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Old 06-02-08, 08:48 AM
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AZ News: Interest grows in commuting by bike

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...mutes0522.html

A nice little article with some personal stories.

"Some employers are responding by catering to workers' demands for secure bike lockers and showers."

"Some [LBS] customers mention fuel costs, but most claim they're trading gas pedals for bicycle pedals for the health and fitness benefits, he said"

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Too bad the temps are now in the 100's. Not so bad riding to work but the trip home isn't going to be fun. I work in Scottsdale and it has been pretty hot the last couple of days.
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Too bad the temps are now in the 100's. Not so bad riding to work but the trip home isn't going to be fun. I work in Scottsdale and it has been pretty hot the last couple of days.
How far is your commute?
I've found my 8.5mi PM commute home to be manageable for three summers now. However anything over 1hr would be a problem I think.
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Commuting in Prescott Valley has been nice so far. We have a shower at work for when it does get hot-and hot here is high 90's.
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How far is your commute?
I've found my 8.5mi PM commute home to be manageable for three summers now. However anything over 1hr would be a problem I think.
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Probably mostly me being a baby. I hate the heat! My commute is 14 miles round trip. So it is really not much.

I still dread it!
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yeah, just read that article in the republic. very cool! unlike the weather. oh, well, that's summer in Arizona!
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How far is your commute?
I've found my 8.5mi PM commute home to be manageable for three summers now. However anything over 1hr would be a problem I think.
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Anything over an hour and I need a drinking fountain on the way for a good jersey soaking. Of course during monsoons that is less effective but then again with Monsoons you often have breezes and cold fronts move through in the afternoon too.
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AAA Arizona warns about more bicyclists on roads:
http://www.abc15.com/news/local/stor...3-dcf354c9cced

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I ride from old town Scottsdale to Lindsay and Warner about 4 days a week, 40 miles round trip.. It is definately getting hot but I make sure I have plenty of water and stop if I feel the need and so far haven't had any problems.
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I ride from old town Scottsdale to Lindsay and Warner about 4 days a week, 40 miles round trip.. It is definately getting hot but I make sure I have plenty of water and stop if I feel the need and so far haven't had any problems.
Thats a pretty good ride. I live just east of old town Scottsdale.
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I went to grad school at ASU from 2002-2004. I would LOVE to move back there for the commute. I will admit that sometimes even on my short commute from school I mismanaged my temperature control and ended up in a stupor for hours afterward. Knowing what I know now, however, I would use my jersey and bandanna as a swamp cooler. That was the way we were able to regularly ride South Mountain in 105+ heat.

Believe it or not, we regularly get over 105 here in Boise and the above method has worked very well. I certainly prefer commuting in 105+ heat than in the cold temps we get here in the winter/spring.
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