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Old 09-29-06, 08:55 PM   #1
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Yeah! We're #1! SoCal rulez!

Southern California branded US smog capital

Southern California has once more earned the dubious honour of having the smoggiest air in the United States, new research showed. ... California has some of the toughest clean-air laws in the United States.

Anyone here have their lungs feel like they are full of needles after breathing heavy during a ride?
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it's not even noticable here(san diego) compared to LA. my eyes and nose burn when i drive through LA. hate to see what would happen if i rode there.
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Old 09-29-06, 09:51 PM   #3
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I notice it on bad days-- if I finish a ride when it's smoggy I end up sitting and coughing for a while.

I decided a while ago that it's much easier to ride at altitude (6000+ feet) than to ride in smog.
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Old 09-29-06, 09:52 PM   #4
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After a hard session of physicial activity, i've found it painful to breathe deeply on plenty of occasions... Quite frankly, it sucks.
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Old 09-29-06, 10:16 PM   #5
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Since I almost always ride along the pch/ beaches, I don't get the full effects of the smog. When I lived in Pasadena, I didn't ride on bad days. Nasty stuff.
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I don't feel it since I've lived here my whole life, but when I go to somewhere cleaner, I enjoy it.
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I commuted to work in moderate traffic (~36 mi roundtrip) on a somewhat regular basis for the first half of this year. I had chronic chest pain during that time. It went away when I stopped riding to work. Ick.
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Makes you wonder if we are doing ourselves any good by riding in this crap. What's the statisic - living in L.A. is like smoking ?? cigarettes a day. Now how about being an athelete and exercising in this crap during the high smog times (i.e. afternoon commute / ride)?
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Paul's family used to own a cabin in Lake Gregory. They had an incredible view of the horizon. Unfortunately, most of the time you could see the very thick, brown, ugly smog layer. Every time we went up there I would deal with sinus issues. Almost like my body didn't know how to deal with the cleaner air!
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The ozone at altitude is worse than that in the valleys below. Its a sad fact that many in the mountains refuse to acknowledge. Ozone, nasty stuff, is usually much worse in the San Bernardino Mountains than in the Valley below. The Valley gets the solid ugly stuff and the Mountian communities get the invisible ugly stuff. A quick check of the AQMD site reveals the sad fact that those that think they are getting fresh mountain air can be suffering through much worse than those below.

http://www.aqmd.gov/telemweb/areamap.aspx
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Makes you wonder if we are doing ourselves any good by riding in this crap. What's the statisic - living in L.A. is like smoking ?? cigarettes a day. Now how about being an athelete and exercising in this crap during the high smog times (i.e. afternoon commute / ride)?

Thank god for Pendelton keeping SD safe. Without that, it'd be one huge Meglopolis. Not as bad down here, but then again, we've got TJ polution. They had a fire a few weeks ago and you could smell it in the air.
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The ozone at altitude is worse than that in the valleys below. Its a sad fact that many in the mountains refuse to acknowledge. Ozone, nasty stuff, is usually much worse in the San Bernardino Mountains than in the Valley below. The Valley gets the solid ugly stuff and the Mountian communities get the invisible ugly stuff. A quick check of the AQMD site reveals the sad fact that those that think they are getting fresh mountain air can be suffering through much worse than those below.

http://www.aqmd.gov/telemweb/areamap.aspx
No wonder my sinuses always got worse when up there.
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Old 09-30-06, 02:16 PM   #13
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The air's better up here in Bakersfield but not by very much. The Day fire hasn't helped either.
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