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What Should I Consider When Buying a Bike Jersey?

Bicycle jerseys are lightweight garments for the upper body that is meant to allow maximum movement of the arms and neck, while still allowing the biking enthusiast to maintain a comfortable temperature.
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The purchase of a jersey to wear for bicycling is a little different from buying other types of shirts. Function, comfort, and durability as all part of the selection process when it comes to wading through the many different bike jerseys on the market today. Here are a few points to keep in mind when buying a bike jersey.

Function is a key element when it comes to buying a bike jersey. One of the first things to determine is whether the bike jersey will be worn primarily in warm or cold weather. Along with helping to determine whether the jersey should include long sleeves or short sleeves, the climate also will influence the type of material needed to provide the best protection. Heavier blends will work best in cooler weather, while lighter blends will be more appropriate for warmer weather.

In either case, the jersey should not be a bulky garment. When buying a bike jersey, make sure to purchase one that is form fitting, but not too snug. Part of this is that many jerseys come with pockets on the back, which is ideal for carrying small objects. A loose jersey makes it possible for the contents of the pockets to move about. This can be not only irritating, but increases the chances of the contents falling out during the bike ride.

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When it comes to comfort, the weather also is an important factor. Warm weather bicycle jerseys should be composed of a material that will accomplish two things. First, the material needs to allow the body to breathe easily, allowing for plenty of air circulation. Second, the material should be a type that will help to move moisture away from the skin. Biking in warm weather means a lot of sweating. By pulling the sweat away from the surface of the skin, it is easier to maintain a sense of being comfortable, even during the exertion of a bike ride.

In like manner, material that pulls moisture away from the skin during cold weather also helps to keep the rider feeling warm and comfortable, rather than cold and clammy. Buying a bike jersey that is weather appropriate will make a huge difference in the riding experience.

Durability is also an important factor when buying a bike jersey. The fact is that sports clothing in general does not come cheap. A bike jersey is no exception. Look for clues about the construction of the jersey, such as the blend of fibers, the stitching, and the washing instructions. Durable garments that are sewn tightly and can be washed in the regular cycle, are fade resistant, and will not shrink are ideal options when buying a bike jersey.

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