Hamptons Recreation” Tips for Bike riding in summer heat

Summer heat can make bicycling uncomfortable and downright dangerous. Below are some suggestions for coping with summer weather. Most of this advice is fairly common-sense, but it never hurts to hear it again.

Plan. Plan trips well ahead of time, and give yourself enough time to ride and recover. Know how long you can comfortably stay outside and therefore how far you can safely ride (generally under an hour; ideally under 30 minutes). Select routes that allow you to keep moving with fewer or shorter stops. Try to locate and follow shaded routes, or routes traveling through cooler areas (i.e. flood-irrigated neighborhoods)Check for potential cooling points along your route.

Westhampton Liberty Riders
Westhampton Liberty Riders, photo credit Kurt Leggard

Acclimate. Start out riding slowly and avoid the hottest parts of the day (10 am to 4 pm). If you’re just getting started with commuting by bicycle, you might want to make the switch gradually instead of trying to dive in during the summer heat. Dress strategically: consider whether dry-wicking clothing and sunscreen work best for you, or if you’d prefer light, loose, long-sleeved cotton for sun coverage.

Hydrate. “Eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty”. Drink lots of water before, during, and after riding, beginning up to a day ahead of your ride. Always carry plenty of water and don’t be afraid to ask businesses to refill water bottles. If you wait until you’re thirsty, you are usually not drinking enough and it may already be too late to avoid heat exhaustion. A good indicator of good hydration is the need to urinate once an hour.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion. Learn to recognize your body’s signs of heat exhaustion, which are similar to signs of fever. Initial signs can be subtle, so know them and pay attention. At the first signs of heat exhaustion: back off. Relax your pace, and increase your fluid intake, especially if you have stopped feeling thirsty. If you do not recover within 10-20 minutes, immediately find air conditioning or shade, and be prepared to call 911. Heat stroke can occur quickly and it is potentially fatal, so don’t try to tough it out, even if you only need to travel a short remaining distance. Lastly, if you get a flat tire or have mechanical problems, be sure to seek out shade or a place indoors for repairs. It is also important, in order to avoid heat exhaustion, to have great HVAC facilities in your home after a day out cycling in the heat. Getting your air conditioning replaced or fixed by companies like Boulden Brothers, could help to keep your body cool and relaxed after being in the sun all day.

How to Not Get Hit By Cars: Diagrams of the most common accident scenarios and how to avoid them or reduce the impact of an unavoidable accident. Getting hit by a car can have a lifelong impact on your health and well being. Brain injuries, accidental amputation and PTSD, are just a few of the potential consequences of being involved in a collision. Always ride safely.

Cycling at Night: Guidelines for how to improve your visibility and safety at night.

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Hamptons Recreation..Things to do this summer 2013..There are so many recreational things to enjoy in the Hamptons during the course of the summer…over 14 fun activities…Windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, soccer, stand-up paddleboarding, golf, tennis, sailing, baseball, volleyball, basketball, rowing, lifeguarding, biking, and much much more… There are many camps for kids to take part in, some expensive and a couple of very inexpensive camps. There are several clinics in each town, like soccer, baseball, golf, basketball, field hockey & volleyball. There are lessons, classes, tours for most recreational sports that you want. If families are in need of some recreational equipment to take part in these fun activities, they can look at this to find kayaks in different styles so they can join in on the summer fun.

BEACHbikeOne of my favorite hidden secrets in the Hamptons is Amagansett Beach & Bicycle…in Amagansett, NY…I love this business because they offer rentals for Bikes*Kayaks*Surf boards/paddle boards*Boogie boards. They deliver and pick-up and that is VERY COOL. Basically you can have any of these items delivered right to your home and waiting for you when you get to your house. If you are having guest for 1 day or 1 week, you can arrange for a rental and have the bikes or any other item delivered and this way your guest can have a fun-filled week to explore the Hamptons. It’s similar services to you going on vacation yourself and looking on the web for a local bike rental company to collect a bicycle from to use for a day or two. Amagansett Beach & Bicycle is the connoisseur of recreational equipment in the Hamptons with that added touch of delivering. They will also pick-up and deliver if your bike needs repair, they have on staff technicians and therefore they have the added value of experienced staff in-house to help with all of your biking needs. Amagansett Beach & Bicycle

Check out their schedule of classes*lessons & tours for Kayaking* Biking & Stand-up Paddling http://www.amagansettbeachco.comlee oldak

The Town of Southampton has many activities for children, there is no need for your kids to complain about being bored and you do not need to spend a fortune to entertain them…Did you know that the town of Southampton offers a month-long camp for $50 for the month? Did you know that this camp is offered in 3 locations throughout the Hamptons.

