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Old 12-21-22, 03:11 PM
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I look at the national weather map every morning. About the only place I can see that has good cycling temps this time of year is the Fla Keys.
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
Just in case this idea gets some attention: https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/p...m-Map-1018.pdf

and keep in mind depending on how far you go, it's 2-4 days one way, so you may end up on the train your entire week....
Just a note here since the OP is from Canada. pstock , if you expect a train trip on Amtrak to be anywhere near as nice as a train trip on Via Rail, you will be disappointed. Amtrak food is only a cut above airline food and our rail system in the U.S. is terribly antiquated compared to the rest of the world.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
I look at the national weather map every morning. About the only place I can see that has good cycling temps this time of year is the Fla Keys.
Counter example. This is where some of my Northern California ride buddies hang out in Winter:


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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Counter example. This is where some of my Northern California ride buddies hang out in Winter:


Heís just posting more nonsense.
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Old 12-21-22, 10:24 PM
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Anywhere in the southwest. Here north of L.A. we ride all year and there are mountains of every description.



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Highs in the 70s in San Diego this weekend. Someoneís map must be broken.
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"Anywhere in the southwest" can be a misnomer. Between October and March, it's very easy for most of New Mexico to see low temperatures, high winds, and snow. That said, Las Cruces is never a "vacation destination" but from there you can take trips out to White Sands, Carlsbad, the Organ Mountains, Ruidoso; heck, if the weather is nice, you could take a rental car and head to Silver City for some good climbing. This is all said with the caveat that the weather in New Mexico is renowned for going from gorgeous to awful in minutes. Aside from my "home" state of NM, I'd add another vote for southern California, but not to expect 60's, be happy with mid-high 40's. The "south coast" from Goleta down to Malibu is a great place to ride as long as the region isn't on fire or experiencing a nasty storm. Farther south I'd say using San Diego as a base and going out from there would be good too. All this is fantasy conjecture, as I'm in Philly, waiting for a bit of nasty weather to roll in just before christmas.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Highs in the 70s in San Diego this weekend. Someoneís map must be broken.
Just checked the National weather map. Right now it is 46 degrees at 7:15 in San Diego. Anything below 65 is not fit for man nor beast.

I like to ride in shorts, not all bundled up like the Michelin man.
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Old 12-22-22, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by PhilFo View Post
l I'd add another vote for southern California, but not to expect 60's, be happy with mid-high 40's. The "south coast" from Goleta down to Malibu is a great place to ride as long as the region isn't on fire or experiencing a nasty storm. .
According to the NOAA temperatures were in the 60s and 70s all month last January in the area of Southern California where I live. We haven't had a major fire in a few years and I don't remember the last time we had a nasty storm. We are in a drought and it rarely rains.
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Old 12-22-22, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Just checked the National weather map. Right now it is 46 degrees at 7:15 in San Diego. Anything below 65 is not fit for man nor beast.

I like to ride in shorts, not all bundled up like the Michelin man.
With a high of 66! And it is going to be 74 on Saturday and 78 Sunday. Just start at 9:00, it will already be 59. Geez, don't be such a weather wuss.
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Old 12-22-22, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Just checked the National weather map. Right now it is 46 degrees at 7:15 in San Diego. Anything below 65 is not fit for man nor beast.

I like to ride in shorts, not all bundled up like the Michelin man.
<looks at your posted location> so you ride outside what, 5 1/2 months a year?

(as it's currently -15 F outside. eesh.) I'd take 30's at this point!
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Originally Posted by pstock View Post
UT january seems rainy.
Utah is not rainy in January.

In the northern part of the state, it is cold and gray. Sometimes snowy, often just bleak. In the valleys we get a weather phenomenon called temperature inversion, which results in terrible smog (sometimes the worst air in the country, from a human health perspective). Up at the ski resorts it's a different story--often beautiful conditions--but certainly not cycling weather.

