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Old 06-13-2008, 04:22 PM   #1
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Exclamation TIPS FOR KEEPING COOL THIS SUMMER

Just thought I'd post some of the tricks I've learned in my 30 years of riding to help keep my MH family cool this hot summer

1) One of my favorite tricks in the summer is to put a couple of zip lock bags full of ice in the side and chest pockets, but don't close the bags. As the ice melts, it will have an immense cooling effect, called evaporative cooling. The best part is, as it melts, the water will run down your body (this feels awesome btw) providing even more of a cooling effect I always carried a few baggies (for medicinal purposes of course) under my seat just for this reason. This works better than perhaps anything else out there, but your clothes will be wet, so be warned if you are riding to a hot date or something.

2) you can also try using a cooling vest http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...9-S_G&tier2=65
Just wear this under your jacket or leathers, they work OK as well

3) You can also use cool ties http://www.cooltiesareus.com/These work great to beat the heat. Simply soak them in cold water over night, then tie them around your neck. By placing something cold on the back of your neck, it will cool your body faster than anything else out there. These are cheap and do wonders!

Whatever you use, be sure to stay away from carbonated drinks, and energy drinks. Caffeine aids in dehydration. Drinks lots of water and sports drinks.

Feel free to add your tips as well.
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great tips! i ride nekked to keep cool myself. be sure to bring sun block tho. sunburn on your ding ding is no laughing matter.
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good thread.
few other that help from my football days. (padding and helmet just like a bike)

drink gatorade the night before the ride. (even better is v8)
drink water every time you stop
keep sodium pills on you.
eat a banana before a ride
up your vitamin b12 dosage
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Also remember that wearing perforated of mesh jackets will dehydrate you faster because the wind will dry any perspiration that forms on your body.

You may also try not using anti perspirants in your deodorant. This will do the obvious, and keep you from sweating, which as you know, cools your body!
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camel back with ice water or ice tea!

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But.......you haven't passed me on the track one time! :/:
if you'd quit crashing when you get out there, then I'd have a chance too


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great tips! i ride nekked to keep cool myself.
Couldn't do it. I'd be worried pedro would get caught in the chain.
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ice tea has too much caffeine bro
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http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...03_G&tier2=108
FYI...Buell is having a promotion that if you go for a test ride they give you a free hydration pac until the end of this month or next
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http://www.cyclegear.com/spgm.cfm?L1...03_G&tier2=108

FYI your water really needs to be body temp. your body will heat up to warm the water to body temp


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There are lots of myths about drinking ice-cold water (hydration) and regulating the temperature of the body. No question, a glass of ice-cold water on a hot day gives you tremendous satisfaction by cooling your mouth and stomach. But does it really satisfy your thirst? Does it deliver water immediately to all your tissues and cells? Does it cool down your body, and reduce its temperature?

I have no idea where these opinions come from, either from somebody's personal experience of cooling perception or just from anecdotal info passed from one friend to another. Theoretically, according to "The Biology of Human Survival" (Claude A.Piantadosi, Oxford University Press, 2003, p.86) "a 70-kilogram person can drop body temperature approximately 1C by drinking a liter of water at 0C ", but in reality it is difficult to imagine somebody using this amount of cold water at once during racing activity. Using it in small portions will practically reduce the cooling effect, because heat-cold exchange will be imperceptible on the whole body scale.

I found no data supporting the idea that drinking cold water reduces the body's temperature. If it were so, we would have had it somewhere recorded in human history experience. The law of survival would inevitably recruit this procedure in human life in extreme hot weather conditions. The fact is that we do the opposite to cold water drinking. Survival in severe hot environment includes specific behavior, aimed at reduction of heat by using shelters; wearing thick clothes and making the body sweat by drinking hot tea.

