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Dale

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03/29/2016 11:42 AM
When a medical professional ask, "What do cyclist do about the sunburn stripes on top of their head?" the correct answer, evidently, is not, "Wear it as a badge of honor!"

My wife was only mildly amused. I, on the other hand, thought it was hysterical.

Souvenir of a 3 hour mostly gravel ride.
ChinookPass

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03/29/2016 12:20 PM
I hope the answer is not "do-rag" but I might have to go there for my trip this summer as the top is getting quite bare and days in the Oregon sun will be pretty long.

By the way, I much prefer the term put forth by Patrick Brady at RKP: "multi-strada".
smokey52

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03/29/2016 12:38 PM
I use Headsweats Shorties to protect the bald top and to divert sweat. I find they fit comfortably under the helmet. Here is their website, but I think I got them through Performance: http://www.headsweats.com/categories/our-products/cycling-styles
Dale

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03/29/2016 01:27 PM
Occasionally I wear a cycling cap-- when it's cool bordering on cold or when it's full sun and I know I'm burn badly from being out all day. By mid summer I'm tanned enough that it's not an issue.
Cosmic Kid

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03/29/2016 02:03 PM
Despite my lack of hair, I don't think I have ever gotten stripes on my dome after riding.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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03/29/2016 06:09 PM
I sense a need for aero helmets for those less endowed with natural sun protection on their cranium.

Win-win? LOL!
Dale

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03/29/2016 07:11 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 03/29/2016 06:09 PM
I sense a need for aero helmets for those less endowed with natural sun protection on their cranium.

Win-win? LOL!


I'm disappointed this wasn't suggested by Cosmic.
longslowdistance

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03/29/2016 08:37 PM
Headsweats beanies have many uses. I don't know what the SPF factor is but it's better than 0 and skin cancer is mostly avoidable so why not.
79pmooney

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03/29/2016 11:38 PM
I wear the Pace caps that are similar to the Headsweats. I find them a plus year 'round and wear them always. Those pluses? No sweat in my eyes, helmet and winter caps stay much cleaner/smell better far longer, very old helmets still smell nice and my hair both stays cleaner and feels better. That they will help witht he racing stripes that haven't been possible to this day but soon will be is just another plus.

Ben
Cosmic Kid

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03/30/2016 07:12 AM
Posted By Dale Dale on 03/29/2016 07:11 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 03/29/2016 06:09 PM
I sense a need for aero helmets for those less endowed with natural sun protection on their cranium.

Win-win? LOL!


I'm disappointed this wasn't suggested by Cosmic.


One of the forumites did exactly that a few years ago when the Giro Air Attack came out....can't remember who it was, though.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
smokey52

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03/30/2016 05:43 PM
I sent a query to Headsweats asking if they tested their caps for sun protection. They responded (pretty quickly) that they do not build in any specific sun blockers and do not test their products for that attribute. They acknowledged that their products do provide some relief to sunshine, but since they are not tested, they make no claims.
From my experience, anecdotal evidence supports sun blockage. I got four red stripes riding on a fairly straight stretch of road while hunkered down against a steady headwind. After I got the Headsweats, I have not gotten any head burns. Fabrics can change properties between wet or dry.
btw, I asked Headsweats if it's okay to share their response with the forum. They replied yes, and that they appreciated being asked.
longslowdistance

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03/30/2016 07:37 PM
Add this:
A good tan + spf 3

I get a good tan riding with headsweats, so substantial UV is getting through.
I sweat like a pig and sunscreen on my forehead and semi chrome dome seems to end up in my eyes no matter what I try.
So hooray for headsweats, even if they are not perfect.
Any advice re: sweatproof sunscreen would be appreciated.

Orange Crush

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03/30/2016 08:03 PM
I had factor 50 on my ride up Haleakala (last thing I needed) and the rain washed it beautifully into my eyes and generally all over the place (slippery grip on handlebars). And despite the rain I still got a tan on my hands which weren't protected by long sleeves. Bizarre.
longslowdistance

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03/30/2016 08:17 PM
Hazy overcast has pretty much same sunburn potential as clear skies.
Denser overcast is less, but not 0
Elevation, southern latitudes, genetics (gingers, northern European whites in general), etc.
79pmooney

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03/31/2016 02:07 AM
I use Aloe Gator SPF 40 Total Sunblock on my forehead and around my eyes because it doesn't run. Mid summer I even rub it into my eyelids. Except for the not running, I don't really like it. Stays greasy and it is a bug magnet. Anything that flies is staying stuck and dying and a lot of those critters will bite or sting their thanks. Also takes serious washing to get off later or you risk getting it in your eyes long after the ride is over. But it does stay put and protect against sun like nothing else I have found yet (except maybe the Bullfrog of decades ago though I never tries it on a bike).

Ben
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