Stay cool while cycling in hot weather with HyperKewl Cooling Apparel
Riding in the extreme Indian heat can be dangerous, with the threat of heat stress always present. However, if you take precautions and ride safely you can beat the heat and continue to ride even during the oppressive summer months.
We have a wide range of HyperKewl Cooling Apparel designed especially to provide cooling relief for people cycling in hot weather. Our VELO and PEAK cycling cooling vests will provide temperatures 6-12ºC cooler. We also have cooling beanies and cooling skull caps that can be worn under your helmet to keep your head cool while you ride.
Cooling apparel for cycling in hot weather:
Tips for cycling in hot weather
Our HyperKewl cooling apparel will help you stay cool & comfortable while you’re cycling in hot weather, but to ride safely in the summer heat you should also take note of the following advice.
1. Stay hydrated
“Hydrating before pedaling helps you avoid drying out on the road,” advises Bicycling Magazine. When cycling in hot weather you should ideally drink 12 to 16 ounces of water four hours before you plan to ride, drinking another 12 ounces in the two hours before you hop on. To remain hydrated bring a personal hydration systems with you. Check out our innovative GULPZ hydration system, not only does it hold 2 liters of water, but our HyperKewl fabric will keep your back nice and cool while you ride.
2. Avoid wearing black clothing and accessories
LiveStrong.com states that one key to avoiding heat stress while cycling in hot weather is to avoid dark colors, as “dark clothes absorb the sun’s heat, while light colors or white reflects light and heat”. Our VELO Road Cycling Cooling Vests are designed with light colors (white/lime and white/blue), to reflect the light and keep you visible to traffic.
3. Start your rides early in the day
“Riding through the midday heat is the surest way to fry your brain and body during a bike tour,” warn the bike touring blog Travelling Two. When cycling in hot weather try to start earlier in the day to avoid the harsh midday sun. You can always have a lunch time siesta and continue your ride in the evening.
4. Watch carefully for signs of heat stress
Even the most experienced cyclists with the best planning and hydration strategies can make mistakes by either timing their rides wrong or riding longer than they should. That’s why when cycling in hot weather, you need to constantly monitor your body to ensure that you’re keeping cool. Your body will send you signals if it’s having trouble with the heat, these may include:
- extreme fatigue,
- flushed or pale skin,
- heavy sweating
If you experience any of these symptoms, stop cycling, find some shade to lay down in, and replenish your fluids.
Stay safe from heat stress while cycling in hot weather, just remember too stay hydrated, dress smartly by wearing cooling vests and cooling apparel, and watch for signs of heat stress!
Photos of cyclists using our HyperKewl cooling apparel: