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Professional tips for bike riding in the summer

| Jul 3, 2017 | Blog |

Summer weather in Connecticut means that more cyclists will be out on the roads. You might want to make the most of the warm weather, too, by going on some leisurely rides with your family and friends.

When you’re out and about on your bike in the hot sun, you’ll want to avoid getting into a crash. This means you have to stay smart, stay safe and stay alert. Staying comfortable in the hot weather will help you do all these things more effectively. Keep reading and you’ll learn some pro tips for saying comfortable in summer weather while riding your bike.

How to stay comfortable biking in hot weather

Acclimatize: Just like runners prepare before a high altitude race, you’ll also want to prepare for hot weather biking. Consider spending time in a sauna daily or multiple times a week before summer approaches so that the heat doesn’t leave you exhausted, spacey and inattentive while you’re on your bike.

Wear sunglasses: You need to see clearly to avoid getting into a crash, but the glaring summer sun can obscure your vision. Wearing ultraviolet protective sunglasses will keep your vision strong in these conditions.

Rehydrate with cool water: Have cold beverages on hand. Use ice cubes in your beverages. Also, plan ahead so you know where you can buy a cold drink on the road. This will not only keep you hydrated, but it will also keep you cool so you’re clear-headed during your ride.

Hose yourself down: If you pour water on yourself during your ride, it will keep your body cool. Consider even throwing some ice cubes down your shirt. The cold will send more blood to your core, help you stay alert and keep your brain functioning on par.

Keep a safe pace: Don’t over-exert yourself. Keep a safe pace so you don’t get too tired. Always respect the heat and the fact that you could become more tired than usual while you’re riding in hot weather conditions.

Educate yourself to avoid bike crashes

When it comes to bicycle accident avoidance, the more you know, the better off you are. The next tip you learn could be the one that saves your life, so be sure to read up on the internet about bicycle safety equipment, riding tips and other information that will help you and your family stay safe this summer.