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Old 06-19-15, 07:35 PM
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Thanks 4 the link & testimonial Short Cut!

Personally, I can't use any anti-persperant products, I have reactions to the aluminum based compositions, have had to have surgery several times from cysts that developed in my underarms. Sucks being a heavy sweater .... I often shower several times a day when active or out in the heat
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My sister is allergic to all deodorants, so she uses hand sanitizer gel in her pits a couple times a day.

Can you use something like Gold Bond powder? That might help a little bit.

For anyone else who reads the thread looking for a sweating solution, the Certain Dri really helps but I found that I would sweat more somewhere else to compensate for it. The reason I said that if you were suddenly sweating a lot more than usual doing the same activity in the same weather then a checkup might be good is that is how my diabetes was diagnosed. I went to the doctor because I was suddenly sweating buckets any time I did anything, and they did blood tests and diagnosed the diabetes. Once I was on meds for it and eating the right way and my sugar was under control, my excess sweating went away.
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Old 06-20-15, 05:29 AM
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I do not use any kind of anti perspirant either. Mid to late 20's age it just started tearing my pits up so I switched to deodorant, old spice rips me up but Axe has been fine for me so far.
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Old 06-20-15, 05:32 AM
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I do not use any kind of anti perspirant either. Mid to late 20's age it just started tearing my pits up so I switched to deodorant, old spice rips me up but Axe has been fine for me so far.Judi I recently started on 25mcg of generic synthroid and it seems like I am sweating a whole lot more. My free T4 was fine but my TSH was high normal and I have some hypothyroid symptoms so Dr agreed to treat it for 90 days and see how that goes :-)
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I do not use any kind of anti perspirant either. Mid to late 20's age it just started tearing my pits up so I switched to deodorant, old spice rips me up but Axe has been fine for me so far.
I can't use anti perspirant either. Like you, I have to be careful about which deodorants I can use as a number of them will give me a rash. I've found a few that don't bother me and I keep some in strategic locations (like at my work place).
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Old 06-21-15, 03:36 AM
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Well You are not alone. I have been riding to work and not a dry spot is left when i arrive...the rider who said he leaves a trail would be describing me as well. I shower after arriving at work...ride home after and shower again. I had the same condition even when I was 200 lbs and ran 5 miles a day while serving in the Marine Corps. I purchased some helmet liners to keep sweat at bay from my glasses and they work pretty well.
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Old 06-21-15, 06:50 AM
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On top of being an excessive sweater, I am also a salty sweater (agh! the burning in my eyes!!). Thanks, genes....

Went out for a ride in 97% relative humidity yesterday, and soaked through every piece of clothing I was wearing, including socks. I feel your pain!

Just remember to bring more water than you think you'll need.
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I ditched the antiperspirants about a decade ago. I realized that sweating is exactly what the body should be doing, so using a chemical to stop it was probably a bad idea. That said, I still use deodorants, as stinking is not required for good health. I use the Dove brand stuff and my pits have been rash free ever since. Plus they smell nice. Even the missus agrees!
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Old 07-17-15, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Light View Post
I'm 6'4, 235lbs, 59, with an average ride of 14-15 miles at a 14mph pace on a hybrid bike 5-6 times a week for the last 4 months. I've always been a 'heavy sweater' with any physical activity, but I'm frankly dripping buckets after 20 minutes, to the point I'm starting to wonder if this is healthy or I'm over exerting as I watch sweat dripping from my helmet, running down my glasses, dripping on my legs, bike frame, etc. Of course when I finish it's 20x worse as I cool down. Living in the heat & humidity of Houston sure isn't helping. Sweat is a good thing of course, but is excessive sweat like this something I should be concerned about?
Wear a headband, and be sure to wear quick drying lightweight clothing. No cotton.

Cycling will make you sweat, but the wind will evaporate it away if you are wearing the right clothes. Head sweat is always a problem however. Hence the need for a head band.
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Old 07-18-15, 08:04 AM
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They key part of staying hydrated for anyone is electrolytes. ESPECIALLY for us heavy sweaters! I sweat out a bit of salt, so I have to replace that, too...

Personally, I sweat more when I was over 200 (Was up near 240 at one point). However, even at 166 and in pretty good shape, you bet I still sweat! Not as much and not as easily but still more than most.

