UV Protective Bike Clothing

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Does anyone know where to find UV protected long sleeved ultra light bike shirts? After a long ride, even with tons of sunscreen, my skin feels cooked. Would like to wear long sleeves in the summer without dying from heat stroke! Does it exist? thanks.

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Bill Vojtech (not verified)

I bought a desert jersey from Performance a number of years ago. It has mesh on the bottom of the sleeves and mesh side panels.

I've worn it on rides that start off cool but get warm, like Montauk. I don't know how comfortable it would be in really hot humid weather.

As I recall, I don't like the seams– they're a bit scratchy and irritating.

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Lynn Pinkham (not verified)
SPF protective clothing

Yes! It does exist. I bought a great jersey, on-line, at Terry women's cycling clothing. It is super- comfortable, long-sleeved, with mesh paneling down the sides as well as the sleeves, and my extremely sun-sensitive skin has been completely safeguarded!

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sun sensitive gal (not verified)

you are a goddess for posting this

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Jeannine (not verified)

Thanks Lynn! Can you tell me the name of the jersey? I went to Terry Bicycles online and couldn't figure out which one it might be.

As a side note, I contacted Performance with the question and they recommended DeFeet Long Sleeve Item UN-D Shurt, however seems like it might be a bit warm for really hot days.

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Lynn (not verified)
spf clothing

I looked on Terry website since my post and they no longer have the exact same one I bought last year, but they have a blue one called Sunblocker Jersey which looks very similar.

I have been doing some more research and just ordered White DeFeet Armskins from TeamEstrogen.com (great women's cycling clothes). It looks like DeSoto makes some great arm coverings (in different colors) for warm weather but they were a bit pricier than the DeFeet ones.

Also, take a look at skin-savers.com (activewear)-another long sleeve jersey and Sunprecautions.com for more.

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sandy (not verified)

adidas has just come out with uv protective fabric in running clothes. If you call the store downtown or check out their website, you might find out if their bike clothing will soon be having it as well.

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Wash it - UV protection

"Here's a MSN article reviewing UV protection products.

If I remember correctly, just washing your clothes, in itself, without any special detergent increases its UV protection. Skimming through this article, the UV protection specific laundry detergent looks more promising than the actual clothing.

Also of note, from my burning eyes experience, I would not skimp on the ""sports"" Sunscreen. Coppertone works quite well. Maybe things have changed in the past few years...?"

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
Arm warmers

"I wear a short-sleeve jersey with white Coolmax arm-warmers from Kucharik. Even on the hottest days, these are pretty comfortable.

I'll probably try De Soto Arm Coolers this summer."

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