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    The heat is around the corner. Commuter apparel questions.

    I've started commuting to work on my single speed road bike once a week in addition to my normal trail rides. It is 25 miles one way and it has been a good way to get some additional miles in during the week. I'd like to continue it for as long as I can, but with the brutal summer on its way, I figured I'd ask you guys about some shirts I've been checking out and see if anyone else is using them. I'm not looking to be comfortable (not going to happen haha) during the afternoon part of the ride, but I am looking to be protected without going through obscene amounts of sunscreen. Any additional "cooling" benefit would be a bonus. Here are a couple of links of what I have been looking at:

    Men's PFG Freezer

    Men's HeatGearŪ Fitted Longsleeve Crew | 1209054 | Under Armour US

    The appealing part of both is that they have sun protection built in - which is also the reason I am going with long sleeves. Any input is appreciated.

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    Interesting call on the long sleeves. Smart to keep the sun of your arms. I wonder about the heat effect? I have only ran long sleeves when it is cooler out.

    I would think either would work. I would want it to fit a bit loose so it breathed better, and go with as light a color you can handle.

    I ride all summer at all hours, so I like this topic. Curious what others have to say.

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    how about something in a nice coral or peach?

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    I think sleeves and neck coverage is a great idea in peak sun light, but when commuting early or late, when the sun is close to the horizon, it is less effective.

    If I'm riding, hiking, doing yard work, etc between 10am and 5pm in the summer hours I like a loose fitting UV blocking shirt. I have a couple that I got from REI a few years ago that have a 1/2 zip front which really helps to keep cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longhairmike View Post
    how about something in a nice coral or peach?
    Or even salmon.

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    What works best for me is a workout jersey top, and sun sleeves. While in motion they do provide an evaporative cooling effect that is quite nice, and there's no need to slather on the sun block. I always like keeping the sun off of my neck and ears, so I usually stuff a bandana under my helmet, with the rest of it hanging out, covering these hot spots. You can get caps that have neck protection too, similar to the sun sleeves. Without the sun on my neck I feel 100% better than otherwise. I was in this getup when I passed you on Saturday. A Halo headband keeps the salt out of the eyes too.
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    Loose fit is key to allow plenty of airflow. No matter what you wear, it's likely it won't work when the monsoon rains get here. Riding in the dry heat is a lot easier than riding in hot, humid weather, at least for wimps like me.

    If your schedule can flex a bit, riding earlier and later in the day will be the best thing you can do. But if those times coincide with rush hour, the riding could get pretty intense.

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    x1 on the Halo headband or skullcap and the Sunsleeves!
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    i wear the UA heat gear on the road bikeand i love it, the mtb i hate it. the slow sections on the mtb i get way to hot. when i worked construction i always wore long sleeve shirts and a big hat. anything to keep the su off of my skin, sunburns and sun just wear me out.

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    The heat is around the corner. Commuter apparel questions.

    That guy in long white sleeves? That's me, all Summer long. I use cheap white nylon (errrrrr......performance fabric) jerseys I pick up from TJ Maxx, or Craft sun sleeves. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365479517.691152.jpg
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    Sweet, thanks for all of the responses guys.

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    I always ride in long sleeves purchased at REI. They are SPF50, very comfy, light, and dry quickly
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    I used the REI shirts for a few years when I rode 16 miles one way. In the afternoons I would start with the shirt soaking wet. The sleeves would be dry in less than 15 min, but every little bit counts.

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    Very useful information as I prepare for my first summer in PHX. I'd like to continue my commute to work at least 2-3 times a week (10 miles one way).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    That guy in long white sleeves? That's me, all Summer long. I use cheap white nylon (errrrrr......performance fabric) jerseys I pick up from TJ Maxx, or Craft sun sleeves. Name:  ImageUploadedByTapatalk1365479517.691152.jpg
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    Too funny.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    Too funny.

    Is there like a Disneyland cameraman greeter that takes pictures there ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtrider127 View Post
    I always ride in long sleeves purchased at REI. They are SPF50, very comfy, light, and dry quickly
    Columbia makes some too

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    Quote Originally Posted by metalaficionado View Post
    Is there like a Disneyland cameraman greeter that takes pictures there ?
    It's actually just a cut-out at the local Chuckie Cheese.

    It was from the Dawn to Dusk race at the McDowells a while back.

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    i was just dropping of fedex and was behind 2 roadies on power by thomas (btw bike lane is closed during construction)
    the dude was wearing a yellow jersey and on the back it said:
    <<-- 3 FEET -->>


    and im thinking it could would be funny to change the arrows and wear it backwards.

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    I suggest a white sundress with wedge sandals and little else.

    If that doesn't work the white arm coolers are a very good idea for mid day riding, and if it's an everyday thing cover your neck. Pretty much try and look like a migrant worker, they have it all figured out.

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    The heat is around the corner. Commuter apparel questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by tysonnemb View Post
    Too funny.

    Cred for you! Nice. Wow, that was hot for December, yeah? 6 solo laps but this year ill get 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott In MD View Post
    Cred for you! Nice. Wow, that was hot for December, yeah? 6 solo laps but this year ill get 7.
    It definately got warm pretty quick, but was a great day. Loved it. I did it as a duo, and we did 8 laps total. My first time ever doing something like that, and look forward to doing it again. 6 solo laps is pretty awesome.

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    This is how I roll in the summer and it really works!

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    ChinoBandito is on to something.....adventure wear for this upcoming season is now all the rage....I prefer the Dan'l Boone look myself...it's even gnar approved....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noelg View Post
    This is how I roll in the summer and it really works!

    if you gonna ride in drag, might as well wear a dress

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