The summer season is upon us, which means: more time to ride bikes! But cycling in hot weather comes with a whole set of challenges including dehydration that can lead to bonking, decreased performance, and sometimes, unfortunately, some serious heat-related dangers like illness or even death. Recently, two cyclists died in France when temperatures hit about degrees Fahrenheit, so while this is a rare occurrence, the risks are real. Here are six tips to help keep you cool when the mercury climbs. Instead, ride early or late in the day when temperatures are the coolest, and use your down time to get used to the heat. Bikram hot yoga classes or a few sessions in the sauna are a good place to start.
10 tips for keeping your kids safe while cycling on a hot day
In the UK we usually spend most of the year dreaming of long, hot, sunny summer days, and typically this comes while the kids are at school. Carry as much as possible in water bottles on your bikes , and lots extra in extra bottles in your bags. You can get small sized bottle cages and bottles that fit to junior bikes. Camelbak make some great kids sized hydration packs.
The heat wave may not be around long, which is great news if you like the sun but not ideal for your cycling life if you struggle to ride in the heat. One of the biggest obstacles with cycling in hot weather is maintaining adequate hydration. You will sweat more as your body naturally tries to cool itself down, but that sweat will evaporate quickly, meaning that it is hard for you to gauge exactly how much fluid you are losing. Drink little and often when riding, and make sure that you have plenty of drink with you or know of places on your route where you can obtain more drinks.
Buses, scooters, trams and cramped Tube trains, however, score fairly low on the sexiness stakes. Buses take forever to get anywhere, are prone to breaking down and seem to be a magnet for people who enjoy playing gym techno too loudly through their rubbish headphones. But what about the bike? Is it time to reconsider cycling?