3 Bargain T-shirts for Cycling Made From Merino Alternatives

Last week I picked out four of the best merino t-shirts for cycling. Now, the benefits of merino tops for cycling are plentiful, but the trouble is: merino tops are not cheap. You’ll generally be looking at spending in excess of £40 just on a merino t-shirt.

So, are there any other cheaper alternatives out there for cyclists? Something that will keep warm when you ride, but also provide breathability, odour-resistance and even a good fit…? Well, yes there are a few actually (including one that is the favourite t-shirt that I own).

Here are three bargain t-shirts that are great for cycling but don’t leave your wallet weeping.

Uniqlo HEATTECH Crew Neck T-Shirt – £9.90

I mentioned this Uniqlo range at the end of my merino post, because they really are a superb cheap alternative. Available in white, black, two shades of grey and blue, this Uniqlo t-shirt is made from cotton but boasts moisture wicking properties, as well as anti-microbial fabric to neutralise odour as part of its high-performance HEATTECH technology. Some added stretch also makes this a top t-shirt for cycling in.

A v-neck alternative is also available for the same price, with a navy blue colour added to the range.

Uniqlo Heattech T-shirt

Under Armour UA Tech T-Shirt – £22

Under Armour are specialists in creating base layers for all manner of sports or activities, and this t-shirt, available for £22, comes in a tonne of colours and boasts some handy functionality.

It is a loose-fitting top and is constructed from lightweight extra soft natural-feeling synthetic that will wick moisture and dry very quickly. Made from 110g polyester, this Under Armour t-shirt also features anti-odour technology to prevent the growth of odour-causing microbes.

Under Armour T-Shirt

Otto London Bang! T-Shirt – £20

I reviewed this top in the summer of 2014 and it remains one of the staples of my wardrobe. Although they have recently introduced a second edition to the t-shirt with a tweaked design.

Uniquely, the print of this t-shirt is on the back, and consists of various bicycles with an exploding firework effect. The symbol is also printed in reflective ink, so is useful in night time riding in warmer months.

I’ve found this t-shirt to be very good at odour-resistance and is made from 70% bamboo fibre and 30% organic cotton. It dries quickly and is also relatively long in length, which is good for cycling.

I really couldn’t recommend this top highly enough. The fit is slimmish, and it is exceptionally comfortable. There is also a women’s equivalent available for same price.

Otto London Bang Cycling T-shirt

What t-shirts do you like to cycle in? Do you have any favourites or a bargain that you’ve picked up?

Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

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