Protect Your Skin
One of the great things about biking is spending more time in the sun and enjoying the great outdoors. However, too much time spent in the sun can be harmful to your skin, and the Texas sun is no joke. While trees and shade are easy to come by, there is still no hiding from the sun and nothing can ruin a great bike ride like a terrible sunburn!
Before you go, make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 to protect from the harmful rays. Technically there is no such thing as “waterproof” sunscreen so be sure to reapply, especially during a long ride where you’re more likely to sweat it off. And don’t forget to apply even on cloudy days! To be safe, apply sunscreen any time you will be outdoors.
Despite lathering on sunscreen throughout the day, some people will just naturally burn more than others. If you find yourself a little red after your ride try applying a little Aloe Vera. Even better if it’s a spray on version for an easier application a more cooling effect.
The outdoors are also full of bugs and pests such as mosquitos, chiggers, and gnats. After applying your sunscreen, be sure to apply a generous amount of bug spray to any exposed skin. You can also wear long sleeves or pants to help protect from bugs as well as the sun, especially on a cooler spring night.