Let’s Talk About Riding in the Heat

15
Aug
2012

Give us your tips, suggestions, and comments about everything involved with cycling in the heat.  It’s August, and in many parts of the World it is smoking hot right now, so “Let’s Talk” about this subject and once again this post will be built by you.

Have a look at this quick little video going over this month’s “Let’s Talk” topic, or just skip on down to the comments section and tell us what’s on your mind.

Then tell us all you can about riding your bike in hot temperatures including pre-ride, on the ride, post-ride, and everything else.

Riding in the Heat Podcast

Here is more information on riding in the heat from our Cycling 360 Podcast (see player below).  It includes more information on riding in the heat including warning signs for heat stroke and dehydration, plus much more information on how to deal with riding your bike in hot temperatures.

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12 Responses to “ Let’s Talk About Riding in the Heat ”

  1. Michael Shinosky on August 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    The best way to beat the heat? Ride at night!!!

  2. Shawn McAfee on August 15, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Great topic Darryl!

    Personally, when it gets this hot I just duck into some trees! Gotta love mountain biking.

    Other than that, I try to keep my mid-day road rides short, under 1 hour and I’m good. If at all possible I ride at sun-up or sun-down to avoid the mid day scorching.

  3. Bill on August 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I just finished listening to that podcast on riding in heat. It’s really good. I’ll need to go listen to some of the other podcasts you did also. I agree with the people who said hydration is the most important for riding in heat.

  4. BobRidesABike on August 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    After riding RAGBRAI last month (95-108 temps early in the week w/ 70-100+ mi/day), I say: “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” You cannot drink enough water and other drinks when it’s stinking hot. Also be sure to eat – keep your body fueled! And don’t be afraid to stop and rest in the shade. The remaining miles will still be there. And unless you have a number pinned to your jersey, it’s not a race, is it?

  5. Anthony Lussier on August 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Battling the heat is tough. You want to get your ride in early but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. I definitely need something other than just water to replenish glycogen cause once I start sweating in this heat my energy gets zapped quickly. As Melinda stated below I leave early in the morning as well but the ride home can easily hit 95 right now with the sun at my back. I try to be a minimalist as much as possible and not carry to much, like a backpack or anything to allow as much air as possible to flow through my jersey. The biggest thing I do before a hot ride his hydrate, hydrate, hydrate the day before I know I’m getting a long ride in.

  6. Melinda on August 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I can’t speak for myself, but my husband has been cyclommuting back and forth to work, about 15 miles one way. He leaves for work around 5:30, so it’s not been too hot at that time. When he leaves the office, he is carrying a Camelbak full of water. During the heatwave in July, he just took his time getting back home. Once he gets back, we have ice cold water ready for him. He takes as long as he needs to cool off and then he grabs a shower. He seems to have handled the heat okay.

  7. Jake on August 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    If it is really hot I don’t go out for more than an hour and a half. I find that I get way too overheated when I go for longer on a hot day.

  8. Ben on August 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I really don’t mind the heat but it helps if you can get out early and stay hydrated.

  9. Mark Beaconsfield on August 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Its the middle of winter here, I wish I had a little heat to ride in. Hydration is important at any time of the year. Freezing water bottles is great, also timing your rides to avoid the middle of the day when it is usually hottest. I know that a lot of people want to train and push themselves to the limit, but sometimes stopping and taking a 5 minute break in a shady spot helps.

  10. Geraberl on August 15, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Probably known to many riders, but a tip I was given lately that has really worked for me is to half fill ones water bottles and stick them in the freezer over night then top them up before the ride. Works even better and lasts longer if you have the insulated bottles like the Camelbak Podium Chills etc. I have found that even on rides of about 1.5-2 hours I still have ice cold liquids on hand to help slake the thirst even on the hottest days. Great to be able to splash some through the helmet too en route, I just have to make sure it’s not the bottle with the Accelerade in though! ;) However you must make sure to only half fill the bottles and put them in the freezer with the tops off to allow the ice to expand inside and not damage them.

    • Melinda on August 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Also, try tilting the bottles so that all of the ice isn’t in the bottom half. It keeps the water near the top cooler.

  11. Julie Starling on August 15, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Ride early. I use two Klean Kanteen Insulated 20 oz. water bottles so I can keep the water icy. I usually add a fruity herbal tea and stevia or a Nuun to first one to give me some electrolytes.

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