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How to Ride a Bike in Hot Weather

Learn how to ride a bike in hot weather from racer Alexander Barouh in this Howcast road cycling video.

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Riding your bike in hot weather can also be a really big challenge. What you want to do is make sure you have a really light kit, something that breathes well. You want to be able to have a kit that you can completely zip open and vent as much as possible. In addition to that, you want to be consistently drinking water. You want to be drinking water at least once every 15 minutes. Probably more than that. The great thing to do is to prepare for your ride. You want to start hydrating hours before. You want to be continuously drinking water, Gatorade, eating fruit making sure you have a lot of electrolytes in your system, also eating a little bit of salt. Which is going to retain the water in your system. A really good tip for riding in the heat is actually pouring colder water on yourself. When you stop after a long ride, you buy a bottle of water, put a little bit on your head, put a little bit on your back, it makes a big difference. A lot of racers grab a Ziploc bag, put a few ice cubes in it and put it in between their jersey and their back, keeping them cool for about an hour or so. Heat definitely has an effect on bike racers. Some people deal with it a little bit better. You definitely want to learn how your own body reacts to the heat and act accordingly. Whether you want to hydrate more or just avoid really, really hot days or slowly acclimate yourself to that sort of heat. And those are some things to keep in mind when riding your bike in really hot weather.

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