6 Tips for cycling in summer | Ride Safe

Cycling is a great way to get around during the summer. Not only is it a healthy way to exercise,
but it’s also a great way to avoid heat and traffic. However, there are a few things to keep in
mind when biking in the summer. Before you hit the road or the bush, take a look at our post
Bike condition
Before going out for a ride, it is important to check your bike. This means properly inflating your
tires, checking your brakes and chain and adjusting your saddle and handlebars.
A small investment of time in the maintenance of your bike will avoid problems and breakdowns
on your outings. You can find bicycle components in online stores or in bicycle shops in your
Dress for the heat
In summer, that means light, breathable fabrics. You may also consider wearing a bandana or
scarf to protect your neck from the sun. And don’t forget the sunscreen. Even if you don’t spend
a lot of time in the sun, it’s important to protect your skin from UV rays.
Rehydrate, rehydrate, rehydrate
When it’s hot, you sweat more, which means you need to drink more water. Carry a bottle of
water with you on all your outings and make sure you drink often, even if you’re not thirsty.
A good rule of thumb is to drink about a glass of water every 20 minutes of riding.
You can also add an electrolyte powder to your water bottle to help replenish the salt and
minerals you lose through sweat.
Eat before you ride a bike
It is important to eat before riding, especially in summer. Eating a light meal or snack will give
you energy and help you stay hydrated. Avoid sugary drinks and foods, as they can cause you
to lose water. Some good pre-pedal snacks include fruit, peanut butter on toast, or yogurt.
Take it easy
In summer, it is important to take things easy on your outings. Listen to your body. This means
going at a slower pace, taking more breaks, and avoiding strenuous hills.
It’s also important to start your walks first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon when it’s
cooler. If you go out during the midday sun, make sure you find some shade to rest.
Choose the right route
In summer, it is better to avoid routes with a lot of sun exposure. Look for routes that are mostly
in the shade, or plan your rides in the early morning or late afternoon, when for most of the ride.
These are just some tips to enjoy your bike in summer. With a little planning and preparation,
you can safely enjoy rides in hot weather.

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