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Summer Bike Commuting Tips

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Summer Bike Commuting Gear List

You’ll find a lot of these items helpful year-round, but when you’re bike commuting in the summer you’ll be especially grateful for this gear.

  • Commuter Pack – A backpack or messenger bag is fine in cooler weather, but having something strapped to your body on a hot day makes you sweat more. Invest in a commuter pack or saddle bags to carry your necessities.
  • Moisture-Wicking Clothing – Not only will moisture-wicking material make you more comfortable on your ride, but since it works by drawing the sweat away from your skin, you’ll be less sweaty when you get to work.
  • Sweatband or Rag – Your bike helmet is basically a sweat factory in hot weather, and you’ll want something to keep the sweat out of your eyes or to wipe it away. When I bike commuted I had a pouch that strapped to my handlebars in addition to the commuter pack on the back of my bike. This is a perfect place to stash a rag for wiping your sweaty face. You can put that body spray that I talked about on the previous page in here, too, and spritz it on your neck to cool you down a little when you hit a stop light.
  • Second Water Bottle - You need more fluids when it’s hot, so pack a second water bottle – you can even add a second bottle mount to your bike frame to make it easy to access. Instead of filling it with mostly water, fill the whole thing with ice cubes and add just enough water to finish filling. When your first bottle is done, you’ll have icy cold water to keep you cool from the inside out.

Of course, you’ll still need your standard commuting gear, like your helmet, a poncho in case it rains, and a small tire repair kit in case you get a flat.

Do any of you bike commute during the hot summer months? I’d love to hear how you stay cool!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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1:51AM PST on Jan 31, 2013

Thanks for the informative article.

11:13PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Kudos to No B

11:12PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Kudos to No B

5:33PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Great ideas but I like to minimize what I carry with me. I used to bring everything but the kitchen sink when I first started commuting and that got old. I'm fortunate that my commute is only 3 miles each way and I just ride in my work clothes (dresses/skirts in the summer). Doesn't take long to cool and dry off in the a/c of the office. I just try to avoid polyester cloths when the temps are in the 80s/90s.

11:41AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

Thanks Becky for sharing your tips and interesting thoughts on bike commuting.

3:01AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:43AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I just now received my free product sample from name brand companies, quite a few of them from "Official Samples" online

7:24PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

This was also helpful to those of us who walk long distances to work. Thank you!

6:49PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012

I'm training to cycle in the world solar challenge. Too start with I'm cycling 50 kilometres per day until I get my greenspeed GTE 20/20 expedition trike then I well be hitting my cycle training ground from Uluru to alice spring to build up too 500 kilometres per day

6:22PM PDT on Jul 3, 2012


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