How To Win Against Poison Ivy And Poison Oak

Unfortunately poison oak or ivy may be growing alongside some of your favorite trails, and can make for super unpleasant side effects from your bike ride. Here are some tips to prevent the discomfort that could ensue:

  • Wear nylon on your legs and arms or wear a thin long sleeve shirt and knee socks.
  • Wear full-fingered gloves, and use them to take your shoes off at the end of ride. Do your very best not to rub your face during the ride!
  • Do not try to look for poison oak along the trail. Instead, look where you want to go. 
  • Stay on the trail!
  • After your ride, lather up with soap (Tecnu works best) and rinse off with cold water. If you happen to be by a lake or river, go for a swim in the cold, refreshing water.
  • Be careful not to spread the oil. I recommend putting your contaminated clothes in a plastic bag and washing up before doing anything else.

Then do it all again the next day because the riding was spectacular!