CALIFORNIA - THE SUnshine STATE. #RIDEAGAINSTTHESUN
We all know how difficult it can be to ride in the blistering California sun on those long summer days. We often find ourselves admiring the hardcore cyclists on the road, in the middle of the day, keeping up with the cars in 95+ degree weather.
Sounds like a complete nightmare.
But fear not! There are a few ways to ride against the sun easily, safely, and comfortable. Here are a few tips to keep yourself cool in the extreme sun of summer, so that you can pedal your way to a healthier lifestyle (or whatever you're pedaling for).
Get used to it.
The sun isn't going away - not for a very, very long time at least. In California, this has been proven most evidently in recent years, what with the passed drought, heatwaves, and all that nasty stuff. The last thing that you should be telling yourself in the summer is "I'll wait until it cools down, then I'll get back to riding!"
But it won't cool down for at least another half a year. We all know that.
The best thing that you can do is just get used to it. You can adjust your riding schedule to avoid the heat (biking in the early mornings, or later at night) or you can just expose yourself to more heat, and see how much you can take.
A good way to accomplish this is Hot Yoga, or turning off the AC in your house for a few hours (you'll save a little bit of $$ in the long run, so that's an added bonus).
Overheating has no health benefits, and the last thing you want to be is in the middle of a bike path on a hot summer day on the side of the road, miles away from your car, panting from the heat. Trust us, it's not fun.
A great way to stay cool in the summer is to pour water on yourself. Except... what about when the sun evaporates the water?
California Bike Gear actually has a great solution for that. Our Kooling Towels are perfect to dip in ice-water, then wrap around your head or neck - or any place near a major artery, as that is the place that will cool your blood and circulate it around your body the most. The goal is to keep your core temperature down as much as possible so that you can focus on your ride.
From the sun, we mean.
Perhaps the most import factor in riding in the California sun is protecting yourself from the negative effects of too much over-exposure to UV rays from the sun. Glob some sunscreen all over the parts of your body that are not already covered by your jersey (we have got some awesome handheld, portable suncreen containers on carabiners available here, you can even put your logo on them and pass them out at bike races, conventions, etc.).
But protecting your eyes is just as important as making sure your skin doesn't turn into beef jerky.
Get yourself a nice pair of 100% UV sunglasses - because right now, the future of your ride is looking bright, and you've got to wear shades.
Right next to keeping your skin and eyes protected from the harmful effects of overexposure to the sun, you should focus on staying hydrated as much as possible. Get yourself a decent biking water bottle (our 28oz Classic Water Bottle is perfect for riding, as it has a notch in the bottle that makes attaching it to a lanyard rope or your bike frame easy) and remember to drink as often as possible and refill whenever you can.
Our bottles are perfect for customization, as they can be ordered blank so that you can give them out at tradeshows, events, or just get-togethers with your friends.
Also, make sure to spike your water consumption levels a couple of days before you plan to go on a ride. The added boost of water in your system will stay there, and can keep you hydrated even in-between chugging cold water from our 28oz Classic.
What are some tips you use? #RIDEAGAINSTTHESUN
We know how we keep cool in California. How do you do it? What are your tips and tricks to staying cool? Let us know in the comments section, or on facebook/twitter/instagram with #RIDEAGAINSTTHESUN