Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Sun Protection

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    My Bikes
    cannondale f600 mongoose crossway 850
    Posts
    77
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Sun Protection

    Anyone ever run across a sun mask for cyclists? I'm thinking of something like they wore in the old Western movies where the bad guys would cover the lower part of their faces with bandanas before knocking off the bank. These are popular with fishermen, but they don't look like they would be lightweight and cool enough a biker. Plus, they flat don't look good. Here's a link to one by Patagonia: http://www.rei.com/product/779362
    Coolmax makes a product that covers the back of the neck as well as the ears. Looks like a physical barrier to cover your nose, cheeks and lips would cut down on the messy, high-dollar sunscreen.

  2. #2
    Banned.
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Southern california
    My Bikes
    Lapierre CF Sensium 400. Jamis Ventura Sport. Trek 800. Giant Cypress.
    Posts
    3,498
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It may be less messy than sun block but I live where it gets hot and there is little chance I would be comfortable in a sun mask. My lightweight Balaclava is a cooker if it gets much above 60 degrees.

  3. #3
    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Dante's Third Ring
    Posts
    7,481
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd rig a long visor on my helmet. That thing looks like you'd be cooked like a lobster.
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

  4. #4
    Senior Member Northwestrider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Gig Harbor, WA
    My Bikes
    Surly Long Haul Trucker, Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo, Dahon Mu P 24 , Bacchetta Strada, Rodriguez Tandem
    Posts
    2,106
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It looks like it might make breathing a little more difficult.

  5. #5
    Long Distance Cyclist Machka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    I ride where the thylacine roamed!
    My Bikes
    Lots
    Posts
    38,099
    Mentioned
    25 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I wear one of those things all winter long ... they're called "neck gaiters". No way I'm wearing one all summer long too!!!

  6. #6
    Zan
    Zan is offline
    Senior Member Zan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Waterloo, ONT
    My Bikes
    Road: Trek 1.5 (2007). Mountain: Santa Cruz Chameleon (2008). Beater: Peugeot Recorde du Monde (1850)
    Posts
    1,417
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    you won't be able to wear it all summer.

    I won this gift basket at a charity ride I did (my first century! yay ). The gift basket was from banana boat... so I got something like 15 bottles of sunscreen.

    There was this kids bottle there... some dri-block stuff. It's advertised that it goes on and stays dry rather than slimey, so sand won't stick to your skin. The stuff is pretty neat. I use it when I'm landscaping. I will get a very VERY fine coat of dust/dirt stuck to my skin if i'm working and sweating all day, but it's hardly noticeable. It doesn't feel like you're wearing any sunscreen at all.

    You might want to check that stuff out if you need the protection. SPF 30.
    -- Zan

    "Every dog needs a squeak toy."

  7. #7
    crazy bike girl msincredible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Santa Cruz mountains
    My Bikes
    '07 Orbea Onix, '07 Birdy Yellow, '06 Cannondale Bad Boy (stolen)
    Posts
    3,319
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Countries I've ridden in: US, Canada, Ireland, UK, Germany, Netherlands, France, China, Singapore, Malaysia
    States I've ridden in: Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Nevada, Missouri, Colorado

  8. #8
    Rides again HiYoSilver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    W. Sacramento Region, aka, Nut Tree
    My Bikes
    Giant OCR T, Trek SC
    Posts
    3,259
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Excellent question. I haven't tried the solumbra cap on the bike, maybe I should. For normal yard work and being outside, the side drapes get very hot fast.

    Notes on the solumbra cycle shirt:
    1. color is muted yellow instead of bright yellow, more like the light sun on the solumbra logo,
    2. no arm pit zips and it could really use them.
    3. Main zipper is only a partial zipper, it would be must better if full zip.
    4. wrinkles horribly
    Hi 'o Silver away

  9. #9
    Humvee of bikes =Worksman Nightshade's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    5,253
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by bagster View Post
    Anyone ever run across a sun mask for cyclists? I'm thinking of something like they wore in the old Western movies where the bad guys would cover the lower part of their faces with bandanas before knocking off the bank. These are popular with fishermen, but they don't look like they would be lightweight and cool enough a biker. Plus, they flat don't look good.
    People who worry about looks over function IMO are to busy standing in their own way to accomplsh
    much at all. If ya need sun protection ya need sun protection so get over it. Screw what it looks like.
    My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
    I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

    Originally Posted by krazygluon
    Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
    Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?

