Not too long ago, we wrote a piece explaining the benefits of wearing a cycling jersey. The quality material, close (non-flapping) material and handy inner-tube friendly pockets will all help you on a ride. However, we understand that not everyone wants to resemble their Tour de France idols.
Brands know that some of us like to have a bit more fun with our clothing – so here are 5 of our favourite, less serious looking cycling jerseys:
Summit Different – Rosie The Riveter Women’s Jersey
Rosie comes from an American WWII image by J. Howard Miller and she’s been a symbol of feminism ever since. This jersey is likely to be a bit love or hate – but then so are a lot of loud, statement items.
Cycling is a sport and activity that has a history of male dominance, but the tide is turning, with British Cycling doing a lot of help, manufacturers waking up to the fact and creating more kit, and racing gradually being aired on TV. Therefore, this jersey says a lot not just about the riders ability to tackle the next challenge, but about an entire women’s cycling movement.
Remember the media storm over the young driver who hit a rider, and later tweeted about the #bloodycyclist? You’d need to be living under a rock to miss it.
Rising from the debacle came ‘#bloodycyclist’ – a range of jerseys that proclaim pride in the title.
The brand sell jerseys, t-shirts, and even car stickers (“I respect #bloodycyclists”) as well as publishing road safety advice and getting behind safety campaigns…
Foska Underground Map
The range of jerseys from Foska includes something for pretty much everyone, except those who want to look a bit pro. With designs ranging from Heinz Beans to Pukka Pies, this one seems most appropriate for a London rider who knows exactly what they’re missing when they swing a leg over the bike (crowded carriages, dehydration…)
The handy thing is, you’ll always be able to help out a lost tourist, too…
Dr Seuss – Cat in the Hat
Who didn’t love the lyrical rhymes of Dr Seuss as a kid? Or perhaps you read the tales to your own little ones now and like a little reminder of those bedtime stories for the road.
This Cat in the Hat piece if kit will set you back just under £20, and it is one of a few Dr Seuss themed jerseys, you can also display Thing1 and Thing2, if you like…
(Note: After readers comments we’ve removed the link to the site which wasn’t a trusted online retailer – a quick Google search will reveal other places where you can buy this jersey).
Fianlly…. THE Pee-Wee Herman Skinsuit
Ok, confession – it’s not a jersey. It’s SO MUCH better than that.
This suit, based on the 1980s American comic fictional character, isn’t just for jokes – “it’s made of the best quality polyester fabric mix, allowing for durability, flexibility and style” and has a quality chamois built in for demanding rides. We hope you’ll be wearing it on your commute soon…
Have you got any novelty kit? Would you wear any of these, or do you prefer to keep it plain?
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