Sun Protection Tips for Cyclists

Pedal with confidence after reading our top 7 tips on how to stay protected from the sun while cycling today.
man cycling in UPF clothing

Cycling is not just a great way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors; it also provides you with plenty of time to soak up the sun. However, we'd like to remind you that while sun exposure does feel good, prolonged sun exposure does come with consequences. 

Today, we go over how to enjoy your bike rides - whether you're an avid cyclist or a causal beach cruiser - with sun protection tips tailored just for you. 

Top 7 Sun Protection Tips for Cyclists

1. Wear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

This is one of the most basic yet fundamental sun protection tips for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. And for cyclists, this is essential! Many cyclists spend hours on a bike ride, often facing the sun. Protect your skin (especially your face) with a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Be sure to reapply it every 2 hours or more often if you're sweating a lot. 

If you can't completely cover your face and neck with sunscreen, be sure to put a UPF 50+ face/neck covering


2. Choose the Right UPF Apparel

Invest in cycling apparel that's designed with UPF 50+ protection. Look for UPF 50+ clothing that's moisture wicking, breathable, and comfortable to wear while cycling. We also recommend long-sleeve shirts for additional UV protection. 

3. Protect Your Eyes

Your eyes are sensitive to UV rays, so remember to wear polarized sunglasses when cycling. Choose sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, wraparound styles provide better coverage and protection against wind and debris. Plus, they don't fall off at high cycling speeds.

4. Time Your Rides Around Peak Sun Hours

Avoid cycling during peak sun hours when the UV index is highest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Opt for early morning or late afternoon bike rides to reduce your exposure to UV rays. 

This is actually ideal if you work 9 to 5 as it gives you more incentive to wake up earlier and get your bike ride in before the day starts. 

5. Remember to Hydrate

Staying well-hydrated is vital when cycling, especially under the sun. Proper hydration helps your body regulate its temperature and minimizes the risk of heat-related illnesses. Carry a water bottle and sip regularly during your ride.

6. Seek Shade During Break Time

If your cycling route offers shaded areas, take advantage of them during breaks. Resting in the shade not only provides relief from the sun but also allows your body time to recover. You may also get distracted during breaks - especially with friends - and forget that you're out under the sun for an extended period of time. Avoid unnecessary sun damage by seeking shade during breaks or coffee breaks post ride. 

7. Remember to Check the UV Index

Before heading out, check the UV index for your location. This numerical scale indicates the strength of UV rays. Higher values mean increased risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Plan your rides accordingly, and be extra careful on days with elevated UV levels by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen and UPF 50+ clothing.

The Bottom Line: Pedal with Confidence with UPF 50+ Clothing

Cycling is a fantastic way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors, but it's essential to prioritize sun protection to keep yourself self from the sun. By following these sun protection tips for cyclists, you can pedal with confidence, knowing that you've taken the necessary steps to safeguard your skin and overall well-being. Ride safely and don't forget your UPF 50+ clothing.