July 10, 2015
When you're bicycle touring in July, pretty much everywhere, it's gonna be hot. How can you beat the heat this summer, and have a successful ride? By following some or all of these tips, that's how!
There's no way around it, you've got to stay hydrated in the heat. Carry plenty of water, and try and drink regularly. I generally aim to drink a water bottle per hour in the summer.
It's cooler in the mountains, assuming they aren't on fire. When summer rolls around, think about planning some trips in the high country, especially if you can hit some cold alpine lakes along the way.
Don't pass up a perfectly good ice cream stop. It has the calories you need for a big day of riding, and can help drop your core temperature down in a hurry. Oh yeah, and all touring cyclists that visit our headquarters in Missoula, Montana get free ice cream!
You spent all day battling the heat on the bike, don't let up your guard off the bike. Setup camp in the shade so you can relax and recover comfortably.
I'm not a morning person by nature, but when touring in the summer, I will absolutely wake up at the crack of dawn to get an early start on the road. Not only are the temperatures cooler, but often the wind is less intense as well.
Whether this means lathering up in sunscreen, or covering up in lightweight apparel, you don't want to get burnt out there. Aside from being painful, sun burns will dehydrate you in a hurry and zap your energy.
Those are some of my methods. What do you do to stay cool in the summer?
Photos by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling’s member services department. It appears once each month, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and offering advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh’s “Fine Tuned” column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.