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    warm weather long sleaves and/or sun protection

    Hi,

    I burn easily, AND I hate the smell of sunscreen.

    I've reciently decided to actually take this riding thing seriously enough to get a jersy, (pockets for the win, not to mention some breathability) but I'd really like to find a long sleaved jersey, not for the warmth, but for the sun protection, so I don't need to slather nasty oily crap all over my arms.

    The problem is all the long sleaved jerseys seem to be for cold weather riding. I live in LA and I generally ride on weekends when it's 80+, so nowhere near cold.

    Does anyone make a warm weather long sleave jersey?

    What is your sun protection regime?

    Thanks.

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    NO-AD sunblock has no odor to speak of. Not like the name brands. It has an odor, but nothing like cocoanut or anything like that.

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    er, I'm sorry, I wrote smell. I meant feel.

    too early in the morning

    and I use Aloe-Gator sunscreen, which is the least oily of the sunscreens I've found, and it's pretty good, but I'd still prefer to not have to deal with it at all.

    Thanks.

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    I have the same "problem", and the same question. My legs haven't seen the light of day for years and I don't want to start a program of slathering on sunscreen a specific amount of time before I start riding, then reapply it throughout the day, worry I put on enough and covered enough, and on and on (been there, did that too many times!). That limits me to long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and I too live in SoCal where the sun never stops shining.

    I'm wondering if a long-sleeve white loose-fitting jersey would be right. The guy at my LBS suggested I wear liner shorts under loose-fitting gym-type pants (as opposed to jeans with lots of seams).

    I'm hoping someone in this same predicament will share their successful solutions.

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    An UV protection jersey might be your best bet. Arm warmers are another alternative. There was a thread on here last year about UV jerseys, but I could not find it. Try this link:

    http://www.nozone.ca/mens_athletica_us.htm

    This is what I ordered:

    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail.htm?stylePkey=15410
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    I am the same way. I cannot stand the feel of sunblocks or lotions. However, Neutrogenia makes an oil free sunblock that doesn't feel like anything. Just don't overdo it. A little bit goes a long way.


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    Sun Protection

    jbarros,
    Even though I use a lot of sunscreen on my face/ears and my gloves cover the top of my hands, most sun protectants don't work on my arms. I actually wear a long sleeve jersey on most days, even when it is hot in Florida. Hey, most of our rides are into the wind so it is normally cool.
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    I'm the same way, can't stand oily sunscreen but my Irishness means I burn easily (read: instantly) I found only one sunscreen I can wear, and of course I can't remember the name of it right now.... Not oily and after 5 minutes I can't even tell I'm wearing sunscreen anymore. Unfortunately this has the unexpected side effect that I forget to put it on again if I'm out in the sun for a long time and end up burning anyway.

    It's a pretty commong brand name but it's their water proof "sport" version. I'll dig it out of storage (still winter here) when I get home and find out what it is..

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    Royal Robbins makes a coolmax shirt with some kind of sun protection at about $60.00. Not a Jersey, of course. Last years thread on the topic was by Hi Yo Silver, if I recall.
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    Bikejerseys.com makes a summer weight long-sleeved jersey, though I haven't personally tried it (I slather on SPF 50 waterproof Coppertone Sport, which I expect you would hate both the smell and the feel of, but it works for me ).

    http://www.bikejerseys.com/jerlonsleev.html

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    Grant Petersen (founder of Rivendell, www.rivbike.com) recommends (and wears; I've seen him in 'em) seersucker shirts. They're light, the pucker keeps them off your skin in hot weather and they're breathable. The thrift shops around here are full of them. Riv also sells nylon pants, knickers and shorts under the MUSA label that I like a lot. You wear them with bike underwear, like Andiamos.
    I don't have the stones to wear seersucker, but I do wear some light poly long-sleeved T-sort of shirts with Nike flashes, $5.99 at Ross last year. LS cotton T's are fine, too, except on very hot days. I don't wear jerseys under any circumstances; there are already enough people dressed like Mighty Mouse on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowandsteady
    I am the same way. I cannot stand the feel of sunblocks or lotions. However, Neutrogenia makes an oil free sunblock that doesn't feel like anything. Just don't overdo it. A little bit goes a long way.


    http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...-PLST-0-SEARCH
    That's good, good stuff. FWIW, I picked up a bottle of Target brand sunscreen that is basically identical to the Neutrogena Healthy Skin SPF 45 sunscreen, but it's $3 cheaper.

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    I don't burn that easily but I also hate the sun screen smell and greasiness. I've used a few brands and some that are so-called not greasy. The problem is I don't like stuff on my skin. I feel like I'm in a vac-suit with that stuff on. I also cary around tech and cameras. Trust me on this, anyone that owns a camera can tell you how much they hate sunscreen on the lens/body.

    I think UnderArmor also makes a long sleeve garment but thier prices are a bit high. I like thier camo long sleeve but that can't really be used all over the place.

    I need something that dumps heat like a naked body in 40C (I think that's like ~100F).


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    I'm curious but is there an ultra thin face mask as well made for dumping heat and wicking sweat? I don't like that sun screen on the face/neck. You always end up feeling sticky when you get hot combined with that on the skin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma
    I'm curious but is there an ultra thin face mask as well made for dumping heat and wicking sweat? I don't like that sun screen on the face/neck. You always end up feeling sticky when you get hot combined with that on the skin.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero_Enigma
    I need something that dumps heat like a naked body in 40C (I think that's like ~100F).
    So, what did you end up settling with?

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    Long sleeve white compression shirt under the jersey? Walmart sells them!
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    I hate the feel of sunscreen. But after I put it on and start riding I never think about it again.

    I don't know much about high SPF cycling clothing, but the high SPF other (such as hiking) clothing I know of doesn't breath well and feels much hotter than normal, probably due to the tight weave that is needed.

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    http://www.defeet.com


    go to all products /then go to t-shirts, they are not like winter jersey's and will still be somewhat cool on your rides.
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    For long sleeves, I will use long sleeve t-shirts made by Duo Fold. Good wicking material, and come in a light weight also. Even though they are long sleeve, I don't find them to be overly warm. I do use short sleeves, but I've gone on a ride where I started with the long sleeve and it wasn't bad. I did just shove the sleeve up though, when it got warmer. Campmor usually has good deals on Duo Fold products. I use No Ad sunscreen or sunblock, the feel doesn't bother me. I figure it's better than melanoma (wife had a malignant one removed about 20 yrs ago!). But, have you tried the new spray-on sunblocks? I haven't , but seems like maybe they might not have the feel you don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    Long sleeve white compression shirt under the jersey?
    +1 on that suggestion. My vote is for the alway-reliable Under Armour brand. While I typically use SPF 30 sunblocks, there are times when I've stomached enough sun and don't want any exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe
    Long sleeve white compression shirt under the jersey? Walmart sells them!
    Riding buddy wears these and swears by them; says they actually make his arms too cold (during spring) to wear until it really heats up. In the baseball section at wally world

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