Summer Biking Gear
Reviews & Recommendations
Reviews are by BLU community. Writeup & commentary by BLU contributor Elizabeth
The glorious thing about summer biking gear is that you really don’t need much of it. Summer weather was made for hopping on a bike and turning every errands into a joyride. Embrace the heat, or put some spoke lights on your wheels and feel the magic of late-night rides on quieter streets. Masks are serving a dual function of keeping summer buggies out of our mouths.
With that said, here are some tips for new riders, longer trips, or hard workouts. There’s nothing mind-blowing here, just some bike-specific tweaks that can make summer riding more pleasant.
Sunscreen - don’t forget the backs of your hands, since they’re totally exposed out there. If your shirt rides up to show a little strip of your back, sunscreen that part, too. You’ll thank yourself when you try to lie down afterwards.
Water - nobody’s going to get in trouble from a half-hour commute without a water bottle. But for longer rides, bringing water on the bike is even more important than usual right now with so many public fountains out of service due to COVID-19 and some stores still operating on restricted hours. The American College of Sports Medicine recommend people drink enough to prevent >2% body weight loss. So for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, a loss of 3 pounds from sweat during your workout would be where things start to get concerning. You can weigh yourself before and after a workout to get an idea of how well you’re hitting that target.
There are tons of sports drinks, powders, tablets, electrolyte shots, etc. All of these can be helpful if you’re doing really intense & prolonged rides, but if you’re in that group, you probably already know what works for you.
Seriously, just get out there! There’s already too much fixation on gadgets and overpriced technical clothes in cycling - summer of all seasons should be about enjoying the simple pleasures. Enjoy the experience, and if you end up wishing you’d brought something, you can troubleshoot when you get back. See you in the bike lane
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