Commuter Tips: Summer Riding

Ladies, it's that time of the year when we wanna look absolutely adorable on our bikes under the summer sun. In SF we don't get much hot weather but occasionally we do! So for others out there with warmer summer weather, here are some tips to keep you looking commuter cute.

- Commute time is more predictable when you travel by bike, so you’ll soon be able to gauge how long a journey will take. Be sure to check google maps for how long your commute or errand will take you. Also be sure to check your weather app so that you can plan your outfit for the day. 

- Always carry a makeup kit with some wet wipes, a comb, and antiperspirant deodorant for a quick freshen up at your destination. More than likely, you’ll arrive at your destination with a beautiful healthy glow.

- Riding a bike is good for your health and all that fresh air is good for your skin. Just remember to lather some sunscreen and shade your eyes before you take off.

- Helmet hair and heating can be an issue. When wearing a helmet, you can tie back long hair, or secure further in a french plait. Since my hair is long and thick, I like wearing a silk scarf to protect my made up hair from flying in my face. The scarf also serves as a sweat protectant from drips getting into my face. If I overheat a bit, I always stop for a sweat pat and water break. Take a comb or brush with you to revive your style when you reach your destination.

- Using panniers or a basket rather than wearing a rucksack will stop you from getting a sweaty back
wear lightweight clothing to keep you from soaking up. in SF we don't have to worry too much about this but when that Indian summer rolls through, I like to keep my skirts and tank tops on carrying a light sweater in case it cools up. If soaking is unavoidable, carry extra clothes to change into at your destination. 

- Give yourself time to cool down and hydrate with water when you arrive at your destination. remember to always carry water with you!

Happy summer riding!


cb said...

lady these are such great tips! hey would you like to do a guest post on commuting? and maybe add some of these awesome tips??? i use these but a lot of my readers are so scared to ride because of these very issues and to see someone like you who looks so put together would be awesome!
let me know :D


citygirlrides said...

@cb, i would love to guest post, just email me with detail and all and i'll get back to you when i can.

Marthaamay O_o said...

I like these tips, thank you!

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