I highly reccomend Hammer Nutrition Endurolytes Fizz tablets for your water bottle! They provide all the stuff that gatorade or powerade has, but no sugar or calories, and a lighter flavor (depending how many tablets you add). I use one on every ride, and when its over 80 or humid, I'll drop 2 in. They come in a nice tightly sealed tube, so you can keep them in your jersey pocket for when you re-fill on a HOT and LONG ride.

There are other products, that do the same thing, but I'm very happy with the Hammer version. Lemon Lime especially!

Another +1 on Halo headbands. I have the do-rag and the headband, headband is good for indoor (rollers) and since I have thinning hair, the do-rag is best for outdoors Keeps sweat/salt out of my eyes.

Another thing is quality bike jerseys. I LOVE older Primal Wear that were coolmax. I feel very dry in those. Gets the excess sweat off the body and allows air to circulate and cool you.

And as they told is in boyscouts at summer camp... "Drink enough water to pee clearly!" Yep!
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Old 07-18-15, 12:43 PM
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Hot and humid on my 50-mile ride today. A few tricks: douse water on my head every hour, including when I started out. Wear a headband. Drink lots of water--I drank 3 quarts, one an hour. Take along some salts and other supplements--I use Emergen-C, it has everything I need--use them every hour.
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Old 07-20-15, 01:22 PM
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Some people are salty sweaters too, they need more electrolytes than normal sweaters :-). Having it run off in buckets might be better than having it evaporate leaving salt behind that all dissolves when you cool down, dripping into your eyes and burning like %#£¥€
That's why I use the Halo headbands...my sweat is super salty. I've got it crusted on my helmet straps. When I really push it then it's dried on the front of my jersey. When I take my post-ride shower I taste it when I rinse my hair. I think of it as the taste of the tears of the vanquished.
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Old 07-22-15, 08:46 AM
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I am somehow an ammonia sweater. Sometimes after a long or hard ride, I (I guess my sweat) smells like ammonia. Not super-strong, but definitely there. I tried looking up some stuff, didn't find anything definitive, but there were some suggestions that an ammonia smell is an indication that I didn't hydrate enough. Anybody else experience an ammonia smell?
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I am somehow an ammonia sweater. Sometimes after a long or hard ride, I (I guess my sweat) smells like ammonia. Not super-strong, but definitely there. I tried looking up some stuff, didn't find anything definitive, but there were some suggestions that an ammonia smell is an indication that I didn't hydrate enough. Anybody else experience an ammonia smell?
Not during sweating, but my sweat seems to degenerate into that smell. Like, if my bibs sit a few days before washing I sometimes wonder if the cat peed on them.
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Old 07-22-15, 10:25 AM
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Houston humidity makes a huge difference. I can sweat through a shirt in minutes just sitting still here in htown in high summer. It's got nowhere to go. Drink drink drink salts salts salts. That's all you can do. Carry a change of clothes for the end of the ride to help prevent any chafing from the excess moisture from turning into rash/infection and GET OUT OF THOSE SHORTS/BIBS asap. Speaking from experience that you don't want. Its a whole different struggle in the humidity of july/august than it is the rest of the year.
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i dehydrate easily, and that causes gout flare ups...😡
old thread, I know, but I've been keeping my gout at bay for well over a year without meds and felt the need to share again, I drink lemon juice in my water. 3-6 lemons a day and plenty of water
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A medical solution for those suffering axillary hyperhidrosis: miraDry ® | Miramar Labs
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i have actually had darker than #8 a few times after drinking heavily,then sleeping it off, is there extra points if the urine fizzes ?? Because it did.
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Old 04-13-16, 06:59 AM
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Heavy sweater here as well.

I ride 2 hours, drink two 24 oz bottles, another 18 oz bottle when I get back to the car, fill up 18 oz at home and chug that down, and still won't have to "go" for about 4 hours.

At less than 40° with just a long sleeve wicking shirt and basically a wind breaker jacket, I'm soaked with sweat. About half an hour into a ride at under 40° I have the jacket unzipped 3/4 way. At 50°, I'm in shorts and wicking t-shirt while everyone else is creating threads on BF about what arm warmers and leg warmers to get and how to layer because it's below 65°.
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Story of my bike ride....

