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Choosing The Best Cycling Jersey Material

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Cycling is a competitive sport for some, a fierce passion for others, and just light-hearted fun for others. Whatever cycling means to you, one thing is for certain: having the right gear can improve your experience. That's why you'll want to compare the bike jersey materials available to you:

Merino Wool

Merino wool is made from a special breed of sheep. It looks fashionable and feels great to the touch. It is not scratchy like many other types of wool you may have worn. This luxurious comfort and style are just some of the reasons that Merino has become so popular with cyclists everywhere.

Merino wool is also very practical for cyclists. It has thermal insulation to keep you warm in the cold and built-in moisture wicking properties to keep you dry when you sweat in the heat. It also contains lanolin, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lanolin also helps to reduce body odor.

One of the downsides of Merino is that it can be more costly than other materials. 


Lycra is a popular material for sports apparel. It has moisture wicking properties, and evaporates excess moisture. It is great for cyclists who are intent on staying dry during their rides. It isn't known for being as comfortable as Merino. It is also not as insulating in the cold, so if you're biking in winter-like conditions, you might avoid Lycra until it's warmer.

But Lycra can be designed in a number of ways so you can express your personal style.The price of Lycra is also more affordable than Merino on average. Because it is a synthetic material, there is no limit to the types of cycling jerseys that can be made out of it.


Cotton is less popular than the previous two materials for cyclists. Still, cotton could fit your needs. First of all, it is widely available in most places in the world. Secondly, the cost of cotton is typically cheaper than Merino Wool or Lycra fabrics. If you need something simple that is easy to find and easy on your wallet, cotton could be the way to go.

If you're looking for a new cycling jersey, you've probably noticed that there are tons of shapes, lengths, thicknesses, and fabrics. Don't be overwhelmed. Between Merino wool, Lycra, and cotton, you can find a material that gives you the comfort, moisture wicking, fit, and cost that fits your needs. Contact an apparel provider, like Sarasota Cyclery Inc, for more help.