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Old 01-16-09, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by knobster View Post
This is me as well. I was raised in the deep South where it never really gets cold so 95-100 degree weather is fine with me. 30 is pure torture for me.
Interesting. I've lived in middle Tennessee my entire life and I hate summer a little more each year. For at least 6 months out of the year I'm completely miserable here. This morning it was 5.5F when I rode to work and I was far more comfortable than when it's 90+. I'd be happy if it never topped 65 ever.
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Old 01-16-09, 06:41 PM
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For almost everything else, I prefer cold weather to hot, but there's always a breeze on the bike, so I can handle hot weather better on the bike than in most other contexts.

But the main thing is that it's really nice to be able to just throw on shorts, shoes, shirt, and helmet and head out. Including helmet and glasses, I was wearing 25 items on the way home today. It just takes forever to get dressed and undressed. Oh, and that's not to mention the lighting.
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Old 01-16-09, 06:44 PM
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Grew up here in DC and we definitely have the best of all worlds when it comes to weather (although tonight I would happily move to San Diego). The best thing about here is it never stays one way for too long. Just when you've perfected your winter wardrobe, spring arrives and you're pulling out the sun dresses. That all being said, I like biking in the heat any day compared to this unbearable, freezing weather we have right now. At least in the heat you can drink some water and enjoy the breeze. I'm too cold blooded for winter.
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Originally Posted by dr_bovine View Post
Definitely cold ... you can always put more clothes on when it is cold, but (for decency's sake) you can only take off so many when it is hot.
In our summers, being naked wouldn't even help much.

Originally Posted by kidpurple View Post
Imagine having to change a tire in -20 deg F, -50 deg F with wind chill. By the time you finish that you don't have fingers left. Makes this a pretty easy choice.
There is a limit to my preferring cold over heat. That's why I'll try to avoid living in your neck of the woods.
Originally Posted by aMull View Post
If anything i can always ride at night if i want to stay cooler.
That doesn't help much here. The temperature is lower, but the humidity is so high that it doesn't matter. It's miserable.
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Old 01-16-09, 07:32 PM
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I have a theory.

I think when you are young, you find real cold painful and intolerable (possibly because you have less body fat). But as you get older, you put on a little weight and get more and more used to the cold. But as you put on that fat, the heat becomes more and more intolerable. (And the danger much easier to understand).

I wonder what the numbers are? Are the people who picked COLD younger? And I also wonder what the death numbers are. Which is more dangerous 100F or 0F?
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Old 01-16-09, 08:12 PM
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I have always prefered colder. But I have always been a large person, even when I wasn't fat. The heat is a little worse when you are fat, but it doesn't explain the whole thing.
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Old 01-16-09, 08:45 PM
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@dwilbur: I picked cold, and I'm younger. You're very right, cold is painful for me.

That being said, I rode in 18F weather yesterday, and it was fine. I would've rather picked 85 and sunny, though.
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Old 01-16-09, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by dwilbur3 View Post
I have a theory.

I think when you are young, you find real cold painful and intolerable (possibly because you have less body fat). But as you get older, you put on a little weight and get more and more used to the cold. But as you put on that fat, the heat becomes more and more intolerable. (And the danger much easier to understand).

I wonder what the numbers are? Are the people who picked COLD younger? And I also wonder what the death numbers are. Which is more dangerous 100F or 0F?
What's younger? I prefer cold to heat, and I'm 30 years old. I'm also still kinda skinny (5'9", 150 lbs). I run hot though. Like my gf will be under three blankets in bed, and I won't have any, and that's fine with me.
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Old 01-16-09, 09:05 PM
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It's probably a case of "the grass is always greener on the other side". Heat is sounding very good to me right now, having just endured two days of commuting in single digit and sub-zero temperatures here in New England. But then, I've never ridden in the kind of heat you get down south in the summer, so that's easy for me to say.
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Old 01-16-09, 09:40 PM
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I don't care that much, I have fun regardless. I've ridden from -25*F to about 108*F and haven't had any real problems.

The heat is better because I don't have to get ready to ride in it - just put on my shoes, grab a bottle of water and go. Also I don't have to worry about cars being morons and driving too fast for the ice on the roads, and roadways narrowed by unplowed snow.

But I'm not going to vote that I DISLIKE one or the other. I don't dislike either in and of themselves. I dislike the situations that happen due to the cold. I like heat better.
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Old 01-16-09, 10:03 PM
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Give me extreme cold to heat any day. Just no snow, please.
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Old 01-16-09, 10:32 PM
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I'm with Robert Frost on this one:

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To know that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
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Old 01-16-09, 10:38 PM
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Heat. I would much rather wear less clothes than more.
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Old 01-16-09, 11:34 PM
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For me it depends on the degree of heat/cold. my operation range is 30-85 degrees. Anything more or less forget it. I hate heat, but I have more issues with riding a bicycle in the cold than I do in heat so cold for me.
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Old 01-17-09, 12:09 AM
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Having lived in some of the coldest parts of the US, I will never complain about heat and in fact relish it. You can even add humidity if you want!
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I voted cold, but I don't really have experience with either. Where I live, it never gets very cold or very hot. Coldest commute so far this winter was -8C (17F) and warmest last summer was 32C (90F).
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Old 01-17-09, 01:24 AM
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I'd rather ride in 10F then 100F in NYC.

