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post #1 of 11 Old 11-20-2015, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in Summer?

Hello all, I was hoping you could all give me some advice on what to wear during the Summer months since in Australia it's only 9 days away.

My current riding gear is short sleeved polo top, jodphur boots and what they call Dublin Supa Slender Fit Jodphurs.

Is this good Summer weather gear? I'm researching into what gear will keep be cool but also safe and comfortable.

My helmet does have a ventilation system, I had to dish out extra but the cheaper ones were super bulky and had no ventilation..and were generally lesser quality.

Also I was told wetting a bandanna and tying it around my neck will help keep me cool. Has anyone ever tried this? I'm curious is that will actually help.

Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 12:19 PM
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I wear a cooling towel. They work much better than a wet bandanna.

Tank top and capris. If its brushy I will wear long pants.

But really a cooling towel is well worth the $. I carry a bottle of water with me unless I know I will be riding near a water source to rewet my towel.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 12:33 PM
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For me (an import to the Southern US), last summer was pretty brutal. 35*C and high humidity was the norm, even in the morning.
The year before I rode in tank tops and was hot. This summer I tried the long-sleeved, sweat activated cooling shirts: best decision I ever made!
Love those things! They keep me cool, provide sun protection and wash/dry easily.
Gave one to my instructor as a gift, and she was wearing it all summer long as well.
When I had to work outside around noon, I just added a wet rag around my neck, but after my experience with the shirts, a cooling towel would be even better...
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 01:05 PM
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Early morning and evening hours would be great times to ride. Even if the temperature is the same those hours, the sun is not so hot against your skin and it makes a big difference.
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 01:34 PM
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It may depend on where in Australia you are. In the southwest US desert, with lots of sun and very little humidity, a long sleeve cotton shirt over a T-shirt keeps the sun off the arms and is much cooler than just a T-shirt. My idea of summer wear:


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post #6 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 08:36 PM
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It may depend on where in Australia you are. In the southwest US desert, with lots of sun and very little humidity, a long sleeve cotton shirt over a T-shirt keeps the sun off the arms and is much cooler than just a T-shirt.
I got so many remarks this summer about wearing something with long sleeves People were convinced I was going to pass out from heat stroke within minutes

This may be TMI, but even in low humidity conditions I sweat a lot, so a wicking fabric is key
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, I live in the New South Wales west out in the bush, it does get pretty humid during December and January with the sun bearing down on you 34 C is considered the norm in January but it can and does reach over 40+ C . I'll be either be riding during the morning or evenings since the place I ride has an indoor arena with lights.

I'll try and take two water bottles with me, one to keep in a small cooler bag and one to tie on my saddle, as everyone out that place has straps on their saddles for water bottles. Chances are I won't need two but better safe then sorry.

I went ahead and ordered myself a pair cooling towels, I had no idea those existed but seem like they'll be helpful for not only riding but for other things I enjoy like hiking through the bush, just need to wait for them to arrive.
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post #8 of 11 Old 11-21-2015, 10:37 PM
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For me (an import to the Southern US), last summer was pretty brutal. 35*C and high humidity was the norm, even in the morning.
The year before I rode in tank tops and was hot. This summer I tried the long-sleeved, sweat activated cooling shirts: best decision I ever made!
Love those things! They keep me cool, provide sun protection and wash/dry easily.
Gave one to my instructor as a gift, and she was wearing it all summer long as well.
When I had to work outside around noon, I just added a wet rag around my neck, but after my experience with the shirts, a cooling towel would be even better...
I have always wondered if those sweat activated cooling shirts where worth it.

Thanks!
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-22-2015, 12:31 AM
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I have always wondered if those sweat activated cooling shirts where worth it.

Thanks!
yep, I wondered the same and decided to try some when they were on sale Just stuck to Colombia ones (until now) and they are great! If you don't sweat enough, some water down the shirt will do the trick as well...

Now I want to try some ice-fil riding tights...
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-23-2015, 04:49 PM
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I reckon we are in for a hot summer if last week was anything to go by.

To me where you ride is important, stick to undercover or shaded areas of possible and ride early morning, as it's the coolest time.

I just wear thin black tights that you can get anywhere for around $10 rather than riding pants. I know lots recommend long sleeves but I usually try to ride out of direct sunlight and wear singlets.
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