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Heat or Cold?

Old 01-16-09, 02:09 PM
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Heat or Cold?

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.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:11 PM
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I'd rather ride in 10F than 90F. I'm good with the cold, but I'm a wimp when it comes to the heat. I overheat very easily, and generate lots of body heat (I think) which serves me well in the winter, not so much in the summer.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:12 PM
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Cold can be painful. Heat kills.

But then again I live in Sacramento, we don't get cold here (not real cold anyway).
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Old 01-16-09, 02:17 PM
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The only inconvience about winter commuting in Arizona is the wide temperature changes that you get and the extra clothes to pack home in the afternoon because you don't need them.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Durward_Kirby View Post
The only inconvience about winter commuting in Arizona is the wide temperature changes that you get and the extra clothes to pack home in the afternoon because you don't need them.
Same in NoCal. 30F in the morning, 70F in the afternoon going home.

When it gets to 70F in the morning, 100F in the afternoon I take the bus.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:19 PM
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Um, neither. I vote for 65 degrees, sunny, and low humidity.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:22 PM
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I miss July and August. Anything above 80F and I'm happy.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:38 PM
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What I hate about the summer heat is that I have to carry a fleece jacket so I don't freeze on the train; and if I'm soaked from riding, I may freeze on the train even with the jacket. I have complained to NJTransit that they keep the trains too cold, but they told me they can't regulate the temperature on the train-- it's automatic. Why they have to refrigerate the cars down to 65 degrees, beats me.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
... Why they have to refrigerate the cars down to 65 degrees, beats me.
A pet peeve of mine too.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
I miss July and August. Anything above 80F and I'm happy.
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.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:46 PM
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With the human body able to tolerate a limited range of temperature's it matters not what
YOU like.............it's a matter of what your body will go along with.
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Old 01-16-09, 02:50 PM
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I'd rather ride in 105 degree texas summers than below 30. That being said, i do both.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:07 PM
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Cold for me. We never got cold here though (Miami.) But I used to love riding in the snow, and never minded extreme cold when I live in NY and Philly.
August sucks here for riding...but I still do it.
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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.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:15 PM
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maybe its just me, but the poll is kind of confusing - the poll asks what i dislike the most, yet the post asks what i would rather commute in.

I can't stand doing anything above 80 degrees - all my clothes and helmet get all sweaty and i always need to bring a ton of water with me. In the cold, on the other hand, I never sweat and thus don't need to bring water (or as much), nor do I feel cold with all the layers+balaclava I have. Maintenance is much easier in the summer, but I still would much rather ride in the winter.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:23 PM
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I'll vote FOR heat any day. I've grown up in Iowa and lived here most of my life. Last night at 10 it was -18 actual temp. I'll take 110 any day over that crap.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:26 PM
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Give me heat!

Here in Minnesota the cold is deadly, truly. If something goes wrong, you can get stranded and no one comes along. It can be quite dangerous.

In the heat, I can always stop, pour water over my head, go slow whatever and I'll get there. My point is there a lot more options for survival in warm weather here. Plus I really enjoy riding in the heat.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:29 PM
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I'll ride in ANY weather conditions. I dislike the cold most though. Frostbite, tendinitis, black ice, fogging glasses, having to wear/carry so many layers. THAT said commuting in the spring/fall is pretty special with sometimes three seasons of weather/temp all in one 24 hour period. Ride to work in the morning it's spring, go out at lunch and it's summery, riding home and the sun has dipped out of sight somewhat, chill ride.
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Old 01-16-09, 03:48 PM
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It isn't the cold, its all the snow that makes riding and commuting difficult. If snow were taken out of the equation, cold would be easier to deal with than heat.

But if you define "normal" as 50 degrees farenheight, then they are equal to me. I have similar limitations on time, distance, and speed at 0 as I do 100.
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Old 01-16-09, 04:10 PM
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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.
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Originally Posted by Hot Potato View Post
It isn't the cold, its all the snow that makes riding and commuting difficult. If snow were taken out of the equation, cold would be easier to deal with than heat.

But if you define "normal" as 50 degrees farenheight, then they are equal to me. I have similar limitations on time, distance, and speed at 0 as I do 100.
Cold is easier for me to deal with than heat, but packed snow and ice are too much for me now.
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Old 01-16-09, 05:17 PM
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I prefer to ride in reasonably cold weather, but I ride less when it's is extremely cold compared to when it's extremely hot. I've rode plenty of days in the high 90's, but single digits or below zero makes me act weird!
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I really dislike the heat and humidity of Iowa summers, but I can't stand having to pile on all of my winter weather gear. It just seams like for every 10 degrees colder it gets I have to wear 10 extra articles of clothing. Summer time, a pair of shorts a t-shirt and some sandals is all I need for my 15 mile rt commute
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Old 01-16-09, 05:26 PM
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I was born and raised in the deep south. When its 95 degrees + with 100% humidity, I will still ride a brooks saddle with jeans and work boots. I am now around Northern Virginia for a bit and the cold is tough. I am still riding, but it is tough. Its all what you are accustomed to.
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As much as i enjoy winter riding, i choose the heat. If anything i can always ride at night if i want to stay cooler. And it;s actually pretty fun and relaxing.
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