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  • Long sleeve / leg summer kit
  • Premier Icon Tim
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    Hey all

    Anyone got any recommendations for lightweight long sleeve / leg riding gear. Envisaging a super lightweight base layer

    I’ve realised I get bad reactions to horsefly bites and id rather not suffer that again.

    Is there anything that won’t cook me?

    Thanks

    Tim

    Premier Icon lunge
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    Maybe look at running gear? I’ve got a very lightweight Nike long sleeve top that may work.
    I’m sure they’d do summer leggings too, you could always throw baggies over the top if needed.

    Edit, dirt cheap from Decathlon.
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/sun-protect-mens-t-shirt-id_8398867.html

    Premier Icon tall_martin
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    Troy lee tops are light weight. Some have loads of perforations.

    Breezy😀

    Premier Icon nixie
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    I wear my long sleeve morvelo tops year round. Even on super hot days. Nice loose fit and not too thick.

    Premier Icon Tim
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    Cheers

    I’ve found some options for tops, struggling to find leggings

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    Last time I was in America I had a mooch about in BassProShops. The hunting and fishing guys over there have the whole sun protection thing sorted, similar for paddlers and surfers.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bassdash-Fishing-Shirts-Protection-T-shirt/

    How about some UV proof sun legs overlapping with your baggies?
    https://www.pearlizumi.com/US/en/shop/unisex/warmers/mountain/sun_legs/p/14371835

    Premier Icon Tim
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    Yeah, the sun legs look like a good idea.

    Some googling led me here:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/264677850994

    Some of the related items are… interesting

    Premier Icon timidwheeler
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    Won’t horse flies just bite through it?

    Genuine question as I’ve been bitten a few times now and I end up with really painful lumps that last for literally months. I also once fell off while panicking trying to get one of the little shits off my shin.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    I like to keep covered, partly for health reasons. Tops is easy. I’ve got a mix of general sports tops and a couple of branded bike ones. All are fine. Bike ones are slightly better but not by much. For legs I use 3/4 shorts and long socks. Either football socks or running compression socks. Not too hot and give a little protection from flora and pedal bites.

    Premier Icon Tim
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    Compression socks seemed the sensible solution. I wear long baggies anyway.

    They may bite through but I’d be happier with ‘some’ protection from the bastards – without cooking myself.

    I’d go and browse the sports shops. Alas….

    Premier Icon midlifecrashes
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    Some googling led me here:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/264677850994

    Some of the related items are… interesting

    Bookmarked.

    Premier Icon nixie
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    I’m flats so for the legs a combination of longer shorts, knee pads and shin guards pretty much cover everything. For less tech rides I ditch the knee pads however don’t imagine finding something to cover those would be too hard.

    Premier Icon towzer
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    3/4 shorts and knee long socks (see football socks, or Norfolk Bekele, or lots of other running/compression socks), for early morning (if lots of dew) Long sealskinsor dexshells,

    Irritatingly I can’t find then now but from eBay I got a few very light, long sleeved with collar, 1/2 zip tops for about a tenner, Something like. Sports long sleeve zip , I thought they were fab

    dri fit long sleeve zip This gets the more mile ones which are fine (imho) but not the import ones I originally found

    Premier Icon Paceman
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    Have you tried insect repellent? Something like Smidge might help on your legs.

    Premier Icon Tim
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    Never had much luck with it in the past and apparently doesn’t really work on horse flies.

    To be fair I dont feel safe in my house when they are about 🙂

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