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Old 05-10-13, 10:48 AM   #1
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Whats the best way to stay cool?

It's summer now and i was wondering what creative ways you have found to stay cool while biking in the heat?
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Old 05-10-13, 11:02 AM   #2
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This is probably going to get moved to either foo or general.

I use a trick I picked up from some Kurdish shepherds while living in Northern Iraq. Wet a cloth, I use an old t-shirt cut in half. Use ICY cold water and wrap it around your neck. Also good from keeping your neck from getting fried.
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Outside of the obvious method

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Bike_Ride


I would say you probably have to wear quick drying clothing & keep spraying yourself with water.
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Get good lights and ride at night.
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I just make sure to drink a lot of water and let my sweat glands do the rest of the work. Covering up is not a bad idea. I often wear a lightweight WOOL cap under my helmet.
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wearing only cycling shoes and a helmet, and a little bag to hold my junk
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It's summer now and i was wondering what creative ways you have found to stay cool while biking in the heat?
I drink plenty of my favorite cold drink, while riding. Drink more while relaxing in front of a fan or better yet in an air conditioned room upon completion of ride. Not very creative but effective.
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Wet bandana around the neck works for me.
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Try to avoid cotton clothing if you can -- it gets sweaty which causes the fibers to swell shut so the fabric doesn't breathe.
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Its serious issue during summer especially midday here in Florida. Besides the basics of being well hydrated and planning for ALLOT of water. I like long sleeve light weight quick dry, multiple sweat bands cut from a sham wow.

I have found on those long hot rides that I had better cool off and take breaks even though my muscles might not be fatigued. It reaches appoint where sweating is not cooling you and your building up heat. The senses become dulled and on a number of occasions I have pushed on only to put myself in danger and have headaches etc..

I buy white helmet s , on occasion I have pulled them off and wear a cap. Just be careful out there in those conditions and learn when you need to Slow down and take breaks..

I know a guy who broke his back because his senses were dulled from heat in the noon day sun but he peddled on and hit a stationary object at speed and flipped and landed on his head and compression fractured his back. Its called heat exhaustion and its different from regular exhaustion,
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I always wear my sunglasses!

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Dealing with the weather seems to be much easier in a "bad" climate like here in the UK. I've never suffered from heat in summer or cold in winter.
I have suffered from the heat in a desert; I had to find an acacia tree, sit down in the shade with my feet up and rest for 1/2 hr.
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Wear very close fitting wicking cycling clothing. The close fit greatly improves the effect of evaporation cooling by keeping the fabric, wet from sweat, in contact with the skin.
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Ride only in the shade.
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I found that by riding a lot in the heat and getting in better shape, I (a person who has never liked the heat) can handle ridi9ng on even 107*F days.

There's always a breeze when you ride.

Contrary to the current consensus of opinion, if you wear LOOSE clothing [Not baggy or anything...just not TIGHT) and especially stuff made of natural fibers, you WILL stay cooler!

Everything else is just gimmicks.
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You Live in Arizona, what did you expect summer in the Desert to Be like?

Buy a second home in someplace cooler , in the summer.
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Ride early in the morning or in the evening. Drink plenty of water and HTFU.
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Old 05-11-13, 01:51 PM   #19
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I drink plenty of my favorite cold drink, while riding.
I'm not sure I should be drinking that much alcohol while I ride. Ha!



Seriously, you're in AZ, plan on getting up early and drink a lot of water.
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I believe there isn't one kind of solution as it depends on the humidity level, wind, sun..
But i will trust what people in Africa have done for thousands of years which is to wear loose, white clothes.

White clothes allow to reflect light rays limiting the quantity of heat absorbed by clothes
Loose clothing allow good venting
I also heard that wearing tight clothes is possible if those clothes are dark and the temperature is lower than the body temperature + heat absorbed and if you are not under the sun as dark clothes will also absorbed the body heat which will allow to cool off
If you have access to water then fast wicking clothing could allow to cool off by increasing the evaporative cooling effect but as during summer humidity level is pretty high the effect is not as good as during winter

What i will say is to drink a lot of water, avoid direct sun rays, protect your head and neck from the sun and put an icepack on the neck, wear loose white clothing, take a cold bath, put your clothes in the freezer before going out, avoid warmer part of the day and avoid wide windy roads while you're still cool to stay cool. Once the cooling effect is gone then switch to windy roads as long as the temperature outside is lower than your body temperature or stay in narrower roads to use building's shadows to stay cool. I usually wear sandals or crocs during warmer days. A road bike during summer allows to spend less time under the sun and more wind to cool off but doesn't allow to protect and cool off the back of the neck very well.

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I found that by riding a lot in the heat and getting in better shape, I (a person who has never liked the heat) can handle ridi9ng on even 107*F days.

There's always a breeze when you ride.

Contrary to the current consensus of opinion, if you wear LOOSE clothing [Not baggy or anything...just not TIGHT) and especially stuff made of natural fibers, you WILL stay cooler!

Everything else is just gimmicks.
Agree that the only way to get used to riding in hot weather is to ride in hot weather.

Disagree that cotton will keep you cooler - my experience is that wicking polyester works much better for evaporative cooling.
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I believe there isn't one kind of solution as it depends on the humidity level, wind, sun..
But i will trust what people in Africa have done for thousands of years which is to wear loose, white clothes.
People in Africa learn not to exert themselves in the middle of the day regardless of loose white clothing. Not an option if one is looking to bike in the middle of an Arizona day.
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Wet bandana around the neck works for me.
Same principle but longer lasting are the neck bands containing water-absorbing beads:
http://www.water-sorb.com/polymer_cool_neck_bands.php
Give it an extended soak ahead of time and the beads inside swell up and hold lots of water which is then slowly released during your ride to keep your neck cool through evaporation of the moisture on the surface.
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When I lived in FL, I had to wear a work uniform for a job that was under a roof, but not indoors. The heat was pretty oppressive; so, I used the trick my old Army buddies told me about from Desert Storm: cotton cloth headwrap, soaked in water and tied on, doo-rag style, helps evap cooling through the top of the head. Worked for me (and then, the last month I lived there, JULY, my new boss wouldn't let me wear it in the shop -- OOOH, did I SWELTER!). Also, the excess cloth hung down over the neck for extra cover. I used an old T-shirt, cut into a large triangle. (Cut off the sleeves and collar, cut through the waist in back, and angle up each side to the front of the sleeve holes, and you have a large triangle that will tie round your head and fall down almost to your shoulder blades.)
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...best way to stay cool...
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