We know you can't resist riding your electric bike on a nice, sunny, summer afternoon.
What about those scorching hot days when you end up drenched in sweat before you even put on your helmet?
Even though we're doing our part to help the climate, we can't control the weather. We can, however, offer a few tips for keeping those hot rides cool.
1. Drink water before, during, and after your ride
Start gulping down that sweet, sweet water as soon as you feel thirsty. For a lot of people, thirst is actually a sign that they are already dehydrated.
In hot weather, dehydration can lead to serious problems, like heat stroke or exhaustion. Sweat evaporates slower in humid conditions, making it harder for your body to cool down.
If you want to avoid this, you should drink water before, during, and after every ride - something you should do even in cool weather.
Hydration also helps you perform better. It is easier for your heart to pump blood throughout your entire body when you drink a refreshing drink from your water bottle.
2. Don't forget the sunscreen
Take some time before your ride to apply sunscreen, as there is a fine line between a suntan and a sunburn.
Dermatologists recommend choosing a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and reapplying it every two hours. Do not skimp on sunscreen. Most adults need about one ounce to cover themselves effectively, but they tend to use significantly less.
You should pay special attention to the parts of your body that will be directly exposed to the sun for the duration of your spin, such as the back of your neck and the tops of your hands.
3. Plan ahead
If you want to know when the temperature will peak, check the weather forecast the night before you hit the trail. In light of that information, you may find it is best to plan your ride for early morning or around dusk.
You can also prepare for the weather by planning ahead. If the heat's going to be an issue, opt for a lightweight, breathable material that lets you take advantage of the breeze. The looser the clothing, the better, as long as it doesn't get tangled up with the bike.
Also, if you typically use a backpack to carry your beach gear or picnic snacks, consider leaving it at home. By using a pannier or basket, you'll ensure your body is ventilated and can carry just as much (if not more!)
4. Keep your battery happy
Even though we recommend storing your bike inside, we realize that's not always possible, especially when you're camping or connecting it to the back of your car for a long trip.
In a situation where your bike will be exposed to direct sunlight for hours on end, detach the battery and store it in a cooler, shadier place.
It is this simple step that can prolong the life of your battery. A warm environment can wear out components that generate power for your ebike, resulting in premature capacity loss.
5. Be smart
When it's too hot to ride, it's too hot to ride. Don't push yourself too hard just so you can spend as much time on your bike as possible.
Watch out for signs of overheating, including heavy sweating, nausea, headaches, and a rapid heartbeat. Once you feel uncomfortable on your ride, it's time to end it. Fortunately, you can rely on an ebike's throttle to get you home quickly.
There will be more sunny days to come. Don't let stubbornness keep you from enjoying them.