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Old 03-15-14, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hot times in SoCal

We haven't really had any heat yet although it has been nice all winter. Saturday brings more sun and temps in the mid-eighties. Sunday brings on the 90's. We should remember the 3 keys to riding in the heat. Water , hydration, liquids. Drink up well before you start and keep drinking even before you get thirsty. This will be a dry heat so pouring water over your neck and back will aid in cooling. Last year during a particularly humid day the water dumping trick backfired on me causing overheating. It was over a hundred with 80% humidity and the already hot water out of my bottle just sat on my back and absorbed the sun. No evaporation kinda caused a sauna effect. Luckily I was close to Irvine lake and just rode on down into the lake. I don't recommend this as the local employees were upset by my life saving method of choice. It worked though and the rest of the ride was nice after getting dried off and having a large cool drink at the cafe. So drink up, dress up, and lets put some miles on our flying machines.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:40 PM   #2
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I did PV on Sunday. Heat was mid-80s max. Not so bad near the ocean!
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I did 70 from Rsm to Newport via the back bay. It was so perfect today.
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Old 03-18-14, 09:11 AM   #4
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My morning commute was the first in the sixties so far this year.
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Old 03-18-14, 11:56 AM   #5
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Rode up to Onyx on Sunday and it was 62 Deg.F at the summit. Cool (but not cold) weather up around Big Bear this weekend!

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I was visiting friends and relatives last year during a heatwave.
The one dollar large drinks at 7-11's really helped me out.
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Old 03-18-14, 12:39 PM   #7
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My garmin said 102 as a high on the Joshua Tree Double which seemed too high. The average was low 70's.
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Old 03-18-14, 01:18 PM   #8
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I wear long sleeve and leg warmers in the heat to get acclimated. Bring on the heat I say!
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Old 03-18-14, 01:36 PM   #9
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I'm good up to about 107. Around that temperature there is a smell of stuff burning on the asphalt.

The worst thing about riding in the heat is when the water from your bidon is as hot as coffee.
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Old 03-18-14, 02:46 PM   #10
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It was 88 at the top of Mandeville Saturday according to my Garmin. I had to stop a few minutes into the climb to remove my arm coolers. It felt even hotter Sunday so I rode along the coast with the ocean breeze.
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Old 03-18-14, 11:27 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Lesper4 View Post
My garmin said 102 as a high on the Joshua Tree Double which seemed too high. The average was low 70's.
I think Garmins over estimate the temp if the sun is hitting the computer.
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