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    Will summer ever come?

    We have had a cool and windy spring here in Western NY State. Rain too, but the cold and wind predominate. I'm well behind my goals for the season to date simply because the riding has been so unpleasant.

    While I'd rather have lounged on the couch today, I had no choice but to go out for a metric century, because I was signed-up as the ride leader for the club's Ten Parks Tour ride, which goes through ten city, town and county parks and combines urban, suburban and rural riding.

    Of 500 club members, only a dozen started, probably because it was 43°F at the start, and west winds were blowing relentlessly in the 20s and gusting to the 30s.

    Anyway, here's a shot of yrs trly in a baselayer, jersey and jacket on top, windfront gloves, windfront tights and booties (Booties!) on a sunny May 31st afternoon. Taken at our bonus 11th park, the Lower Falls Park down in the Genesee River gorge, about 55 miles into the ride.



    Yes, it was windy down there too. Look at the spray on the railing.
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    Much the same here. May 31, and I was relieved to find a fleece headband at the bottom of my bag. Despite riding fast (for me) I was chilled when I got home, and needed the sort of superlong shower that I usually save for February or March.

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    Hmmm. 500 club members and only 12 showed up?

    43 degrees, rain and wind? I would have been among the other 488. Sorry.

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    Yikes, that's pretty nasty! I had to double-check the posting date, just to make sure this wasn't some old thread that got resurrected.

    I'm staying here in Wisconsin where the weather at least got above 60 today.

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    I rode at 3:30 today - after the front went through. I missed the rain but the wind was ugly. 20 mph and chilly. I wore the bib knickers and arm warmers. There were whitecaps on the Mohawk and in the gorge where the wind whips around the ridges I was in a tuck in low gear doing only 10 - I can't say what the wind speed was but I had to focus on keeping the bike going in a straight line.
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    summer? ugh. my porch thermometer read 101 today. this is Hot'lanta of course. Yesterday it was hitting 90 or so. Humigity was 95% this morning don't think it was dry as the Weather guys said. be grateful for cooler temperatures.

    it's 7:20 pm Sun is still fairly high in the sky and temperature is... (checking Weather Bug for my firestation nearby) 84 deg, 39% humigity (they lie) 2 mph wind from NW.

    I'll take it a tad cooler thanks.

    oh and nice bike and getup. looked comfy actually.
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    The temp was in the 50's for our group ride in Bangor Maine, which is significantly warmer than it has been so far this season. I too am dreaming of warmer weather. I have yet to ride without wearing multiple layers this year.

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    June 1st and 39 degrees when I left for work this morning. A little further west they had frost warnings!
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    June 1st and 42F when I rode in at 4:00am. The only living creatures I encountered were two skunks, one in my driveway and one scurrying across the road in front of me.

    The weather guy says two more weeks of below average temps. I just ride a little slower to help reduce the wind chill.

    No rides for me this past weekend due to family visiting. We did watch the Air Show, one day from the beach and the next day from our back yard. My daughters are all settling back into their respective summer residences etc. so I see more ride time for me in the near future....unless the OverTime kicks in at work.

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    Saturday it was low 60's when we started (Angeles Crest - Red Box), then heated up to the mid 70's at Grassey Hollow, but never got much above that. It got cooler as we climbed, a few drops of rain over Dawson Saddle, then warming a bit as we descended past Newcomb's and into Red Box again. So 80 miles and 9,000 ft. of climbing for Sat.

    Sunday was more relaxed on Glendora Mountain Road to Glendora Ridge Road to Mt. Baldy Village. Overcast in Glendora, then we hit a cold cloud/fog a bit below 3,000 feet elevation, got soaked by the fog, then popped out into bright (and warm!) sunshine at just over 4,000 feet. In and out of the fog as the ridge lost and gained elevation, then from 14 mi. on, beautiful sunshine.

    Of course we could still see the top of the clouds from above once we were above the ridge, looking like a fluffy white blanket over the whole valley. Great breakfast at The Village and a fun descent back into (the overcast) Glendora. Sunday was 44 miles and only 5,200 total elevation gain.

    Of course, we're about as far as we can get (other than HI) from the OP in upstate NY, so this may account for some of the temperature difference!

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    I'm afraid we here in Austin, Texas are in somewhat the same pickle as bikegeek57. Supposed to be in the 90's today (as it was all weekend) with nary a chance of rain. The Borneo-like humidity hasn't set in for the long haul yet, but its just a matter of time.
    Around here during the summer you ride early in the day, you ride late in the day, or you wonder why that "I smell pork frying" smell is coming from beneath your helmet.

