaning forward over the handlebars.
- Longer cut in back to keep your lower back covered when riding.
- Sleeves specially shaped for forward lean.
- Most cycling jerseys have back pockets for easy on-to-go access. They help you carry necessary things like food, phones or tools.
- For safety, many jerseys include reflective features making you more visible for night riding.
- Jerseys have a stand-up collar to shade your neck.
- Front zipper for ventilation when your temperature rises.
- Some jerseys are enhanced with carbon, which has a natural anti-bacterial property to help reduce smells.
- However, costs will vary widely based on the material and complexity of the construction.
- Unlike road cyclists, mountain bikers are less concerned with aerodynamics because of the speed difference. They will sometimes wear a road bike jersey which fits the body snugly, but downhill and enduro mountain bikers usually flavour loose-fitting synthetic jerseys.