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Old 05-18-12, 04:25 PM
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"But it's a dry heat."

Yeah, I know, but we say the same thing around here. Drink, drink, drink. And make sure some of that drink is electrolytes.
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Old 05-19-12, 01:13 AM
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I can not tolerate heat at all. If it is above 90 with any sort of humidity I prefer to drive.
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Old 05-19-12, 07:41 AM
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Move to Reno, rarely gets over 100 and the hiking opportunities make Vegas ...well you know
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Old 05-20-12, 03:34 PM
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Living in TX, I also sweat buckets. Not much other choice. Wear sunscreen too.
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Old 05-20-12, 03:55 PM
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The most important thing is to go through a period of heat acclimation. Once done, realize that your rides during heat can be successful as long as you realize that you need to ride slower than you would if the temp was not as hot. What you need to do now is research "heat acclimation" and follow it's suggestions. Just because you live in the LV area does not mean you need to, ahem, gamble on it's heat.
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Old 05-20-12, 04:20 PM
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Old 05-20-12, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by vesteroid View Post
Move to Reno, rarely gets over 100 and the hiking opportunities make Vegas ...well you know
What. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, but you know.
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Old 05-21-12, 05:56 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
"But it's a dry heat."

Yeah, I know, but we say the same thing around here. Drink, drink, drink. And make sure some of that drink is electrolytes.
I discovered what a difference electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade) can make on long rides in the heat and humidity last summer. I was able to do several rides of at least 90km in temperatures above 32C with humidity making it feel hotter than 40 without killing myself simply by drinking A LOT of water/Gatorade. Made all the difference in the world. I found eating lots of bananas also made a big difference.
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Old 05-21-12, 06:16 AM
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We don't get temperatures nearly as high in the Southeast, but the humidity is brutal. Believe me, I would much rather ride when it's 105 F with low humidity than 95 F with high humidity. That said, you have to acclimate yourself when it first starts getting really hot. The first week of 90+ temps is always hard for me, and I just slow down and take it easy until my body has time to adjust. By the time we are getting temps in the upper 90s and low 100s, my body is usually acclimated. Getting up early or riding at night are also options, assuming you have a good light system. In the heat of summer, I really enjoy my morning commute because it is usually 20-30 degrees cooler although it is also more humid. I ride longer 50-60+ mile rides on the weekends with my friends, and we move the starting times from 9 am to 8 am or 7 am as the weather gets hotter. It makes a huge difference leaving an hour or two earlier on long rides. On bike tours where we are putting in long mileage, we sometimes leave as early as 6 am.
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Old 05-21-12, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by The Chemist View Post
I discovered what a difference electrolytes (e.g. Gatorade) can make on long rides in the heat and humidity last summer. I was able to do several rides of at least 90km in temperatures above 32C with humidity making it feel hotter than 40 without killing myself simply by drinking A LOT of water/Gatorade. Made all the difference in the world. I found eating lots of bananas also made a big difference.
How about a homemade oral hydration formula that could be mixed with water?
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Old 05-21-12, 07:17 AM
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I start to fear the sun this time of year more than falling and taking a blow to the head, so I'm thinking of replacing my helmet with a big, wide-brimmed hat.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-21-12, 10:08 AM
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In the Phoenix area, around mid-May the temperatures suddenly shoot up to around 103+ deg. F from the high 70's to mid 80's just a couple weeks before, and just get higher from there. It is a shock to the system and I find I need at least a couple weeks to acclimatize to the heat by taking some slower rides and then work back up to more intense rides in the heat. I learned that if I don't work up to it, heat exhaustion can creep up quickly within a half hour of an intense ride. It's not fun to hit a stop light and feel a sudden urge to both pass-out and puke.

Once that is through, and as long as I bring plenty of hydration and have some parks in the area with water fountains to re-fill bottles, I find I can ride for hours no problem in weather up to about 110 F. Anything higher than that is inviting trouble if you ask me. I do find myself losing substantially more salt in the summer as evidenced by all the white that accumulates on my helmet, so I usually switch to all electrolyte water during the summer months (aka 5 months out of the year here) -- something to watch out for as well.
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Old 05-21-12, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
I start to fear the sun this time of year more than falling and taking a blow to the head, so I'm thinking of replacing my helmet with a big, wide-brimmed hat.

Any suggestions?
Hard hats:

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Old 05-21-12, 02:41 PM
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I do my "fun" rides in the evening after the sun starts going down and its only 98 out

I commute through summer, but its only 10mi each way. You can take just about anything for 10mi. Take it slower and hydrate.

I dont think I would recommend the Hard Hats. Those arent designed for impact from a fall. That stiff wide brim could twist your neck or do worse damage. A softer wide brim over a helmet would be cool for shade, but I've never seen anything like that.

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Old 05-21-12, 02:43 PM
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Backpacking. Buy a new gear and test it out in the woods. I can't wait to try my new arc'teryx pack.
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Old 05-22-12, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
Hard hats
I was thinking more along the lines of a crushable hat, perhaps a canvas one.
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Old 05-22-12, 08:48 AM
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I have not done much over 100 but I have done really big/hard rides with it in upper 90's and very high humidity and my only advise is drink lots of water, preferably with electrolytes and spend more time outside. Your body will adapt. I was lucky (?) enough to spend almost all day outside for work so it only took a couple weeks of very high heat to adapt but if you work inside I am sure it will take longer but you will get there. Try pushing yourself to ride even when you feel it is too hot, just make sure you stay hydrated.

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Old 05-22-12, 11:29 AM
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I hydrate more and make sure to add electrolytes as I sweat just thinking about working. Need to get going earlier in the morning for the weekend rides. The local groups leave at 7:30 and I prefer to be riding by 6:30 min. By 9 am it can already be mid 90s and a long ride leaves you out roasting by 10:30 in 100 deg.
Just need to get myself in the habit again. I've been lazy over the winter and am still forgetting my water bottle or leaving late occasionally.

Speaking of hats, I've been thinking of getting a new helmet and may opt for a visor. Very fair skinned. I'm also going to try to wear arm sunsleeves and see how I like them. May either get leg sleeves or start shaving legs to make sunscreen easier to apply.

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Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
I was thinking more along the lines of a crushable hat, perhaps a canvas one.
Not much protection from the pavement with thoes
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Old 05-22-12, 01:26 PM
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Get a better tan.
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Old 05-22-12, 05:03 PM
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Hammer Heed is a must for me when the temp and humidity goes up. Plain water just doesn't cut it in those conditions.
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