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Title: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: tB41 on July 07, 2013, 12:55:35 pm
As an older touring cyclist, whose dermatologist has been carving one or two squamous patches off my hide annually for the past ten years, I need to minimize overall sun exposure, which can be a chore over long rides in hot weather. L.L. Bean used to offer a loose-fitting, long-sleeve, bright-colored poly shirt with full collar (like a button-down collar with no buttons) that was a pretty good hot weather solution. But that shirt had no back pockets and is no longer offered. I'm curious if any ACA riders have come across a summer-weight, long-sleeve, poly shirt that features both a full collar and the two or three elasticized back pockets so often found on short-sleeve shirts? Thanks.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: aggie on July 07, 2013, 01:28:28 pm
There is a company called Club Ride that makes a good looking long sleeve shirt called Go Long that may fit your needs.  Not sure if a LBS will stock them but you can order online. 
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: Old Guy New Hobby on July 07, 2013, 04:14:21 pm
I'm in the same boat, except they've only been hacking on me for 3 years.

Not all long sleeve shirts offer SPF protection. Read all the fine print. UA (Under Armor) offers a long sleeve T with SPF in a fabric optimized for warm weather (but of  course, no pockets). I use them in temperatures over 90 degrees and high humidity. They work reasonably well. The sleeves are a little long, which is good because that lets them cover me down to the gloves. I'm not exactly sure what the differences are between UA's "Warm Weather", "Normal", and "Cold Weather" fabrics.

I never found anything that covers my legs, but so far my legs haven't had any problems. I've been considering some kind of a cover for the back of my neck and ears, but I haven't come up with any ideas that don't seem completely dorky. I once saw a gentleman with a home-made wide brim that turned his helmet into a sun hat. He didn't want to stop, so I didn't get much information other than to see the rig. So far, I've only thought of trying to do something like that. In the mean time, I favor country roads with tall trees, which is a good idea for hot weather in any event.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: aggie on July 07, 2013, 05:47:04 pm
The ACA store sells a Canari long sleeve jersey with a SPF of 30.  They also sell a club ride jersey but no SPF is listed.  The club ride jerseys have two zippered pockets but don't know if they will hold water bottles.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: mdxix on July 07, 2013, 06:55:38 pm
I usually reach out to one of many options that ExOfficio (http://www.exofficio.com) offers. Here is an current offering for this season: 1/4 Zip Long-Sleeve Shirt (http://www.exofficio.com/products/details/mens-sol-cool-one-fourth-zip-long-sleeve-shirt) with UPF 50+ rating.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: driftlessregion on July 07, 2013, 10:46:27 pm
No back pockets, but seersucker is hard to beat in hot weather. Lands End surprisingly doesn't have 'em right now but REI has a number wicking and/or SPF long sleeve shirts
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: awbikes on July 07, 2013, 11:35:44 pm
Tb41, from your post I gather you prefer loose fitting shirts over traditional close fitting cycling shirts. If thats correct I respect you opinion. I too resisted wearing traditional cycling shirts but finally gave in. For me they breathe well have a cooling effect and the rear pockets are indispensable. I typically buy them in a short sleeve and wear arm shades. The advantage is, one set can be worn with any shirt of your choosing. As far as their effectiveness; I live and ride in Florida in 98 degree heat, can not stand sunscreen and don't use it. My Pearl Izumi (white) arm protectors are comfortable and do not feel warm and if anything shade my arms and produce a cooling effect by the process of evaporation. When I go into an establishment I forget I'm even wearing them. I have tried the baggy long sleeve fishing type shirts and I feel the sweat running and the shirt feels sticky and miserable. Do I think I look weird with the skin tight arm protectors? Yes, but they ABSOLUTLEY work. Incidentally m wife wears Canari brand and they work well also. Just be sure and get the light weight sun shades and not heavy black winter arm warmers. Sorry for the shift in topic but I though it may help.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: tB41 on July 08, 2013, 10:02:51 am
I'm in the same boat, except they've only been hacking on me for 3 years.

Not all long sleeve shirts offer SPF protection. Read all the fine print. UA (Under Armor) offers a long sleeve T with SPF in a fabric optimized for warm weather (but of  course, no pockets). I use them in temperatures over 90 degrees and high humidity. They work reasonably well. The sleeves are a little long, which is good because that lets them cover me down to the gloves. I'm not exactly sure what the differences are between UA's "Warm Weather", "Normal", and "Cold Weather" fabrics.

I never found anything that covers my legs, but so far my legs haven't had any problems.

