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Old 06-23-18, 07:22 AM
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Yes. White. Nike sleeves made for golf.
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Old 06-23-18, 07:41 AM
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No.
I get out as the sun is coming up, no need for them.
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Old 06-23-18, 08:00 AM
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I'm in Arizona, I started wearing sun sleeves a couple months ago, I try to ride early mornings or late evenings, but at times I'm in the sun no matter what. Even at 111 degrees they don't feel too hot as long as I am moving... The skin cancer issue is what worries me the most and why I got them.
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Old 06-23-18, 08:22 AM
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I don't wear stockings over my arms, it's not my style...I just get a sun tan.
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Old 06-23-18, 02:14 PM
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After some early discussion here on this I bought a long sleeve version of the breathable workout shirt I'd been ridding in, and have mostly used that since.

It feels hot to start, but once sweat saturated it starts to work.

Having sweat-soaked long sleeves does increase the need to remove it promptly post-ride if it's a cool evening, (or worse, an air conditioned commuter train reversing a long one-way ride - I carry a winter hat and even after putting on a dry shirt will sometimes end up wearing the hat and my extra layer on the train).

Bought a $3 pair of sun sleeves with the idea that I could use them for part of the day, but they only fit those with true toothpicks for arms.

Have a serger and could make my own, but almost as simple just to just bring both short and long sleeve version of the wicking shirt.
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Yes, I sometimes wear them, (white, from De Soto) but not as often as I wear long sleeve shirts/jerseys. I prefer either to sun screen or skin cancer. If it's really hot and humid, I'll squirt some water on them, my body, and my head. I just wore them today on a long ride.
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Old 06-23-18, 06:07 PM
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After some early discussion here on this I bought a long sleeve version of the breathable workout shirt I'd been ridding in, and have mostly used that since.

It feels hot to start, but once sweat saturated it starts to work.

Having sweat-soaked long sleeves does increase the need to remove it promptly post-ride if it's a cool evening, (or worse, an air conditioned commuter train reversing a long one-way ride - I carry a winter hat and even after putting on a dry shirt will sometimes end up wearing the hat and my extra layer on the train).

Bought a $3 pair of sun sleeves with the idea that I could use them for part of the day, but they only fit those with true toothpicks for arms.

Have a serger and could make my own, but almost as simple just to just bring both short and long sleeve version of the wicking shirt.
So why not wet it yourself before you ride?
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Old 06-23-18, 07:28 PM
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Do they work? What color? Do you like them?

fortherecord: I started wearing white ones few weeks ago. You dont get sunburn. White reflects heat from the sun (?) and air goes right thru them, keeping you cooler. And there is the compression effect. But, like helmets, they are no fun to wear.
White sleeves with gloves are commonly worn by female riders in Japan and also China, with an apparent goal to prevent any sunburn. As to myself, I work extended times in equatorial regions in Africa and my schedule tends to be so tight there that if I do not use the opportunity to ride around noon I might not ride at all. I don't spare on sunscreen and I often end up less burnt after a month than I am in more temperate zones, but with no sunscreen. I also stick to a hat with a wide brim there.
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Old 06-23-18, 07:47 PM
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So why not wet it yourself before you ride?
Because sweat smells bad enough?

Oh, you mean from a water bottle First saw this on my phone in the supermarket checkout, and sometimes with that tiny font it's like the words are in the wrong order.

In all seriousness, while I could do that, it doesn't feel "hot" so much as "oh, was this a bad choice? am I going to die in this come mid-day?" but the cooling with recycled water goes into effect after the first 3-mile rail-grade climb and then it's fine. If it bothered me, I guess I could pre-wet it. But my long rides start the better part of an hour of trains from home, so I'd have to haul the water to wet it down with - all in all, I prefer to drink the water and then sweat it out.

White sleeves with gloves are commonly worn by female riders in Japan and also China, with an apparent goal to prevent any sunburn.
and that's pretty clearly (not just in imagination, but picture on the package insert) who my $3 pair with thumb-hole cuffs were made to fit.

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Old 06-23-18, 10:52 PM
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I wash long-sleeved cotton dress shirts (cheap ones from Costco, 100% cotton) in Sun Guard, which impregnates them with Tinosorb, a form of titanium, the stuff they use to make sun-block clothing. It claims to make cotton SPF 30 and last through 20 washes. I wash 10 at a time so only need to use it twice yearly.
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Old 06-23-18, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Arthur Peabody View Post
I wash long-sleeved cotton dress shirts (cheap ones from Costco, 100% cotton) in Sun Guard, which impregnates them with Tinosorb, a form of titanium, the stuff they use to make sun-block clothing. It claims to make cotton SPF 30 and last through 20 washes. I wash 10 at a time so only need to use it twice yearly.
Sounds great if you have business meetings in the sun.

But do you ride in woven cotton?

That said, in a past life I used to work out in white tie and tails (or dress shirt and long tie for "die here so you don't there" practices), so to each his own.

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Old 06-23-18, 11:06 PM
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once I have my base tan going... yes. I dont need to be any darker then I already am.
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Old 06-24-18, 04:42 AM
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I've been wearing white sleeves for a couple of years now. I can't imagine you will notice any difference between the major brands. In the summer, some will say they keep your arms cooler, some will say the opposite. Me, I'm in the middle and can't really judge either way.

I wear them for sun protection as it beats re-applying sunscreen lotion.

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Yes. White ones on almost every ride.
I think I'd like to get a few other colors.
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Yes with the caveat that it's actually an under armour white compression shirt. Totally changed up my endurance level for long rides. Wear it all the time now, only felt odd for the first half hour when I first tried it. Truly revolutionized my warm weather riding.
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But do you ride in woven cotton?
Yes.
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
So why not wet it yourself before you ride?
Hey sorry about joking about this earlier.

Your idea has proven to be an excellent one. I tend to wash out and save disposable drink bottles and take one full of water on the train ride to the starting point of my favorite ride, so I can top up before actually starting. Couple week ago found myself with about a quarter of that pre-ride bottle left that I couldn't drink, standing beside the recycling bin where I wanted to leave it, so poured it on my sleeves. Felt great!

Few hours later when I found a bathroom with a sink did it again.

Then most recently did it with the last of a purchased gallon of water from a gas station that more than refilled the bottles I'd brought. That one definitely got my attention, as it was right out of a very cold refrigerator case.

Unfortunately then had the silly idea of pouring some down the front of my wicking shirt too.

Unfortunately most of that ran directly down into my shorts.
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Originally Posted by UniChris View Post
Sounds great if you have business meetings in the sun.

But do you ride in woven cotton?

That said, in a past life I used to work out in white tie and tails (or dress shirt and long tie for "die here so you don't there" practices), so to each his own.
A dress shirt by itself is lighter than most cheap jerseys, and linen/mostly linen shirts that are a bit billowy keep you quite cool. Not cool in the fashionable cyclist sense, but if it's blazing heat, do you really care?

Light chambrey is fantastic in the summer, for what it's worth.
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