Summer is here! For some, that’s a relief, but for others, it’s a challenge. And we dare say that most cyclists fit into the latter category. Cycling in hot weather is hard work, but it is also very rewarding. More importantly, summer is a pretty long affair here in Queensland. So we don’t exactly have the luxury of taking a break from cycling altogether. That’s why we have put together a list of our best tips for cycling in hot weather.
Cycling in hot weather often causes dehydration, so keep a drink bottle
We are kicking things off with our most important tip: stay hydrated! We really can’t emphasise the importance of this enough. Cycling is a tough sport at the best of times, so hydration is always an issue. But in the depths of a Queensland summer, you can very easily become dehydrated before you even get on the bike. Luckily, the solution is easy: drink lots of water before you go and keep a water bottle on hand at all times.
Sometimes, cycling in hot weather can take it’s toll – try sticking to mornings and evenings instead
Cycling in hot weather is one thing, but some days are simply too hot. When the temperature gets over 35 degrees Celsius, it’s going to be especially hard to keep your fluids up and your body temperature down. So it’s probably best to avoid cycling at those times altogether. Our advice, on those extra hot days, is to cycle in the morning or later afternoon. This will help you avoid the midday heat, and ultimately get more out of your ride.
If you are cycling in hot weather this summer, you need to dress for it!
Cycling in hot weather means dressing for the occasion. Your winter outfit probably won’t offer sufficient ventilation for you in the heat of summer. So we recommend that you get into your local bike shop and check out their range of apparel for cycling in hot weather. You would be surprised how much difference it can make!
Sunburn is always a risk when cycling in hot weather, so don’t forget the sunscreen
Sunburn is one of the biggest risks you face when cycling in hot weather. In fact, it is second only to dehydration. And sunburn is not something you should take lightly! It can increase your risk of skin cancer and hasten the rate at which you dehydrate. Fortunately, it also has a very simple solution: sunscreen. Applying sunscreen before cycling in hot weather will help protect your skin from the savage summer sun!
Your eyes can also feel the effects of cycling in hot weather – bring some sunglasses!
In the same way that the sun can damage your skin, it can also damage your eyes. That’s where cycling sunglasses come into the picture. Getting a good pair of sunglasses from your local bike shop will place you in a very good position for cycling in hot weather. So give it a go!
Plan your route: cycling in hot weather will be easier without the hills
The common theme in all of our tips for cycling in hot weather is planning. Whether you are planning your water intake, or your clothing, planning is invaluable for summer cycling. And so is planning your route. Avoiding the extra gruelling routes will help you maintain a healthy condition when cycling in hot weather.
Finally, make sure you don’t exceed your capabilities when cycling in hot weather
That leads us very nicely into our final tip for cycling in hot weather: don’t exceed your capabilities! You know better than anyone what you’re capable of. So listen to your body and make sure you aren’t pushing yourself too hard. Cycling is great, but it’s not worth risking heat stroke for a ride.
For all your bike needs, get in touch with Hoffy Cycles today on (07) 3269 1213.