Riding during the summer in the El Paso region means being properly hydrated and prepared for the sun’s rays. Ideally the best time to ride is before 9am or after 6pm and summer night rides on mountain bikes can be a blast with proper lighting systems. If bike riding between 9am and 6pm, having adequate sunblock is a necessity. To avoid overexposure to the sun some cyclist wear SPF long sleeve jerseys or sun sleeves. While riding drink fluids before you get thirsty. An easy rule of thumb is to take a sip of water every 15 minutes and drink approximately 1 water bottle every hour. Adding electrolytes to your water will insure that potassium and sodium lost during perspiration is replenished and will minimize the possibility of muscle cramps.
When going for a ride during cold weather it is very important that you check the weather forecast for potential hazzards and remember to underdress just a little. We want to start the ride feeling just a little cold because the physical exertion will generate body heat and we don’t want to perspire to the point that our riding clothes get wet. The most useful pieces of winter clothing for cycling are arm/knee warmers and a light vest that can be used from October to March. Try to dress in multiple thin layers that can be removed as it gets warmer during the ride.
Suggested layers depending on the weather:
Normal = bib, base layer undershirt and short sleeve jersey.
Cool = add light vest, arm and knee warmers
Cold = add long sleeve jersey, winter gloves and heavy weight vest
Colder = add long pants, glove liner and jacket
Coldest = add skull cap, neck gator and face cover