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acorn
06-07-2011, 01:09 PM
I've found that I just can't ride home when the temperature reaches about 95- big hills to climb, little shade. So I think I will have to ditch the bike on Wed and Thur. What about all you other commuters? And is there a secret to riding thru the heat?

DaveK
06-07-2011, 01:11 PM
...HTFU?

I always ride through the heat. I hate it, but I hate Metro even more. Just picture yourself on one of Metro's non-ac cars packed in with 200 of your closest friends, or stuck in endless traffic. Then just take it slow and drink plenty of water. Enjoy the relatively empty trails and the breeze coming off the water. There's plenty to like about biking even when the weather could best be described as a hair dryer.

acc
06-07-2011, 01:26 PM
You will acclimate. Wear light colored jerseys. I've noticed the color of helmets makes a big difference with my sons and their skateboard helmets. White works best for them during the summer. Bring plenty of ice in your water bottles if possible. Cut your speed. It's true, the herds will be thinned and it will be easier to ride. On the other hand, don't make yourself miserable. There's no rule that says you must ride your bike. :D

ann

DismalScientist
06-07-2011, 01:28 PM
I just hallucinate about the tall cold one awaiting me at home.

consularrider
06-07-2011, 01:51 PM
How else would I get to and from work? I have done some century rides in the upper 90s and my advice is similar to the above. Most of all, hydrate, find shade, don't try to set speed records, and rest as needed.

Greenbelt
06-07-2011, 02:22 PM
I waited until after 7pm to leave last week when it was hot, and it wasn't bad at all once the sun was lower. Two water bottles and a lot of pre-hydration though.

brendan
06-07-2011, 02:39 PM
From the long ride I did last Monday in up to 98 degree weather (e.g. when we passed BWI), I learned: it's much cooler to be moving at any speed than stopped, even in the shade, since the air flow that you generate makes sweating much more efficient. Oh and: carry and drink as much fluids as you can: my road bike had two bottle cages in the normal places, plus two attached to a seatpost holder. 24 ounce bottles too...and it was barely enough.

Brendan

ronwalf
06-07-2011, 02:48 PM
I waited until after 7pm...

Same. I head in early, head home late, and bring in enough food to keep me from starving before dinner.

jrenaut
06-07-2011, 02:56 PM
I'll be riding, no problem. On my way home, I'm going to grab a cold six pack of Coors Lite. If I get too hot, probably around the hill at 15th and Florida NW, I'll just pop the top on a Silver Bullet and that awesome cold train will come roaring through, bringing with it a bunch of stylish, beautiful women who find me intriguing (And by that I of course mean my wife). We'll enjoy a couple of cold ones and then head on our way.

Silver
06-07-2011, 03:00 PM
My commute is short and offers some shade, so I'm going to try to stick with it. I'm going to switch out of wearing my work clothes, though, which probably means I won't be organized enough to pull off the bike ride every day. Also, I'll probably shift to going in earlier--on the way home if I get miserably messy I can always jump into the shower when I arrive.

Riley Casey
06-07-2011, 03:01 PM
Heat? What does the temperature have to do with it? :):)

Since I live in an un-airconditioned house I actually look forward to riding even in the heat. It's my chance to get a breeze going.

eminva
06-07-2011, 03:10 PM
I will keep riding. I'm from Texas, what can I say. However, I am not too proud to take the Camelbak on the 90+ days (in case you don't remember from a recent thread, I am a rack and panniers person so this is doable on the commute).

Liz

PrintError
06-07-2011, 06:55 PM
Doesn't even remotely phase me. I grew up in Miami. I've commuted in NoVA when it was 4, and when it was 104. Really only makes a difference in what layers I wear.

Dirt
06-07-2011, 07:09 PM
Not a problem. Just gotta adjust my expectations as to speed and distance.

StopMeansStop
06-07-2011, 08:41 PM
My only problem with the heat is that the coke slupree machine is always on empty.

RESTONTODC
06-07-2011, 09:34 PM
No problem. I rode on more than 100 during last summer. I freeze both of my Insulated Water Bottles before the ride and wear jersey with mesh on the back.

CCrew
06-08-2011, 06:13 AM
Tires don't melt until 250 degrees! :):):):)

5555624
06-08-2011, 06:20 AM
Since I have lived in Arlington, it has never been too hot or too cold to ride. I hate the heat (and that's anything above 80 degrees). but I just make sure to drink more water -- before, during, and after. If it's nt hot, I might not drink at all on my commute, but I amke sure to drink when it's hot I probabky ride a tad slower, too, but that could be due to more people out on the trails.

Dirt
06-08-2011, 07:17 AM
Tires don't melt until 250 degrees! :):):):)

Yup, but I learned that you can break a cyclocross tire at -56 degrees.

I'm not sweet enough to melt.

Jsnyd
06-08-2011, 09:19 AM
I have some work and familiarization to be done with my bike so the heat will give me a good opportunity to take it apart. and stay cool.

acorn
06-08-2011, 09:46 AM
You are all so tough! As I sit in traffic on the 14th St Bridge, I will wave at you jealously as you zip by, and turn up the a/c in your honor.

