By Talya Adams
This weekend I found myself out at Venice Beach, as I often do during the summer season. I headed to the coast at a later time than usual, and it did not disappoint as far as heavy traffic and temperamental drivers go; both were present. However, what did surprise me was the number of motorcyclists I saw on my journey wearing shorts and t-shirts on their bikes.
I’ve always had a rational fear of losing a layer of skin, as road rash stories abound, and none are pleasant. Aside from the excruciating pain, the fact that your skin will never look the same has always stuck in my brain. It’s for this reason, I force myself to put on all my protective gear, no matter how hot it gets in the summer.
With this being the case, over the years I’ve discovered some fail proof ways to keep myself cool during the scorching summer months. Below, are my top 3 summer comfort tips to beat the heat:
Give the solid leathers a rest during the summer. They block air, and will have you boiling in under five minutes when the temperature reaches the nineties. Instead, invest in some perforated leather or jackets and pants with a mesh panel. While you’re at it, make sure your helmet has multiple air ventilation passages.
You want to make sure air is penetrating your gear at all times to keep your body from over heating.
Avoid sun peak hours
Have an idea of what time of day the sun is at it’s strongest, or when the weather will be at it’s highest temperatures. This is easy enough to find out utilizing your phone’s weather app, or looking up the information on the internet.
If you have a lot of errands to run, do them early in the day. That’s typically when the weather is still manageable, or if you can’t get everything done before noon, aim for the evening.
The hottest time of day is usually between noon and 5pm. Remember, days are longer in the summer, so even though the sun will still be out after 5pm, it won’t be as hot as the peak hours.
I gained an appreciation for night rides a few years ago because the sun was just too much some days.
Double insulated water bottle (with ice)
This might be my favorite tip. Fill a double insulated water bottle with ice cubes and then add water. Drink a good amount before your ride, and then throw it in your backpack.
When you reach your destination, you’ve still got an ice cold refreshment on you to cool you down to help prevent overheating. Some electrolytes of your favorite variety might be a good addition as well.
Give these comfort summer tips a try and let me know what you think! Also, if you have some tried and proven hacks for staying cool in the summer, share them here.
Stay safe in these streets!