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Old 06-13-06, 09:10 AM
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99F + is here, so do you have any riding tips?

It's not summer yet, but 99F+ today. 100F+ days are just around the corner. So how do you adjust your riding to not wipe out in these temps?

Thanks for the advice.
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Old 06-13-06, 09:18 AM
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Try to avoid those hours? One can't ever take enough fluids, and time is wasted on constantly dealing with sunscreen.
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It's usually that hot here so I pace myself and sometimes carry a wet rag around my neck. The breeze will cool the water and in turn cool the blood vessels in the neck. Wet wristbands help also.
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Can't switch times, or have to give up cyclocommuting, not going to happen.

Thanks for the wet band idea.
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Ugh! I just looked at today's forecast and groaned.
God denver has me spoiled. My hometown in WA was usually 100 plus most of the summer. Here I complain over 80.

I hydrate before leaving. Also, my water bottle is frozen. This is the only solution I can afford for the moment.
Also, I ride slower. Hence the reason I ride 28 miles in the morning and 17 in the afternoon.
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I go eaarrrrrrly in the morning. It gets to be 115 here.
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Old 06-13-06, 10:12 AM
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I may have to slow down. Added a second water bottle today. It's will be in the back of the shirt. I need to get a second bottle holder it looks like.

I'd like to be able to do 15 miles in the pm, but yesterday wimped out at 10 miles. One water bottle was not enough and it will be a couple degrees warmer today. At least no thunderstorms.
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A breathable jersey is pointless when you completely soak it in sweat.
I'm just fine until I get to market street station. Then I stand there dripping sweat since I just lost my air cooling. ugh!
Should have taken the second bottle today. Oh well. At least market street has a nice cold water fountain. Too bad my bald head won't fit in it.
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first and foremost... i'm acclimated! to me 60's is COLD! 80's is decent.... 90's is nice... 100 is warm.... 110 hot.... 120 is HOT!

drink water! drink water! DRINK WATER!

i ride most days after work (so i leave for my ride at 4:30.... sometimes the hottest temperatures of the day! but i don't like to get home from work.... get relaxed... then have to go out at 6..... 6:30.... 7!)
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water on the ride is fine, but the most important part of hydrating is having enough water off the bike as well. you'll want to be sipping on water pretty much the whole day.

remember, you're really stressing your body in the heat. if you feel faint or light headed, just pull off in the shade and cool down. you should definitely bring more than one water bottle if you're riding more than an hour. i typically drink one bottle every hour...and i know people that drink a lot more than that.
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
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Added a second water bottle today. It's will be in the back of the shirt. I need to get a second bottle holder it looks like.

...One water bottle was not enough...
I installed one of these, last week and I love it. It's considerably easier to reach my water bottles now, (as easy as scratching your butt).

Profile Aqua-Rack

I carry one bottle of water, (on my down tube) and two bottles mixed 1:1 Gaotorade and water. This setup has served me well in staying hydrated.
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I found what has worked for me is wearing my helmet, which is a silver grey colour. I find on the hottest days, when I don't wear my helmet, my head feels like it is getting cooked, but with my helmet I am able to make it through a very hot ride. I figure it is because of the colour of my helmet, but I notice a huge difference. When I get my new helmet I am going to make sure it is a silver grey colour.

Of course drink lot's of water, and don't let the heat make you forget about eating; the more water you drink the more you should eat.
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Originally Posted by !!Comatoa$ted

Of course drink lot's of water, and don't let the heat make you forget about eating; the more water you drink the more you should eat.
good point.
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Venty ass helmet? Where does one find one of those? I think I need one
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
I may have to slow down. Added a second water bottle today. It's will be in the back of the shirt. I need to get a second bottle holder it looks like.

I'd like to be able to do 15 miles in the pm, but yesterday wimped out at 10 miles. One water bottle was not enough and it will be a couple degrees warmer today. At least no thunderstorms.
I know that a lot of people don't like them but the real answer is a Camelbak. Yes, they are sweaty on your back (you get used to it) but, a 70 oz bladder carrys more water than 3 bottles. Because the Camelbak is insulated, you can also pack them with lots of ice (or freeze them during the day) and have nice cold water nearly all day long. I do the ice thing regularly on tour and last summer while crossing eastern Washington State, ice water was very welcome at 103 F. I'd also carry Gatorade or similar sports drink in the water bottles. Replacement of salts is as important as replacement of fluid.

Edit: A 100 oz Camelbak packed with as much ice as it will hold (around 4 pounds) will last 5 to 7 hours at 100 F. Really!
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
A breathable jersey is pointless when you completely soak it in sweat.
I'm just fine until I get to market street station. Then I stand there dripping sweat since I just lost my air cooling. ugh!
Should have taken the second bottle today. Oh well. At least market street has a nice cold water fountain. Too bad my bald head won't fit in it.
Um, not to state the too obvious but your bottle will fit in the fountain. Fill, pour, repeat
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Holy crap! I've never read your signature. You toured in my old neck of the woods. I was born and raised in SE Washington state and moved to Denver in 2000.
Specifically, Richland Washington in the Tri-Cities area located next to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It's all of 45 minutes driving North from Hermiston Oregon.
You should have toured through Hanford. Of course, the goverment tends to shoot anyone who rides on their land That and you may have ended up glowing due to the nuclear waste.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Um, not to state the too obvious but your bottle will fit in the fountain. Fill, pour, repeat
I doubt they would have cared for the mess I would have left on the floor. Tile + water = hurt commuters.
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Originally Posted by DataJunkie
I doubt they would have cared for the mess I would have left on the floor. Tile + water = hurt commuters.
Go outside. Dance around and talk to yourself and people will look right through you
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One additional benefit of a large ice filled Camelbak is that it is 6 pounds of water at the melting point of ice. Water has a huge heat capacity. The cold Camelbak helps cool you off which also keeps the pack from being so sweaty.
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See this https://forum.slowtwitch.com/gforum.c...0frame;#842060 for example of a camelbak system mounted on the frame instead of on your back.

And yes, I agree a light colored helmet does help keep away some heat.
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I wear a white helmet for this very reason.
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hydration + electrolytes = good. you'll still need to replace all the "stuff" you lose thru your sweat.
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sun screen spray is a good investment. It saves a little time.
And yes, a "venty-ass" helmet!
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Originally Posted by HiYoSilver
It's not summer yet, but 99F+ today. 100F+ days are just around the corner. So how do you adjust your riding to not wipe out in these temps?

Thanks for the advice.

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