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I guess I'm a fairweather cyclist

Old 07-01-05, 12:56 AM
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It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
If I didn't ride when it was hotter than 91, I wouldn't get much riding in. Having said that, I am a fairweather cyclist when it comes to rain. There is too much work after the ride cleaning it all up. I will just hit the trainer on those days.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
If you don't weigh too much and use a good wicking jersey, 91F isn't too bad. In the SF area, temps usually don't peak until 3pm or so, you can still put in a lot of miles if you start early. Also, temperatures are usually a lot cooler along the coast, if you can head out that way.
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Originally Posted by jitteringjr
If I didn't ride when it was hotter than 91, I wouldn't get much riding in. Having said that, I am a fairweather cyclist when it comes to rain. There is too much work after the ride cleaning it all up. I will just hit the trainer on those days.
Ditto...it's been pretty hot here the last couple weeks in NY (record heat in the 90's for this time of year) so it's either you ride in it, or wait a couple weeks without riding....but I agree about the rain, I always check the radar and need dry roads before I'll go out. Too much of a hassle to clean everything afterwards.
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I wont ride if it's raining, just too unpleasant and the mess. Even if the wind is cranking on a good one I'll just say forget it until tomorrow. Here in N. Mich it usually doesnt get that hot for very long. I couldnt resist riding when the wind was mild and temps hit 97f. Hot weather and biking belong together for me. The only prob is when my body just wont do what I want it to. I'm 48 and starting to feel the effects of lack of heat tolerance. Had to stop by a roadside park in the shade to cool down and drink the water bottle.

Summer is way too short around these parts.



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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
The first few hot days are the worst. Just wait a few weeks. After riding in the heat for a while, your body adjusts to it. Also be aware that you can't ride as hard in the heat, since your heart has to work harder to cool your body.
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I'v been riding in the 90s and expect to do it in the mid 100s soon. The sun zaps. I cool off by taking h20 for cooling down. I let the water hit the back and base of my neck and it wets the back and chest. Very nice way to cool down. Notinhg works on a long slow hill.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
I ride in it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it! Hot humid weather plays games with my lungs.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. Early this evening I went for a ride when it was still hot but the sun was starting to go down. 91 degrees is too freaking hot for riding! Am I the only one who thinks this or are there other fairweather cyclists on BF. Just waiting for comments such as, "but it's dry heat" or "you think that's hot, you should try riding in (fill in the blank)".
I live in Texas. 91 degrees is the LOW in July and August.
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I switched to early AM rides when it got hot in Philly. I also now have a dedicated wet weather road bike, so I can worry less about biking in light to moderate rain.
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It's been very hot in the Chicago area the last week or so and I rode thru it. Did a ride last week when it was 97 and about 70% humidity. As long as I drink the heat doesn't bother me that much. But I won't ride in the rain. I've been caught in a shower or 2 and I hate it.
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I went for a 20 mile ride after work last night and it was 101° Not so sure I'm going to do that regularly when the temperature is that high.
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When it is going to be in the 90's and humid, I'll ride early, or pick my ride route by the amount of shade. If I have a choice of weekend days I might choose the cooler one.
Same goes for rain. I'll put up with light scattered showers, but I might adjsut time or route based on the weather.
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Its been in the upper 90's here for the past few weeks. I try to ride
when its cooler but it doesn't help when the overnight temps are in the 80's
(low of 82 today). Its the sneak thunderstorms that I'm more concerned with.
as stated, its just a matter of getting used to it. Your body will adjust after
about a week or so.
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Originally Posted by cantdrv55
It's been really cool here in the SF Bay Area until just recently. .
Okay... The last thing I want to listen to is somebody from the Bay Area complaining about the weather. What next - you are not real happy with the view either?
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Originally Posted by DEK
It's been very hot in the Chicago area the last week or so and I rode thru it. Did a ride last week when it was 97 and about 70% humidity. As long as I drink the heat doesn't bother me that much. But I won't ride in the rain. I've been caught in a shower or 2 and I hate it.
Yeah its been nasty here for quite some time. 97 is hot enough, but humidity makes it even worse. I'd take 97 and dry over 85 and humid anyday, When its humid your sweat can't evaporate if it can't evaporate it doesn't cool you. and then things just get plain nasty, but I still ride anyways. My brother asked why I went biking but refused to play tennis. Much more worth the punishment.
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I know what you mean . 90's seem brutal in Seattle, also,but I'll ride when it 40's and
raining. It's all what you are used to.
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I agree with some of the other posts -- the first few rides in the heat above 90 with higher humidity is tough. But, once I become acclimated to it ... it is simply a little uncomfortable. It has been 92 to 95 in the Ohio Valley ... last night it was closer to 94 with a heat index of 105-110. We went out and rode (with no draft) only 18 miles with a 17.7 mph average ... It was FREAKING hot!

One thing I do on reallly hot days is soak a dish towel in water, put it around the back of my neck hanging down to my chest ... and ride. When it begins to feel warm in that area ... I just dowse it with some water from the spare water bottle and VOILA. It helps a bit.

But, I agree ... some folks are prone to not like very cold or very hot weather. I'll take very hot over very cold when it comes to cycling due to my past knee problems.
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Originally Posted by blandin
I went for a 20 mile ride after work last night and it was 101° Not so sure I'm going to do that regularly when the temperature is that high.
Okay Sacramentans (you Colorado and Arizonans are welcome to join in too), all together now:

But it's a dry heat!
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I'm definitely a fairweather cyclist, also. I don't think I'll ever ride in rain (on purpose), and I always wait until the nice cool parts of the day to ride.

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Hot and humid here in PA, too...guess we're all getting hit with it. As much as I hate the heat, I'll ride in it because the alternative is to stay indoors on the Spinner or trainer, and that's just no fun. The humidity is tough though...my lungs just can't clear completely in it, and I have to pull out the inhaler.

However....ride anyway. It's only hot when you have to stop! Movement on a bike = nature's air conditioning.

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Originally Posted by caloso
Okay Sacramentans (you Colorado and Arizonans are welcome to join in too), all together now:

But it's a dry heat!
Shortly after I moved to Sacramento in 1986, I heard a radio announcer say it in a slightly different way, "It will be 105° in Sacramento today. And to those that say, "It's a dry heat", I say, "So is an oven!" My view, is that hot is hot not matter the humidity. When I was riding last night my goal was to ride as fast as possible given the conditions and get my butt home to some A/C. I averaged 19 mph over the 20 miles and felt like I had pedaled twice that far. Tomorrow I'm going to go out before noon, but after watching the 1st stage of the TDF.
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Originally Posted by richc
I live in Texas. 91 degrees is the LOW in July and August.

Thats is sort of what I was thinking when I started reading this thread. A 91 degree day would be nice compared to the 99 degree days we are having now.

I think I want to move back to Hilo, Hawaii where they have cooler weather.

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Last night on my way home it was 76 degrees and 98% humidity.. it was so horrible that literally within 5 minutes my hands were clammy and damp. I had to ride 15 miles home in that crap. Our afternoon humidity is in the 60-70% range, which is still bad but at least somewhat bearable. Temps have been in the low to mid 90's. I'll ride in more or less any weather as long as it's not a torrential downpour with lightning.
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OK. In Arizona 91 degrees makes for a comfortable ride. With regard to "dry heat," that just means I stay dryer while moving. Once I stop, I sweat pretty profusely. We are coming into our annual monsoon season soon. It can be humid here. Even on a humid day 91 is a comfortable temperature. I suppose though that I am used to it.
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