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    Trying to find a refillable ice neck wrap

    Hello,

    I've been having some serious issues overheating on long rides (70+ miles). What I'd like to find is some sort of neck wrap that you can fill with ice cubes. The ones that come with cooling gels that you have to freeze first will do me no good, as my overheating problems happen after 4+ hours of riding. I've done a number of amazon, internet, and forum searches, but can't seem to find anything that's refillable (which I could do at a convenience store stop).

    In the meantime, I'm going to try slipping a few ice cubes into my sun sleeves and socks. I imagine they'll melt pretty much immediately, so a larger repository of ice would work a lot better. I've learned that once I start overheating, it takes a lot to reverse the process to the point I can keep riding safely.

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    Scott

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    One thing you might try is a simple wet towel to wrap around your neck. The evaporating water will cool you off very effectively. And you can just continue adding water. Wet your shirt as well.

    And start using it well before you anticipate problems, and you won't have them.
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    Also keep drinking, preferably some sort of an electrolyte mix (water mixed with nuun tablets or similar).
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    One thing you might try is a simple wet towel to wrap around your neck. The evaporating water will cool you off very effectively. And you can just continue adding water. Wet your shirt as well.

    And start using it well before you anticipate problems, and you won't have them.
    I typically wear a headsweats skull cap and PI arm coolers on hot rides for sunburn protection. I guess pouring more water on them more frequently would be something I could do.

    On my last ride my digestive system shut down completely and I couldn't even absorb plain water - I started throwing up and was eventually forced to call for an ambulance. I'm a bit spooked now about attempting long rides in the heat, and never want to have this happen again.

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    Here is another possibility for evaporation cooling: http://industrialsavings.com/hard-hats/940.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    One thing you might try is a simple wet towel to wrap around your neck. The evaporating water will cool you off very effectively. And you can just continue adding water. Wet your shirt as well.

    And start using it well before you anticipate problems, and you won't have them.
    I use a bandana like this. I'll start from the house with ice cubes in it but like the OP notes they don't last very long.

    I have stopped at convenience stores for a cold sport drink and begged some ice for my bandana. I haven't been turned down yet. But then again I am super charming and good looking.

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    Wet bandana and cycling cap. Re-wet as needed/possible.
    Have ridden in 117 degrees and many days at 100+ degrees.
    Live in the desert and have had 90 consecutive days of 100+.
    Ride earlier. Ride a bit slower. Shorten the ride a bit. Drink (I stick with plain water).

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    Thanks for the replies. I agree that using evaporative cooling will give me a lot of options. I think I will order one of those MiraCool bandannas.

    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by zpl View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I agree that using evaporative cooling will give me a lot of options. I think I will order one of those MiraCool bandannas.

    Scott
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    Tube sock filled with ice will work. Not stylish, but it is effective.

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    ^^^^^^^ was just going to post this

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    I've been using this in Arizona's 110 heat. I put it along my back (between shirt and skin.) Works for about an hour before needing to be soaked in water again.
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