In the cold, as long as I'm moving and working up a sweat, I'm fine. (It's the snow storms and freezing rain that makes winter rides rough for me.)

It could be a clear day in NYC but if it's 85+ and really muggy, it's worse than braving this cold snap we're experiencing right now. YUCK! The heat and humidity will literally drain every ounce of strength from you before you can even bike a block...
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Old 01-17-09, 03:13 AM
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I'd say cold, but I'm biased since it's winter.
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post
Which would your rather commute in, the heat or the cold?

This time of year is great. I hate June and July afternoon commutes in Arizona. I don't have the experience with the cold that some of you are talking about.
Hey, fellow Arizonan! This time of year is great in the afternoons for me. I despise the cold mornings. I think I live here because I prefer the heat. ...And I've been in heat-exhaustion states a few times after riding on a summer day. Still, I prefer it.

I hate having to haul the layers. I hate starting to sweat underneath the layers while I'm still feeling chilled on some body parts. I hate the way my joints feel in the cold.

And I'm a "big" girl. I still like it hot. By the way, I've found that my metabolism runs a little faster in hot weather. I read somewhere that blood thins and people lose weight more rapidly in hotter climates. It's the body's way of adapting, since fat is actually a biological winter layer that needs to come off in the heat. ...So yes, you really can take off one more layer.

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Old 01-17-09, 09:19 AM
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i choose heat over cold. it's also true that different bodies seems to have different preferences and tolerances. i'm much more comfortable in high heat than low cold, though it can't be said that either extreme is really comfortable. still, in my various experiences, heat seems just slightly more forgiving.

in AZ, during the summer when it really is deadly hot (and your tyres nearly melt to the pavement), i'd just stay inside, commuting only in the morning or night. the same goes for the current -16°F winter weather (though i have been out a couple of times, just like AZ, when you endure it as best as you can). if i lived near the arctic i'd also be circumspect about going out---my point being that summer desert and winter pole are both rather extreme conditions (and neither that forgiving).

as for the rest of the country, with 110°F heat—so long as i have adequate water, i'll gladly take that to the whipping winds of wintry death.
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Old 01-17-09, 10:34 AM
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For me, a 57 degree day is just perfect, a little cool when you start, but once you are warm, its sweat-free shirt sleeve riding.

I've ridden in temps from 20 - 120. I enjoy 120, its electric, though you have to pick up your bike at long lights or melt the tires, and you don't try to ride hard at that temp, or to ride all day. But it's so sensual.

Twenty can be okay if you are dressed properly, but that brain freeze can be painful if you aren't. Snow is better than freezing rain, definitely.
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Old 01-19-09, 11:53 AM
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Winter presents it's own challenges, which is fun, but overall I prefer the simplicity and length of a hot summer day (if I have to choose one). Not so many extra clothes to pack, etc.

Somebody said "heat kills" but I think it's just the opposite. Depends where you live, I guess. In winter cold I have to guard against frostbite and I also have always in the back of my mind, "what if I get a flat, now, in the dark? Can I change a flat in the dark with my cold, stiff fingers, and still get going again before hypothermia sets in?" If it happens in the summer, it's daylight, and so what if it's 105 degrees, out? Uncomfortable, but not nearly as deadly.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:13 PM
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Yeah, I've never had a problem due to heat, but I did get some facial frostbite last week. It's still healing.

I quite like the heat. I don't hate the cold either, but given the choice I'll take heat. If I'm caught in the elements unprepared on a 0*F day, I'm a whole lot more boned than the same on a 110*F day.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:18 PM
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I voted cold. Much easier to plan in the summer what to wear. In the winter I have to check the weather and layer accordingly. In the summer it's simple, shorts and a sleeveless jersey. Also there is the darkness factor in the winter which requires making sure your lights are all working.
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HMMM,

as much as I can handle cold weather id rather ride in the heat since getting dressed to commute takes a few seconds vs half an hour or more when its below 40 deg..

also as much as the heat can cause trouble You can always stop and take a break ,find shade hydrate...

cold is Ok but dressing is a pain in the butt! roads are too dangerous at times too (like now) and if you break down You risk hypothermia (at least in the northeast conditions like this last week or so)

this all said I prefer COOL/chilly and dry to either Hot or cold too many variables. 55 - 70 deg is ideal.

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