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Old 06-07-07, 01:44 PM   #1
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Hot tips for the hot weather

It's 90F degrees here today...pretty hot for us, especially in June.

Does anybody have any good tips for dealing with cycling in the hot weather?

Those of us who are carfree or carlight often have to get out there and ride even in the hottest part of the day, so any suggestions will be welcome, I'm sure.

Also, remember that a lot of newbies lurk on this forum, so even simple tips will be useful to somebody out there.
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Old 06-07-07, 01:47 PM   #2
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http://www.polarbottle.com/

http://store.haloheadband.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y

These are the two things i wouldn't do without. Of course cool cycling apprppriate clothing as well.
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Drink lots of water/gatorade, wear sunscreen if you're going to be out riding all day.
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Hydration, apply sunscreen, proper cycle wear, frequent breaks to rest tired legs and to cool off, Gatorade to replenish lost electrolytes and pour water over your head once in awhile.
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I just went to Marshall's and got a bunch of sweat wicking shirts for 12-16 bucks apiece. Is Marshall's a national chain? Either way these thngs are like being naked except you dry faster. Also stopping for a minute then going helps build up some sweat then evaporate it really fast, which cools you off.


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Pedal as hard as you can to get out of the sun faster.

And if your of the opposite sex and attractive, wear less, I'd appreciate it...I mean it's the best thing for the heat.
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Sometimes I ride just fast enough to generate a cooling breeze but no faster.

Ride real slow for a few minutes before your final destination to help cool down, when I stop pedaling I start sweating.

Know the trees along your route. There are some routes I take at midday because I know the likely stops for traffic lights have shade trees off to the side. Sometimes I'll stop 50 or more feet back from the intersection just to avoid sitting in the direct sunlight.

When the traffic light is at the bottom of the hill I'll stop at the top to wait for the green for a gravity assist startup.
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It's 90F degrees here today...pretty hot for us, especially in June.

Does anybody have any good tips for dealing with cycling in the hot weather?

Those of us who are carfree or carlight often have to get out there and ride even in the hottest part of the day, so any suggestions will be welcome, I'm sure.

Also, remember that a lot of newbies lurk on this forum, so even simple tips will be useful to somebody out there.
First and foremost water, you need at least 1L(just over 1 US Qt) per hour, bike bottles tend to run from L - L, so if you don't have one of those water backpacks like a Camelbak(CB), know where you can replenish. What I often do, is carry a bike bottle of Gatorade, on longer rides (along with the CB) this allows me to mostly use water in the CB and still get a little salt and energy along the way. Problem with water, 1L weighs 1kg, this means on a 5 hour ride, your carrying 5kg or 11lbs of water. It may be easier to know where there are stores along the way, and carry cash. If you mountain or trail ride, carry some of those water treatment pills and a filter, so that you can use trailside water supplies. Many modern filters have treatment built in, they are not cheap though.

Now, there is a problem with bottled water, it's packaged in plastic, the plastic contains all kinds of toxic chemicals, some of these can leach into the water, typically if it's in there for a few hours, the amount of chemicals leaching into the water, is very tiny, your 5 year old bike bottle, probably doesn't leach at all anymore. However bottled water can sit in the fresh plastic for months, so the amount of leachate can be very high.
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Sometimes I ride just fast enough to generate a cooling breeze but no faster.

Ride real slow for a few minutes before your final destination to help cool down, when I stop pedaling I start sweating.

Know the trees along your route. There are some routes I take at midday because I know the likely stops for traffic lights have shade trees off to the side. Sometimes I'll stop 50 or more feet back from the intersection just to avoid sitting in the direct sunlight.

When the traffic light is at the bottom of the hill I'll stop at the top to wait for the green for a gravity assist startup.
I think you are sweating its just evaporating in the wind as fast as you can sweat.
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Now, there is a problem with bottled water, it's packaged in plastic, the plastic contains all kinds of toxic chemicals, some of these can leach into the water, typically if it's in there for a few hours, the amount of chemicals leaching into the water, is very tiny, your 5 year old bike bottle, probably doesn't leach at all anymore. However bottled water can sit in the fresh plastic for months, so the amount of leachate can be very high.
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Throw an extra shirt in your bag if you want to look "normal" when you get where you're going. A hat too, to cover your helmat hair.
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I just always carry a change of clothes. It bulks up my bag a little more, but it beats sitting around soaked at school or work. I also have learned to carry a bottle of sunscreen with me, not just put it on in the morning before I go. By evening, evidently, it sweats or rubs off of you (I think they're usually only good for 6 hours max anyway, aren't they?).
I do my best to get any heavy riding done earlier in the day and I'm also finding that the fitter I get (I think someone already cited fitness as being helpful) the less I care what conditions I'm riding in.
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Do longsleeve wicking shirts keep you cooler than shortsleeve, if the sun is beating down on you?
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Do longsleeve wicking shirts keep you cooler than shortsleeve, if the sun is beating down on you?
IMHO yes. I work outside and wear long sleeved shirts year round. I usually wear cotton rather than wicking but that is my personal preference.

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On the weekend or days off work, leave as early in the morning as you can. Try to get back before noon. Eat a light lunch and have a nap after. Then, if you have something else to do, save it for after 6:00pm
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This should get you started http://www.mindfully.org/Plastic/Pla...t-PG5nov03.htm
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Thanks for providing the source of your info. mindfully.org is quite the site for a certain type of info. I found the article on the home page explaining the site and the Real Reason why the WTC fell even "better" reading! And just as unbiased/agenda free. Again thanks but I think I will still keep refilling my 1 liter water bottles with water and a couple caps of condensed lime juice; and sleep well at night.
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I oppose drinking bottled water. All of those plastic bottles are an ecological disaster, and study after study has shown that it is not healthier than tap water, and it can be as much as 10,000 times more expensive.

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92 is about as hot as I can tolerate. After getting heat exhaustion last year, I now take a camelbak. But, my usual response is to leave like at 6:30 am and back by 10 at the latest. Or ride at night.
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I oppose drinking bottled water.
I reuse and refill my PET plastic bottles with tap water and concentrated lime juice. You opposed to that too?
BTW, how do you carry water while cycling?
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I reuse and refill my PET plastic bottles with tap water and concentrated lime juice. You opposed to that too?
How many times can they be refilled before you have to go out and buy some more? Wouldn't it be more practical to just use a permanent plastic or metal water bottle?
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I just use one of these:

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How many times can they be refilled before you have to go out and buy some more? Wouldn't it be more practical to just use a permanent plastic or metal water bottle?
About 6 months of daily refilling. Costs 50 each with water. Investment: $2.00/year to have two bottles available at all times.

No, it would not be more practical for me to use/refill off-tasting, smelly "permanent" plastic bottles or expensive, heavier metal bottles.
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I just use one of these:

What's the largest size? At what cost?
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