5 Ways to Keep Cool on Summertime Tours

The summer months in Washington, DC can get HOT!  We’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you stay cool during your ride around the city:

1.) Dress Light

Choose clothing that’s white or a light in color in a lightweight or wicking material. A loose fit will capture more of the breeze. On the bottom, shorts, paired with light-weight sneakers or canvas shoes, will help you pedal in comfort.

2.) Protect your Skin and Eyes

With higher temperatures comes a higher UV-index. Be extra-diligent about applying sunscreen before your ride. In addition, wearing sunglasses not only protects your eyes from any airborne debris, but also from the sun’s glare.

3.) Water, Water, Water!

Think about how much you normally drink during the day and then add an extra 1-2 litres! Start sipping on your water supply a few hours before your tour, rather than taking in a lot of water all at once. Doing this will help you stay well hydrated–a huge factor in coping with the heat.  Bike and Roll does provide each guest with a full sport-style water bottle, as well as plenty of opportunities to stop and refill during your tour.

4.) Indulge in Snack Time

It’s important to eat snacks with carbohydrates in them to give yourself the energy needed to withstand the heat.  Bike and Roll offers healthy snacks—like granola bars, etc—during all tours.  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to fuel up!

5.) Don’t Overdo It!

If for some reason you do start to experience any of these symptoms:  weakness, headache, dizziness,  muscle cramps, or nausea while riding in the heat, please let your guide know immediately!