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Summer Essentials 

Summer is here in North Texas and let's face it - it's not getting any cooler here anytime soon! You want to get your miles in on your bike but also need to properly prepare for the hot temperatures. Don't let the heat prevent you from riding. At Bike Mart, we have all of your essentials to ensure you are hydrated and have the proper energy no matter the length of your ride. Follow these tips to beat the summer heat and get essentials to ride comfortably and safely in the heat. Stop by any of our 6 convenient locations to get the right equipment to beat the heat on your next two-wheeled adventure.

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Dress Cool

The right clothing can makes a big difference during your ride. We recommend clothing that has these features:

  • UV protection – Clothing with UV protection will ensure you are protected from harmful ultraviolet rays. 

  • Moisture-wicking fabric – Move moisture and sweat away from your skin and to the outer surface where it can evaporate and help keep you cool.

  • Zippers – A jersey with a full-length zipper allows you to unzip and catch a nice breeze to cool off.


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Stay Hydrated

Water, water, and more water! Drink water before, during, and after your ride. Always carry plenty of fluids, even on a short ride.

  • Insulated water bottles - An insulated bottle can help keep your water colder, which aids in lowering your core temperature.

  • Hydration packs - A hydration pack is a great choice for all-day excursions.

  • Electrolyte mixes - Hydration mixes such as our favorite, Skratch, help you replace electrolytes lost in sweat, provide complete hydration, prevent cramps, and help maintain sodium levels. 


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Recover well

Don't feel drained: it's critical that you choose the right foods so you replenish your muscles and energy stores. We recommend eating at least once an hour while riding in the heat.

  • Gels/Chews - Great for a quick energy source during your ride.

  • Bars - Excellent meal replacement as well as long-lasting energy great for longer ride days. 

  • Recovery - Replenish energy stores as well as assist in muscle recovery after a long or intense training ride. 


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Always remember: Don't wait for the feeling of extreme thirst; this could be one of the initial signs of heat exhaustion.


 

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Bonus: See & Be Seen

Another great way to beat the heat is to ride when the sun is not out. That often means riding early in the morning or late in the evening when visibility is low for both you and anyone else who may be on the road or trail. Make sure you have the proper lights to see and be seen. 

  • Battery-powered lights - A great low-cost option to and enough light output to be seen. Minimum safety requirement.

  • Rechargeable lights - A higher light output (lumens) as well as longer run times. Great for commuting, off-road riding, and riding in remote areas.


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Find a Place to Ride

Always plan a route ahead of time. If you are riding with others, then make sure they know where you are going. Choose roads or paths with some shade as well as convenient places to stop for hydration. The Dallas / Fort Worth area is home to many fantastic bicycle paths and off-road mountain bike trails of varying distances and difficulties. We've put together a list of some of the best places to ride in Dallas / Fort Worth.

Our six locations all host several weekly group rides, join us and learn more about how to ride in the Texas heat!


Places to Ride Around DFW

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