01 Aug '11, 2pm

Better than air conditioning: Tips for biking through the heat wave

Better than air conditioning: Tips for biking through the heat wave

There are lots of ways to stay cool on your bike. Photo: bitchcakesny The heat wave is gearing up for another blast, throwing temperatures over 100 at residents across North America. For many, the heat a deterrent for getting on a bike. It doesn't have to be. You can bike happily through even the hottest days of the year if you think of bicycling not as an athletic endeavor, but as a leisurely way to get around that includes free, green air conditioning. I'm in the Pacific Northwest, where our climate is increasingly rainy. But don't resent me -- I've weathered some heat waves in my time, and biked through most of them. Here's what I've learned about surviving -- and thriving -- the hottest days of summer by bike. First things first Turn off that air conditioning. Or at least turn up the thermostat. Here's why: If you're always going back and forth between extremes of hot ...

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