Whether you cycle regularly out of a love for sport or simply want to get more fit in a way that is easier on the body, the right gear can help you reach your goals faster. Women’s jerseys and gear are often more brightly coloured than men’s, and there can be quite a lot to choose from when you first get started.

To make everything simpler, there are a few things you need to consider when you look at the options available, and the right information can make a huge difference in your cycling experience. What makes cycling gear truly special is its ability to function under pressure and keep you comfortable while you ride and it is important to look at the technical aspects of any gear before buying it.

Fit/Cut

Women’s and men’s cuts in jerseys and tops can vary and it is important that you choose a woman’s jersey over a man’s for a number of reasons. Women’s jerseys come in at the waist and flare at the hips for a more comfortable fit and this was done to accommodate the slight difference in body shape between genders. Whether you are petite with a slim figure or have wide hips, a cycling jersey should fit you comfortably if you get the right size.

Most manufacturers offer multiple fits that are geared toward the different types of riding a person can do and women’s cycling jerseys are designed to accommodate those differences. To know where to start, ask yourself whether you want to treat cycling as a hobby or a sport. Even urban cycling versus racing is something to consider.

Fabrics

Cycling, even as a hobby, will make you work up a lot of sweat and you need the right fabrics to improve comfort during your ride. All jerseys are made with fabrics that wick moisture to keep you dry, comfortable, and cool on warm days, although some incorporate different materials in certain places to speed cooling, such as mesh sides. Once you know how seriously you plan to take your cycling habit, you can focus on jerseys that accommodate for that level of dedication.

Sleeves

Long or short sleeves are another consideration to make as the weather in your area can differ. Although it is recommended that you have both short and long sleeve options in your arsenal, you should first choose the one that fits your situation right now. Fitted jerseys often have raglan sleeves, which are similar to those in a baseball jersey, for a more comfortable fit. Short sleeves often use cap sleeves, which start at the top of the shoulder and stop just below it. Pay attention to the current weather to decide which is the best option to buy for the time being. As you budget for more gear, consider adding a variety of sleeve lengths.

Hem

Excepting casual fits, most jerseys are designed with a longer hem in the back to help cover up your lower back during your cycling session. They also may have elastic at the waist to help keep them in place and prevent wind from picking the jersey up while you ride. If you decide that you want to forego professional gear and use traditional clothing, this will be your most frustrating issue. Whatever reason ultimately causes you to choose professional gear, knowing where to start is crucial when you want to take cycling seriously.