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Have you a favourite riding temperature?

Old 02-06-09, 03:47 AM
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Have you a favourite riding temperature?

I was just wondering what temperature you find most comfortable to ride in. For me, it would be 40-50 degrees.
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Old 02-06-09, 03:59 AM
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56 in the sun. 62 in the shade.
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Old 02-06-09, 04:03 AM
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Thirty or below. I love being bundled up.
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In winter, around 20F. Spring and fall, the mid-50s. Summer 75-80. Maybe it's just a clothing issue. I'm always either too warm or too cold in between those ranges.
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I'm perfectly happy from 30-90F if it's dry. If there's rain, I prefer 70+F. I will ride down to 10F, but don't enjoy it much. I have ridden in single digits, but don't want to do it again.

I don't really have an upper limit, unless my tires start melting, but that's not a huge issue where I live.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:53 AM
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I call it June.
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Old 02-06-09, 08:56 AM
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Anytime where I'm not bundled up. Basically, if I have to break out the ski goggles or hats or big gloves I'm less happy to be riding.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:27 AM
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70 degrees. not too hot, not too chilly. can ride in tshirt and shorts and be comfortable
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Old 02-06-09, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
I call it June.
+1 I also call it September.
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Old 02-06-09, 12:05 PM
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Yes, about 25C is good ... but anywhere between 20C and 30C will do.
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Old 02-06-09, 01:09 PM
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Old 02-06-09, 01:29 PM
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Warmer than -10C (no extra clothing needed) - I like winter. Today it was -3C, very nice.
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Old 02-06-09, 03:43 PM
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-10f to 110f...
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I consider 75-80 F perfect for road riding. Warm enough so that all muscles work well and you are light and free. And cool enough so you don't get over heated. For winter 25F is good for me because it's easier to deal with than wetness. 45-50 F and dry is great for fall mountain biking. Keeps you cool on the climbs.
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Love it when it is -20F and most people are afraid to drive. The roads are so quiet and people seem to give you extra room.

Also like a nice calm summer day from time to time.
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Old 02-06-09, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by maranen View Post
Warmer than -10C (no extra clothing needed) - I like winter. Today it was -3C, very nice.
Something like that. I have never cycled above 100F (38C).
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Old 02-07-09, 04:00 PM
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Above 60-65 is always uncomfortably hot for riding for me, and 55 can be uncomfortable if the sun's out, especially on hills. At 65, I begin to feel light headed and dehydrate easily even in shorts and t shirt.
Under 25-30 isn't too pleasant because it's balaclava or face freeze.
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Old 02-08-09, 03:04 PM
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Anything between 30 and 70F is good with me. I just dress accordingly. Under 30 and I have to bundle up, which makes me sweat going up hills and then I'm cold going downhill. Over 70, and I just sweat too much.
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Reading the thread reminded me of an old song:

You say Fahrenheit and I say Celsius, You say Fahrenheit and I say Celsius,
Fahrenheit, Celsius, Fahrenheit, Celsius, Let's call the whole thing off.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:21 PM
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Colder then -25 means heavy artillery and my bike gets slow, not as much fun at that point. -25 to about -7 is the most fun and comfortable time of the year to ride a bike, by far. Between -7 and 15 is the worst because everything is always wet and slushy everywhere and it goes through your clothes, also it rains. 15 to 20 is nice, but there's no snow or ice or hardpack so riding around is rather dull. Hotter then 20 sucks because you get wet of sweat no matter what.

The most uncomfortable I've ever been while riding was in 15 degrees, I was wearing a t shirt and jeans, riding the wrong kind of bike (downhill) with no fenders and it was raining hard, the cold ended up taking every fibre of my body and during the last few kms I wasn't sure I was going to make it. Getting my keys out of my pocket was a real challenge.
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Old 02-09-09, 09:23 PM
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15-20c
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Old 02-18-09, 04:10 PM
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20 f., tailwind (both ways of course), and a hard packed or icy surface. When I'm in those conditions it's absolute bliss. Sadly it's usually either much colder or slushy from Chinooks.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:15 PM
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depends on location.

if it's rural, i like it very warm - like 80-90. if i'm riding in the city, or around a lot of cars, i like it about 10-20 degrees cooler. hot + exhaust = queasy.
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Old 02-18-09, 04:24 PM
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45*F in winter is just about perfect. Warm enough to wear thin gloves and just a shell, but cool enough that I can ride all day comfortably.

In the summer, 65* is ideal.
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Old 02-18-09, 07:43 PM
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If there is a fair amount of snow on the ground -10C is better than 0C, as the snow is crunchy rather than slushy.

All around anything between 5C and 30 C is optimal.
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