Thanks for your UA suggestion. Actually, I just came across an item that works well for covering lower legs: Pearl Izumi's "Sun Knees," similar to leg warmers, but in white and very light and stretchy (and cool), they tuck under hem of standard length spandex bike shorts and carry down over top of your socks and actually stay in place. They retail for $30. but can be found on-line for $25 or less. I had been wearing baggy knickers over Louis Garneau undershorts with pad, which together never were as satisfactory as conventional bike shorts.

Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: bogiesan on July 13, 2013, 10:05:36 am
I enjoy my Pearl Izumi sun skins. However, I ride a recumbent so my exposure is slightly different. My most powerful sun protection is in the form of a Lycra skin that covers most of the bike.

I have also found the combination of a light sunscreen and a conventional longsleeve jersey to be adequate for most of my desert riding.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: sedges on July 18, 2013, 02:20:39 pm
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1123675_-1_400061__400061

I really like this shirt.  White is reflective and visible.  I have been comfortable riding in this shirt in 90F.  The old version had a collar that protected the back of your neck, but I am unsure about the current one.  I usually have wet bandana over the back of my neck in the heat.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: Joe B on August 09, 2013, 09:24:01 pm
I got one of these last week and it already is in the primary rotation for my touring gear. Highly recommended..

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/urban-pedal-pusher-shirt.html (http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/urban-pedal-pusher-shirt.html)

ATD Men's Urban Pedal Pushers UPF 50+ Commuter Dress Shirt

Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: zerodish on August 24, 2013, 07:59:03 am
I buy silk usually at a thrift store. It is available in very light weight. Bacteria does not grow in silk it is the first thing to dry in the dryer and you may decide to put it on wet. Silk takes up little room you could stuff one in a seat bag. You should also consider winter silks as an under shirt. http://wintersilks.blair.com/
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: JayH on August 27, 2013, 10:34:30 am
there are some inexpensive UV blocking arm sleeves specifically made to block the sun, so you could use any short sleeve jersey.  Sugoi makes a pair that I've seen but there are cheaper ones found online... Most of them are white (for obvious reasons) and generally they breathe fairly well.  They are not the same as arm warmers which are thicker and meant to provide warmth.

Jay
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: gpshay on September 01, 2013, 12:35:50 am
I live in Phx. and ride in long sleeve jerseys....
http://www.kucharikclothing.com/wool-jersey-yellow-long-sleeve-p-528.html?osCsid=566448121dfefb64f5ce12e3899f88a1
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: SlowAndSlower on September 01, 2013, 01:27:00 am
Riding the TransAm I met a fellow who swore by Cabela's or Brass Pro "fishing shirts" made for being on the water and in the sun all day. My observation was they had great airflow while riding.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: o2tour on September 01, 2013, 10:33:37 am
My last year (2012) bicycle trip from Illinois to Washington State I bought these "fishing shirts" from Gander Mountain. Big pockets in front for camera and wallet and other stuff. For me these worked great even through Kansas with 100 degree plus temps.
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: TwoWheeledExplorer on September 01, 2013, 10:15:18 pm
Riding the TransAm I met a fellow who swore by Cabela's or Brass Pro "fishing shirts" made for being on the water and in the sun all day. My observation was they had great airflow while riding.

Agreed, 110%! I have a bunch of jerseys, mostly from ACA and other clubs I am part of, but when I am riding any real distance, I wear "fishing" or "expedition" shirts. They have an SPF of 40-50 (depending on the brand), are loose fitting and breath very well, and they have pockets! You can get them in long sleeves, which can be rolled up, and the better shirts have straps to hold the sleeves up. If I am riding on the road, I wear yellow (It has become something of a trademark.) and on trails, light green or tan. I also wear baggy shorts, so if I decide to eat at a restaurant, I look like a guy in shorts and a fishing shirt, rather than an over-stuffed sausage in spandex.

Ride safe,
Hans

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Willard Munger/Hinckley Fire State Trail, Moose Lake, MN
Title: Re: Recommended Long-Sleeve Touring Shirts?
Post by: PeteJack on September 18, 2013, 02:34:41 am
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I've been considering some kind of a cover for the back of my neck and ears, but I haven't come up with any ideas that don't seem completely dorky

A Buff pulled over my ears with the end of it hanging over my neck seems to work for me. Who cares what it looks like when your riding? Kids think you look like a pirate when you take your helmet off. If appearance is a big deal to you whip it off and stuff it in a bike shirt pocket when you go to eat.  If you're a bit sparse on top it also prevents sunburn through the helmet vent slots which is why I started wearing them.