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Protecting arms from the sun

Old 06-30-19, 01:16 PM
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Protecting arms from the sun

I have tried a huge amount of sun screeners. However, even the best of them still are not 100% especially after a long ride. Plus, they leave everything sticky.

I wonder if there is any kind of long sleeve jersey for summer? All of the ones being sold out there are focus on cooler weather.
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Old 06-30-19, 01:27 PM
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Hello,

I use arm warmers to protect from sun burn.

Although I am in the Caribbean i do not feel uncomfortable with heat build up, and the protection is great.

Sun block will not be as effective as a solid barrier IMHO.
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Old 06-30-19, 01:28 PM
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I use long-sleeve Pearl Izumi jerseys. They are for warm weather. In my experience, I stay cooler with these than short-sleeve jerseys and arm protectors.
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I've used those fake tattoo "sleeves", which are super-thin like nylon stockings - pretty much the same thing really, they do get destroyed if you're not careful putting them on and taking them off. But they work to keep the sun off your arms.
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there are summer specific jerseys to be bought if you so desire; but i think it will be down to budget and preference. Definitely stay away fro the creams/ lotions tho
arm warmers take getting used to; but i like how they conform exactly.
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Old 06-30-19, 02:11 PM
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i wear a long sleeved baselayer, similar to underarmour. I have a 3/4 sleeve on my right arm that i like to keep covered in all weather
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My not-dermatologist-approved method is to abstain from showering or otherwise cleaning my skin the morning of a bike ride. Your skin oils and other grime give the UV rays something else to do, like making vitamin D.

Obviously for really long and sunny rides, sunscreen is a good idea.
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I wear a rash guard under my jersey most of the time unless it's really hot. I got a few Dr. Skin shirts that I like ok.
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Just use sun sleeves. $20-25 for c.f. ling brand names, or $10 for a few pairs on Amazon.

They work great.
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Sun sleeves -- a Pearl Izumi example is here, but there are plenty more on offer.
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Sun sleeves for arms and legs. Gives you the added benefit of covering up your hairiness (I don't race, so I'm not shaving), making you look sleeker.

I hate sun screen when exercising. It gets goopy and sticky when you sweat. Ugh.
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Originally Posted by Athens80 View Post
Sun sleeves -- a Pearl Izumi example is here, but there are plenty more on offer.
I use similar sleeves and they work fine, especially mid summer when I really get charred, like bacon.
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I dig my sun sleeves. They're rated SPF 50 and don't come off when I sweat.
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Have you tried moving to Seattle?
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Sun sleeves. Long sleeve jerseys are hit or miss with sleeve length and fit, way too unreliable for me to use. Plus, sleeves go with any jersey.
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Just purchased my fist pair of sun sleeves, Specialized brand, and they worked great. We were touring so outside all day.

My wife has been using them for years.
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Thank you all.
I will try the sun sleeves
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Sun sleeves ... I have white ones and pink ones.

I have found they're good up to the low 30s C ... warmer than that, and they get too hot for me.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
My not-dermatologist-approved method is to abstain from showering or otherwise cleaning my skin the morning of a bike ride. Your skin oils and other grime give the UV rays something else to do, like making vitamin D.

Obviously for really long and sunny rides, sunscreen is a good idea.
This works to some extent, my addendum is your skin is only making vitamin D if you have cholesterol on board. If you are cholesterol deficient you burn faster
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Years ago Under Armour used to make "Heat Gear" shirts with long sleeves. I cannot see that on their web site anymore. It was very thin and light with full arm coverage That would have been one way to help those arms.

But one other thing: the Aloe Vera plant that you may purchase at the local Home Depot's gardening center. You can buy a plant, grow it and use those leaves to give you that natural gel to smear onto your arms after a ride.

I don't know where you live and if that kind of plan will survive cold and harsh winters. But here in Southern California, those plants are common, even in the shopping center near me. I mean out in the open.

Oh, I went back to the Under Armour site and found it under "compression wear"

https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/me...pid1257471-100
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Sun sleeves ... I have white ones and pink ones.

I have found they're good up to the low 30s C ... warmer than that, and they get too hot for me.
After asking google to convert that temperature to Merican, I agree.
This past Saturday I did a 65mi ride in 95deg(35) heat and still used them because sunscreen just drips off me when its warmer than 80(26.666666666) and I would feel hot without the sleeves anyways, so I just went with em. A little water on them to cool down helps when it gets so hot.
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This works to some extent, my addendum is your skin is only making vitamin D if you have cholesterol on board. If you are cholesterol deficient you burn faster
Interesting. After growing up in the 80s and 90s, I wasn't aware that cholesterol deficiency was possible. I'll have to do some more reading, thanks.
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Sun sleeves. They make a huge difference. It might feel a hair hotter but the sun-brain-rot that usually sets in after a long day doesn't happen. 100% worth it.
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
I've used those fake tattoo "sleeves", which are super-thin like nylon stockings - pretty much the same thing really, they do get destroyed if you're not careful putting them on and taking them off. But they work to keep the sun off your arms.
Ha - one of the owners of the LBS told me she's ordering some to sell in the shop. Apparently the fake tattoo sleeves are effective and cheap (and around here, soon to be a thing.)
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