By Talya Adams
Is it hot, or is it just me? As we move further into summer, the temperatures will continue to rise. At the moment, the hot days have not been too consistent. However, this is beginning to change as I’ve recently finished up a long ride in hot conditions. Not to worry, I followed my three go-to methods and had a fantastic ride.
My three essentials this summer for staying cool include:
1. Breathable riding gear
2. Water. Water. Water.
These three simple things will ensure you remain cool and comfortable during your rides this summer.
Let’s kick things off by going over riding gear. As the cooler days seem to last a bit longer this year, you may still be wearing your leather jacket. There are a few options for cooler gear on if you want to expand your selection. I recommend a perforated leather jacket and pants, or if heat is a huge concern, gear with mesh panels can help keep you cool. The breathable ventilation will feel like a godsend during the hot days.
If your helmet doesn’t already have a number of air vents, make sure to get one. Unfortunately a well designed (and ventilated) helmet can cost more, but a cool head is more than worth it! Head on over and see which helmet, and other products fit your budget.
Next, let’s get into water. It’s only lifesaving, am I right? I try to drink at least eight ounces of water before I head out on my rides. I also pack a double ventilated water bottle with ice cubes to have with me as well. Nothing like an ice-cold refresher when I pull over for a rest or lunch. Finally, I down another eight ounces when I get home. I’ve discovered that drinking water consistently throughout the day is essential for a good ride.
Lastly, the time of day you head out on your rides this summer will be critical. If you can avoid the middle of the day rides, do. I ‘m a big advocate of early morning trips. You beat the harsh sun, and traffic. I also encourage riders to give night rides a shot. I don’t suggest riding through the canyons, but a trip up the PCH isn’t half bad after the sun has set for the day.
Give my tips a try and experience the benefits as you beat the heat this summer.
Stay safe in these streets!