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This neck wrap will help keep you cool while biking in the summer

It's all about having the right gear and the proper clothing.

> Cool - Premium Ice Neck Wrap, Starting at $15.99

> Cool - Premium Ice Neck Wrap, Starting at $15.99

Greater Than Cool

I consider myself an all-weather bike commuter and adventurer who rarely allows the weather to discourage me from riding. People often ask me how I can bike throughout the cold winter months and the intense heat of summer (which seem to be getting colder and hotter, respectively). I usually reply with some line about having the right gear and the proper clothing.

When cycling in the heat – and I mean 100 plus degrees Fahrenheit heat with little to no shade – there isn’t a lot of actual gear or any kind of clothing that will make you feel cooler. Drinking as much water as possible and ice are what will help you through.

A few years ago, I spent 5 months biking the Silk Road from Beijing to Istanbul, pedaling through Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Turkey. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have very desert-like weather with temperatures reaching 100F or more daily. And there is very little shade. My fellow cyclists and I would employ all kinds of ice pack applications in an attempt to stay cool. We’d fill nylons with ice cubes (when we could find them) and stick them down the backs of our shirts and around our necks. When we’d manage to find a store with a working freezer with water in it, we’d buy frozen bottles of water and put them in the small of our backs.

I’d never really experienced heat like that before that particular trip. If I had, I would’ve known to bring along something like The Greater Than Cool neck wrap.

> Cool - Premium Ice Neck Wrap
Greater Than > Cool
amazon.com
$19.99

You can insert either ice cubes, frozen gel packs (not included) into this neck wrap. Made from a proprietary fabric that absorbs moisture (unlike neoprene), the Greater Than Cool wrap will provide a cooling effect that will last longer than many other available products. As the ice melts, the wrap distributes cool moisture on your neck and down your back which can help lower your body temperature.

While humidity and outdoor temperature will ultimately determine how long you can go in between refills, this wrap offers the flexibility of refilling it with ice from a freezer or soda machine, which you can stop and grab while riding.

Another version is the Ice Pack Bandana made by Cool + Relief which comes with two reusable ice pack inserts. With its adjustable Velcro closure, you can wear this bandana in a variety of ways including around your neck, head, back, or eyes. If you want to have extra ice pack inserts on hand, you can purchase those as well

Cool + Relief Cooling Ice Pack Bandana
COOL + RELIEF WWW.COOLRELIEF.NET
amazon.com
$11.00

Or you can simply buy some nylons and fill ‘em with cubes. Whichever way you choose, an ice neck wrap will help keep you cool while cycling, no matter where in the world you happen to be.