Most sports have — either intentionally or otherwise — lodged an attempt to make their kit suitable for everyday wear. Basketball did it with finesse, integrating hype into the sport’s DNA with sneaker deals, while football and tennis have made strides towards it but still haven’t quite cracked the code. Cycling? No, cycling hasn’t really come close. That is until we saw the range of vintage cycling jerseys available at Urban Outfitters right now.
Nowadays, cycling jerseys are cutting-edge performance pieces cut from super-lightweight technical fabrics that wick sweat and exist as breathable membranes. This kind of technical prowess goes hand in hand with a sleeker, cleaner visual identity, too. Back in the day, though, designs were freer, incorporating bold colors and creative typefaces.
That’s one of the major reasons that we’re so unexpectedly enamored with these vintage cycling jerseys. Designed by brands like Shimano, Santini, and more, these pieces are relics of a bygone era — a golden age, really. Big graphics and block colors offer a welcome playfulness that feels all too rare in modern workout and performance gear.
The colorful, impactful finishes also align these vintage cycling jerseys more naturally with the everyday summer wardrobe. While they may not be cut from the kind of technical fabrics of present-day pieces, they are still lightweight enough to be ideal for summer, too.
Shop our favorite vintage cycling jerseys below.
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