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Old 06-05-11, 02:30 AM
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Summer weight tights?

Due to my very fair skin I burn easily. I'm sure I'm not the only one here with this problem. I also hate the idea of soaking myself down with sunblock every time I go out to ride. The summer sun in Taiwan (and Texas) can be brutal.
Does anyone make summer weight tights? What solutions have you found, other than more sunscreen?
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Old 06-05-11, 03:11 AM
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Arm warmers - http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...200545__202511 ... and you can find these in more places than just this.

Knee warmers - http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_202511 ... if you can find these a lighter colour than black, even better. Knee warmers cover your thighs between the bottom of your shorts and your knees without adding the extra layer of tights.

Neutrogena Dry Touch sunscreen ... goes on dry so you don't feel like you're "soaking" yourself in it.
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Old 06-05-11, 06:02 AM
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Warmers may work, but they're usually made of heavier fabric. You may be able to find some lightweight ones though. I have some tights with fabric as lightweight regular riding shorts so those do exist. You might find some lightweight exercise tights that you could wear over your padded riding shorts. The problem with these is often they're not cut for a bent over riding position so ride a little low in the back.
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Old 06-05-11, 06:28 AM
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I am not sure about your leggs, you may be better off with just some lightweight workout tights. I was needed something to cover my arms last summer and tried some armwarmser but they can be warm. I got some 'sleeves' like these from a different company but these may work too. the ones I got fit looser than I would like.

http://www.sungrubbies.com/product_i...SunSleeves.htm
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My dermatologist recommended UV protecting fabric over sunscreen after he cut out a small section of my skin a few years ago.
I still have yet to try these out but they are what was recommended. Other manufacturers make something similar.
However, they block 75% and still recommend sun screen. As such I just reapply sunscreen on long rides.

http://www.racycles.com/clothing/acc...to-leg-coolers
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Warmers may work, but they're usually made of heavier fabric.
The arm warmers I linked to are the light white ones designed for use in the sun. I have a similar pair which I got from Torpedo 7 and which I wore a couple times this past summer. They aren't bad. I would have worn them more except our summer was remarkably cool and rainy, so I ended up wearing jackets or long-sleeved jerseys a lot of the time.

As for knee warmers, I find mine cooler than tights because they don't add a second layer over the shorts and because they leave the bottom of my leg exposed to the breeze. I can also tug them down when I'm climbing and pull them up when I'm descending to help control the temperature a bit. You can get reasonably light knee warmers ... just don't get ones with "fleece" in the description.
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I would look at something like Patagonia's silk weight base layers,
or just buy actual silk long underwear..
over your bike shorts but under some MTB shorts would look OK, in public

a loose long sleeve wicking shirt with a collar to protect the back of your neck
or maybe your short sleeve jersey over the long sleeve base layer..

here are Spandex arm and leg warmers, but they seem to gap after a while,
so be aware of the sunburn possibility of the gap
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AH HA!!! I found the other sleeves I was talking about "Sunny SLeeves" http://www.sunnysleevez.com/categori...VES%252dADULT/

I like the pic of the woman showing off her and the babies sunny sleeves but the baby is hatless
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Aerotech Designs makes light "workout" tights: http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/tights.htm (scroll down a bit).

I have a set of their black tights in the "tall" size. They fit pretty well- perhaps a bit long, which is unusual due to my 6-foot-4 frame. I usually end up with a sunburnt stripe above the sock and below the tights' cuff. Mine are black- other colors are available, but they're not my cup o' tea:

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O wow, man!
I just had an acid flashback.
And now I have "Purple Haze" stuck in my head.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie View Post
My dermatologist recommended UV protecting fabric over sunscreen after he cut out a small section of my skin a few years ago.
I still have yet to try these out but they are what was recommended. Other manufacturers make something similar.
However, they block 75% and still recommend sun screen. As such I just reapply sunscreen on long rides.

http://www.racycles.com/clothing/acc...to-leg-coolers
Cool!
I've been wearing this in the summer: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._20000__400061

It is a gauze-like material that is cool and comfortable, and eliminates the need for sunscreen on the arms.
I've been wishing for something similar for the legs.
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I've found long sleeve Ts in a lightweight, gauze like nylon fabric. I'm mostly concerned now with my legs. You can still vaguely see the line from my shorts and freckle covered outer calves from when I got badly burned on a summer ride about 1990.
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