Originally Posted by Dean_BMW
Of course, its not too bad when you are cruising, but when you get it town and start stopping out in the sun, the heat is a killer.
I don't know how you guys that ride around 100 degrees in full gear do it.
Well like you say, just sitting in the sun without the wind to cool you off is brutal, regardless of what you're wearing. Hopefully you're not doing it on an airhead.
I try to avoid parade like traffic when it is feeling like someone is up there in the sky holding a magnifying glass over your head between you and the sun.
• A Mean Heat Index above 85 degrees can be dangerous, making it necessary to watch out for such heat-stress symptoms as dizziness, excessive weakness, headaches, heavy perspiration, high body temperature, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, muscle cramps, nausea, pale and clammy skin (sometimes skin that is red and dry), rapid pulse, rapid shallow breathing, and severe mental changes. Too much exposure to the heat can kill and it does so be careful.
• When the weather is extremely hot, try and conduct your outdoor activities during the coolest times of the day (that is, before ten in the morning and after three in the afternoon). Rest more often in the shade, taking breaks, drinking water to keep dehydrated, maybe pack a camel bag if you can't stop.
• Ride with a saddle that breathes or throw a sheepskin pad over your standard saddle for better circulation. Consider taking a water pump device to spray yourself down with while you're not moving.
• The young, the elderly, and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to heat illnesses. Also, because men sweat more than women, they are more likely to become dehydrated.
• When the weather's hot, don't wear a lot of clothing. The clothes you wear should be light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting and made of cotton whenever possible. Keep as much of your body covered as possible. In hot weather I see a lot of riders with T-shirts and their leather jacket strapped to the passenger seat. Skin directly exposed to the sun evaporates water MUCH faster than skin which is covered plus you now are exposing your skin to all that UV light. This will tire you more quickly than if your skin is covered. Why do you think that the Bedouins wear those long flowing robes? Furthermore, you're not any less likely to have a crash just because it's hot out and if you crash with a T-shirt and shorts you're in for SERIOUS road rash. The physiology of road rash behaves much like a burn. If you get it over enough of the surface of your body you won't need to worry about the scars because it will kill you.
• When outside, apply sunscreen with an SPF rating of 15 or higher, use lip balm, and wear a hat. The sunglasses you wear should have an ANSI rating of 99 percent and 98 percent UVA protection.
• During very hot weather, drink a minimum of six to eight glasses of cool fluids (such as water, fruit juices, and fruit-flavored drinks) even if you're not thirsty. If you're exercising in hot weather, drink two to four glasses of cool fluids per hour. Avoid alcohol or caffeine, which can dehydrate you. And remember: when the heat is excessive, salt tablets are not a proper substitute for fluids.
• During heat waves, eat small meals and eat more often. If it's too hot outside, do not eat a lot of food high in protein, which increases metabolic heat.