The summer is heating up! It’s not only important for cyclist to be safe around motorists and pedestrians but also during the hot summer months. Protecting yourself from extreme heat during the summer can improve your safety and prevent heat-related illnesses.
Here’s some tips for biking safety during the hot summer months:
- Look the part. Wearing technical cycling clothing may save you from a heatstroke. The fabrics in these garments help you to stay cool and sweat-free.
- Hydrate! Drinking water before, during, and after your ride will prevent heat exhaustion. Don’t drink too much water! Make sure to drink small amounts of water periodically throughout your ride to ensure you’re hydrated.
- Heat acclimation. Practice riding during cooler times of the days. Gradually build up your intensity and volume. Then practice riding during hotter times of the day. This gradual build will help your body acclimate to the hot summer days.
- Watch the road. During rainy days and winter, the roads may develop potholes. Watch out of uneven tarmac or tarmac that has become sticky or slippery due to the heat.
- Wear sunscreen. Even when riding in the mornings when there’s less sun, it’s essential to wear sunscreen. Long exposure to the sun may increase the risk of skin cancer. Cover all exposed parts of your body thoroughly. Don’t forget to re-apply if necessary!
- Recovery. When you’re done with your ride, take a cold shower or bath to help cool down your body, relax your muscles, and wash off any excess dirt accumulated during your ride.
These tips should help you to stay safe while biking in the heat. Be sure to familiarize yourself with other more general biking safety tips to make your biking adventures safe! For future updates on our blog, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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