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Got Biker's Tan?(17 posts)

Got Biker's Tan?Fez
Aug 14, 2002 6:17 PM
I rode without sunscreen for a few days in July and now I look like I have stripes. I have pale feet, very dark lower legs, pale upper legs and torso, very dark arms and face, and pale hands. My wife thinks I look like a freak.

I even have a little tan mark from that open loop area where you strap your gloves closed. Fortunately, I did not get a tan line around the helmet straps.
re: Got Biker's Tan?husker
Aug 14, 2002 6:26 PM
Hell yeah! And when I go shirtless I apply plenty of sunscreen to preserve the integrity of the tan! I'm very proud of it! (My wife also thinks I look like a freak.)
Crochet backed glovesJaeP
Aug 14, 2002 8:29 PM
I used to ride with crochet backed gloves and I used to get a "spotted tan" on the back of my hand. I walked into a bike shop once and the guy gave me 10% because of my "bikers tan."
I still wear crocheted gloves.......gogene
Aug 14, 2002 8:45 PM
...and love the comments I get when non-bikers notice. I do wear a skull rag. I'm bald and hate to think of the tan lines I would have after riding with a well ventilated helmet!
Helmet tan linesms
Aug 15, 2002 5:28 AM
I usually wear sunscreen to prevent tan lines on my bald head. But, when it is very hot, I do not wear sunscreen--I have yet to find a product that does not run and drip into my eyes when I really am perspiring. I have some great tan spots on my head right now.
Sweatband, skullcap, etc.Fez
Aug 15, 2002 5:48 AM
Maybe try loosening the helmet to accomodate these?

OTOH, I've never seen a bald guy with watermelon stripes on his head from the helmet vents. That should look pretty cool.
A badge of honorms
Aug 15, 2002 8:08 AM
Only a cyclist would find my "watermelon stripes" to be cool. They are probably not as noticeable as you would think -- my head already is fairly tanned from non-biking exposure to the sun. But, I do wear them as a badge of honor -- just like the white skin that shows when I wear sandals and the lighter skin on the backs of my hands. Although I draw the line at showing my white chest and back -- I usually wear a t-shirt when I am at a pool or other place where mere mortals go shirtless.
Sweatband, skullcap, etc.aliensporebomb
Aug 15, 2002 10:07 AM
Last year I didn't wear a skullcap and had shaved my head.
I got sunburn on the top of my head due to riding on a
super hot day.

Later, the top of my head looked just like Darth Maul's
face! It was totally weird.
Helmet tan linestarwheel
Aug 15, 2002 6:09 AM
I've started wearing Headsweats to prevent sunburn on my balding scalp. I have enough hair left that I don't want to put greasy suntain lotion all over my scalp, but if I don't cover my head I end up with a polka-dot sunburn. Headsweats keep your scalp from burning, prevent sweat from pouring in your eyes and actually keep your head cooler.
Helmet tan linescomedy-tragedy
Aug 15, 2002 11:49 AM
Since I cover my big bald head during the daytime it would get pretty fried under a helmet, so for me headsweats are the only way to go for two reasons. Keep the sun off the top, plus I sweat like a pig and they're the only thing I've found that can keep it out of my eyes.
re: Got Biker's Tan?flybyvine
Aug 14, 2002 8:39 PM
I have darker lower legs but that's the ingrained dirt from commuting :-)

I don't tan: white ->red ->white (with bits of flaky skin hanging every where)
White as the driven snow.Sintesi
Aug 15, 2002 6:14 AM
Pale, pale, pale. Don't dare shave my legs so as not to blind oncoming traffic.
Tan in a bottle.unchained
Aug 14, 2002 9:26 PM
I owe my tan to a generic self-tanner. It works great. I
look brown whilst avoiding the sun's harmful rays.
SKiN CaNcEr anyone?Asphalt Addict
Aug 15, 2002 6:07 AM
Last month I had three basal cell skin cancers removed surgically(nice one to two inch scars) on my head and arm. I'm 43! I had three removed back in 1986(you do the math)! If you're getting burned and not using sunscreen big time you could end up like me. Al Pachino and I have something in common...we both have played Scarface. Be senseable. I didn't know about sun damage until it was too late.
I don't understand America's infatuation about tanned skinelviento
Aug 15, 2002 7:37 AM
I only look at it as a byproduct of outdoor activities. Some uneven tan, such as on the nose bridge, is quite annoying.

Some people view tanlines as a symbol of hardcore cycling but in fact the tan lines are there only after 15-20 hrs under the sun. What's with those who get on top of their apartment buildings and lie under the sun for hours or use some lotion to get burnt skin? Do black folks have the ultimate skin color? Let me tell you, they have some kind of sauce in Chinatown that colors roast pork really well...

Not to mention skin cancer...
Went to Cancun for two weeks to remove it...Bruno
Aug 15, 2002 10:46 AM
but it really didn't worked. Some parts like the feet and hands even out. The legs still have a visible line. Anyhow now I have a very deep tan on the legs. People will think I have been riding hundreds of miles in the last two weeks.
yesgetoffmywheel
Aug 15, 2002 12:27 PM
I've met other cyclists because of it too. I went to sleeveless jerseys to keep my wife from laughing at me. I have it around the eyes becuase of my Rudy's too.

Hilarious topic!