Safe cycling in the sun 🌞🚴‍♀️

Summer is here, and with it many great bike rides in the sun. To ensure you have the best possible experience, it's important to prepare properly and stay safe. Here are some tips and reminders on how to best prepare for cycling in hot weather.

1. Check your bike before you set off

Make sure your bike is in good condition before you start your ride. Check that the tires are properly inflated, the chain is lubricated, and the brakes are working properly. Also make sure that any luggage is secure and stable.

2. Protect yourself from the sun

Sun protection is essential when cycling in the sun. Use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor and wear clothing that protects you from the sun's rays. A sun hat or cap can help protect your face and keep your head cool. Don't forget to bring sunglasses to protect your eyes.

3. Water, water and more water

Hydration is essential when cycling in the heat. Make sure you always have enough water with you and drink regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. If possible, plan your route so that you pass places where you can refill your water bottle.

4. Heat stroke and how to avoid it

To minimize the risk of heat stroke, avoid cycling in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest. Instead, try to cycle in the morning or late afternoon. If you notice dizziness, nausea or headaches while cycling, take a break in the shade and drink plenty of water.

5. Wear a helmet and protective clothing

A bicycle helmet is an essential part of cycling safety, whatever the weather. Make sure you wear a helmet that fits well and is approved according to current standards. Also wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn.

6. plan your route and tell someone where you are going

Before embarking on a long bike ride in the sun, plan your route and make sure someone knows where you are going. That way, someone can raise the alarm if you don't arrive as planned.

7. listen to your body

Cycling in hot weather can be strenuous, so listen to your body and take breaks when needed. If you feel tired or overheated, stop and rest in the shade before continuing your ride. Don't forget to drink water and eat something light to keep your energy levels up.

8. Pay attention to traffic and surroundings

When cycling in the sun, it can be difficult to see traffic and obstacles due to the light conditions. Always be aware of your surroundings and use hand signals to communicate with other road users. Also make sure to keep your distance from other cyclists and pedestrians.

9. First aid and tools to fix the bike

Always carry a first aid kit and some basic tools to fix any problems with your bike. You never know when you might need to apply a patch or adjust a loose part on your bike.

10. Have fun and enjoy nature

Finally, don't forget to have fun and enjoy your bike ride in the sun! Cycling is a great way to experience Sweden's beautiful nature and get some exercise at the same time. So relax, pedal away and experience summer from the saddle.

Follow these tips and reminders for summer cycling to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Have a great summer filled with adventure and sunshine, and cycle safely!