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Old 06-20-23, 11:40 AM
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How early do you ride?

Its really hot here in Texas with heat index values around 115-120. It stays hot after dark.
I am thinking about getting out at sunup or just after. It is bearable until around noon.
When do yall get out to ride?
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I commute, so I hit the road at 7:00 - 7:15am. At my old job I left the house at 7:30-7:45. But sometimes...

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I try to leave around 2pm. Lately it has been getting mid-50s by then.
Fri + Sat ride selfies w wool & tights.
East of Seattle, home elevation ~800'.
Summer up here starts on or about July 4th.


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I still ride midday no matter the temperature. Early mornings the air is too humid and to me it just feels more stifling. By 11:00am, the humidity is usually lower. Here where I am at, there are tall pines on either side of the roads I travel. So maybe the shade I can get makes a difference compared to where others are.

More often than not, my start time is also around 2:00pm. Even when it's been near 100F actual temps. Though so far, not this year...yet.

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Well, since I'm up at 4am every day for no apparent reason - weekends, when I ride on the roads, I am out at first light. This gives me cool(er) temps and near zero traffic.
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I am an early bird for sure I hit the road as early as 4:39 am and a start after 7am is consider late. The wind usually much better and less traffic I have good lights and try to stay on course I know well before light. I do this even in winter and come is sometimes as sun is rising from a 50 mile ride.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
I try to leave around 2pm. Lately it has been getting mid-50s by then.
Fri + Sat ride selfies w wool & tights.
East of Seattle, home elevation ~800'.
Summer up here starts on or about July 4th.


I wish our mornings were cool. We are waiting for the humidity to burn off. Walking out the door in the mornings feels like walking into a sauna.
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I trail ride these days and am a morning person. So I tend to get out early year round. In the hotter weather I like to ride predawn with a helmet mounted light. I might get half or all of my ride in before it gets light out this time of year. In the cooler weather I am likely to head out at sunrise or a bit later.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
I wish our mornings were cool. We are waiting for the humidity to burn off. Walking out the door in the mornings feels like walking into a sauna.
Sweat might rust my steel bikes. . Who needs that?
On a year round calculation, I could use more sun.
Grew up in the South, USA - however, left side coastal is most conducive to year-round cycling (for me). Santa Cruz was about perfect. Skiing is so close to Seattle that reduced Winter riding allows my favorite alternatives.
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I like to ride at first light but am too lazy to get going that early unless it is an event. SOmething special at that hour
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The school bus leaves at 7:30, after that I walk the dog for half an hour, then I am on my bike a few minutes after that.
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As soon as it's light and 60F or above.
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I am an early riser and I like to start my rides at 5:00 AM, makes no difference if it's summer or winter.
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Originally Posted by nomadmax
As soon as it's light and 60F or above.
60*? Do you mean winter?
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Back when I was commuting, I started at about 5:15 daily, and rode home at about 5 PM. That meant a lot of great sunrises and sunsets.

Now that I am mostly retired ... Yikes. The earliest I get out there is 7AM, and at times, closer to 9AM. No more sunrises or sunsets, but at least, it's warmer.
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Originally Posted by Biker395
Back when I was commuting, I started at about 5:15 daily, and rode home at about 5 PM. That meant a lot of great sunrises and sunsets.

Now that I am mostly retired ... Yikes. The earliest I get out there is 7AM, and at times, closer to 9AM. No more sunrises or sunsets, but at least, it's warmer.
I just want to beat the heat. Exercising while doing keto plus intermittent fasting is hard enough. Add in too much heat and I might do a faceplant. I would like to avoid that.
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5:30 am on the work days.
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Originally Posted by nomadmax
As soon as it's light and 60F or above.
Different strokes, if I can choose I prefer 60 F or a bit below. I never really minded riding in the 20s F or even the teens for that matter. Now that I am in Tallahassee we only get a few mornings in the 20s F per year at most.
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12:51 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2023 rode 25.52 miles and a late start today 2:31 AM rode 28.82 miles.
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My main club which I have been riding with for 34 years starts all rides at 8:00. Another club I sometimes ride with varies between 7:00 and 8:30. My Tuesday group starts at 9:00 but if it gets hot we might begin at 8:00.

If it's hot and I am riding alone I might start at 7:00 but I don't obsess over it. I usually acclimate to heat pretty well and I don't do the long climbing rides like I used to.
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
12:51 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2023 rode 25.52 miles and a late start today 2:31 AM rode 28.82 miles.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
60*? Do you mean winter?
Summer

I ride rollers in the winter, pretty much at the same time of day.
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Originally Posted by pepperbelly
60*? Do you mean winter?
That's winter for me, but I wait until it's at least 65.

I'm not an early riser so I seldom get started before 10 am. Often more like noon. In the summer I love riding in the heat so I don't mind 95 degrees at all. With the humidity here it seldom gets much warmer than that, Many years ago I lived in Tucson, AZ where 105+ was common. With the dry air that didn't feel any hotter than 95 in Florida.

(Living in the Florida panhandle it's colder than the rest of the state in the winter and generally warmer in the summer.)
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With all you folks riding - why don't we see more pics in the 'Did you ride?' thread?

Personally, I love sunrise pics.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
With all you folks riding - why don't we see more pics in the 'Did you ride?' thread?
I have 62 posts in that thread but the last one was 9 years ago. I usually don't have pics from my rides but here are a couple.


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