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    High Temperature = No Biking?

    During the heat of the summer when the temperature is in the mid 90's or higher do you "rest" the bike for awhile?

    Or are you a diehard biker no matter the temperature?

    What are some suggestions to fight the heat while biking?

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    DIEHARD!!! Only thing I do differently is I keep it under 15 mph, and more liquids then normal. If it gets bad I stop and take a break, this is for going to school and work. If I am on a fun ride, I stop every 10 to 15 miles.

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    I'm still trying to ride, though late night rides seem more appealing, but with still working day time hours that's becoming harder to do.
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    It's 94 here today and I just got back from a short but hilly ride. I emptied both bottles twice and I'm still sweating but otherwise I feel ok. I think the key is drinking far more than you think you need.
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    If it's going to be that warm, I'll try to get an early start if I can. Drink lots of liquids before I even head out for a ride. If I can't get out early, I'll limit myself to knocking around the neighborhood and not going nuts (12-15 MPH). Or i do what I do every Saturday, take out my older road bike with the rack and pack and head out to all the garage sales I can find. That's usually good for a slow-paced 25 miles, with plenty of breaks so I don't collapse.

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    Ride no mattter the temp. Just bring more fluids on the ride. I have never been any where that has gotten above 125f but I find that it feels no different, to me and how MY body reacts, at anything over 105. Some of the best training days I have had were in 120f temps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by geeklpc1985
    DIEHARD!!! Only thing I do differently is I keep it under 15 mph, .....
    Diehard Wuss!!.

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    I just ride after midnight most of the time. No cars, agreeable temps - it's great!

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    Can't quit training just because it's hot. Unless you have medical conditions that stipulate otherwise keep going and keep pushing it (within reason - know your limits). After a while hot weather won't bother you anymore....

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    Your body really will adjust. I live in Virginia, land of 90+ heat and humidity. But I'm visiting Indiana. The daytime temps here are about 85 with low humidity. It feels almost chilly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    During the heat of the summer when the temperature is in the mid 90's or higher do you "rest" the bike for awhile?
    Georgia, if we down h'yre in the South didn't ride when it was less than the mid 90's, we'd only get to ride at CHRISTMAS! Heat never stops me. Deluge rains & hurricanes do.

    To survive in the heat, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink water before you ride, carry a generous supply of electrolyte replacement with you (I like Sqwinchers), and never miss a chance to stop and drink water!

    Additionally, plan for the sun by using sunscreen on exposed skin. I don't ride over an hour or two at a time, and my hide is toughened enough by living here all my life that I don't sunscreen myself. But when I go on an "open road" ride, for more than two hours, where I can't count on shade, I wear a sombrero-type hat. I don't like sunscreen on my face because it irritates my eyes.

    Finally, know the signs of heat stress and heat stroke! Ride with a partner and monitor each other's mental condition. If one of you "goes goofy," it's heat! Use your cell phone (you did bring one with you, didn't you?) to call for help.

    Heat isn't too bad - you acclimate within two weeks. After that, you'll have no problem riding in high heat and humidity. Watch out for the West Nile virus mosquitos!

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    I'm a commuter. Rain or shine, baby. Heat or cold. Yeah, I'm pretty disgusting by the time I get to the office, but what else was deodorant invented for? I notice that I do get accustomed to the heat, plus, when you're rolling along, you create your own personal breeze. That darn heat sure catches up to you when you're waiting at a stoplight, though. It's absolutely worst if you get stuck behind a bus, then you have their heat, plus diesel fumes, plus they move really slowly, and you might not get a good opportunity to pass for some while.

    I've been planning my recreational rides a little differently during these dog days, however, opting for rides in older parts of town with tree-lined streets, or through parks which have nice, shady roads. I agree with the above poster about sunscreen. I'm a fair-skinned lass and not into the fake-n-bake jerky look. Plus, it does seem to help me feel a bit cooler when my skin is not actually being cooked. Go figure.

