Now that the weather is warm, it is the perfect opportunity to ride your bike. Nothing is better than cycling in the beautiful Colorado summertime. With the perfect scenery and the wind in your face, it feels like you are unstoppable.
Unfortunately, riding your bicycle in the summer comes with some unique risks. With the high temperatures and traffic, you may be at risk of dehydration or getting into a car-bike collision. Here are some tips for promoting your well-being while cycling in the hot weather:
1. Hydrate properly
Do not assume you can just wait until your ride is over to chug some water. You should take some sports drinks with you on your ride. The electrolytes will help your body retain the fluid you are consuming. If you know you have a big ride coming up, eat more fruits and vegetables in the days leading up to it. Consuming more grapes and watermelons will do wonders for your hydration.
2. Take it a little easier
You will not be able to power through your trips at the same velocity you do in cooler weather. If you attempt to go as fast and far as you normally do, you may find yourself toppling over from exhaustion. Do not try to ride with the same power or pace you would in milder temperatures.
3. Ride defensively
You should always practice defensive riding techniques, but it is even more important in the summer. More cars, motorcycles and other bicycles will be out on the roads, meaning there is more congestion and a higher likelihood of a collision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, you should follow these safety tips:
- Assume drivers and other cyclists do not see you
- Anticipate situations and hazards such as potholes, pebbles and train tracks
- Ride with the flow of traffic
If you adopt these safety guidelines this summer, you will be a safer cyclist.