As we know, our body looses liquid through sweating by drops or by small portions over time, so replenishing it should happen almost in the same manner. Thus taking a big portion of water at once would not do the trick, as it may stay in the stomach for a while before it can be absorbed on a cellular level. Additionally, I'd like to bring up here another interesting fact about drinking. The author of the book, mentioned above, wrote, "it is important to note that the main stimulus of drinking is thirst, which is regulated by plasma osmolarity, not by temperature".

Therefore temperature influences our thirst only indirectly through making our body sweat and loose body liquid. Evaporation of this sweat, in its own turn, produces cooling effect. So it has nothing to do with drinking ice-cold water. Morever, when we drink cold water, it can't be absorbed immediately, because it takes time for it to be heated up to achieve the body temperature to be absorbed on a cellular level.

Now we have some logical facts showing us the true and mythical sides of ice-cold water drinking, which have no real cooling effect and should not be used as a body temperature reducing mechanism. It doesn't quench our thirst or reduce our dehydration more effectively than for instance normal temperature water. What it really does for us is giving a pleasant feeling of cold in the mouth and stomach - which are just a perception.
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FYI your water really needs to be body temp. your body will heat up to warm the water to body temp


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There are lots of myths about drinking ice-cold water (hydration) and regulating the temperature of the body. No question, a glass of ice-cold water on a hot day gives you tremendous satisfaction by cooling your mouth and stomach. But does it really satisfy your thirst? Does it deliver water immediately to all your tissues and cells? Does it cool down your body, and reduce its temperature?

I have no idea where these opinions come from, either from somebody's personal experience of cooling perception or just from anecdotal info passed from one friend to another. Theoretically, according to "The Biology of Human Survival" (Claude A.Piantadosi, Oxford University Press, 2003, p.86) "a 70-kilogram person can drop body temperature approximately 1C by drinking a liter of water at 0C ", but in reality it is difficult to imagine somebody using this amount of cold water at once during racing activity. Using it in small portions will practically reduce the cooling effect, because heat-cold exchange will be imperceptible on the whole body scale.

I found no data supporting the idea that drinking cold water reduces the body's temperature. If it were so, we would have had it somewhere recorded in human history experience. The law of survival would inevitably recruit this procedure in human life in extreme hot weather conditions. The fact is that we do the opposite to cold water drinking. Survival in severe hot environment includes specific behavior, aimed at reduction of heat by using shelters; wearing thick clothes and making the body sweat by drinking hot tea.

As we know, our body looses liquid through sweating by drops or by small portions over time, so replenishing it should happen almost in the same manner. Thus taking a big portion of water at once would not do the trick, as it may stay in the stomach for a while before it can be absorbed on a cellular level. Additionally, I'd like to bring up here another interesting fact about drinking. The author of the book, mentioned above, wrote, "it is important to note that the main stimulus of drinking is thirst, which is regulated by plasma osmolarity, not by temperature".

Therefore temperature influences our thirst only indirectly through making our body sweat and loose body liquid. Evaporation of this sweat, in its own turn, produces cooling effect. So it has nothing to do with drinking ice-cold water. Morever, when we drink cold water, it can't be absorbed immediately, because it takes time for it to be heated up to achieve the body temperature to be absorbed on a cellular level.

Now we have some logical facts showing us the true and mythical sides of ice-cold water drinking, which have no real cooling effect and should not be used as a body temperature reducing mechanism. It doesn't quench our thirst or reduce our dehydration more effectively than for instance normal temperature water. What it really does for us is giving a pleasant feeling of cold in the mouth and stomach - which are just a perception.
what the highlighted part is stating is osmosis. not absorption thorough the intestines. they are two completely different things and drinking cold water also brings for better circulation which helps with better blood glycogen levels which leads to better energy absortion level. think nos for your body. (what was explained to me by a renal specialist)
everybody has a different opinion on this stuff though.
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that was the first site I saw on it. I've never looked it up until today, I just remembered a nutritionist friend of mine telling me that last year.
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yup. i used to have a room mate that was into body building that told me that.
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