You Should Know
Bicycling staff share their, er, unique methods for beating the heat this summer – plus: the simplest cooling smoothie ever.
BEFORE YOU ROLL OUT “Drape a long sock filled with ice around your neck,” says mechanic Joël Nankman.
If you’re using sun sleeves (summer-weight arm warmers, which protect you from UV rays as well as – or better than – sunscreen), wet them for extra cooling powers, says contributing writer Joe Lindsey. And wear lightcoloured shoes, he says: “They reflect more sunlight and don’t feel as hot as darker gear.”
ON THE GO “Don’t stress about the heat – it’ll make you hotter,” says online contributor Lydia Tanner.
“I shoot ice water through the top- back vents of my helmet,” says contributing writer Selene Yeager. “It seeps down my neck without running into my eyes.”
When all else fails, says staff writer Caitlin Giddings, “Stop for a smoothie!”
POST- RIDE Ramp down gradually, says online writer James Hart. “An easy outand- back down your street can help you cool off so you’re not a sopping mess once you get inside. Once you get past the feeling you’re going to die, it’s amazing.”
“I lie down in the shade in a parking lot after a hot ride,” says online gear writer Taylor Rojek. “Parking- lot concrete stays nice and cool.”