Hot Weather Bike Commuting Tips

We’ve had a lovely spring, and so far, a surprisingly not-scorching summer (by Texas standards, that is). Nonetheless, July is now upon us and the days are heating up. If you’re a bike commuter, that can be a challenge. But fear not! We’ve got some tips that will keep you happily pedaling through the heat and humidity. Screen shot 2014-07-08 at 1.14.47 PMimage via Creative Commons

1)    Know where the showers are

Some companies, like Mutual Mobile, offer gym memberships for employees. If your employer does the same, take advantage of the shower facilities there. Downtown commuters can also rent bike storage space, which also provides access to showers, at St. David’s Episcopal Church.

2)    Don’t forget the water

It may seem like this goes without saying, but plan to stay hydrated. If you run on coffee all day long, you may find yourself dehydrated when it’s time to ride home in the hot afternoon. Make sure to drink water during the day, and bring some with you on the bike, too.

3)    Find a shady route

Thankfully, Austin has lots of trees. Use them to your advantage and find a shady route to ride when possible. Need some hints? Check out our Wiggle archives.

4)    Dress the part

Wearing wicking clothes and short sleeves will help you feel a lot cooler. Consider bringing a lycra or similar material shirt to ride in, then change out of, at work. There are plenty of bike commuter-specific clothing options out there, from skirts to shirts. But plenty of people also opt not to carry or wear anything special. It’s up to you – whatever makes your commute most comfortable is what you should stick with.

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