Autumn jerseys that’ll keep you riding
It’s almost autumn — time to invest in some warmer tops
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.
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.
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.