why do cyclists where jerseys?

aripallaris
aripallaris Posts: 294
edited May 2011 in Road beginners
im trying to decide whether or not to invest in a short and long sleeve jersey but wondered what the reason was for wearing them. is it a style thing? for cooling and keeping warm?

reason i ask is that ive just used my nike pro tops with a windproof light but breathable shell i got from dare2b. i keep coming across two brands that i really like the look of castelli and campagnolo. im wanting something simple, not too heavy branded though must confess some of those look dam cool. problem is for £60 quid each, well i can just buy more nike pro tops if the advantages are just small.

Comments

  • I wear cycling jerseys because:

    1) They have pockets to keep 'stuff' in

    2) They are cut to fit on a bike

    3) Some of them look nice

    4) Err thats it

    But mainly for the pockets
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    For cooling and for the pockets. You can also get a good SS jersey and some armwarmers if you don't want to buy a LS jersey now.
  • McBoom
    McBoom Posts: 78
    I wear them because you get ludicrous tan-lines if you only wear bib-shorts...


    FWIW the most I've ever spent on a jersey is £15.
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    I only Where Rapha in London
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    With the ridiculous range in temperatures, I've been wearing (or whereing) a Nike Pro or UA L/S top under my S/S jersey for the near-freezing ride in then just the jersey for the 15C ride home.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • -steves-
    -steves- Posts: 99
    McBoom wrote:
    I wear them because you get ludicrous tan-lines if you only wear bib-shorts...


    FWIW the most I've ever spent on a jersey is £15.

    Any hints on where from for £15? :D
  • Pokerface
    Pokerface Posts: 7,960
    Where what you like 8)
  • McBoom
    McBoom Posts: 78
    -steves- wrote:

    Any hints on where from for £15? :D

    Can still get the long sleeve yellow one from Planet X for £15:

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CLP ... eve-jersey

    ...bearing in mind the possible defects of course (I got 2 and found nothing wrong with them). Otherwise ebay, Classifieds, Aldi/Lidl.
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    McBoom wrote:
    Otherwise ebay, Classifieds, Aldi/Lidl.

    .....other people's washing lines..... :wink::lol:
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • Zoomer37
    Zoomer37 Posts: 725
    Purely for aerodynamic reasons

    You'll sh*t yourself when you see how fast you can go in a expensive jersey

    Mega
  • bruce225
    bruce225 Posts: 129
    Some more cheap jerseys....

    http://www.encove.co.uk/cycling-jerseys/cat_2.html

    Seem cheaper than your Nike tops...Maybe worth a go.
  • ThatBikeGuy
    ThatBikeGuy Posts: 394
    Because jerseys make you look like a pro...
    Cannondale SS Evo Team
    Kona Jake CX
    Cervelo P5
  • screebs
    screebs Posts: 178
    McBoom wrote:
    -steves- wrote:

    Any hints on where from for £15? :D

    Can still get the long sleeve yellow one from Planet X for £15:

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CLP ... eve-jersey

    ...bearing in mind the possible defects of course (I got 2 and found nothing wrong with them). Otherwise ebay, Classifieds, Aldi/Lidl.

    Cheers for the head up on this one - just bought one. At £15, what's the worst that could happen!
    Me struggling up Mont Ventoux for the first time! Done it 3 times since (each way up) without stopping. This seems like a lifetime ago! http://img208.imageshack.us/i/snapshot2 ... 45552.tif/
  • cyberknight
    cyberknight Posts: 1,238
    I always tell people i do not like cycling , i just like wearing the kinky clothes :lol:
    FCN 3/5/9
  • this place sells some cheap jerseys as well, never brought from them but tempted to get one of their jackets

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

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  • shane r
    shane r Posts: 326
    I like to look like I just missed the cut from being included on a pro team-but they let me keep the gear.

    Sadly the beer gut and slow speed expose the fraud.
    Coupla Road Bikes
  • bruce225
    bruce225 Posts: 129
    this place sells some cheap jerseys as well, never brought from them but tempted to get one of their jackets

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/

    Bought one of there DWR jackets got a size XXL I'm a 42" chest it was massive,didn't order another but i would have probably dropped two sizes...now if only the missus could !!!
  • shane r
    shane r Posts: 326
    this place sells some cheap jerseys as well, never brought from them but tempted to get one of their jackets

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/

    just had a quick browse and bought some arm warmers!
    Coupla Road Bikes
  • Rich Hcp
    Rich Hcp Posts: 1,355
    Good job my credit card is at home!

    (Skiving work :oops:)
    Richard

    Giving it Large
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,511
    Wear....
  • shane r wrote:
    this place sells some cheap jerseys as well, never brought from them but tempted to get one of their jackets

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/

    just had a quick browse and bought some arm warmers!

    what was teh jacket like though is it showerproof or full hard on rain proof :shock: and does it stop the wind, quite liked the jacket you could convert to a gillet
    Sorry its not me it's the bike ;o)

    Strava Dude link http://www.strava.com/athletes/amander
    Commuting, Domestic & Pleasure : Specialized Sectuer Sport Disc

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  • griffsters
    griffsters Posts: 490
    BRUCE225 wrote:
    this place sells some cheap jerseys as well, never brought from them but tempted to get one of their jackets

    http://www.cycle-clothing.co.uk/

    Bought one of there DWR jackets got a size XXL I'm a 42" chest it was massive,didn't order another but i would have probably dropped two sizes...now if only the missus could !!!

    I've ordered a few things from them and had good service. One was an xxl jacket, i'm 42-44" chest but always order too big as I find cycle clothing just a tad too clingy for my liking. It was huge! Sent mine back as well but cant fault them for service at all.
  • Peddle Up!
    Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    Because I always wanted to be Spiderman. :)
    Purveyor of "up" :)
  • rake
    rake Posts: 3,204
    if the op poster meant such as those replica team kits, i think its so when theyre out leisure riding they can look embarrasing whilst thinking they look pretty cool.
  • I thought that the purpose of close-fitting cycle jerseys was for a reminder of just how much weight I need to lose. It doesn't work.
    There's no such thing as too old.
  • Thebigbee
    Thebigbee Posts: 570
    latent homosexualism?

    Joking....

    to anyone that bothers. Personal choice. I guess it make you incredibly more streamlined when you still have your helmet, moobs and hairy legs to cover up...

    WTF
  • Thebigbee
    Thebigbee Posts: 570
    rake wrote:
    if the op poster meant such as those replica team kits, i think its so when theyre out leisure riding they can look embarrasing whilst thinking they look pretty cool.

    understatement of the year.. pretty cool.. LOL - You are on the tour de country roads!!
  • screebs
    screebs Posts: 178
    screebs wrote:
    McBoom wrote:
    -steves- wrote:

    Any hints on where from for £15? :D

    Can still get the long sleeve yellow one from Planet X for £15:

    http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CLP ... eve-jersey

    ...bearing in mind the possible defects of course (I got 2 and found nothing wrong with them). Otherwise ebay, Classifieds, Aldi/Lidl.

    Cheers for the head up on this one - just bought one. At £15, what's the worst that could happen!

    Planet X top arrived on Saturday - excellent for £16 I must say.
    Me struggling up Mont Ventoux for the first time! Done it 3 times since (each way up) without stopping. This seems like a lifetime ago! http://img208.imageshack.us/i/snapshot2 ... 45552.tif/
  • KingCustard
    KingCustard Posts: 49
    I wear either a Cervelo, Saxo Bank, or Francais De Jeux jersey because they make me feel the part. If I feel good, I ride/perform better.
  • MarcBC
    MarcBC Posts: 333
    Because a jacket and tie is a little formal for when meeting other cyclists on bikes.