Summer is here and temperatures are up, but just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to stop riding. Following up on yesterday's post on walking in the heat, here are some riding tips to beat the heat:
- Hydrate or die! Fluid intake keeps you cool from the inside and replaces what you lose in perspiration and breathing. Sip throughout the day and take in extra fluids during and after your ride. If your ride is short, water is best, but if you ride longer than 30 minutes, include sports drink with electrolytes.
- Dress light. Wearing shorts, short sleeves and light wicking clothing will help. If you happen to be wearing long pants, try rolling up the pant leg a few inches. For button down shirts, roll up the sleeves and unfasten a top button or two.
- Take a load off. Get that bag off your back and use a basket or rear panniers. Your ride will be easier and your back and shoulder area will catch more breeze.
- Take your time. Slow down and keep your exertion level low, especially on uphills which is where effort can be high and breeze can be low. You will get there in almost the same time – only drier.
- Allow time for cooling off. Perspiration continues even after you finish your bike trip, in fact it can be even worse without the natural breeze of biking . After your ride, find a cool place and take it easy for a few minutes. That will help the sweating subside.
- Pat down. Use paper towels in the bathroom or take a small towel with you to pat yourself down and dry off with after your ride.
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