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Old 06-20-10, 11:36 AM   #26
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Above 95 degrees I hesitate, take it slow and don't go as long as I normally would.
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Rode 25 miles today in 85ish degree heat, but there was a nice breeze, that helped a lot. Yesterday was around 90, and unbearable in the sun. I run pretty hot though, so I have to take in lots of fluids on a hot day, and if I exercise on a hot day, food is not appealing at all, though ice cream is
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Did 42 miles on trails today. The forecast when I left was a high of 79. by the time I got 3/4 of the trip back it was 90. Man they were off 11 freaking degrees!

I have (under treatment) hypothermia so I like warm better than cold. Ditto on the food I didn't eat much for supper but a nice cold beer was great.

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Down here if my limit were 80 degrees F, I couldn't ride all summer! I did a 107k populaire (a long ride for me) a couple of weeks ago and the temps probably started out at about 83 and climbed to about 95F with about 70-80% humidity. The heat wasn't really a problem. I guess I'm used to it. If I'm going to be coated in sweat as soon as I walk out my door, I might as well be dressed for a ride!

On the other hand, anything lower than about 50F feels horrible for me. Part of it is probably that I don't really have the clothes for cold weather...just a hodge-podge of layers. It's cold so infrequently here that it never seems to make sense to spend the money on cold-weather technical fabrics that would probably make it more comfortable.
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Old 06-21-10, 02:23 AM   #30
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80? that's pretty low.
That's what I was thinking ... even Alberta, where the summers are fairly chilly in general, has several days over 80 and that's a beautiful summer day.
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I hate the heat. And that does not just apply to cycling. I open the door and it feels like a frying pan, I am inclined to just go back inside.. Too many years in Florida, I guess caused that hatred..In Florida, just opening the door is cause to take another shower...Sweating is instantaneous . . In drier heat , I might be able to hack 86. Humid heat not much over 80. Luckily, where I live; I don't miss out on too much of the Summer because you can always get out early in the morning or towards evening. .
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I'm temped to forget the bicycle and just take the Vespa if it's much more than 80 outside. Please assure me I'm not the only weenie on this forum. (Or maybe I am!)
What about you?
Heat is very relative. I spend all day going from my air conditioned house to my air conditioned car to an air conditioned work place yet I think nothing of going backpacking when it's 90 out. Same goes for biking. I haven't found a temp that is too yet because the only time I feel hot is when I stop. For you (Mi) and I(OH) it's probably more about humidity than heat. LOL! Screw it man! Ride whatever ya want as long as you're riding.
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I ride to the SoCal deserts all the time.As long as I have water,I'm fine.
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Sheesh, at 80F I'm finally taking the knee warmers down.
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Well, when I lived in the desert, I did commute in temps up to 120 degrees F. But I was out of town the day the temps hit 128, so I can't say if that would have been too hot.
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I haven't found an upper limit yet. I did a century with temperatures in the mid-90s and high humidity. I tend to ride slower in the heat, and drink plenty of water.

That said, I have found my lower-limit. I rode about 17 miles at 6F and it wasn't pleasant at all. Maybe if I buy more gear...
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I ride in central Florida. It does not get all that hot here. Summer temps go from a minimum of 75 degrees in the morning to 95 degrees in the afternoon (or even a bit hotter). Generally the humidity in the mornings is nearly 100% but as it heats up the humidity gets lower. We do have times when there is rain or moisture in the system and even in the 90s the humidity can be very high.

That being said, I ride no matter how hot it is but in the summer I am off the road before noon. I have noticed here in Florida that no one sponsers an organized century during the hot months of June, July and August. That might tell you something.

I did a century once that was in late May and it got hot early that year. The "century" came in at 92 miles. But the day was pretty hot and humid. A friend of mine makes it a practice of always going out and "finishing up" his centuries if they come in less than 100 miles. We got in that day. He just shook his head and got in his car and fired up the AC and went home. He told me that century was the one and only century he did not ride up to his 100 miles. It was just too dang hot.
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Growing up in Canada I used to ride all winter. Studded tires, ski mask, and heavy duty wind-proof mittens. Oh, and thick tights. I could do about -5F very reasonably. Never got much colder than that in southern Ontario.

Oddly, a few years in California and now I can't stand the cold but love the heat. I like biking in 80F weather and am ok up to about 100F if I slow down. Hotter than that starts to seem a bit pointless.
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I don't mind the heat, but once I went for a ride when it was 36C. It was late in the day and it was just awful...also the air quality was not good. Not many people were out that day and no one was going very fast!
Humidity doesn't bother me too much either. I think it's a combination of very hot, very windy and very humid. That makes for undesirable conditions.
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I finally got rid of my car, so I need to be ready for any kind of heat. The hottest day I've ridden in so far this year has only been 95 though.
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Sheesh, at 80F I'm finally taking the knee warmers down.
Yeah, that's funny! When I post a ride in 60 degreee temps, several posters make comments about the leg covers/windbreakers etc. Usually accompanied by the term "baby".

But the flip side is that we do road rides through the mtns, centuries and MTB rides in 100+ temps while the others stay indoors in the comfort of their airconditioned homes.

Heck on this MTB ride back in August, I was 2 shades darker by the time I reached the top of the 6 mile climb!

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I rode home at 94 yesterday. about 14 miles and I made a point of good hydration. I dont think I will ride much warmer than that though.
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It's only too hot to ride if it is too hot for a human to survive outdoors. YMMV
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I don't know about that. In the desert, if I stopped for a light I'd have to get off my bike and pick it up off the pavement. The heat of the pavement would soften the rubber of the Kenda tires enough that the air pressure would push the sidewalls through the cords of the tires. I lost some tires that way but was able to avoid any immediate blow outs.
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If it is so hot your tires melt stay home in the A/C silly.
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I don't know about that. In the desert, if I stopped for a light I'd have to get off my bike and pick it up off the pavement. The heat of the pavement would soften the rubber of the Kenda tires enough that the air pressure would push the sidewalls through the cords of the tires. I lost some tires that way but was able to avoid any immediate blow outs.
I lived and commuted in both Yuma and Phoenix, never had that problem with Contis.
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If it is so hot your tires melt stay home in the A/C silly.
I don't have A/C, silly. Only had a swamp cooler in Yuma. A/C is for wussy....HTFU Marine!
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It isn't the heat that gets me it's the sunburn... 95, 100F+ with humidity, no problem. But the sunburn... through the clothes... no thanks.
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Eh, I don't think temperature has much to do with anything. Some days I have a bunch of fun in crap weather, and others it can be sunny 75 degrees and I couldn't care less about going for a ride. I think anything over 90F and I'd seriously consider keeping the ride short though. Bringing enough by way of fluids is tricky. My asthma gets exponentially worse as I get more dehydrated.
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