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    Sprockette wabbit's Avatar
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    What do people say about your stupid looking tan?

    Now that summer is here and we're all getting tanned, we have to field those questions. Yes, we all know it's normal for us, but there are always those puzzled looks and remarks from the non-cycling members of society- you know, questions about your white hands, two-toned fingers, etc.

    Last year I had an accident and while my hand was being x-rayed for a broken bone, the technician asked, "Why is your hand white and the rest of you is all brown?"

    So what kind of comments or questions do you all get?
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    My skin never tans, it just burns. As a consequence, I wear the most potent sunscreen available at all times to avoid this. I do have a slight tan, but evidently it's not noticeable because nobody has ever mentioned it to me.
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    Hahaha, my farmer's tan (I usually drive a tractor during the summer) covers any cyclist's tan I could possibly get.
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    I swim too much during the summer to get a cyclist's tan. I have a tan all over, and I do tan easily.

    Where I normally ride, I don't get a lot of sun anyway.
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    You just get TAN during summer???. You can get a tan at any time of the year if you are doing a lot of outdoors activities down here!!!

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    Hahaha, my farmer's tan (I usually drive a tractor during the summer) covers any cyclist's tan I could possibly get.
    Mr. Kenny Chesney says it well...

    She thinks my tractor's sexy
    It really turns her on
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    She likes the way it's pullin' while we're tillin' up the land
    She's even kind of crazy 'bout my farmer's tan
    She's the only one who really understands what gets me
    She thinks my tractor's sexy

    It was the mixed hair/tan thing that got questions when I raced. Hairy white feet were just too much...oh well...

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    "Dude, that's a stupid looking tan."

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    Another thing: I don't consider it to be "stupid-looking". So what if it bothers all the "normal people"? They've been wrong before. If I listened to them, I'd probably quit riding anyway.
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    "Dude, lighten up."

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    Originally posted by wabbit
    Last year I had an accident and while my hand was being x-rayed for a broken bone, the technician asked, "Why is your hand white and the rest of you is all brown?"


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    Hey, besides a Cyclist's tan I have a "Ref's tan" including white knee socks (when the black ones come off) and that snazzy white watch band.

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    I go overboard to make sure I don't get one. Pet peeve So far I've had no comments. But this will be the first whole summer I'll be riding, and I have a feeling it's inevitable in the South.
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    I have a permanent farmer's tan from driving lawnmowers 4 summers in a row a couple years ago back in college. I havn't been able to spend enough time in the sun with my shirt off to even remotely match the dark tan on the back of my neck and arms. Only person who made fun of my tan was the ex-girlfriend.

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    Every year, my wife seems to forget how I come about getting that small triangular-shaped patch of tan on the back of my hands. Then I show her my cycling gloves.
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    I get the Glove tan too. It's a thing of pride to me. When I go into work on Monday with tanned patches on the back of my hands, it's like saying " Hey, I did something this weekend!"

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    Better known here as the "wetsuit" look.

    Despite rumours to the contrary, Tasmania is a very sunny place and visitors are stunned that they sunburn so easily.

    There's nothing worse than sunburn on the calves, and sweat trickling down from behind the knees. Ouch!

    Shaved legs makes sunscreen application easier, and accentuates the wetsuit look!
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    I also get that glove tan although mine seems not as bad as the rest arms. I seem to get really dark around the bottom of my legs, this makes my feet look white when not wearing shoes. I thik that looks worse cause my hands don't really tan that much.
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    Here's a question: Do shaved legs tan more? I suppose if you've got hair bordering on that of the missing link then it would provide some sort of "ground cover" to prevent tanning/sunburns? I'm not sure I have enough hair on my legs to matter but I oftentimes ponder these silly notions.
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    Originally posted by khuon
    Here's a question: Do shaved legs tan more? I suppose if you've got hair bordering on that of the missing link then it would provide some sort of "ground cover" to prevent tanning/sunburns? I'm not sure I have enough hair on my legs to matter but I oftentimes ponder these silly notions.
    The tan looks darker on my shaved legs compared with immediately prior to the first shearing. But I'm coming from the left-over summer tan, touched up with a bit of winter sunshine in judging that. I think the case probably would be for faster tanning, greater risk of sunburn/skins cancer without protection, but ultimately, not a deeper tan.

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    The times my cycling tan was noticed, I thought the dental hygenist( who noticed) was like saying - really cool. I felt proud.

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    Originally posted by MsVicki
    I swim too much during the summer to get a cyclist's tan. I have a tan all over................

    Remind me to come over and watch you swim. Purely in the interests of watching your technique, of course
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    Originally posted by Rowan
    Despite rumours to the contrary, Tasmania is a very sunny place and visitors are stunned that they sunburn so easily.
    Thanks for that reminder! I got caught out one day in Victoria last year, and I don't want to make that mistake again!
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    At high school I used to get ribbed about the tan lines by the guys; the girls just used to go gaga over my muscle definition.

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    Today my boss told me I need to stop wearing my gloves. I wear the mesh style. So I have tan dots all over the back of my hands.

    I said well whats wrong with they way my hands look? I think it is cool and unique.

    But I do need to replace my gloves soon anyway. They are wearing out pretty quickly. Don't know what style I'll go with next.

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    I used to have those mesh gloves, and the tan was pretty weird. They got torn in a crash anyways, so I now have gloves that are solid! No more fishnet pattern but now I have white hands, and of course, two-tone fingers.
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