The Cyclist’s Guide To Tan Lines

Boxers have black eyes. Surfers have knee knots. Hockey players have missing teeth. Cyclists have tan lines.


Most (normal) people consider these things to be sport-related deformities of injuries. But, to the athletes who compete in these sports, they are badges of honor.

No one knows tan lines like cyclists. You can often gauge the dedication of individual cyclists just by looking at their tan lines.  As an expert observer of sun-bronzed skin, the experienced cyclist can spot the pro rider, the triathlete, and the novice cyclist from miles away — it’s all in the tan lines.

Why let others have all the fun playing The Tan Lines Game?  It’s a fun game to play and wants you win every time you play.  So, here’s a visual aid to help you decipher the bicyclist tan lines code: The Guide To Bicyclist Tan Lines.

Yes, we know… we’re givers.



About The Author

AaronMTBExtraSmallAaron Hanson (a.k.a The Cap’n) is manager of the Southern California Colavita Regional Amateur Team.  A 25-year veteran of the sport and lifestyle of cycling, Aaron has raced both road and mountain bikes, advocated for bicycle transportation funding and facilities at the city, county, state, and federal levels, planned and facilitated numerous bicycle events, and helped several municipalities and counties create viable bikeway master plans.

Aaron has been honored by IMBA, CORBA, Clif Bar, the City of Los Angeles, the County of Ventura, the City of Simi Valley, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate for his bicycle advocacy work.  He has even won a bike race or two.

Aaron can be contacted via e-mail at:

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