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Old 10-09-07, 04:59 PM   #1
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Theoretically Perfect Weather for Riding a Bicycle

Well, if it is not sunny, 75, no clouds, no humidity to speak of and a tailwind of around 10 MPH would someone please set me straight? Damn what a nice day here!
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Old 10-09-07, 05:09 PM   #2
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I went out this morning at sunrise - 51 degrees. We have a front coming in tonight and we had variable cross winds that seemed to be in our face the entire ride. 75 degrees with a tailwind. Great concept.
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Well, down the road a piece from you, it was nice as well.

Me and Ol' Fuj did an after work ride with barely any wind. Used my new head light and tail light for the first time. Welcome additions.
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Perfect ride weather here yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 65 degrees, no clouds, NO wind. A day!
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Perfect ride weather here yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 65 degrees, no clouds, NO wind. A day!
+1. 75 is about 10 degrees too warm for me, and if there's a wind, it's going to taketh away at some point what it giveth in the other direction.
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Even getting a little better down here, 83F and only 65% RH right now. First cold front is scheduled to arrive this weekend so low 80s and dryer air. Watched the news on Monday and they said it would be a great week only 10% chance of rain on Tuesday. Went out for my ride and the sky opened up for about 4 miles of my ride. Really ticked me off as I just cleaned and lubed my bike on Monday.
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+1. 75 is about 10 degrees too warm for me, and if there's a wind, it's going to taketh away at some point what it giveth in the other direction.
Normally that is true about the wind. But yesterday I was riding only south, I'd taken my jeep in for repair work and was riding the bike home. I've figured out that is the best way to take the hassle out of getting a vehicle either dropped off for repair or picked up afterwards. One more great reason to ride a bike, and it is very self satisfying!
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I like it just a bit cooler, but 75 with a 10 mph tail wind is at least a 9 on a 0 to 10 scale.
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You are reminding me of our tour leader. he came up with this:
It is F78. The Sun is shining. The Birds are singing. The wind is from behind. Where is the challenge to biking in this?
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The perfect weather for a ride is warm at the start (~80F), and progressively cooler the longer you go, down to about 70. The wind changes as your course changes. It's downhill, too. With no obnoxious drivers.
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As a Celt living at 33 degrees latitude, my favorite weather for being outdoors is 65F / 18C and overcast.
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I have to agree with the 60 - 65 degree weather. If I have to wear arm warmers - it's perfect out. I am some how energized by the cooler weather. Once the sun starts baking, my mojo is zapped. Usually over 80 degrees is too hot for me. With proper clothing I also do fine in temperatures down to 35 - 40 degrees. Anything cooler than that have trouble warming up.

So I retire in a few years and here's my question - where can I move where the weather is going to be cool and dry (40 -70 degrees), usually sunny or lightly overcast, all year round? Does that place exist?
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So I retire in a few years and here's my question - where can I move where the weather is going to be cool and dry (40 -70 degrees), usually sunny or lightly overcast, all year round? Does that place exist?
I think that you already live in about as close as you can get in the States to what you are looking for. S. CA still gets too hot and too cool at times but the majority of time is in that middle range. Go farther south and summers are too tough, go farther north and winters get too tough. I'm heading into the sweet spot Nov-Apr the humidity and temps moderate and the rains pretty much die out. Cycling in S. Fl in January is perfect, August much less so.
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75 degrees, dead calm, sunny is ok, if it's not low enough to get in my eyes (or other peoples') I can make my own breeze , and any tailwind is usually offset by headwinds/crosswinds on the return leg.
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So I retire in a few years and here's my question - where can I move where the weather is going to be cool and dry (40 -70 degrees), usually sunny or lightly overcast, all year round? Does that place exist?
That is relatively easy to achieve (if you increase the temp range to 80) ... if you have two homes.

With one home, it's a bit tougher.

I would love to have a summer home in northern Wisconsin or Minnesota, and a winter home in the South.
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If I ever win the Lottery, I want to have a summer home in Alaska or Utah/Idaho and a winter home in Newport Beach CA with possibly a summer/winter vacation home in Mammoth Lakes, CA... if I win the lottery. The way things are going for me now I'll be lucky to find and afford someplace in the deep south or mid west neither spot I would truly like to live in.
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The way things are going for me now I'll be lucky to find and afford someplace in the deep south or mid west neither spot I would truly like to live in.
Hey!!

Speaking of affordable, I have browsed home listings in small towns in both rural Wisconsin and West Virginia. You can still find homes in the $50K range. The $80K homes are fairly reasonable houses. $120K puts you into the better homes in some towns.

For example this one at $74K in Philippi, WV:
http://www.homesandland.com/Listing....051&MagId=0205

$79K in Parsons, WV:
http://www.homesandland.com/Listing....477&MagId=2239

$119K 4-bedroom in Viroqua, WI:
http://www.therealestatebook.com/pro...85&refer=yahoo

$100K also in Viroqua, WI:
http://www.therealestatebook.com/pro...46&refer=yahoo

Not saying these are dream retirement homes ... but people live in such houses very happy and comfortable. At prices way, way below what those in metro areas think of spending for homes.
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