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Old 07-06-11, 09:55 PM   #1
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LA people--how's the HOT weather?

I miss June gloom! It's been really hot here in the Los Angeles area. Getting hotter too. I can't commute in this heat. Cold? No problem. But the heat saps my energy and I get to work unusually sweaty. Also don't like the sun beating down on me.

Hoping for cooler weather. I miss riding my bike.
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Old 07-07-11, 11:47 AM   #2
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It's not that bad. Last year, I only skipped the commute 3 or 4 times when it got in the neighborhood of 100.
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Old 07-07-11, 02:37 PM   #3
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I miss June gloom! It's been really hot here in the Los Angeles area. Getting hotter too. I can't commute in this heat. Cold? No problem. But the heat saps my energy and I get to work unusually sweaty. Also don't like the sun beating down on me.

Hoping for cooler weather. I miss riding my bike.
Have you tried soaking your shirt/headband in water?, the evaporation cooling in this dry climate can be an advantage....or get a job near the beach: Balona creek bike path has a westerly sea-breeze to keep you cool. We rode the whole length and back yesterday, it wasnt hot at all.
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Old 07-07-11, 03:47 PM   #4
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Seems to have been fairly humid, for SoCal anyway. I notice the heat more when I'm stopped than rolling, but we'll see this afternoon how it goes.
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Old 07-07-11, 04:08 PM   #5
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As temperature sensitive as I am, I don't think it is that hot here now. The humidity is making things bad but not the heat. I have traveled nearly 75 miles in the last three days and am feeling fine.
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Old 07-07-11, 04:12 PM   #6
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LOL @ Los Angeles being "hot." Come down to the other "LA" and see!
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I miss June gloom! It's been really hot here in the Los Angeles area. Getting hotter too. I can't commute in this heat. Cold? No problem. But the heat saps my energy and I get to work unusually sweaty. Also don't like the sun beating down on me.

Hoping for cooler weather. I miss riding my bike.
I suggest riding anyway and doing what you can to make yourself comfortable. My guess is that after awhile you'll get acclimated to it and it won't seem so bad. We're having about the same weather here, - maybe slightly less humid, but for us this is typical summer weather. Few if any would think it's too hot to be on a bike. To me this is heaven compared to a bitterly cold winter day.

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Old 07-07-11, 05:05 PM   #8
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It ain't the heat, its the humidity!! This has been a very mild summer so far, so I don't think we have too much right to complain. When the mercury hits 105 F, then let the whining begin!!
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LOL @ Los Angeles being "hot." Come down to the other "LA" and see!
People in this LA are absurdly sensitive and prone to whining about minor shifts in temperature. It seems like whenever the temperature gets more than 10 degrees above or below 72, all anyone wants to talk about is how "hot" or "cold" it is. I just roll my eyes.
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Old 07-07-11, 06:21 PM   #10
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Don't be a wuss, mid 80's isn't bad at all.
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Unless you're in the valley it isn't so bad. There have only been a few days in past summers that really felt too hot and left me feeling burnt out
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Just got back from a 25 mile ride in Orange County. Wasn't that bad, just concentrated on riding. The water in my bottles did get a little warm, though. I'll remember to add some ice tomorrow.
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not really noticing anything but the humidity on my commute.

last weekend riding through sycamore on the mountain bike, it got pretty damn hot once I broke out of the tree's near the top of guadalupe trail (or however it's spelled). Was nice coming back down through the creek crossings, though!
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People are different. Though the kind of weather they're currently having in LA is very typical for summer here, some people find it uncomfortable and much prefer the weather we get in the fall. Other people, myself included, really enjoy this weather.

Like I said before though, because we have such brutal winters even the locals who don't like warm temps find this weather more than suitable for being outdoors.

I spent last week camping with some boy scouts. The first day and a half was cold with frequent torrential downpours. All activities, - 90% of which were outdoors, went on as planned including the greased watermelon battle in a frigid lake. It got progressively warmer during the week until Thursday when it reached the upper 90's with high humidity and mosquitoes like you wouldn't believe. Again all activities went on as planned. Mid week was pretty nice. In spite of the bad weather days, the scouts managed to enjoy themselves.

So when we think it's too cold, too wet, too hot, or too whatever to commute, just think that there's probably somebody working or playing outdoors most of the day in those very conditions.

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Haha! It seems to be a bit cooler the past couple of days. Yeah, it's just the humity, and I guess in the grand scheme of things, it ain't that bad--yet.
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Return commute today was 95F and plenty of ozone around... not too much fun but still beats getting into the car.
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Return commute today was 95F and plenty of ozone around... not too much fun but still beats getting into the car.
+1. Kind of feeling it today after first two days of commuting. Seems like I couldn't get enough water...
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Remember people,if you take the water away,it's desert,with snakes and tortoise and pack rats,not a tropical oasis.

If you want hot,go 100 miles east of L.A.,it's a 120 degrees in the shade.

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Pretty bloody gorgeous in the beach cities, mid to low seventies, I'll take it anytime
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People are different. Though the kind of weather they're currently having in LA is very typical for summer here, some people find it uncomfortable and much prefer the weather we get in the fall. Other people, myself included, really enjoy this weather.

Like I said before though, because we have such brutal winters even the locals who don't like warm temps find this weather more than suitable for being outdoors.

I spent last week camping with some boy scouts. The first day and a half was cold with frequent torrential downpours. All activities, - 90% of which were outdoors, went on as planned including the greased watermelon battle in a frigid lake. It got progressively warmer during the week until Thursday when it reached the upper 90's with high humidity and mosquitoes like you wouldn't believe. Again all activities went on as planned. Mid week was pretty nice. In spite of the bad weather days, the scouts managed to enjoy themselves.

So when we think it's too cold, too wet, too hot, or too whatever to commute, just think that there's probably somebody working or playing outdoors most of the day in those very conditions.
Ah, that good old midwestern stoicism. I'm from your general area and have a similar relationship with the weather. So as a transplant to LA, I don't have much patience when people go on and on about how bad the weather is.
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