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    5 3.97%
  • 50's

    9 7.14%
  • 60's

    45 35.71%
  • 70's

    42 33.33%
  • 80's

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    Poll: Best temperature to ride...

    What is your favorite temperature for, say, a thirty mile ride?

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    I like it HOT!! Especially for shortish rides ... give me 100F and up!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    I like it HOT!! Especially for shortish rides ... give me 100F and up!!
    Do you feel that way even during the summer, or are you simply missing the warmer weather right now?

    I wish the temperature could always be 70 deg F minus 2 degrees for every percent grade climbing and plus 2 degrees for every percent grade descending.
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    I prefer 40's ,50's.Although dunt mind 20's to 30's range.

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    I said 60s. No need to dress too far up or down. I guess I prefer cold rather than hot. I can add layers and stay warm in the cold. You don't want me riding around naked when it's hot and it's not going to cool me off even if I do.

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    90-100 everyday.
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    Low to mid 60s is perfect. God I miss riding around in a jersey and shorts.

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    15 degrees and sunny

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    I'm comfortable in short sleeves and thin socks at around 45+, so anything too much more risks becoming hot. That only goes for cycling though, a good 'living' temperature is 70-85 imo

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    I said 60's too. Just warm enough, including wind chill, that my bare fingers don't get cold.
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    Low 70s are perfect for me. I like riding in the 60 degree range also, but prefer at or near 70F.
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    72 degrees is perfect. 60's is nice too, but it can be a bit cool if you have to stop for an extended period.
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    high 50s , once your body heats up you dont need a jacket and the air feels perfect. plus, no sweating!!

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    I like it hot as well, one of the main reasons I live in Arizona. I have no issues riding when it is 100+, but enjoy anything over 65.

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    70's so I don't have to wear knee warmers.
    What is better than getting your heart rate up and saddle time?

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    I voted for 40's I ride in colder and hotter temps but the 40's to 50's range just seem to be where I hit that zone. Shorts, jersey and a thin layer of underarmer beneath the jersey.
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    Ideal is low- to mid-seventies, unless at the end of those 30 miles there is a beach. Then I like it hot, baby.

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    I like a wide range between upper 50s and mid 70s

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    As much as I like the cool weather, it doesn't get any better than a sunny day in the low 70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    I wish the temperature could always be 70 deg F minus 2 degrees for every percent grade climbing and plus
    2 degrees for every percent grade descending.
    Exactly. I couldn't have put it better myself.
    Zero gallons to the mile

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    Glad you see it my way.
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    In between 41 and 100.

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    High 60s for me. Not hot enough to give me overheating problems, and not cold enough to make me cold if I have to stop for some reason.

    I'd say 68F is pretty much perfect, at least if it's sunny. If the day has heavy cloud cover, I probably want a couple of degrees more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    Do you feel that way even during the summer, or are you simply missing the warmer weather right now?
    I feel that way year round!! Back in Winnipeg where the summers got into the 100s (combined with high humidity levels), I LOVED it ... I was in HEAVEN!! Everyone else whined about how hot it was and how they wished it was winter again, and I just thought they were nuts!!

    Also, I'm usually chilly when I ride. It has to be over 80 degrees before I start to feel somewhat warmish on a bicycle. I get teased for the fact that I'll wear a jacket for an entire ride in the summer, while everyone else is overheating in unzipped sleeveless jerseys. So, on really hot days, I'll go for a ride to cool off. It's great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    So, on really hot days, I'll go for a ride to cool off. It's great!
    Me too! People think I'm nuts when I tell them that I do that.

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