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 9 AM or after 6 PM and summer night rides on mountain bikes can be a blast with proper lighting systems. If bike riding between 9 AM and 6 PM, 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 one 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.