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Practical Tips for Bike Riding in Summer

Posted on 16th Feb 2023

The summer months are a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors, especially if you’re a cyclist. However, it is important to be aware of the dangers of riding your bike in hot weather. As cyclists, we need to take precautions to stay cool, hydrated, and protected while biking during the summertime. In this blog post, we will discuss some practical tips for staying safe while riding your bike in hot weather.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential when riding your bike in hot weather. It is easy to become dehydrated while cycling due to physical exertion as well as the heat itself. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you on your ride and take regular breaks throughout the day to replenish yourself with adequate amounts of fluids. Additionally, consider bringing along electrolyte-rich snacks or drinks that can help replace lost minerals and salts from sweat loss.

Choose Loose Clothing

When it comes to clothing for cycling in hot weather, opt for loose-fitting clothes made from breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon because these materials do not allow air circulation and can make you feel even hotter than the temperature outside. Additionally, try wearing light colors which will reflect some of the sun’s rays away from your body instead of absorbing them like darker colors do.

Protect Your Skin

It is important to protect yourself from UV rays when riding your bike in hot weather by applying sunscreen before heading out on your ride and reapplying as necessary throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen every two hours if you are spending extended periods outdoors in direct sunlight. You may also want to consider wearing a wide-brimmed hat or scarf around your neck and face for extra protection against UV rays which can cause skin damage over time with prolonged exposure.

In Summary:

Riding a bicycle during summertime can be an enjoyable activity but it’s important that we all pay attention to our own safety while doing so by staying cool, hydrated, and protected from UV rays at all times. By following these simple tips outlined above, you should be able to have an enjoyable ride without any problems! So grab your bike and hit the open road this summer – just remember safety first!

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