handy, sun-blocking visor like these . Mine is a standard Bell model and has no such feature. But rather than go out of my way to pick a visor or splurge on a new helmet, I just dusted off my old baseball cap and managed to squeeze it on underneath. Cost for me? About 20 bucks, but only because I picked up mine at a Yankees game last summer. I'm sure you can grab one for super cheap pretty much anywhere. This hat was a life-saver during my Memorial Day ride to City Island and my face stayed perfectly shaded even in peak heat.Consider yourself cleverer than I if you invested in a great bike helmet with a
3. Sweat-wicking duds.
First of all, my commute is —for lack of a better word—a Bitch. Not only do I have the Queensboro (59th St) Bridge to haul myself over twice a day but there are a couple of pretty tough hills in midtown. Couple that with the fact that I actually stop for red-lights, meaning extra time spent standing under the baking sun, and there's just no escaping the fact that my ride usually leaves me a sweaty, slippery mess by the time I roll into the office.
Sundresses, while adorable and deceptively named, only make matters worse and I still haven't quite mastered the art of biking in them (kudos to those of you who have). So, when I'm hitting the pavement on sizzling summer days, I go with light-weight, moisture-wicking capris, shorts and tank tops by the dozen.
I'm no gazillionaire, so I leave the crazy expensive athletic gear to those a few pay grades above me and pretty much depend on staples like Old Navy, Gap and Kohl's. I've found and fallen in love with these moisture-wicking capris from Old Navy ($24.94) and they are absolutely the most breathable pants I've ever owned. I top them off with any kind of light-weight tank top that won't stick to my skin...which brings me to the next item on my list of summer must-haves and the KEY to comfortable summer riding.
(If you're a dude, count your blessings and skip along to no. 5.)
4. The dreaded sports bra.
It is so hard for me to find a good sports bra that once I discover a brand I like I basically cling to it for dear life. At the moment I'm obsessed with this little number . I promise you, it's like slipping the girls into their own twin cotton candy clouds and I swear I'd wear this with everything if could. At $16.50 they're a steal and I got a deal for 2 for $20 when I bought a pair last weekend. There is no bulky padding or wire, so this probably won't work for the bustier bikers out there, but never fear. I also love this lovely alternative, which is V-neck, supported and great-looking even under regular work tops.
5. Guzzles by the Gallon.
I love water. I love it frozen. I love it iced. I love it fortified with fun vitamin powders that taste like they're bad for you but really aren't. Most of all, I love it by the jugfuls and I drink about a dozen bottles a day. Literally. What I don't love so much is warm water that's been sloshing around in a chemical-laden bottle all day and tastes like the inside of a plastic bag. Not appetizing.
To avoid such horrors, I store my fluid of choice in my Polar Insulated Water Bottle , which I recently purchased on Amazon for ONE-THIRD of what my local bike shop is asking. Hello, super saver alert! If you don't have a water bottle holder for your bike yet, get thee to the store and purchase one! They're so cheap. I think mine set me back less than 10 bucks and that's after the bike shop installed it for me.
No matter what we do to prepare ourselves, the reality is it's gonna be one hot summer. But if all else fails and you're desperate to beat the heat, I suggest you high-tail it to your nearest street corner and find a busted fire hydrant in which to frolic. Trust me.