The Greeley Bike Blog
Tips for Bike Riding in Hot Weather
Hot weather can make normally pleasant rides more difficult,
and really scorching weather can make you want to stay off the bike altogether.
But that's not necessary when you use these simple ways to keep cool on your
bike. You can beat the heat, stay safe, ride longer and still have fun.
1. Squirt Water on your Head
During hot weather riding, you can use your water bottle to
squirt water on your head through the vents in your helmet every 15 minutes or
so, which will really help cool you down. First, the water itself will be cooler
than your head, and so that'll be an initial and immediate blast of temperature
relief. Next, the evaporation effect will continue to help keep you cool as the
water dries by carrying heat away from your body as you continue to ride.
Just make sure you have access to an adequate water supply
that you can replenish as necessary as you ride. You certainly don't want to
whoosh away your water by squirting it all on yourself, and then leave yourself
with nothing to drink.
2. Wrap a wet Bandana around your neck
Wrapping a water-soaked bandana around your neck can do
wonders to keep you cool. For maximum relief, you can go a step further and do
what a guy I know does. He folded a bandana in half and stitched up two of the
sides, leaving the third open. He'll shove that thing full of ice cubes and wrap
it around his neck. Talk about an intense and lasting chill. And as the ice
melts, the frigid water drips down your back and chest. Plus, that ice supply
can be replenished as necessary, giving you a freeze that'll last all day.
3. Freeze Your Water Bottle Overnight
For colder water longer, consider freezing your water bottles
overnight. The ice will melt as you ride, offering you cold water along the way,
instead of the too warm stuff that's not so refreshing.
4. Wear the Right Clothes
Choose clothing that allows perspiration to evaporate quickly
so that it can do its cooling job better. That's going to mean materials like
cotton and silk are out since they absorb and hold on to sweat. Opt for
"technical" fabrics instead, like spandex and lycra. If you don't want to look
like a bike dork all decked out in this gear, you'll be glad to know that golf
and tennis-style shirts are now made in technical fabrics, and you can buy
UnderArmor-type shirts that look normal, feel
comfortable and perform well.
Just remember, a little hot weather shouldn’t deter you for having a good time
by hopping on a bike.
Also, the efforts to develop the Greeley Master Bicycle Plan are underway.
Please go to
www.greeleybikemasterplan.com to see how
you can participate.