Top Tips to Ride Cool in the Fresno Heat
Riding in Fresno is great since our weather is fairly mild throughout most of the year, but with the end of another perfect spring comes the notorious triple-digit Fresno summer.
With the thick summer heat barging in during June and not budging until October, it’s important for all Valley bicyclists to keep the following tips in mind when riding:
- Protect yourself from sunlight and sweat! Make sure you’re wearing something to protect your head and eyes. Try a hat/helmet and sunglasses. You can also try putting on a headband under your helmet against your forehead to keep sweat from getting into your eyes.
Use a sunscreen with a 45 SPF to protect your skin against dangerous UV rays throughout the year, but try one of the brands that offer them as cooling mists. It sticks better to your skin and cools off better than the lotions that can get messy when you sweat.
- Freeze your water bottles before you head out to keep your drink colder, longer.
- Speaking of water- STAY HYDRATED! This goes for everyone this summer, not just bicyclists. Make sure to drink enough throughout the day to prevent heat exhaustion.
- Invest in proper clothing that come made with breathable fabrics. This type of fabric allows your sweat to dry up faster and can provide your skin some relief. According to this great article from Healthy Living (http://healthyliving.azcentral.com/evaporating-sweat-cool-down-9657.html), sweat works to cool us off when moving air hits the surface of your skin and evaporates the sweat to bring your skin’s temperature down.
- Early to bed, early to rise can make a rider healthy, happy and cool! Try to adjust your schedule to ride before 10 a.m and after 8 p.m. The triple-digit weather means we can feel the suffocating heat as early as mid-morning through the evening. Plus, who doesn’t love an early morning ride in the park as the sun rises?
And make sure to check out our Safety page under Resources where you can find information on safety procedures from Bike Safe California, the California Bicycle Coalition and more.
There you have it folks, and remember that if you ever feel light-headed or exhausted, veer off the path and take a break for a swig of refreshing H20! Gear up and ride on!