Now that the perfect spring commuting weather is behind us and summer is well and truly here, we thought we’d share a few of our top tips to keep you commuting through the summer, sans sweat patches.
1. Baby wipes – not just for babies! If you don’t have access to a shower in your office, or if you prefer to keep that part of your morning routine at home, having some baby wipes at the other end of your commute to freshen up is a must for summer. Keep a stash in your desk drawer, along with a spare deodorant – two fewer things you need to worry about packing and carrying.
2. Change into your work clothes at the office – keep your office kit fresh by popping it into a backpack and swapping it out for your activewear on your commute. And rather than just chucking on that old cotton tee that has been sitting at the bottom of a drawer for the last 10 years, use your good activewear. It has been specially developed to keep you cool by promoting good ventilation and wicking any sweat away from your skin, keeping you feeling fresh and comfortable.
3. Stay hydrated – even on your shorter commutes, always carry a water bottle with you and DRINK! The golden rule for riding in summer is drink before you get thirsty – by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
4. Sunscreen – during the summer months, if you’re planning on being outdoors anything longer than 10 or so minutes, protect your skin with a good quality sunscreen, SPF30+ or higher. With the wind blowing in your face and keeping you feeling cool, it can be easy for forget that the sun is burning!
5. Plan your route – if your regular commute is exposed to the elements, then perhaps it is time for a bit of a change of scenery? Have a look around for alternate routes that provide a bit of relief in the form of shade from surrounding trees or buildings. And if your regular route also provides you with some hill training, perhaps think about finding a flatter route for those really hot days. Your body will already be working harder to keep cool in the hot conditions, and the extra exertion spent on hilly, fast rides can leave you feeling lightheaded and dizzy, and speed up dehydration