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How Many of You Rode in the Heat? I Went to the Beach!

Old 07-22-11, 08:15 AM
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Geez, it's hot out there today!



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Old 07-22-11, 09:09 AM
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Meh, I ride in the weather you're all experiencing for 4-5 months out of the year. Between May and October, most days are over 90 with a humidity that rarely drops below 85%.
I commute to work daily in 80-95 degree temps (depending on the time of day)
A couple weeks back though, I rode in a 12 hour race here in town. 9am to 9pm. Average temp was around 95 with a 90% humidity. I managed 108.5 miles fixed gear. My back is still peeling from the sunburn lol.

12 Hours of St. Pete by (cobrabyte), on Flickr
That's me at the finish with 3 minutes still left on the clock. Hard to tell in the photo but my baked skin has a nice film of sunscreen, sweat and gnats lol
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Old 07-22-11, 09:12 AM
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101.7 degrees near my downtown Detroit office building yesterday. After I drove home, I rode my bike the half-mile or so to our local neighborhood city pool. The water was even warmer than the 86 degree it had been last week. Not very refreshing. Despite the widespread wind damage to trees from last week's storm, the streets are still fairly well-shaded, making for a comfortable ride -- in a t-shirt, swimsuit and flip-flops.

Cobra: you're absolutely right, we Northerners don't handle the heat so well. That's why most people around here light out for cottages and resorts Up North in July and August.

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Old 07-22-11, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by DavidW56 View Post
Cobra: you're absolutely right, we Northerners don't handle the heat so well. That's why most people around here light out for cottages and resorts Up North in July and August.
Yeah, but wait until "winter" hits here down south and folks are crying about riding in 40 degree weather lol.
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Cobra: you're absolutely right, we Northerners don't handle the heat so well.
So true. If I could handle the heat I'd consider living in the south. Ok not really, but the heat (and humidity) is something I simply couldn't deal with.
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Old 07-22-11, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Geez, it's hot out there today!



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Old 07-22-11, 10:46 AM
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I decided not to ride to work today. Took the subway... I hate the subway.
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Old 07-22-11, 02:51 PM
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Yep, it's hot. Gonna be hot for a long time yet to come here in Texas.

October will get here eventually.
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Old 07-22-11, 03:21 PM
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It must be hot, the horses have gotten into the ponds out back.
I've not seen that before. They like being washed, but I've not seen them go swimming.
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Old 07-22-11, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
It must be hot, the horses have gotten into the ponds out back.
I've not seen that before. They like being washed, but I've not seen them go swimming.
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Old 07-22-11, 03:34 PM
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Been riding everyday. Almost overdid it Wednesday. I was mountainbiking and had one more hill to go. My body said stop, but I knew the parking lot was up there. I made it to my truck but I just couldn't cool down and the truck has no AC. I started driving and I felt woozy and kind of sick. I made it about 10 miles to a mall where I hung out in the food court for about an hour. Finally got to feeling better. That was a close one. I will be very careful with the heat after that experience.
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Old 07-22-11, 03:52 PM
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I just got back from a several hour ride with a friend visiting from out of town. We stuck to paths along the Charles River, but still had to hit up some hot roads. We also visited Harris Cyclery, where the power was partially out and the A/C was down! It was 101 when we got back around 5 p.m.

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Old 07-22-11, 07:45 PM
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I got the whole family out on our three speeds and we rode to the beach. Smith Point Park on Fire Island. The beach has got a lot smaller in recent years, due to erosion and sea level rise and whatnot, so the remaining sand was very crowded. We splashed in the waves, did a little body surfing, as long as we could stand it... the air was hot, but the water was very cold. Then we dug a deep hole in the sand. Then we filled it up with sand and went back into the water.

I got some sun.
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Old 07-22-11, 08:13 PM
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This is next weeks forecast, pretty much what I have to put up with for my 12.5 mile work commute from April to October...

Yea I know, please don't beat me
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Old 07-22-11, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post
Meh, I ride in the weather you're all experiencing for 4-5 months out of the year. Between May and October, most days are over 90 with a humidity that rarely drops below 85%.
I commute to work daily in 80-95 degree temps (depending on the time of day)
A couple weeks back though, I rode in a 12 hour race here in town. 9am to 9pm. Average temp was around 95 with a 90% humidity. I managed 108.5 miles fixed gear. My back is still peeling from the sunburn lol.
Okay, but do you have anything even remotely resembling a hill in St. Petersburg, FL?
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Old 07-22-11, 08:35 PM
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Okay, but do you have anything even remotely resembling a hill in St. Petersburg, FL?
lol
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Old 07-22-11, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
Yep, it's hot. Gonna be hot for a long time yet to come here in Texas.

October will get here eventually.
Yeh but August will get here first. Learn to love it.
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Old 07-22-11, 10:08 PM
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Me and my raving-lunatic best friend have been working on improving a natural pool just downstream from the municipal swimmin' hole on Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis. (Parenthetically, the creek is just wonderful. It is the true heart of the city; deep and shaded and swiftly flowing and cooooooool in the heat of the summer. It hardly seems fair that we have to endure the winters we do in order to get to the summers we have, but there ya have it: Life isn't fair. The creek makes up for it.)

We found a spot just out of a set of rapids where a tree had fallen across the creek. During high water, this has caused the flow to wallow out a small pool, and continued flow has kept it free of silt. So with a 1/2" mesh sifting screen, we've been laying the bottom with small pebbles; some work with shovels and rake has given us a pool some 4' deep, 12' wide and maybe 8' long, with a shallow bench against the log. Perfect for leaning against in deep dappled shade, and the bonus is that it's completely out of view of the walking paths on either side of the creek, leaving us free reign to flout the "no alcohol in the parks" rule and have a beer at the swimmin hole like civilized normal people do.


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I went to Aspen for a few days. 'nough said.
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Old 07-22-11, 10:30 PM
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Ride in the heat?
Bubba, this is South Carolina - heat is ALL we got.

If Im gonna ride this time of year, its gonna be hot. It's a fact of Life.
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Old 07-22-11, 11:17 PM
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Yeah, sure ya got heat. We got heat in the Northland, too. And in 6 months, we'll have cold that peels paint off houses and turns the homeless into Bumsicles. I keep riding through that, too, because the alternative is simply not worth thinking about.
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Old 07-23-11, 03:01 AM
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Yeah, sure ya got heat. We got heat in the Northland, too. And in 6 months, we'll have cold that peels paint off houses and turns the homeless into Bumsicles. I keep riding through that, too, because the alternative is simply not worth thinking about.
I used to live in Wyoming, MN. I know the cold, too. That you remain for it is, well.... no points awarded. Sorry.
You can have my share, in fact, since I've moved South.

No "Bumsicles," as you so rudely put it, no peeling paint, fresh greens all year - and riding weather, even in January.
Oh, did I mention the Food of The Gods: grits? We have that, too.

Sweet Mother Mary, God Bless the South!
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Old 07-23-11, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by gridplan View Post
Okay, but do you have anything even remotely resembling a hill in St. Petersburg, FL?
lol, no...no we don't. Folks in my area have to drive north a couple of hours to get to any hills worth mentioning.
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Old 07-23-11, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by dahut View Post
and riding weather, even in January.
What makes you think this isn't riding weather?



And I lived in the south 20 years ago, North Carolina. Grits suck. Sweet tea sucks. And I am still trying to replace the electrolytes I sweated out down there.
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Old 07-23-11, 07:37 AM
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Well, having ridden yesterday, I can say I was out on my bike on the coldest day of the year back in January (~0 F) and on the hottest day of the year (103 F) yesterday. Woohoo!

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