Cycling is a great way to get exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but most beginning cyclists fail to realize the sport requires more than a bike. Wearing the proper cycling apparel can be the difference between keeping cool and overheating to just being safe out on the roads. Bicycle racing requires many hours of riding in all sorts of conditions, and without the proper apparel like cycling jerseys, shorts, shoes, gloves, and helmets your performance will suffer.
The Top 5 cycling jerseys for all budgets to keep you riding comfortably and safely all year-long.
Borah Sleeveless Micro Jersey – Perfect for people looking to spend less than $40, this sleeveless cycling jersey is great for hot areas, made of Micro Mesh fabric the breath ability and comfort are solid. The Micro Mesh also is very lightweight, and dries quickly with a smooth feel to the skin.
Louis Garneau Mistral Sleeveless and Long Sleeve Jerseys – If you are looking to keep cool but would like the added ability to unzip your jersey the Mistral Sleeveless for under $45 is a great jersey. Featuring a sun protective layer, 3 angle back pockets to store snacks in, and reflective logos on the front and back this cycling jersey offers a lot for the price, the full sleeve version costs less than $50.
Bellwether Aires Jersey – For aspiring competitive cyclists the Aires Jersey is a great aerodynamic fit that can still keep you cool on hot days for under $80. The Aires features a full frontal zipper, three slanted pockets for easy access, ergonomic sleeves and bottleneck collar to cut down on drag.
Castelli Prima Jersey FZ – If bicycle racing is your thing and you have some money or a small sponsorship the Prima Jersey FZ for under $120 is a fantastic cycling jersey to keep your performance high and your body temperature low. Featuring the Prosecco 3D fabric combinations that helps keep your skin dry and cool by dispersing sweat droplets over larger surface areas. The jersey also has 3 back zippered pockets, full length Camlock zipper on the front with reflective tabs on the back of the jersey to keep you safe in low light conditions.
Giordana Forma Red Carbon Flex Jersey – The $225 Forma Red Carbon Flex Jersey is the ultimate in cycling jerseys. Featuring silky but yet breathable Gi27 fabric along with micro-mesh underarm panels and a full length frontal zipper the Forma Red keeps you cool. Elastic silicone beads and the Aerofix Gripper System keep the jersey from riding up while cutting down on drag and can fit a variety of body types.
A good cycling short can make the difference by providing the rider a comfortable dry experience.
Borah Enduro 2D Gel Shorts – For under $50 these versatile shorts feature 8 panel construction and Dryflex 350 fabric to keep you cool and the 2D Gel pad system gives enough protection to absorb road shock more efficiently.
Louis Garneau Signature 2 Comfort Shorts – The Garneau Signature 2 short for under $60 is another great value short that will help keep you cool with its Perfo 3D chamois insert fabric. The anatomic fit keeps the rider comfortable while the thigh gripper system reduces drag or snags.
Louis Garneau Fit Sensor 2 Shorts – For under $80 these cycling shorts feature the Fit Sensor fabric which keeps skin dry and comfortable. The compression induced leg hems keep the shorts in place without any irritation to the skin. The shorts feature a lack of inside the leg seams which prevents chafing of the skin, while the reflective logs on the bottom and back will keep you safe.
Giordana Forma Red Carbon Shorts – If money is no issue the Forma Red Carbon Shorts for $190 are the ultimate in cycling shorts. Featuring HC-44 high-compression fabric that is lightweight and ultra-breathable feels cool and soft on the skin. The Aerofix Gripper System helps keep the shorts in place while allowing ventilation, and the Giordana Core Contour System lined with Ametista fabric will reduce electrical interference with your internal organs.
Skins C400 Compression Bib Shorts – If performance is crucial and money is not an issue the $300 C400 Compression Bid Shorts can actually increase muscle performance. The three-threaded carbon fabric is designed to compress core muscles, filling them with more oxygen rich blood, which helps cut down on acidic build while enhancing overall muscle performance.