How To Reduce Sweating Bicycle Commuting Tips Bike Blogger

By | 17th August 2017
How To Reduce Sweating Bicycle Commuting Tips Bike Blogger

Here are some tips to help reduce sweating while riding a bicycle on those hot summer days.

Ride in the early mornings. The temperatures are always cooler in the early mornings around dawn than they are at dusk or even late night.

Choose an easy route. Try to find a bicycle route that is shaded with flat terrain or no steep hills, and as few stops as possible. Once you stop you will no longer be cooled by the wind and begin sweating a lot.

Keep your body temperature down. Take a luke warm or cool shower using antibacterial soaps before you leave to cool you down and wash away body odors. Drink plenty of water. Do not drink hot coffee or eat spicy foods. Wear a bike helmet with plenty of vent holes.

Wear breathable light-colored clothing. Clothing that wicks away sweat can help cool you down too as it evaporates, but this is generally not as effective in humid climates. Synthetic materials like polyester/nylon, bicycle jerseys, arm coolers etc. dry much faster than cotton, but cotton is also very breathable and once wet the wind will cool you down.

One trick to keep your body cool is spraying the back of a cotton shirt with water (squeeze out the excess so it doesn’t drip), and then the wind will keep you cooler. Another trick is filling a sock with ice and wrapping it around your neck. Each of these ideas is only temporary of course, but offer a refreshing feeling at least on the hottest days.

Protect your body from the sun. Wear sweat resistant sunscreen, but not sweat proof sunscreen used for swimming because it can clog your skin pores. Alternatively consider wearing UPF rated clothing with long sleeves or arm coolers. Consider not wearing a rain jacket in warmer temperatures because you will just get sweaty and smelly.

Cool down before finishing your ride. After any physical activity your body tends to take 5 to 10 minutes to catch up and stop sweating. Use a towel and/or wipes to clean up afterward. Having a change of clothes at work is probably the best idea on very hot days.

Store your sweaty clothes somewhere they can dry out – either in a bag with vent holes or in front of a fan. Use deodorant.

Sweating is a natural process, but if you have excessive sweating you might need to consult a doctor and/or nutritionist. Mixing baking soda with water and applying it to the problem areas as an antiperspirant is one solution.

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20 thoughts on “How To Reduce Sweating Bicycle Commuting Tips Bike Blogger

  1. Michael Fulton

    Bike blogger I'm sorry but I'll be drinking my coffee in the morning 😂

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  2. Mortimer J. Mouse

    Have a rear rack and panniers (much better than a backpack) … and if you can swing the money, try an ebike. Best decision I’ve made as far as not getting overheated on my 6-mile commute.

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  3. Michael Kilts

    sweet video! I am soon going to begin biking and commuting to work.
    I also appreciate your mentality when you ride of exploring, "lets see where this goes".

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  4. Astraeus1122 Davidson

    a good way if you do sweat is take a towel and change of clotes for work with spray on body was and shampoo spray wipe off33

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  5. D

    hey bb do you rember a very popular classic tv show knight rider it,s my favorite show with David hasselhoff did you watch it too it was made in the 80,s

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  6. BoxLid

    Wear merino wool if riding long distances, it's warm when wet, cool in the summer, and wicks moisture away.  It doesn't get stinky for days, and hand washed easily, so it's great when touring out in the sticks for days.  Take electrolyte drops with you on long rides rather than Gatorade or dry mixes, they work much better and weigh much less.

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  7. Jeff Heck

    Try riding without gloves. Take a break in the shade and pour water over your head and back. Bring an extra sweatband and paper towel to wipe out the inside of your helmet. Drink  a cold can of Coke, nothing better on a long hot summer ride.

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  8. StephenNu9

    I live in the northern central valley of California. There's almost no humidity in the summer. Because of that, there's much less sweating. In the sun, I always wear a wide brimmed floppy hat. Got to keep sun off the face and neck.

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  9. Baqca Sanke

    The super shakey video is not very pleasurable to watch. Makes my head hurt. Is there anything else you could do? Otherwise good video

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  10. Anton Gubin

    one thing that helped me a lot is have a rear rack and becoming a backpack free ))

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  11. Christopher Jing

    Hey Bike Blogger, how do you manage to find routes that are so free of traffic? Do you have to extend your commute by a ton to take the roads less traveled?

    Also do you use Strava or some similar GPS tracking app?

    I love your videos, thanks! 🙂

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  12. Maxim Petrov

    I have spent months investigating the best natural treatment for sweating and discovered a fantastic resource at Sebs Sweat Blueprint (google it if you are interested)

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  13. Mark Tagawa

    If you have a power meter, one thing that helps me to not be sweaty when I get on the train is that I try to keep power below 150W. It's kind of like a brisk walking pace.

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  14. Maltfalc

    spicy food doesn't raise your body temp, it just increases bloodflow to your skin, making you feel warmer but actually increasing heat loss.

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  15. bigballer

    Great channel mate. I like that you put lots of text in the description as well, it helps.

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  16. Aus80sRockRadio

    Best way I have found is ride when the temp is 1 degrees Celsius like it was for me riding to work this morning. No sweat ; )

    Reply

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