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Old 08-04-08, 06:03 PM   #1
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What rage of temps do you commute in throughout the year?

I was just wondering what kinds of temperatures everybody faces on their commute.

In Las Vegas the summers can peak at 120+ degrees.

I have survived my first summer commuting out here, but now I'm starting to dwell on the upcoming winter.

We can reach freezing temps in the dead of winter. And we're in the desert and we get some killer winds. In the winter those cold winds cut through like a knife.



So what temps do you brave?

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Old 08-04-08, 06:07 PM   #2
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Old 08-04-08, 06:12 PM   #3
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About 36-94. It often gets hotter, but I really don't want to ride in it. Actually I have trouble with cold as well.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:17 PM   #4
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In two+ years temps have ranged from 99°F to -6°F (without wind chill factor). I have a rather short commute (~4.5 miles one way).
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Old 08-04-08, 06:19 PM   #5
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It's between 30 and 50 F in the mornings when I leave, and between 70 and 90 when I leave work... pretty much year round. It rains maybe five days a year. We pay for it to be like that.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:21 PM   #6
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Upper 90s on the high end, and I call it quits if it hits single digits. So far I haven't called it off due to cold. 14 degrees once, though.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:22 PM   #7
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between 10-100F
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Old 08-04-08, 06:23 PM   #8
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Almost always between 65-75F. I don't do the return trip until well after sunset.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:31 PM   #9
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5-90F+, though my commute is mighty short.
Thankfully 90F+ days are few and usually far between.
I use goggles when it's below 20F and longjohns plus goretex or windblocker pants/coat/hat and insulated boots for the below 15F days.
Watch out for ice when it's below freezing - remember you can have puddles in the sun and ice in the shadows. If you lived in a colder climate, I would recommend studded tires, such as Schwalbe Winters.
Keep an eye on the forecast and dress appropriately; you'll be fine; you might even work up a sweat.
Check out the winter cycling forum, too.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:40 PM   #10
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however cold it gets around here (15 deg maybe?) up to whatever it's been the last couple of days, somewhere between 105 and 110. 100 is about my limit, and i'm definitely done with commuting this summer until the late afternoon heat slacks off. (i only rode to work twice last week, and none since then except early morning groceries and late afternoon movie store trips over the weekend.)

yesterday at 6p was over 105, still 99 at 9 pm. i hate it here in the summer.
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Old 08-04-08, 06:43 PM   #11
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Before kids: Temperatures? What do I care?

With kids: If it's going to be above 85° on the return trip, we don't do the outbound trip on a bike. Subway time.

I'm not sure what the low-temperature limit with kids is yet. Probably somewhere in the low 50s.

And I no longer ride in significant rain.
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Old 08-04-08, 07:11 PM   #13
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high teens (rare) to low 100's (also relatively rare)
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I imagine the best place in the nation (world?) to commute by bike is San Diego. I don't live there anymore (Atlanta now), but that's where I grew up. We had bike lanes on almost every road, and some were separated by a curb-like line of concrete. Bike riders are all over the place there (along with flung-open car doors on the side).

Right along the coast the typical summer high (which only lasts about an hour or two) is 80, and the typical low around 60. In the winter the typical high is about 65-70, and the typical low about 55-60.

Perfect riding weather.
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Old 08-04-08, 07:15 PM   #15
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~25 F - ~105 F

We've had a long stretch of 90-something weather lately. I find myself hoping for rain on the way home .
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Coldest commute this year... -46 C
Hottest this year... 33 C
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Old 08-04-08, 07:22 PM   #17
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Commuting for the past year-and-a-half. Temp range (w/o wind chill) 10F-100F/-12C-38C. I could easily go a good deal colder--not very interested in going much warmer (mid-Atlantic humidity sucks).

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Old 08-04-08, 07:23 PM   #18
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I pack it in once streets become icy.
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Lowest -10 or -15F, highest 100-105f.
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Lowest: negative 15 F. On the high end I don't pay attention, but I'm sure I have been out in the 90's.
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My highest temperature bike commuting was 104F, and lowest was 18F over the past year or so. The 104 was much worse than the 18. You can dress for the cold temps, within reason, but you can only take off so many clothes when it gets really hot. Plus the temperatures on a large, busy street at 5 pm in the afternoon are actually much hotter than the official high temps.
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Old 08-04-08, 07:35 PM   #22
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Hot, no problem generally on my short commute. 20 degrees with wind and I have to wear too much to make it fun. When I used to train, 26 was the set point. I'd have to put on an extra layer and the fun dropped out!
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Old 08-04-08, 07:39 PM   #23
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North of Atlanta we see mid 20'sf on the low end (very very rarely lower) and we tickle 100f a couple weeks a year. The bonus is we have suck humidity of 50% or better most of the year. Morning in the summers we see 90%. This yea has been an unusually mild summer for us. Actually been quite pleasant compared to a couple years ago.
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Low is 5F. High 105F.

This next winter I intend to pick up some more gear and see if I can make it even lower.

Now.... Vegas has a winter?
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Coldest commute this year... -46 C
Thts soo cold.

Here in Perth it doesn't so much get cold, coldest would be about 0 Celsius in the winter.
But in the summer it can reach up to 45 Celsius.
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