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    Living in the San Francisco Bay area I'm almost embarassed at the good weather we have most of our 365 days. Heck, a cold winter day is in the 40's with an occasional early morning around freezing (no wind/radiational cooling only). You cold/inclement weather cyclists are the postmen of the sports world (nether rain nor....). I have vowed to equip my wife and I with better winter gear to we can truly ride year around.
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    It's been cool in Wisconsin, but I've been loving it. Two 80 degree highs and 11 days where the high didn't get above 64.

    15 days where the low was below 50. Only 2 days where the low was above 56.

    Last 7 days has seen an average high of 68, low of 49, with a bit of rain on 3 days. I love this type of weather.

    10-day forecast has no highs above 75.
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    bundled up this am in Boston suburbs (high 30s), but will strip down for the 70 degree ride home

    summer is comin' ...!
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    Something has happened over here and summer has arrived. Started towards the end of last week with day time temps getting above 60 and staying there. Over the weekend it was up into the 70's and today just touched 80.

    Don't worry though- midweek and it gets back to normal with the North wind bringing the high 50's back so normal service will be resumed.
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    I'm in Buffalo, 90 miles west of Rochester, and it's 65 outside right now.

    The weather here isn't that different from Rochester's weather. We've had a lot of nice Spring days. it was 70-80 the entire Memorial Day weekend.

    I've been out almost every day.

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    First big sign of Summer for us this evening........

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    TSL & Crankster - Vindication!!
    Tonight was one of those fantastic Upstate nights - not too hot, not too cold, low humidity and a light breeze, not to mention a beautiful sky. It's night's like this that make me realize why I left the south. Now if I can only get used to the taxes
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    TSL & Crankster - Vindication!!
    Tonight was one of those fantastic Upstate nights - not too hot, not too cold, low humidity and a light breeze, not to mention a beautiful sky. It's night's like this that make me realize why I left the south. Now if I can only get used to the taxes
    Here the breeze, light as it was, was from the NNE--right off the lake. The current surface water temperature is 41.3°F. That refrigerates the breeze nicely.

    That's also my rebuttal to rideabike's report of 70s and 80s 100 miles to our west. On those days, we had winds off the lake, which drops the temps considerably. Yes, as near as 20 miles south of the lake, those were nice days. Not so here in R-Town, where the local weather is very local.

    So while it was nice today anywhere you could get sun and stay out of the breeze, it was still a kneewarmers and armwarmers day this afternoon, despite temps in the lower 60s. My ride to work alternates south and east. On southbound roads (sunny on my front and a tailwind), I got sweaty. On eastbound ones (crosswind and sun to my side), I froze. Similarly, coming home I froze on northbound roads, and warmed up on westbound ones.

    BTW, pics and ride report from Sunday are up at http://www.brucew.com/blog/2009/06/01/621

    As for taxes, I remember back in the early 60s when for a few years DMV issued only one plate, for the rear of the car. One of the most popular aftermarket front plates said, "New York, Land of Taxes".

    My grandfather used to do an almost origami thing with dollar bills. They'd come out looking the same, but about three-quarters size. He called them "Rockefeller Dollars", after then Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.

    In other words, the high taxes in New York State are old news. Over 50 years of complaining hasn't changed a thing. Except the population…
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    Hard to believe but its been in the 80's here in Pugetropolis this week. I'm lovin the sunshine not a trace of S.A.D. and the corn is up.
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    Not sure what the high was today, but the last few days have been in the mid 90s. 93 and 94 I think. 7:48 pm and I have 79. I think summer could be here.
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    You guys get the lake effect - we are too far east for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    the high taxes in New York State are old news. Over 50 years of complaining hasn't changed a thing. Except the population…
    After reading a bunch of books on NY History and Politics it's not 50 years of bad government, it's more like 150 years - I remember a few pages in McCullough's book "The Great Bridge" which delt with the building of the capital building in Albany (the book being about building the Brooklyn Bridge). It's sestemic, it will never change.
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    Summer has not yet arrived in Georgia. It has been in the mid to upper 80s all week with reasonable humidity. Nothing at all like the oppressive heat we'll have when summer arrives.
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    Here in California there's been a run on suntan lotion.

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    In Michigan we're running 10F below normal, which is about what we've been ever since last fall. We are also running at near-record rainfall totals. On the bright side, today we get a break from the rain and this evening will be the maiden voyage of my 'new' Baron - a warranty-replacement frame.


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