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We all love getting out on the trails on warm, balmy, summer days. But, high temperatures present their own set of difficulties. Here’s our guide to staying safe, staying hydrated and having fun in the sun on your mountain bike.

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  • Willyjaybob

    Yeah…not sure about their definition of hot. Most of my rides in the summer consist of 92-98 degrees and as high as 95% or more humidity. Stifling heat and air so thick that breathing is difficult even when not at full exertion. Not a chance I would wear black long sleeves (or even bibs) unless I wanted to die out there and be found with crows picking at what’s left of me!

  • mongwolf

    Hey Bob. Great thoughts. I do many of the same things except the ice pack. That’s a really good idea. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thanks.

  • mongwolf

    Reply to Luke. Of course mountain bikers don’t HAVE to wear baggy shorts as you have overstated. But in terms of heat baggy shorts can be cool too of course. I understand the role of lycra: aerodynamic, no rub, moves well with the body, can be cool, etc. And that’s all fine on the street (and in the forest if you want). But I do not get any rub from my baggy shorts, they are super comfortable (not tight), cool, and if I get off my bike to do something else in the forest, I’m not walking around or bouldering around in lycra shorts which can fray much easier. Plus shorts have pockets etc. etc. This is just an opinion, but honestly, I just think guys look stupid wearing skin tight lycra in general, let alone wearing it in the middle of the forest someplace. And for riders like me who do a lot of backcountry riding which often includes a lot of hiking and even “bush wacking” and scrambling with the bike, lycra makes no sense at all. I understand if you are a world class mountain bike athlete in a “real” competition, then of course, the lycra makes perfect sense. Beyond that, personally I think guys look stupid in lycra and/or they may be taking their riding a bit too serious. You wear your lycra in the forests; no one’s saying you can’t; I’ll wear my shorts. The main thing is that we keep ridin’.

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