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    How do you deal with the summer sun?

    For those of you who have to commute around noon or afternoon under the hot sun, how many of you enjoy being baked with the UV rays? What do you do to reduce too much sun exposure? Sunscreens? hats? Helmets with visors (hardly help)?

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    I'm wearing my old, long-sleeved, linen dress shirts while cycling. This is the coolest option I've found to date and one that provides maximum protection for my forearms. I ditch the helmet whenever possible in favor of a hat or cap. I do wish the helmet makers would come out with an extendable visor as the stock ones are useless.
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    I always use sunscreen but have been using these for the past two years and they help cut down how much I have to use.

    http://www.rei.com/product/828585/pe...ve-arm-warmers

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    Sun Screen works for me. For my bald head I love a thin hat under the helmet.

    If you are getting hot and need to cool down, try Frogg Toggs. I hear great reviews on them from other cyclists. I just bought one and will try it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    Sun Screen works for me. For my bald head I love a thin hat under the helmet.

    If you are getting hot and need to cool down, try Frogg Toggs. I hear great reviews on them from other cyclists. I just bought one and will try it soon.
    What are Frogg Toggs? I went to their page and saw a lot of rain jackets. How would they cool you down?
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    I like getting a dark tan, I use a sun lotion with a very low SPF 8... I like to wear bandana on my head and sunglasses. Sometimes I wear cycling cap.

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    It's an oven here from about, well, now until October so this is something I spend time and effort on regularly.

    I originally lubed up all exposed parts with SPF 50 every day but that is a hassle so I put it on my neck, ears, and face (double layer on the schnozz)

    Forearms get a long sleeved, light colored shirt (upstream is a reference to linen - haven't tried that but it's a damn good idea). My shirts are typically a warm weather tech fabric from the cheap rack at the sporting goods store. My hands get full fingered lite weight road gloves.

    dont do anything on my legs. I see a dermatologist every couple years and I'm ok in that region.

    Snscreen on exposed skin is a good plan, but I find a light colored breathable layer of fabric to be preferable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    What are Frogg Toggs? I went to their page and saw a lot of rain jackets. How would they cool you down?
    Go here

    http://www.froggtoggs.com/chilly-pad...=smarttheme_en
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    visor, sunscreen on the back of hands and neck, long sleeve shirt (not as hot as you'd think if it's wicking poly and there's airflow).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CXT View Post
    I always use sunscreen but have been using these for the past two years and they help cut down how much I have to use.

    http://www.rei.com/product/828585/pe...ve-arm-warmers
    Useful but things are way overpriced at REI. I tried something like that once but they soon rolled down halfway.

    This umbrella hat should be good for cycling: blocks sun and rain, also increases visibility. Even protects your head from lightnings.

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    i just sunscreen. i couldn't deal with long sleeves - it's already balls hot down here, i can't ADD layers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    i just sunscreen. i couldn't deal with long sleeves - it's already balls hot down here, i can't ADD layers.
    So long as it's light weight and puckered, so it doesn't rest on the skin, it's much better (in my obscene heat) to keep the sun off my skin. I'm all for long sleeve linen shirts, although it might also be a function of humidity.

    I also like a big straw hat.

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    It can get between 80- 105 around here in MD in the summer. But I don't use anything. No hat/helmet. No sunscreen. I don't seem to get burned, so I just ride free. Now if I lived in Florida where the sun will rip the hide off 'ya, I think I would go long sleeved seersucker shirt and hat.

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    I use my giro indicator helmet with visor and tilt it down a bit and a neon yellow full jacket and tough it out.
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    if i'll be out for more than an hour at a time i'll put sunscreen on the back of my neck.

    but typically just a wicking cycling cap or bandana.

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    Loose fitting long sleeved shirts and wide brimmed cap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RGNY View Post
    if i'll be out for more than an hour at a time i'll put sunscreen on the back of my neck.

    but typically just a wicking cycling cap or bandana.
    With just a bandana it seems like your face would burn up... Oh, that's right, you've got that mask on. :-)

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    I pick the streets with the most amount of trees lining them.

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    I am both fortunate and unfortunate at the same time. I have moderate excema (not sure I spelled it right), and my dermatologist has told me direct sunlight is good for my skin, so I don't use any sunblock and don't worry much about it. The doc checks regularly and the sunlight has not done any damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    With just a bandana it seems like your face would burn up... Oh, that's right, you've got that mask on. :-)
    the mask is put away with the winter gear.

    my face never seems to get burnt. if anything it will be the back of my neck or the back of my calves.

    which is surprising, given my Welsh/Irish heritage and default fish-belly whiteness.

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    Sunscreen and plenty of water. I am Mexican on my mom's side and tan really easily. So much so that I will have a farmer's tan after the first sunny day in February, so I don't worry about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devianb View Post
    I pick the streets with the most amount of trees lining them.
    At high noon when the sun is on top of your head, it doesn't help, since the trees are on the sidewalks. Even in Manhattan, with many skyscrapers, they don't help at all during 12-2pm.

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    <<< I moved here , summer is fleeting. not real Hot. I get out the suncreen


    I will have a farmer's tan after the first sunny day in February, so I don't worry about that.
    I'd Still be concerned about starting Melanomas..


    Remember : Bob Marley was dark skinned , but that was what killed him early.
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