Summer fun Playground program

cost: $50 for one child, $125 for family 3 or more
Time: M-F 9a-12n
ages k-6
  1. East Quogue..East Quogue School Registration date 6/21 12n-130pm, dates for camp are 6/24-7/19
  2. Sag harbor, Mashashimuet Park, Registration date 7/3 8a-10am, dates for camp are 7/8-8/12
  3. Hampton Bays, Red Creek Park, Registration date 7/18/13 8-10am, dates for camp are 7/22-8/16

The town of Southampton offers many programs for kids to participate in during the summer: Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, lifesaving, lifeguarding programs, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing, surfing, golf, tennis,clinics

Side view of young windsurferFor more information on the Youth camp click on link…Southampton Summer 2013

East Hampton offers many programs as well at affordable fee’s click here for more information on Parks & Recreation 2013

What about having an experience in the Hamptons…Looking to do something different with friends…here are a few suggestions: Something for adults

  • Take a bike tour through Springs or even to Montauk…
  • Kayak tour for 4 with your friends…explore the Hamptons in a fun recreational experience… price $79 contact Amagansett Beach & bicycle for more information for both these events


SV DOVE CHARTERS.…in Sag Harbor provides an amazing experience…can seat up to 6 people and the rate is very affordable…HURRY and BOOK your charter to watch the Fireworks in Sag Harbor on Saturday, July 6th 2013…

  • Have a tasteful but fun bachelorette party
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Romantic Cruise
  • afternoon of fun on a Sailboat, (you have lunch and go swimming)

stop by next week…for more recreational things to do in the Hamptons this summer…Hamptons Recreation

Haven's Beach, Sag HarborHamptons Recreation.Out for an early morning walk, my attention was caught by loud music coming from Havens Beach on Saturday, May 18th,people were Paddle Boarding at Haven Beach. If you’ve never paddle boarded, I hear it’s great fun and the people paddle boarding looked like they were having a whale of a time! You may want to have a look for an electric pump for paddle boards before you start, but apart from that, there’s no reason why you can’t get into paddle boarding yourself. One of my friends from Germany is a keen paddle boarder and even has her own sup board. They look like so much fun! I tried to do my yoga and focus on peace and tranquility, but the activity distracted me so I jogged along the water to see what was happening. It was a nice surprise to find groups of people lining up their paddle boards for the Paddle Race for the Baykeeper. I couldn’t resist hanging around until the start, as paddle boarding is a new found hobby of mine. Some were embarking on a 3 mile recreation race; others would loop around twice for a 6 mile elite race set on a course marked by orange buoys around beautiful Northwest Harbor. It is also great to know that after 27 years of talking about it, Sag Harbor Village has agreed to finally complete the clean up of the Havens Beach drainage ditch. The Peconic Baykeeper has been leading this fight for a long time. Work should be done this summer.

Paddle boarding is a fantastic sport, every morning you will see many out and about at Haven’s beach this summer on their paddle boards. Haven's Beach, Sag Harbor

For all your Paddle boards needs Amagansett Beach & Bicycle has a selection of boards for both sale and rental. Click on image for more information…Click here for more on Hamptons Recreation

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Hamptons Recreation (East Hampton, NY) . Hello there…Did you know that both the town of East Hampton and Southampton have Junior lifeguard programs for kids ages 9-14. Did you also know that in the town of East Hampton you could become a lifeguard at the age of 15 and 16 in the town of Southampton? My oldest took this program and became a Lifeguard at age 15, worked at a camp that summer and the following year took her certification to become an instructor to teach swim classes. It has served her well and she has made a nice income from her certifications as a lifeguard.2013 Junior Lifeguard Program

dsc_8433 copyHere is the Information for the Town of East Hampton: The Pool Program is also FREE…but you will want to ask them about the Ocean program that starts at the end of June.

Training, Evaluating & Testing Program for 2013 Summer Junior Lifeguard Program

Age 9(7/1/13)-Age 14 @ the YMCA East Hamptons ReCenter Pool

Sundays-130-230pm   March 10th-June 16 (except 3/31 (Easter) & April 21st (pool closed)

Sign-up at ReCenter and Sunday at 115pm (parents must be present to sign-up their child)

For more information on 2013 Junior Lifeguard Program click on this link

Unfortunately I do not have any information for the Town of Southampton...please click on this link for contact information.

Stop back next week, I will add the information for the Red Cross Lifeguard programs and the Town of East Hampton and Southampton Programs…or speak to the same people about the lifeguard programs. Hamptons recreation

pbk_3546Greetings Hamptons MouthPiece Readers…the biggest advantage parents can give their kids each day is making sure they stay active at least 60 minutes each day. Studies show that physical activity can not only help the kids stay healthy, it can enhance important skills like concentration and problem solving which can improve academic performance. This means physical activity can help your kids in the most important game of all…LIFE.

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