Whether you’re a weekend rambler, weekday commuter or Tour de France contender, don’t let UV crash your ride. 

  1. SLIP on clothing that covers as much skin as possible while still being safe and comfortable. Instead of mesh, choose UPF50 Lycra cycling gear to help block UV.   
  2. SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to any parts of skin not covered by clothing. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading out. Look for a dry touch or active formula that won’t make the handlebars greasy.  Sunscreen should be reapplied regularly if you’re working up a sweat (or at least every two hours), so put a tube in your pannier or backpack so you always have a supply on hand and don’t get caught out when you extend the ride. Hydration breaks, traffic stops or shady parts of the path provide the perfect opportunities to reapply.
  3. SLAP on a helmet attachment to help shade the face, neck and ears. It will also help with sun glare. Take a wide-brimmed, bucket or legionnaire hat to put on during rest breaks off the bike. Choose a design that will crumple easily and fit into your back pack
  4. SEEK SHADE: Choose shady bike paths whenever possible. Hydrate and rest in the shade. Try to ride earlier in the morning or later in the day when the sun’s UV isn’t as intense.  
  5. SLIDE ON SUNGLASSES: to help protect your eyes from UV and sun glare. They can also help protect your eyes from wind, dust, grit and bugs. For best protection, choose a wrap-around style that meets the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1067). There also UV-protective cycling glasses available. 

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