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“Silk” jerseys


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Technical progress in cycling has also affected the clothing people wear. In some specialised disciplines, a second can make all the difference, and the fabric your jersey is made from can be decisive − especially in track events. So, in the 1950s, a few track cyclists tried wearing silk jerseys and found they cut through the air more cleanly.
The new fabric seemed to give a clear advantage over wool. It was immediately adopted, and soon road-trial cyclists were wearing it, too.
But silk was expensive and not everyone could afford it. The advent of new materials solved the problem: cyclists started wearing an affordable synthetic fabric with performance characteristics similar to silk.
A new garment entered the cyclist’s wardrobe. In the 1960s and 1970s, “silk” jerseys- they continued to be known with this name , even if made of a less “precious” material- were also adopted for leisure purposes, worn in summer before and after the race.
The silk jersey had two essential characteristics: it did not feature special graphics (the jerseys were of a single colour to avoid the need for further sewing) and any writing was limited to the name of the cyclist’s team, in small letters on the left-hand side of the chest, over the heart.
Silk jerseys nevertheless had woollen collars and cuffs and, during a race, they were tucked into the cyclist’s waistband to prevent them from flapping and causing turbulence.
In compiling our catalogue, it was impossible to omit this distinctive garment which, in its small way, marked a stage in the development of cyclists’ clothing.

All jerseys can be customised with hand-embroided lettering of your choice