6 tips to help you enjoy outdoor cycling in the summer heat.

As the mercury rises, so does the allure of outdoor cycling. The warm breeze and sunny skies are perfect companions for your two-wheeled adventures. However, summer riding comes with its own set of challenges. To ensure your rides are both enjoyable and safe, here are some essential tips to keep in mind.

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Stay Hydrated:

Instead of relying on a certain number of drinks (such as the eight glasses of water a day recommendation you often hear), Stavros Kavolas, associate dean of graduate education and professor of nutrition at Arizona State University, says to pay attention to two simple biomarkers: frequency of urination and color of urine. When well hydrated, you should go to the bathroom every two to three hours, and the color of your urine should resemble lemonade. If it looks more like orange juice, it's a sign that your body is trying to conserve water and you need to hydrate more. If you are a cyclist who rides outdoors for long periods of time you should take in some extra salt or drink some sports drinks.

Dress Appropriately:
Light-colored, breathable clothing is your best bet for staying cool. Opt for fabrics that wick away moisture and consider a vented helmet to help regulate your head temperature. Don't forget your sunglasses and a lightweight, breathable hat to protect against the sun.

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Timing is Everything:
Plan your rides during the cooler parts of the day—early morning or late evening. Not only will the temperatures be more bearable, but you'll also enjoy quieter roadsh.

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Sun Protection:
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed skin. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you're sweating heavily. In addition to sunscreen, you can wear special riding glasses. KOOTU sells cycling sunglasses with five colors of interchangeable lenses, all of which are 100% UV400 resistant and block harmful UAV and UAB rays.

Plan Your Route:
Choose shaded paths and trails when possible. Not only will this provide relief from the sun, but it will also contribute to a more pleasant riding experience.

Take Breaks:
Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Find a shady spot to rest, rehydrate, and cool down before continuing your journey.


Summer brings the perfect opportunity to explore the outdoors on your bike. By paying attention to these key aspects—hydration, clothing, timing, sun protection, route planning, and rest—you can ensure a safe and enjoyable cycling experience. So gear up, stay cool, and embrace the joy of summer riding!