With temperatures this weekend predicted to soar, there’s greater need than ever to stay well hydrated on your bike. A Camelpak is a comfortable way to carry a useful amount of drink, and if you fill it with cold water, it acts like a cooling system for your back.
On an intensive ride, you need to drink about 1 litre of water every hour and it’s best taken little and often. If you are on a particularly long or competitive ride, you may want to add an energy drink to the water.
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Driving to Europe this summer?
The effect of dehydration has been shown to be equivalent to drinking and driving – a problem exacerbated by long motorway journeys in a hot country.
Researchers found that mild hypo hydration increased driver errors during a prolonged, monotonous driving task. The effect on the motorists tested by Loughborough University was equivalent to driving at the drink drive limit (blood alcohol content of approximately 0.08 per cent) or while sleep deprived.
Studies were first carried out on men, who drank 200 ml of water every hour. On the dehydration test day, the same subjects consumed only 25 ml per hour – the equivalent of four sips. When dehydrated, the drivers were more likely to drift, brake late, and touch the rumble strip.
Ethical cycle insurance
On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.
With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. No wonder The Good Shopping Guide has voted us Britain’s most ethical insurance company three years in a row.