Anything down to about zero I am personally happy with wearing a long-sleeved jersey over a thinner short-sleeved jersey, though some will no doubt already be looking at a long-sleeve jersey underneath too, or even a full-on thermal layer – as we talked about in the main article, you have to find what is comfortable for you.
When you’re looking at winter jerseys you want to make sure it has as high a neck as possible, and I would also not get one without back pockets as I keep a lot of
junk necessary stuff in there when I ride. Here’s another tip – get a dark-coloured jersey. Yes, you will be less visible, not good in winter, so you might want to put on some kind of reflective bands or vest over the top, but the dark colour will show up the dirt a lot less! The fact is, in winter you are going to get sprayed with water a lot more, and the grease and crud in the water/slush off the road (ewww) can leave permanent spotting on your clothing. Been there done that.
Prices: well, this is probably one of those pay-for-what-you-get deals, with prices ranging from $20 (that won’t keep you warm) to pushing $200 (which darn’ well BETTER keep you warm for that money!). Personally I have some Northwave gear and find it’s very good bang for the buck/pound/euro.
One more thing, don’t go for too tight a fit – remember that you will need to wear this over one or more layers.
Choose the right clothing to keep your core warm and you’ll be able to take anything mother nature can throw at you this winter!