The freedom of traveling in fresh air under an open sky is one reason why we love summer bicycling so much. But pedaling outdoors means sun exposure. To keep your skin looking youthful  and to shield against damaging rays, sunscreen is vital. Fortunately, when it comes to on-the-go protection for cyclists, there are more great choices than ever for tossing into your purse or bike bag. Below, we’ve highlighted a variety of products and formulations — lotions, sticks, towelettes — that will have you covered whether you’re facing a short weekday commute or a weekend century ride.

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  • Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum, $42 -- Formulated for city dwellers, this sunscreen protects, moisturizes and combats aging. It's super lightweight and gentle so your face won't feel oily.

  • EltaMD UV Sport Waterproof SPF 50 Sunscreen, $20 -- For more vigorous rides, this non-greasy, waterproof sunscreen offers more protection than other brands and doesn't run, so you'll avoid stinging eyes.

  • MD Moms Baby Silk Sunscreen Towelettes, $26 -- These convenient towelettes are water resistant, offer SPF 30 protection and, because they're formulated for babies, are super gentle and non-irritating.

  • Clinique Sun SPF 45 Targeted Protection Stick, $19 -- Use a stick for precise application to spots you might normally miss--under the eyes and on nose, lips and ears. (Remember, your bicycle helmet doesn't shield ears or neck from the sun.)

  • Block Island Organics Organic Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30+, $34 -- This lightweight, vegan and paraben-free formula is perfect for use on sensitive skin. The citrusy grapefruit scent says summer.

  • bareMinerals SPF 30 Natural Sunscreen, $28 -- This natural sunscreen uses minerals, specifically titanium dioxide, instead of chemicals for protection. The powder formula makes it light and sheer.

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