I have this exactly same problem. It gets really hard to deal with how much I'm sweating this in humid land of the Everglades in South Florida. Excessive sweating isn't even covering the entire statement. Sometimes I feel like I'm melting. I actually would strongly suggest looking into deodorants with aluminum chloride. I would find one with a low prescription strength of aluminum, something like Certain Dri. It will help keep the flood gates at bay even with the humidity. My uncontrollable sweating has stopped me from pushing myself further and it should be as least controlled. I hope you find something that helps you, and even though you don't have hyperhidrosis like I do, Certain Dri can still let you have a "not as sweaty" bike ride. Good luck.
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Shortly after my post there on the 13th of April, that Saturday I did my longest ride to date with a group of friends. we rode 65 miles with my previous longest being 36 miles. It was a high of 74*°, unusually warm for that time of year.

Started out I knew there would be one place to grab water for nothing. I drank two 24 ounce bottles by the time we arrived at the pumphouse. There, I chugged down 2 fills of a 24 oz bottle and refilled for moving along after the stop. I drained both bottles again by the lunch stop. At lunch I drank three 12 oz glasses of iced tea and had my bottles refilled. Again, both drank by the time we reached the pumphouse and I downed 2 fills of a bottle there. Refilled and 2 bottles drank on the way back to the start. During that time after the lunch stop, I drank my 12 oz Gatorade. When I got back to the car, I had a 36 oz bottle I left in there frozen. I downed this down as I loaded the bike into the back of the car.

65 miles, only a nice cool 74° with low spring time humidity, 9:45 hour day with 5:22 hours of riding time (lunch service was ridiculously slow) and I drank a total of 360 ounces of fluids. 2.8 gallons.


Now just this past Sunday, I carried my two 24 oz bottles, the 36 oz bottle, and two 12 oz Gatorades. I drank 2 glasses of iced tea and a glass of water at our lunch stop. There was nowhere to get water, it was along a river trail with no stores around or places to get water. Again, about 65 miles (this is now a normal weekend ride with a group of friends) and this time it was 90°+ and humidity was 85% or better. My clothes probably weighed several pounds with the sweat saturated in them. I ran out of water with about 10 miles left. By the time I got to the car, my arms were dry and the skin was feeling chilled. I was dehydrated. The last few miles I was getting nauseous. Thought I was going to throw up at any time. Also any time we stopped during this last 10 miles (there were porta johns which others used, just no where to get water) as soon as we stopped, I could feel a blasting heat rising up into my head. I don't know how to carry more water than that with 1 bottle cage and a trunk bag filled with liquids. If the weather doesn't cool down soon, I won't be able to go on these rides any more unless I can map out locations to get water.
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no one mentioned bananas. I take one along on every ride in the summer.
If you ride in the hill country, roadside peach stands are automatic stops. Nothing tastes better than a fresh peach after 30 miles of sweat.

A couple of years ago, my friends were training to climb Donner pass. We rode Luchenbach across the Muesebach Ck divide to the top of the Guadalupe/Pedernales divide (OTWMA) down to Waring - and back. 2800' climb over 38 mi, 4000 calories, and 100 oz. sweat in the TX summer.

Ditto on the Halo sweatband, and pack a small towel or washcloth.

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I don't know how to carry more water than that with 1 bottle cage and a trunk bag filled with liquids. If the weather doesn't cool down soon, I won't be able to go on these rides any more unless I can map out locations to get water.
Can you not install a second water bottle cage? For really long rides, I pop in as second cage a Topeak Modula XL, which can carry up to a 1.5L=50oz bottle. They're not super common, but if you go to the grocery store in the water or soda section, you should be able to find something sold in a 1.5L bottle.

You could also maybe look into an extra-large capacity camelbak etc.
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Can you not install a second water bottle cage? For really long rides, I pop in as second cage a Topeak Modula XL, which can carry up to a 1.5L=50oz bottle. They're not super common, but if you go to the grocery store in the water or soda section, you should be able to find something sold in a 1.5L bottle.

You could also maybe look into an extra-large capacity camelbak etc.
No second bottle cage. It's a Giant hybrid in small size. No room on the seat tube.

I don't think I would enjoy carrying the weight of the camelback on my person for such an extended period of time.
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There are a lot of good bar-bag options that double as an extra bottle holder, like this Randi-Jo bartender (we have one on each bike)

easier to find are Revelate Mountain Feedbag and JandD bottle bag.

This bike has two water bottle cages, the bag on the rear rack carries a 25-oz thermos, add a bar bag and it carries 100 oz, even without the rando bag.

(the rando bag will carry a small watermelon)

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