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 £40.
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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Craft is known for good-quality clothing, so a Craft jersey for as little as £30 is a bargain. The Rise boasts a full-length zip, the fabric is knitted to improve moisture transport and there are reflective areas to increase visibility if you're out after dark.
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.
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.
This keenly-priced short-sleever boasts fabrics from legendary Italian cloth-maker Miti, roomy fit and angled three-pocket design. There are mesh side panels for ventilation and a full length zip.
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.
Another end-of-line 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 Decathlon's 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 2019. As well as this tidy design in shades of blue, there are versions in several other tasteful colours and patterns.
Phenomenal bang for very modest buck.
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Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
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.