The Netherlands is facing high-temperature summer this year. This excessive heat and humidity can make it difficult for you to cycle and navigate your way through the city. To cope with this weather while still using your bike, we have several tips that you can use.
To combat this weather, hydrate yourself before and after you go biking with water. It doesn’t matter how far or close the distance of your destination. It is essential to drink enough water.
You can carry a reusable drinking bottle around so you can fill it up anytime you need. You can get free tap water across the Netherlands. Check out this map to see the closest water tap point.
2. Stay cool
Take a road with a lot of tree shades. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, trees play a big role in keeping our towns and cities cool. Biking under the tree’s shadow can help to reduce the heat. Besides, you can feel the cool wind if you stay under tree canopy.
3. Wear clothes that can protect you from the sun
Wear loose and breathable clothes that can quickly absorb and evaporate sweat from your skin. This type of cloths will help you to be less sweaty and cool down your body. Make sure to use a hat to protect yourself against the sun.
Exposure of your head to the sun can makes you feeling dizzy and might result in unintended accident. Don’t forget the sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Don’t forget to use sunscreen. Biking can trick you that you don’t feel the heat because of the wind that goes when you bike. Put on sunscreen with high SPV to protect you against the summer sun and applied it every 2 hours.
5. Place your bike in the bicycle parking location
It is important also to keep your bike in the shade. There are several cases where the metal on the bike melted due to the heat. You can store your bike in the designated bicycle parking spot in the city. In that way, you can keep your bike in a cool temperature and protect it.
You can use our FietsPlek App to find the best location for you to park your bike in several cities in The Netherlands. Our App helps you to find the available parking spot in an accurate way for you and guide you to the location. You can download it via App Store from Apple and Android.
LUMIGUIDE wish you good luck with the heat of summer and keep on biking!