How to stay comfortable from the waist up without spending a fortune

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

Want to know more about the ins and outs of cycling jerseys? Read our guides:

Cycling jerseys — everything you need to know
Best summer cycling jerseys
Best winter cycling jerseys

B'Twin SS Jersey 300 — £5.99

BTwin SS Jersey 300

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. 

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.

A women's version is also available.

Read our review of the B'Twin SS jersey 300

Boardman Short Sleeve Jersey — £15-£30

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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.

Read our review of the Boardman Short Sleeve Jersey
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Tenn Outdoors Men's Sprint Jersey — £24.99

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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 £26 RRP, but keep an eye on the price at Amazon — 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.

Read our review of the Tenn Outdoors Sprint SS Jersey

DHB short sleeve jersey — £18.99-£24.99

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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.

Tenn-Outdoors Men's Coolflo Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey — £7-£26.99

Tenn-Outdoors Men's Coolflo

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.

Funkier Rideline Short Sleeve Jersey — £29.99

Funkier Rideline SS jersey

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 Flashlight — £35

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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.

B'Twin 500 cycling jersey — £24.99

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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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JohnnyEnglish [24 posts] 8 months ago
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The £5 B’Twin specials make great turbo trainer gear.

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steady lad [31 posts] 8 months ago
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Can you ride up hills in a jersey that costs < £145? I thought you  needed a "climbers jersey"?

Cheers

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EM69 [21 posts] 5 months ago
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Like the look of the Boardman but the B'Twin 300 Oh dear, I think he needs one a couple of sizes smaller!

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a1white [140 posts] 5 months ago
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EM69 wrote:

Like the look of the Boardman but the B'Twin 300 Oh dear, I think he needs one a couple of sizes smaller!

 

I have a couple of the B'Twin 300's and can confirm they fit well and are not baggy!

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speeddler [8 posts] 3 months ago
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 https://voguecycling.com/collections/long-sleeve-jerseys I found this site through Instagram ads, nice looking jerseys dont know about the quality though

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nigerian prince [44 posts] 3 months ago
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speeddler wrote:

 https://voguecycling.com/collections/long-sleeve-jerseys I found this site through Instagram ads, nice looking jerseys dont know about the quality though

 

Those are just alibaba knock offs retagged as their own.  You can find them pretty easily for much much cheaper. 

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speeddler [8 posts] 3 months ago
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lork wrote:
speeddler wrote:

 https://voguecycling.com/collections/long-sleeve-jerseys I found this site through Instagram ads, nice looking jerseys dont know about the quality though

 

Those are just alibaba knock offs retagged as their own.  You can find them pretty easily for much much cheaper. 

I just checked and it is the same jerseys on alibaba