  10. #10
    Spicy!!!! GingerSpice's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Switzerland
    Posts
    16
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Preface: This response is based on the assumption that you are looking for a means of physically protecting yourself from the sun because: you are sensitive to or allergic to commercial sunscreens, or you have skin so fair you seem to burn no matter what you do, or you have a familial history of skin cancer and are trying to be extra-cautious. All three apply to me, so I hope my advice is somewhat helpful.

    I've become very much an expert in skin protection over the years. My Celtic background has given me skin so pale it's practically translucent (I've been known to get sunburns through my jersey!) and considering how poorly I handle hot weather, normal waterproof sunscreens (Coppertone, Hawaiian Tropic, Nivea, etc.) are a nightmare. They block perspiration, and I seem to be allergic to most of them anyway, at least on my face. And in Europe (where I live) decent sunscreen is almost as expensive as liquid gold.

    I've adopted a combination sunscreen approach: on my face, neck, chest(!) and ears I use L'Oreal Solar Expertise SPF 50 sunscreen. It's the most lightweight, non-allergenic sunscreen I've ever used; the cost is approx. 20 USD a bottle, but one bottle will last a whole season, which is excellent value for your money. It is also quite sweatproof, although it still does sting a bit if some runs into your eyes. Not nearly as much as Coppertone, though.

    On my legs and arms I use generic store-brand SPF 40 or above sunscreen, which seems to work just fine.

    The idea of having a physical barrier against the sun seems to be quite impractical. It would be extremely hot, and I can imagine it would be rank with odour after a week due to absorbing all of that sweat.

    Anyway, I'd recommend forking out on a quality sunscreen for your face. Considering how long a bottle will last, the cost is pretty minimal on a per-use basis.

    Cheers,

    Ginger

  11. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Buffalo, NY
    My Bikes
    Haluzak Leprechaun, Ti-Rush, Azor Oma, Jamis Coda
    Posts
    32
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Panthers007 View Post
    I'd rig a long visor on my helmet.
    Hoping to escape the sun, I had been using a carbon fiber visor on my helmet. This past weekend, riding with the sun at my back and the wind fierce against me, I decided, just as an experiment, to take the visor off. At once my speed increased and my effort dropped. I was really surprised how much difference the removal of the visor made. Such a little thing, and responsible for so much drag!

    So now I'm in the same boat as the OP, wondering what to do. Fair-skinned and skin-cancer-prone (three surgeries already), I can't afford to give up any sun protection at all. But I fantasize about face masks, or a new, aerodynamically innocuous visor.

  12. #12
    Senior Member DieselDan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
    My Bikes
    Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger
    Posts
    8,524
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wearing a mask over your face in South Carolina is illegal.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Garfield Cat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Huntington Beach, CA
    My Bikes
    Cervelo Prodigy
    Posts
    5,003
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I happen to have known an aloe vera processor. Before he passed away, he gave me some of his very concentrated aloe vera gel. Since then I could not find any better. He gave me several plants and told me to break off the leaf and squeeze out the gel and apply it to the skin. These plants are now in my yard.

    But I did use it after a ride. It works.

  14. #14
    Zan
    Zan is offline
    Senior Member Zan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Waterloo, ONT
    My Bikes
    Road: Trek 1.5 (2007). Mountain: Santa Cruz Chameleon (2008). Beater: Peugeot Recorde du Monde (1850)
    Posts
    1,417
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i can't imagine what it's like to burn in 10 - 15 minutes. That's crazy. I'll be out in intense sun ten hours a day 5 days a week without protection, and MIGHT get a burn on my lips.
    -- Zan

    "Every dog needs a squeak toy."

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •