Continuing on from the previous article, you might be on the fence on whether to invest on a premium cycling jersey for your cycling trips.
Here are two factors you can consider to help make your choice. Usage and Budget. If you tend to cycle long distance or planning to cycle more often, then you should invest in a higher quality jersey. If you are on a tight budget, fret not, there are many options in the market selling mid-range jerseys. A good mix of both high end technologies and the economical pricing, something that’s budget friendly and yet does not compromise on comfort too much.
If you intend to do a lot of dirt trails, and would be afraid of staining your expensive jerseys, an economical one works too!
Moving on, so what do the majority of the cycling hobbyist wears on their weekend rides? Well… A good mix of all the above. Let us categorise them into:
Rides at park connectors
Usually on public shared bicycle or foldable city bikes
Mountain Bike Cyclist
Rides at forested trails
E.g. Chestnut Trail / Mandai Trail
Rides a full suspension MTB or a hardtail MTB
Road Bike Cyclist
Rides on the road
E.g. Seletar Airport / Tenah Merah Coastal Road
Rides a road bike or time trial bike
Comfortable sportswear will do!
Specific MTB jerseys and bibs which tends to be loose fit to fit in additional body armour to protect the rider.
Thicker materials at specific areas to prevent cuts from thorns.
Road specific cycling jersey and bibs to improve ventilation and aerodynamic properties.
Thick chamois paddings to improve comfort on the bike and easy on your butt.
Not to mention that there are many cycling groups who have their own customised jersey for the group identity. Depending on the group’s main focussing, whether is it a recreational group or a racing team, the quality of the jersey differs too.
In summary, cycling is not a cheap hobby, whether you’re the recreational rider enjoying the breeze or the weekend warriors who gunning for a PR on Strava, it is best that you consider the two important factors, usage and budget before splurging. There are many riders in the community wearing economical jerseys but yet winning local races and overseas races. There are also riders in the community wearing expensive jerseys but yet cannot win a Strava segment.
Stay tuned for the top 5 Biking Singapore’s jersey brand choice!