Acquiring the right Cycling Jersey by RayHerzog

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									Acquiring the right Cycling Jerseys
Why are bicycling jerseys important? Why not just ride in
regular clothing?
Those are good questions, taking into consideration the fact that most cyclists wear regular clothing. But
bike jerseys are important for ventilation, comfort, the removal of moisture, and the lessening of wind
resistance while cycling clothing.

Cycling jerseys are built of materials that are designed to wick away perspiration, meaning that the
sweat breathes through to the exterior of the clothing, where it can escape. Not only does this help
keep you cool on hot days, but it also supplies insulation and helps keep you dry on cold days, which
helps keep you warmer. And normal clothing whips around in the wind like a parachute, which slows
you down and can rub you.

A cycling jersey is cut longer in the back to compensate for the bent-over position used in hard-core
cycling. Bike jerseys stretch where they need to, so they begin to take on the shape of your body after
they've been worn a couple times.

Because front pockets spill things when a rider bends over, all the pockets in a cycling and running tights
are in the rear. On men's cycle shorts, the zippers are at times long so that the jersey can be opened
wide in hot weather.

Jerseys come in a wide selection of styles and colors; the most frequently used materials are polyester,
nylon, cotton and wool.

Cotton looks fantastic and is the most comfortable material when dry, but, since it doesn’t wick
moisture away as well as the other fabrics, it can get uncomfortable when it is wet.

Nylon jerseys are a great blend of micro fiber and spandex. This material is known for its terrific ability
to absorb dampness, keeping you cool and comfortable. Nylon loses its color over time, but the material
itself is quite durable.

Polyester is comparable to nylon and performs even a little better than nylon for moisture management,
because polyester is more hydrophobic. Nylon threads absorb more moisture than polyester, so nylon
will feel colder when wet and will stay damp longer, which impedes its breath ability. But Polyester is
less rugged and retains more odors than nylon.

Many cyclists used to think wool too abrasive to wear, but the new merino wool jerseys are comfortable
and soft. They are non allergenic and have better wicking properties than the man-made materials. They


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also don't get as stinky when you ride as synthetic jerseys, but they're higher in price and don't shed the
wind as well.

The type of weave in the yarn might be as important as the kind of fabric. The best weave features a
yarn on the outside that is skinnier than the yarn on the inside. This encourages the wicking abilities,
with the thin yarn giving the dampness more room to spread out and evaporate. Both nylon and
polyester feature this structure in certain brands.

You need a jersey that fits snugly but doesn't constrain your movements on the bike. If it's form-fitting,
it will stretch to fit you to some extent.

Thin material is better in hot weather, but thick material is warmer and lasts longer. You'll have to
decide on a lot of other issues, like whether to go with sleeveless, short sleeves or long sleeves.

Read the reviews of jerseys that interest you. Best of luck to you.




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