    I also never go out without both my water bottles filled, and if the heat is really high (over 95-ish) I will soak my head before I even go outside. I have very thick, long hair, and it works like a portable swamp-cooler for my head. That braid will hold some water for hours. If I'm going to be running errands or going on a long group ride after work, I will fill one of my bottles and sip extra water all afternoon. I'll try to suck down two bottles worth before I hit the road.
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    I load up the CamelBak with ice and then add water till its full. 70 oz will last for one good ride. I also carry a 24 oz Polar water bottle filled with Gatroade or Powerade and ice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Georgia, if we down h'yre in the South didn't ride when it was less than the mid 90's, we'd only get to ride at CHRISTMAS! Heat never stops me. Deluge rains & hurricanes do.
    Thanks for the comment FarHorizon. The heat makes you think twice especially as you board your bike. But as they say "there is solidarity in numbers." Meaning I asked the question to really get moral support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    Meaning I asked the question to really get moral support.
    My apologies - I'm a literal guy... Moral support sent your way with a prayer! Have a great ride!

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    I don't think of myself so much as a "diehard" as I do an "idiot" when I take a ride in the Very Hot (> body temp; my arbitrary threshold). Sometimes I do hard climbs just to make sure I'm still a moron.

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    I wouldn't care if it were 120 (I have ridden in 120 temps before) I ride any time I can..

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    I have knocked myself out with heatstroke and heatstroke/dehydration migraines, so either I get out before 8:00 am, or after 5:30 pm, or I limit myself to quick errands (~3 miles round trip). Call me a wuss. I know my limits, and I'm not about to put myself in a dangerous situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 'nother
    I don't think of myself so much as a "diehard" as I do an "idiot" when I take a ride in the Very Hot (> body temp; my arbitrary threshold). Sometimes I do hard climbs just to make sure I'm still a moron.
    So... Did you feel like a moron today, 'nother? Or did sanity take over and recommend you not climb West Alpine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveE
    So... Did you feel like a moron today, 'nother? Or did sanity take over and recommend you not climb West Alpine?
    hehehe, I was actually feeling kind of smart today, and: a) started the ride early in the morning, and 2) did a fairly easy climb (portion of your route . . . starting at the reservoir, Mt. Eden -> Pierce -> 9 E -> Skyline -> Page Mill -> Foothill, 33mi).

    It is *STILL* F'in hot out there!!!

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    We've had a few heatwaves within the last few weeks with temps hitting 40C (104F) with the humidity. Didn't stop me from riding.

    Just make sure you're staying hydrated.

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    No mater what the temp is I just ride. When it's close to 100 I take it a little easier, and bring as much water as I can carry, and drink almost all the time. If you continue to ride in the heat over weeks, you can adjust to it. I have read that your body will actually make more blood plasma. After enough experience you can go hard for a little bit and feel when it's time to back off and cool down. Ride in the shady side of the street whenever possible, if you get too hot try to recover on the bike with the breeze from gently pedaling if possible. Coast down a hill to cool off if you need to. If you get very tired, go inside an air conditioned building. This is one time when trying to tough it out and ride home no mater what, could be a big problem.

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    Heat wont stop me. I usually ride to the gym, then to the lbs, then around town at about 4 PM. Last week, the average around that time was prob like 106 Good stuff!

    But I usually drink more, and dont push myslef superhard.

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    I am looking at buying a bicycle these days. The dealer says "yeah, the riding season is almost over." That sounded crazy to me. I see myself cycling September to June. I'll take July and August in the mornings & evenings only. I think it's funny that anyone considers *this* the riding season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattWolf
    I am looking at buying a bicycle these days. The dealer says "yeah, the riding season is almost over." That sounded crazy to me. I see myself cycling September to June. I'll take July and August in the mornings & evenings only. I think it's funny that anyone considers *this* the riding season.

    I agree, in September on into October until is turns cold I will be riding more frequently than now.

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