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8:30pm - 108 degrees - screw it

Old 06-24-11, 09:16 PM
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8:30pm - 108 degrees - screw it

I'm going riding anyway. I hate summer. This is my first summer being dedicated to riding.

Wish me luck.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:17 PM
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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:20 PM
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Have bicycled in Tucson in 117 degrees back in the 1980s . . .
Wet your cycling cap, wear a wet bandana and keep drinking.
A-a-a-h global warming anyone?
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definitely global warming. I like how it went from unseasonably cool and around 90 straight to 113....
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Old 06-24-11, 09:22 PM
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Just like it does every year. Nothing new at all.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:23 PM
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I have family out in Queen Creek, we were just out there at the beginning of the month when it was "cool" (90s). My wife wants me to move out there in a few years because it's nice weather all year *except* the summer, but I don't know if i could do it. It's too... flat. And hot. And desert-like. I need my trees and green grass. The lack of humidity is nice however...
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Just like it does every year. Nothing new at all.
ive lived here my whole life, and I don't remember such a shocking jump.
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i knew this was going to be in arizona. i have family there. don't like. i call it "the valley of the AC".
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Old 06-24-11, 09:26 PM
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The temp always jumps up to 110+ in mid June. In a couple weeks the humidity will go up and the temp will back off a little. I didn't ride much in July and especially August last year, just no desire for it.
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My parents just moved to Peoria, AZ and I visited them for the first time back in May when it was still relatively cool. Overall, I thought riding in AZ was great. With AZ not having daylight savings time you could get up around 445 or so and ride until 1000-1100 and temperature would be perfect. Don't think I'd ever ride in 108 degree weather. And don't tell me HTFU!!!
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Same problems here in Alabama but at least it cools off at night. Problem for me is, I live in a rural area and it's way way to dark at night here.
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Old 06-24-11, 09:38 PM
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We will be riding at 6 tomorrow. If I'm not inside or very close to it by 9, I will be very worried about the heat. I sweat way more than I can drink in, and the heat really gets to me.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
definitely global warming. I like how it went from unseasonably cool and around 90 straight to 113....
Not sure about that. Here we are into summer and it's 61 degrees. Coldest and wettest spring I can remember.
Try a knapsack filled with ice cubes while you ride.
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threw arm warmers in my pocket today in case it started to drizzle.. ended up just staying cloudy 70's..

bahahaha payback for winter!
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Originally Posted by Spookeay Bird View Post
Same problems here in Alabama but at least it cools off at night. Problem for me is, I live in a rural area and it's way way to dark at night here.
Dinotte lighting. 800 lumen front, 400 lumen rear....safer than daytime riding.
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I would hate to live there. We just had a couple days of what I thought was blistering heat at about 100 degrees. Fortunately it cooled down for my day off today to 86.
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And for the really curious or those who still insist that this year is different, here are the daily highs in June, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. We always coast along in the high 90's or low 100's for a while, then someone upstairs flips a switch for the 110's. Same thing every year. And it will stay there for quite a while. 110+ is forecast for all of next week.


1 101 100 99 94
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7 103 92 108 96
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I remember all the years flying into Sky Harbor getting in from 9PM to 10PM then off to the Hertz bus grabbing the rental racing off to the hotel. The thermos on the car dashboards would read at least 116 F after the sun was down.

Often a co-worker would have me over for a late dinner and a swim in the pool (only if a huge block of ice had been delivered…splashing right into that pool). God it was stifling hot in the Phoenix area. I hated that office down there. While older folks (god bless ‘em ) seemed to move about at warp speed all I could do was lift my shoes off the pavement to keep them from melting.

Good luck on your riding OP…I think your effort is even harder pushing that melting, sticking rubber around your rims
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AZ or LV. Perhaps its time to move.
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i knew this was going to be in arizona. i have family there. don't like. i call it "the valley of the AC".
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Originally Posted by surgeonstone View Post
Dinotte lighting. 800 lumen front, 400 lumen rear....safer than daytime riding.
Yes,,, but do they have the anti monster lurking off the side of the road function? This is the main and most important question.
I'm scared of the dark. For years I have not seen some of the most frightening things one could never see at night in the dark around here.
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Yes,,, but do they have the anti monster lurking off the side of the road function? This is the main and most important question.
I'm scared of the dark. For years I have not seen some of the most frightening things one could never see at night in the dark around here.
Lots of nots and nevers to be fearful of.
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Annnnnnnnnnd I'm back. I have been riding 3 nights a week all through June, but this is the first time it's been borderline overwhelming. Still 101 outside and I don't think I'd want to push much more. The 6 or 8 stop lights I had to stop at were like a gift from heaven, lol. I definitely just HTFU'd.

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Why people build cities in the desert is beyond me.
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Why people build cities in the desert is beyond me.
Hm. What does snowed in mean?
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Isn't that just dry heat though?..LOL.. That's what I was told, when I headed out there a couple of years ago. Yeah right, dry heat my ass. It was 115 degrees, no one was on the streets, and I thought that I was gonna melt into the sidewalk..
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