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Share Your Summer Biking Favorites

Tell us your favorite summer bike destination, accessory, activity and more.

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Before you pedal your heart out this summer, think about the dangers of overheating, and how you can avoid it. What you wear, when you drink and even what time of day you ride can work in your favor and keep you cool.

 

1. Share: How Do You Stay Cool on a Hot Ride?

There are a few bike jerseys in my closet that have suffered the same ill fate: amputated sleeves. What are some of your secrets to staying cool in hot weather?

I'll admit, there are a few bike jerseys in my closet that have amputated sleeves. What are some of your secrets to staying cool in hot weather?

2. Share: Do You Wear Wool In Warm Weather?

If you've never owned a wool jersey before, you might think twice about wearing it in hot weather. Don't. The natural fibers transfer moisture away from the skin, providing a cooling effect.

Tell us! Have you ever sported wool clothing in warm weather?

3. Share: My Favorite Summer Bike Accessory Is ...

When the mercury rises, mountain bikers around the world rejoice. Blue skies, sunshine, long days...there's plenty to love about summer. However, If you're not properly prepared for the heat, your summer mountain bike outing might turn from fun to frightening faster than you can say, "heatstroke." Before you shred those sun-soaked trails, plan ahead by taking a look at this list of summer essentials.

It's warming up in the northern hemisphere! What peice of summer clothing or accessory can't you live without this time of year? These photochromatic sunglasses are a front runner in my house.

4. Share: Your Favorite Rainy Day Cycling Activity

Rain happens. Don't let wet weather get you down. Learn to embrace less-than-ideal conditions by keeping yourself occupied. Here are some ideas to get you started.

What do you do to keep busy when the weather's bad? Tell us your favorite rainy day cycling activities when you're stuck inside due to showers. Here are some ways to keep yourself occupied so you don't go stir crazy.

5. Share: Do You Mountain Bike With Sunglasses?

I don't like wearing sunglasses when I mountain bike. There, I said it. However, I've come to realize that sunglasses put your eyes at ease during sunny and low-light situations and serve to keep branches, dirt and dust out of your vision when you're high-tailing it on the trail. Do you protect your peepers on the trail?

6. Share: Mountain Biking 'Hot' Spots

Doesn't feel like summer where you live? Go somewhere it does! These places are known for their warm weather--and their magnificent mountain biking.

 

7. Share: Do You Join Mountain Bike Camps?

Sometimes riding solo or with your normal group of friends doesn't help to boost your strength and confidence on the bike. If you're looking for that "boost," try signing up for a mountain bike camp to improve your skills.

Whatever your reason is for joining a mountain bike camp, there are a couple things to consider before you sign up so you don't return home dissatisfied with the experience. Here are 5 questions to ask of the program before you take part in it. 

 

8. How Do You Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses?

When your body can't regulate its temperature, you may experience heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and learn what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick.

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