Best Electrolyte Sources and Preventing Foggy Glasses Q: Do I need to bring anything on a supported century ride that has aid stations? You can show up empty handed at a century, but we don't recommend it.
Even well supported rides offer mostly just the basics: sports drinks, gels, energy bars, bananas, and a mechanic or two for minor bike repairs. cheap oakleys online In addition to essentials like your ID, insurance and credit cards, some cash, a minitool, and flat repair items, a few secret weapons can make the difference between surviving and thriving. For starters, pack your own snacks and drinks if the event doesn't offer your favorites or you're finicky. It's always a good idea to wear emergency identification like Road ID. And bring sunscreen, lip balm, and a single use packet of chamois cream, says Nick Nicastro, founder of SAGmonkey, a company in the San Francisco Bay area that provides pro style support services for athletes and events. If you plan to juggle Instagram and turn by turn GPS all day, keep your smartphone in business with a product like the Bike2Power BikeConsole Power Plus ($70 to $90), a charger case that mounts to a handlebar. And consider wearing a pocketed base layer like Giro's New Road Base Pockets ($50) under your jersey for extra cargo room. A bicycle wheel is held together by spokes that attach the rim to the hub. Ideally, the spokes pull equally from all directions, creating even tension that gives the wheel strength to hold its shape under pressure. The bumps and vibration of riding, however, can cause some spokes to loosen, which prevents the wheel from staying perfectly round. The most noticeable sign that a wheel is out of true is when your brakes keep rubbing the same spot on the rim, says Jude Gerace, founder of ???? Sugar Wheel Works in Portland, Oregon. You can try to correct it by tightening individual spokes until the rubbing stops and the wheel is a (nearly) textbook circle again. But wheel truing is a precise and subtle art that requires special tools, patience, and Zenlike focus. How can I keep my glasses from fogging up on rides? First, understand how it happens. Warmth from your face, breath, or the air temperature contacts cooler air in front of the lenses red oakley sunglasses and condenses at the back, blocking your vision. It usually occurs when you stop moving; once you start pedaling, your continuous movement helps the fog evaporate. Prevent it in the first place by choosing eyewear with vented lenses and making sure your glasses allow a slight gap between your cheek and the lens. "If it's still an issue, move them down your nose a millimeter or two," says Declan Lonergan, North American product manager for Oakley sunglasses. "They will de fog in a couple of seconds." We've heard all sorts of MacGyver hacks glycerin, mayonnaise, and Johnson's Baby Shampoo applied and left to dry overnight and one of those tricks may work for you, although it could leave behind a cloudy film. You might have better luck with an anti fog solution, says Brent Martin, founder and president of Ryders Eyewear, who suggests one called Fogtech. If all this fails, visit an optics shop and ask about lenses made with permanent anti fog coating. I'm trying to stay away from sugary sports drinks. What are some options that ensure I'll get enough electrolytes? For most rides under an hour, plain water may be all you need. For longer endeavors, in hot conditions, or if you sweat heavily, there are a number of sugar free electrolyte replacement products on the market, such as Hammer Endurolytes capsules oakley decals or Nuun Active Hydration tablets that dissolve in your bottle. Just make sure they give you enough sodium, the main electrolyte you lose through sweat. But if you're aiming for performance, you'll want to top off these natural supplies. How much sodium should you try to replace? You could lose anywhere from 300 to 2,000mg in a liter of sweat, Lim says. If your jersey is crusted with white residue after a ride, you may be on the higher end of that spectrum.
To ballpark how much you sweat off, weigh yourself before and after a ride. Replace every pound of weight you lose with 16 ounces of fluid and 200 to 500mg of sodium. In a pinch, Lim says, salty foods paired with water can help.
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