The extreme southern part of the state is much warmer and likewise dry, usually. The area around St. George can be very nice even in January, and there are good places to ride. Likewise around Kanab, on the Arizona border but a bit farther east. If you go north only as far as Cedar City or Bryce Canyon, temps are lower and snow is much more likely, because of the higher elevation there. Southeastern Utah is beautiful but desolate. Not a lot of options for entertainment, dining, transportation, etc. If you like solitude and desert landscapes, it's the place to be.
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
According to the NOAA temperatures were in the 60s and 70s all month last January in the area of Southern California where I live. We haven't had a major fire in a few years and I don't remember the last time we had a nasty storm. We are in a drought and it rarely rains.
Yup, but climatology is not weather. Right now itís still chilly across the region and who knows what January will bring. Just because last January the weather WHERE YOU LIVE was one way, doesnít mean that itís going to be the same in a month, and it certainly wonít be the same for the areas I wrote about, as they are different climatological classifications as the LA foothills due to proximity to the Pacific.
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Old 12-22-22, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by PhilFo View Post
Yup, but climatology is not weather. Right now itís still chilly across the region and who knows what January will bring. Just because last January the weather WHERE YOU LIVE was one way, doesnít mean that itís going to be the same in a month, and it certainly wonít be the same for the areas I wrote about, as they are different climatological classifications as the LA foothills due to proximity to the Pacific.
Obviously we don't know what the weather will be next month but I've been here most of my life and have ridden bikes for 40ish years and I don't remember "mid to high 40s" with any regularity in any Southern California coastal area. The Santa Barbara and Goleta areas are very similar to here, maybe a few degrees difference, according to NOAA records from last January.

My point was that all of Southern California is rideable year round if you don't go into the higher mountains. Even there, it's generally warmer than Toronto.
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​​​​​​I like it.
though weirdly Tucson is 2 hours further (7) and one stop more (1 vs direct) than Las Vegas from YYZ.(And any extra stop is a lost bike risk)But on the short list. I've heard good things about Tucson cycling from a friend.
Check out flying into Phoenix, renting a car and driving down to Tucson. It's a short two hour drive through the desert and worth the time.

Was a gorgeous 63 in Saguaro a couple days ago.


and a comfy 51 atop Mt. Lemmon yesterday.


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Tucson's your Huckelberry.
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Looks like perfect cycling temps to me.
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Originally Posted by phedge View Post
Check out flying into Phoenix, renting a car and driving down to Tucson. It's a short two hour drive through the desert and worth the time.

Was a gorgeous 63 in Saguaro a couple days ago.


and a comfy 51 atop Mt. Lemmon yesterday.


These pics are beautiful!
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Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
Looks like perfect cycling temps to me.
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I cycled 68 kilometers this morning at two parks with bike paths near my home in eastern Bangkok. I left at 6:45am with a temperature of 20C and returned 2.5 hours later and it was up to 26C. A very pleasant day to be out. Tomorrow I will go out to Skylane and ride on an enclosed 23.5 kilometer bicycle only path that goes around the outer perimeter of Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Although the weather is always warm to hot, as well as humid, it's probably too far to consider for a just a one week holiday.
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I have to agree with all the San Diego area recommendations, but my favorite place in San Diego county has always been Julian.https://visitjulian.com/

And if you happen to be lucky enough to be there when it snows, drive down to Borrego Springs.
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
<looks at your posted location> so you ride outside what, 5 1/2 months a year?

(as it's currently -15 F outside. eesh.) I'd take 30's at this point!
For the most part my bike and trike are hung up in the garage for about 4 months of the year. And yes I am a temp wuss and dont like riding all bundled up. I simply dont like to ride unless I am comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt.

Nov Dec Jan and Feb should be cancelled due to lack of interest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by DangerousDanR View Post
I have to agree with all the San Diego area recommendations, but my favorite place in San Diego county has always been Julian.https://visitjulian.com/

And if you happen to be lucky enough to be there when it snows, drive down to Borrego Springs.
Years ago 3 of us rode from here north of L.A. to Julian and back in 5 days. Fun trip and the area around Julian was awesome for riding. Loved the ride up from San Diego.
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[QUOTE=pstock;22739074
UT January seems rainy.
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I live in northern Utah and I would not go to southern Utah (St. George) in January for a bike getaway. The weather is just too iffy. You could get snow.

My choice would be Tucson, AZ. It is also the choice of a lot of pro squads.
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