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Old 08-21-07, 09:11 AM   #1
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Your hottest commute?

103 F on 8/21/07 -- A new record for me, not that I'm particularly proud of it.

102 F on 8/8/02 -- Previous record, after which I swore to myself I wouldn't bike commute if it was supposed to top 100.

These temperatures won't look impressive to those living in the Southwest US, but the humidity in the Southeast really makes anything over 100 brutal. There is a difference between dry heat and humid heat. For the record, the all-time highest temperature in my city (Raleigh, NC) is 105.
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last year, many days with a heat index over 110. as a college student, Sept 11 99 (i think) the temp was 112, heat index about 120. That was hot. I was in an non-airconditioned dorm. fun times
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Frequent temps as a kid around 110F and was still riding.
Commuting in Denver my high has been 105F set last year.
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Well I passed a group of Co-ed's jogging once, that was pretty hot.
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48c (119f) for three days in a row, it was fine as long as I kept moving. As soon as I stopped it was brutal. So many stop signs not stopped at those days.
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105 in So Cal, July 2006. Thermometer that remembers max, zip-tied to my handlebar bag.
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The highest I ever saw on my thermometer was 107, but that read a bit high; I think it was about 104. It wasn't a problem, I just drank a little more water and kept going. I don't know what temp would make me stop but it's much higher than that.

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Well I passed a group of Co-ed's jogging once, that was pretty hot.
Damn, that never happens to me. OK, sometimes a single jogger, but they're mostly over 50.
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Well I passed a group of Co-ed's jogging once, that was pretty hot.
+1 Somewhere in the 90s would be my hottest. Those days are rare here. I'd guess my high-low spread is a little over 100 degrees F.
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A couple of weeks ago in was 101 with a 109 heat index. I had a few "you must be crazy" from some co-workers.
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103 F on 8/21/07 -- A new record for me, not that I'm particularly proud of it.

102 F on 8/8/02 -- Previous record, after which I swore to myself I wouldn't bike commute if it was supposed to top 100.

These temperatures won't look impressive to those living in the Southwest US, but the humidity in the Southeast really makes anything over 100 brutal. There is a difference between dry heat and humid heat. For the record, the all-time highest temperature in my city (Raleigh, NC) is 105.
Same as you I suppose, although I'm not sure what the temp is when I actually leave for the day.
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Old 08-21-07, 12:44 PM   #11
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119F in the shade. That translates to a 'feel like' temp of 134F in the full sun.

My commute is of course not in the shade, but on 170F pavement.

I've lived in Houston too and ridden there during several summers (104F, 95% humidity type) and can't say that either dry vs. wet is worse or better. At least one can go further in the humid highs, although one may feel hotter.

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I am surprised y'all have not switched to Kelvin with those temps. "Yes, I commute on the surface of the sun."
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A few Fridays ago it was around 100 and very humid. My two-digit bike themometer read 03 degrees. Creepy.

Monday morning was 48. Ah, New England.
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oh yeah. it's hot down here. damn.
I can deal with it during the day, but at night, when it's still in the 90s - that suckx.
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110F or so. But (all together now!) it's a dry heat.
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110-115š just before the monsoons hit...so humidity was high for Tucson, too.

You really rediscover the joys of a cold beer when you get home with that...
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110-115š just before the monsoons hit...so humidity was high for Tucson, too.
Yeah, 110F at 40% RH is a 135F or so HI. That what it was just at start of monsoon. It sure makes one sweat more, but it doesn't hurt as much as 120F actual temp with no haze to filter the intense sun.

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All I know, is that on numerous occassions, I have commuted in 100+ conditions. This doesn't really bother me much on a bicycle. Now TOURING in 100+ can wear on you after a while. You start to feel like you're melting, and just never can get enough to drink, even when your belly is inflated with water.
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I live in San Francisco, so maybe... 72 degrees?
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I live in San Francisco, so maybe... 72 degrees?
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heat index of 107 a couple weeks ago. that was brutal.
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Well I made a good call not riding today. It hit 105, which tied our all-time record. The temperatures I've listed are official recordings at the NWS at our airport. I am sure the temps are higher on the pavement, but I have no way to accurately measure that. I also wasn't listing the heat index, which has been over 110 on the days when it's topped 100F.
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The bank sign said 102F on the way home today.

Honestly, I can't tell the difference between 90 and 100. I'm going to ride regardless.
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110 degrees last Thursday. Of course I work in an un-air conditioned warehouse so the commute home was almost a relief.
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Back in the Coachella Valley I'd commute all summer. The hottest day I rode was 120 F. But lots of days in the hundred and teens. I enjoyed the heat. It was almost surrealistic. Can't touch the bike, the sky is pale blue and cloudless and the horizon shimmers. My tires would begin to melt if I kept the wheels on the ground at a stoplight.

Here's a web page I wrote about it.
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