This is it! Now is absolutely the best time of year to ride. If you already have some miles in, you are feeling pretty fit and are up to speed. If you are just getting the bike out get those bike tires pumped up and take advantage of the weather. Late summer is generally a litrtle cooler, less windy, and the roads are as good as they are going to get!
Most organized club rides are in full swing and there are still quite a few tours on the ride calendar. Best of all, ther is still a couple of months of good quality riding so let's take advantage of it.
In all weather and temperatures it is important to stay hydrated. It is important to drink while you are riding. On longer rides always eat before you get hungry and drink before you get thirsty. It is much better to maintain energy and fluid levels then to try and recover after they are depleted. I try to drink at least one water bottle per hour and more when it is warm out.
The cell phone is one of the most significant improvements in cycling safety ever! Have yours with you on all rides. Keep it charged and have the phone numbers you need at hand. If you have a smart phone learn to use the navigation features and other apps that will help you stay on course and in touch. Many smart phones have tracking features, have someone close to you have their device set up to track you. In an emergency a couple of key strokes will pin point your location instantly.
Keep your your bicycle in shape. Be prepared for the unexpected. Check your tires regularly for wear and damage. Keep them inflated to the correct pressure for the type of riding you are doing. Make sure that you have a spare tube, pump, and you know how to use them. Always carry your cell phone!
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Eat Right To Ride Longer And Stronger - A common (and sometimes dangerous) riding mistake is not eating enough. Your body can only store a one- to two-hour supply of glycogen (muscle fuel). Once this is depleted, if you keep riding, you risk a nasty condition known as bonking. This varies from a pins-and-needles feeling in your arms to disorientation and nausea. It can easily lead to a crash. As a guideline, a 160-pound cyclist riding solo at 20 mph on a road bike burns between 600 and 750 calories per hour. So, always carry energy food and drinks when riding and eat every fifteen minutes or so. Don't wait until you're hungry to eat because it'll be too late for the calories to help. If you race or ride centuries, keep in mind that hard rides during the week before the event can deplete your glycogen stores and hurt your results. And, be sure to experiment with different drinks and foods during training rides to find what works for you so that on the big day, you're eating what agrees with your stomach.