While not as vital as good shorts, a cycling jersey can really help enhance your on-the-bike comfort. Here are eight of our favourite jerseys that don't cost the earth — they're all under £35.
You don't get ultra-high-tech fabrics at these prices, or lots of fiddly features that increase the manufacturing cost, but you should expect at least:
- High neck to keep the sun off, and long back to keep you covered in the riding position.
- Long zip (full-length for summer jerseys) for ventilation
- Three rear pockets — it's not really a cycling jersey without them
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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.
The Boardman Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey is a lovely everyday top at a great price. Boardman hasn't messed around giving its jersey a complicated name, nor has it messed around adding unnecessary features to a simple and functional piece of kit.
When he reviewed it back in 2012 our Rob Simmonds described this jersey as "a proper bargain" for £16. It's not a bad deal at the £25 RRP, but keep an eye on the price — we've seen it as cheap £15.
It's not a flashy top. The cut is relaxed, except for the elasticated waist, which also has a silicone gripper strip. The material is basic polyester, but it wicks perfectly well, feels pleasant and resists becoming smelly.
The cheapest of DHB's short-sleeve jerseys has a relaxed cut, and a full suite of the features you expect: three rear pockets, quarter-length zip, and a silicone gripper to keep the rear in place.
The combination of Tenn Outdoors and Amazon comes up trumps again with a long-sleeve jersey in a light fabric for summer riding. It's designed to be looser-fitting so will suit those of us who aren't confident in figure-hugging clothes.
Experience says that if you put jacket on over this sort of jersey, it'll be warmer than you expect because the combination traps plenty of air, so you can expect to get three-season use from it. Not bad for a bit over £20.
You get the usual trio of pockets, one of which is narrower, and a silicone waist gripper.
Another end-of-season bargain from CRC, this jersey from Israel-based value-for-money clothing specialists Funkier boasts plenty of mesh for cooling, a full-length zip and a waterproof pocket so your sweat won't rot your phone.
dhb is the house brand of cycling mail order specialist Wiggle, and this very visible little number is currently the cheapest in the range. It's highly-rated by Wiggle customers nevertheless.
It has a short zip and a silicone waist gripper. There's a zipped pocket in addition to two open-top large pockets and there are reflective patches at the back and sides for evening and night-time visibility.
This simple but high quality jersey shares a number of the features we really liked about that the B'Twin 700 jersey, including raglan sleeves, full-length front zip, and mesh pit panels.
Decathlon has put some major effort into the appearance of its clothing for 2018. As well as this red-with-a-stripe design, the 500 is available in a very smart navy blue and white pattern
Phenomenal bang for very modest buck.
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Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.