Our area’s summer temperatures are soaring, so it’s essential to prioritize safety while biking outdoors. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just starting to explore the world on two wheels, extreme heat can pose significant challenges to your biking adventures.
Here are seven tips from FABB’s more experienced riders:
- Time your rides for maximum comfort. Aim for the cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or evenings, and avoid midday rides when the sun is at its peak.
- Dress appropriately. Wearing the right clothing can make a world of difference in hot weather. Opt for lightweight, breathable fabrics that wick away moisture and allow for optimal ventilation. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.
- Stay hydrated. This is key for biking in hot weather. Start hydrating well before your ride, and continue to drink water throughout your cycling adventure. Carry a water bottle or a hydration pack and take regular sips to replenish fluids lost through sweat. Remember, even if you don’t feel thirsty, your body still needs hydration, so don’t neglect this crucial aspect of biking in the heat.
- Plan your route wisely. As much as possible, adjust your commute or recreational routes to include shaded areas or areas with more breeze. Look for routes that take you through parks, tree-lined paths, or near bodies of water if possible. These natural features can provide some relief from the scorching sun and help you stay cooler.
- Pace yourself. Listen to your body and adjust your pace during hot weather. Riding at a steady, moderate pace will help you maintain energy levels and avoid overheating. Avoid pushing too hard, especially during the hottest parts of the day, to avoid the risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
- Take breaks and seek shade. On longer rides, plan on taking more short breaks, preferably under a tree or other spot to shelter you from the sun. Use these breaks to rehydrate, cool down, and assess how you feel before continuing your journey
- Know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as dizziness, nausea, fatigue, headache, rapid heartbeat, and confusion. If you or someone in your group experiences any of these symptoms, find a cool place to rest, drink fluids, and seek medical attention if necessary.
Cycling during extremely hot weather requires extra care and attention to ensure your safety and well-being. By following these tips, you can beat the heat and enjoy your biking adventures without compromising your health. So, gear up, stay cool, and pedal on!