I would like to start cycling to work again after a long break off the saddle. A few years ago I changed jobs and had a kid which means that my bike has been sat in the garage ever since.
I still have all the gear I need, however the time I ride is now going to be different. When I previously worked at a private elementary school I was out of the door in the morning at around 7am to get to work for 7:30am. I would then finish work at around 4:30pm. This meant that I avoided the harshest of the UV rays.
I now work in a buxiban with the typical afternoon/evening schedule that entails. This means that I leave the house at around noon which is exactly when the UV rays are at their most intense. I have been monitoring the weather for Kaohsiung on my phone over the past couple of days, and everyday the UV index has been around 11–12, or “extreme”.
As I’m from England, I have very pale skin and burn easily. In fact, even after 5 minutes riding a scooter while wearing a jacket I can see that my neck has gone red.
So, what are my options here? I need to do this in order to make exercise part of my life and lose some weight (I’ve gone up from a 30-inch waist to a 34-inch waist trouser size over the past couple of years and my moobs are starting to stick out from my clothing). I also can’t go to the gym as I don’t have the time or money for that.
I have seen some UV protective clothing online. Is this any good? There is also sun screen, but I’m worried that would leave my feeling sticky all day?
Any advice from other fair-skinned riders would be appreciated.