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Old 12-02-04, 07:59 PM   #1
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20 degrees & no wind or 90 degrees

As I was riding today, I got to thinking. Would I rather ride at 20 F with no wind or at 90 F with possible humidity? I know this is the Winter Riding forum and we are all getting in "cold mode", but I figure most of us ride in hot and cold weather throughout the seasons.

I don't know how many of you have that sort of temp range where you live, but for those of you that do, what is your preference: 20 F with no wind or 90 F with humidity?

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Old 12-02-04, 08:19 PM   #2
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90 with humidity. Don't like wearing layers of clothing.

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Old 12-02-04, 08:32 PM   #3
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No question, 90 degrees. We do have a few 20 or < days a year in Oklahoma but that is COLD. We have 90+ April to Oct. so you get used to it.

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Old 12-02-04, 08:47 PM   #4
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20 degrees in a heartbeat. No question at all.

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90 degrees, even in the hottest of the most humid days is preferable.

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I hate heat but i am gonna say 90 F. 20 F is fairly cold and requires a lot of prep. It takes me 15 minutes to get ready for a ride. In 90 F i just throw on some shorts, a jersey and away i go. I would rather ride in 40-50 F over 90 F however.
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20 degrees and no wind is not very cold if proper clothing is worn. Most people (drivers) consider a sweatshirt and tennis shoes as winter gear, so they do not understand the comforts of layering. While I would not say 20 degrees is the optimal temp for cycling, one participating in such a cardio-activity is not going to get cold.
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90 degrees. Working out in the heat makes me feel like my body is getting stronger.

The cold just hurts, with no benefits. And it makes me sick.
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Old 12-03-04, 07:32 AM   #9
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20 Degrees. It doesn't often get that cold here so it feels like a blessing. 90 is MILD for a Tennessee summer, and I hate to sweat and sweat and sweat, which you pretty much do all summer long!
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20 degrees and no wind is not very cold if proper clothing is worn. Most people (drivers) consider a sweatshirt and tennis shoes as winter gear, so they do not understand the comforts of layering. While I would not say 20 degrees is the optimal temp for cycling, one participating in such a cardio-activity is not going to get cold.
Steele-Bike,

I agree that 20 degrees with no wind is not very cold by Iowa standards and that if you dress for it you'll be fine, but I was just trying to consider a reasonable parallel. Originally, I had 10 degrees with no wind vs. 90, but I figured everyone would go with the 90. Therefore, I adjusted it to 20.

Thanks for your input.

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20 without question.
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2 degrees!!
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i'd rather go warm than cold. however, if it's going to be 90F, i'd perfer it to be raining. 90F with just high humidity is killer.
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20 degrees above or below? If above, no question that's better (less road rash when wearing layers). Below... toss up.

Optimum for me is about 40 above F. I feel naked not having the arms and legs covered when riding...
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I don't know how many of you have that sort of temp range where you live, but for those of you that do, what is your preference: 20 F with no wind or 90 F with humidity?

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In Southern AZ we really don't get much of the "humidity" in your 90 degree choice. Wind can be a factor in any weather and I hate the wind.

My choice is 90-115 degrees without humidity.
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now try 33 degrees with 90% or more humidity. now that feels far colder then 20 degrees and dry.
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I HATE THE COLD!!!

I'd take 90-100 F and 100% humidity over 20F and dry anyday! I don't think it ever gets into the 20's here...if it did I'd have to move. Did I mention I hate the cold, I don't ride when it's below 60
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Old 12-04-04, 12:43 AM   #18
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30- below is the way to go.






For real I like about 50F degrees. Thats a perfect riding temp for me.
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Were I come from 20F would be a nice spring or fall day. In the winter your bike would freeze. But down here 20f is damp but my choice. Ill never get use to the humitity in the summer.
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You can go 100 miles in the 90s.

I can't go that far in 20s without eventually getting cold no matter how I dress. Adding layers just seems to tire me more.

Other than distance, a ride in the 20s is as great as a ride in the 90s.
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90, hands down. My brain shuts down in the heat but I can still breathe.

At 20, I develop some serious coughing making the outdoor -> indoor transition. Otherwise it'd be 20 for me.

I was training this summer in some 95+ heat and it got kind of surreal at points.
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First, I hate winter. there, that's better. 90f with 99% humidity would be preferable to anything under 60f, wind or not. I prefer it to be hot, and like to sweat. Sweating in cold temps is not a problem. Until you stop. And go again.

That said, I wouldn't mind 20 degrees so much with NO wind, but that's as much a pipedream as 90f in December
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90 is much better than 20. I don't like all the clothing and I can ride earlier in the day to get most of the ride over before it gets too hot. I ride in temps up to 110, but usually around 95-100. You also don't have to worry about the wet slick roads in the warmer weather.
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Id have to say 20 becuase when you start riding you get warm and once you get warm it feels nice to have the cool breeze, but when its 90 you feel like your going to pass out form the heat, and sweating too much sucks.
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I don't ride when the temp is below 30. That's insane. Keeping your digits from frostbite, let alone comfortable, must be an artform at those temps. My hats off to those who do that regularly.

90 degrees is no problem for me. I love hot weather.
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