Au­tumn jer­seys that’ll keep you rid­ing

It’s al­most au­tumn — time to in­vest in some warmer tops

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WHAT

The nights are not quite draw­ing in (we don’t want to de­press you) but the morn­ings are cer­tainly get­ting chill­ier and the evenings are not balmy any more: we’re al­ready find­ing that a short-sleeve jersey is not quite sub­stan­tial enough, espe­cially if you’re head­ing out early.

The long-sleeve jersey, made from slightly thicker fab­ric than the short-sleeve sum­mer ver­sion, is de­signed to han­dle that cusp sea­son, whether au­tumn or spring, when a sum­mer jersey is just a bit too cool on its own, even with a base layer.

The long-sleeve jersey is of­ten ‘ther­mal’ and made from a Roubaixstyle soft, fleece-backed fab­ric. It’s not wa­ter­proof but has pock­ets into which you’ll be able to stuff a gilet or pack­able jacket. There are of­ten re­flec­tive de­tails since low-light rid­ing is more likely as we head into au­tumn.

WHY

It might be the end of the rac­ing sea­son but you don’t have to stop cy­cling: with just a small wardrobe ad­just­ment you can en­joy those longer Sun­day rides again. Re­mem­ber the old quote at­trib­uted to every­one from Ruskin to Wain­right to the Scan­di­na­vians: there is no such thing as bad weather, only un­suit­able cloth­ing.

HOW

We’ve tested five women’s and six men’s long-sleeve jer­seys, wear­ing them to com­mute and train in over the last few weeks, and scored them out of 10 for their per­for­mance-to-price ra­tio.

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