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    this heat is a killer , been in the upper high 90's for four days now, yesterday it feel like 109, don't see a lot of bike riders.....How are you taking it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmitt G View Post
    this heat is a killer , been in the upper high 90's for four days now, yesterday it feel like 109, don't see a lot of bike riders.....How are you taking it
    What heat? Yesterday's high was 45 in Denver It snowed in the mountains We are currently in our summer freeze

    As for handling the heat (when it gets here), a Camelbak packed with ice is the best way I've found to handle that. It works like your own little air conditioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmitt G View Post
    this heat is a killer , been in the upper high 90's for four days now, yesterday it feel like 109, don't see a lot of bike riders.....How are you taking it
    How'd you take it last year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmitt G View Post
    this heat is a killer , been in the upper high 90's for four days now, yesterday it feel like 109, don't see a lot of bike riders.....How are you taking it
    Saturday here in Michigan was extremely humid- my plan was to do a long ride.
    i was i a hurry to leave and forgot to bring a second water bottle.
    20 miles into my ride the suffering was unbearable- i suspect i started to get dehydrated
    and was losing electrolytes- cramping started and my speed slowed considerably.
    i decided to throw in the towell at 26 miles and went home
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    Slowly.... yesterdays ride 113 miles, heat index 102, temp around 95, partly cloudy Took a little under 9 hours ride time but 12 hours total time. I am gonna start planning night rides and just sleep during the day. The heat doesn't bother me but the sun is what worries me. There is just no way to protect yourself with sunscreen and thin clothing for 9 to 12 hours in the TX sun.
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    I'm drinking a bottle for every 10 or 11 miles I ride, and I still feel dehydrated towards the end of my rides. I'm also thinking of starting a miracle dieting plan. Lose 5 pounds in a couple of hours just by riding around outside.

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    It's in the mid 90s and heat index around 104 here,i hadn't ride just bcz of the heat,i think i will start to ride at about 7 pm.
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    heat, i do not ride in it. over 85, and I am not riding. Every time I have attempted to ride in weather near the 90's, I have had heat exhaustion despite liberal application of water and electrolytes. My body just cannot deal with it, unfortunately.

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    ride early in the morning or later at night.

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    Its just been raining here in Nebraska. Today looks to be a good day temps in mid 70s sunny.
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    I drink plenty of water, wear wicking clothing, go in the morning (at least one way) avoid coming back during peak hours (if possible) wear plenty of sun block.

    For some reason wearing my helmet helps. It seems to prevent my hair from catching on fire.

    Oh,-- resting in the shade and passing a damp wash cloth over my face, neck and hair works wonders.

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    It's been hovering around 0C to 2C for overnight lows and 10C to 12C for daytime highs. But that's pretty typical for the middle of winter.

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    Just finished a brutal 2.5 hour ride today. The heat index is 99F here. My Garmin edge 500 was reading 108F, granted that is not accurate since it is in direct sunlight, but them so am I.

    I went through 4 full bottles of water and ice, stopping for about 5 minutes once for a fill up.

    I have got to start riding earlier I guess, but I sure hate to get up so early.

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    Some folks ride early or late in the day. You can also use a Camelbak filled with ice and water. It helps a lot.
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    Yeah, I saw someone mention the Camelbak a few posts back, I might look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNY James View Post
    ride early in the morning or later at night.
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    The heat in Missouri has been killer for the last couple weeks. I've noticed when it's over 90°, with the heat index well over 100°, my average speed drops about 2mph, and I usually have to cut my rides about a half-hour short. It maxxed out around 83° last Thursday and I had one of my best rides all month. I love heat, but once humidity comes into the mix, my riding suffers.

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    A few hours ago I came back from a 40 mile ride. 95 degrees and about a gallon of water later, I feel like I had been in hell. I had to stop like 5 times to get a break. You have got to be a freakin' lizard to enjoy this weather. It was just insane. I have a headache now.

    Totally not cool. Another hour and I would have been a pizza. I would have taken water boarding over this experience any time.
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    I spent 7 hours in the South Carolina heat digging in an above ground pool, with a spade. The new yard has a grade and I have to remove the high side for a 16 footer. Still more to go.
    But you know what they say - "The way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time."

    Riding a bike in the heat? Sounds like fun....
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    We don't run the AC in the house and I work outside in the heat all day so for me it doesn't feel as bad. My morning rides to work are always before daylight, so that's not so bad. My commute home is always in the middle of the afternoon. When it's hot, being on the bike always feels better than working. I pace myself at work so I don't overheat before I ride, and stay well hydrated drinking plenty of water. I'm not a big believer in electrolyte replacement drinks for staying hydrated. I think a lot of that stuff should be considered junk food for people who eat properly and drink water.

    Sure, after I get home and get a cool shower I'll have a cold Coke, or 3, or 4.

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    I'm good to about 100f. But I do slow down a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
    What heat? Yesterday's high was 45 in Denver It snowed in the mountains We are currently in our summer freeze
    sheesh, if that happened to me, i'd move away from denver. luckily here in philly we get all four seasons.

    45 degrees and snow in the summer? to this i give the awesome quote from the 49ers coach mike singletary, "can not coach with them, Can not play with them, Can not win with them, can't do it". (it's a lot better in his awesome voice)

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    by the way, in my state park i'm shaded by the trees. the nearby creek has gusts of cool air so it's like air conditioned outdoors. really awesome. i can bike in the afternoon when it's 96 degrees even though at the park it's much cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by common man View Post
    sheesh, if that happened to me, i'd move away from denver. luckily here in philly we get all four seasons.
    Oh, we get all four seasons. A week after that post it was mid-90s.

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    I rode 12 miles last week, when I got home I checked to see what the temp was and it was 101 at the time. I felt good til about the last 2 miles then I started filling it, I should probably drank more water and rode a little slower.

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