DaveK
06-08-2011, 10:55 AM
You are all so tough! As I sit in traffic on the 14th St Bridge, I will wave at you jealously as you zip by, and turn up the a/c in your honor.

I'd rather sit outside in the oven than be stuck in that mess. Wake me when the Maryland drivers figure out how to negotiate a middle lane closure.

Riley Casey
06-08-2011, 11:22 AM
What he said ! ( where is the damned LIKE button? )


I'd rather sit outside in the oven than be stuck in that mess.

CCrew
06-08-2011, 01:11 PM
Wake me when the Maryland drivers figure out how to drive.

Fixed it for ya :)

Greenbelt
06-08-2011, 02:07 PM
DCA is reporting 98 degrees with a heat index of 105 at 3pm. Pretty strong sun too. Everybody be careful out there this afternoon, the road temps are going to be blistering. I'm definitely waiting until later.

CCrew
06-08-2011, 02:29 PM
the road temps are going to be blistering. I'm definitely waiting until later.

Reminds me of Rango :)

http://movieclips.com/RBz6-rango-movie-an-unexpected-event/ (about 1 minute in )

JustinW
06-08-2011, 04:05 PM
With these temps I figured I would take the long way home @4:15 today....as in most of the Arlington Loop. Too cocky .. Did not adjust my speed and got way overheated after a bit. The heat radiating off of anything paved is impressive....or depressive, really, tho that is not a word.

By careful out there.

Joe Chapline
06-08-2011, 05:35 PM
I did my short bike commute to-from the train station today. As usual, no problem going in at 7 am, temperature in the 70's, not uncomfortable in long-sleeve shirt, slacks, and tie. Coming back at 5, temps in the high 90's, I made concessions by taking my tie off, unbuttoning my collar button, and rolling up the sleeves of my shirt. It was fine. When I got home, I made a point to sit in the chair with the washable slipcover.

If you commute by bike, you quickly get in shape to do your commute, whatever it is. That's a great benefit of it. If you commute on a heavy bike in clothes that create plenty of drag, like I do, you get extra fitness for no extra charge.

A bike commute also gets you out often enough to keep you acclimated to heat in the summer and cold in the winter. There aren't many perfect weather days each year; it would be a shame to be limited to going out only on those few days.

JimF22003
06-08-2011, 07:47 PM
I wasn't commuting, but I did get out and ride for a couple of hours this afternoon. Just got a new bike, and had to get out there and try it out.

I did 30 miles, and didn't bring water or stop for any. I should have though. I was getting borderline overheated and weak by the time I got back.

Not bad as long as you keep moving (and bring water.) But as soon as I got off the bike I was dripping like somebody who just won a wet t-shirt contest...

Greenbelt
06-08-2011, 08:09 PM
Whew! That wasn't so bad. At least once I got to the shaded trails. Air quality kind of sucks though -- I feel like a smoked a couple cigarettes on the way home. Now for the world's best recovery food: a ham and cheese sandwich and a half-gallon of chocolate milk...

scorch
06-08-2011, 08:18 PM
did 48 miles roundtrip today, and by the time i was nearing home i ran out of juicy climbing hills with no shade. Riding on the capital crscent trail was easy because its a few degrees cooler!

I find no matter how slow i ride, i still get all sweaty.

CCrew
06-09-2011, 04:09 AM
Definitely a warm and sticky ride in this am. Let's see what the day brings...

Silver
06-09-2011, 10:57 AM
My commute is short, so biking wasn't really a hardship today or yesterday. This is my first year of bike commuting. It feels less terrible, actually, riding along with my big roomy t-shirt* catching a breeze than sitting, squinting, in my car, waiting ages for a left-turn signal.

*This is probably not correct cycling gear but it works for me.

CCrew
06-09-2011, 11:03 AM
*This is probably not correct cycling gear but it works for me.


Correct is what works for you. We're not the fashion police here. Well, maybe, kinda, sorta.... :p

Silver
06-09-2011, 11:07 AM
Correct is what works for you. We're not the fashion police here. Well, maybe, kinda, sorta.... :p

So, I'll never make it into Cycle Chic. I'm OK with that.

creadinger
06-09-2011, 03:32 PM
National just posted a temperature of 101 at 4pm so definitely take it easy out there! Yesterday I sprayed as much water on my head as I drank.

Storms are starting to pop now too so if you delay leaving keep an eye on the radar.

CCrew
06-09-2011, 04:47 PM
National just posted a temperature of 101 at 4pm so definitely take it easy out there! Yesterday I sprayed as much water on my head as I drank.

Storms are starting to pop now too so if you delay leaving keep an eye on the radar.

It was frigging hot. I was spinning 18mph watching my HR at 165 - that's nuts.

I'm west of town, storms are firing up here and moving east now.

Greenbelt
06-09-2011, 07:18 PM
Much better than last night. I think that SW breeze that kicked up in advance of those storms cleared out some of the low level pollution. (Plus it was a tailwind for me!)

jrenaut
06-10-2011, 08:01 AM
Got the long johns out this morning - positively chilly after Wednesday and Thursday. I think I might have frostbite.

Dirt
06-10-2011, 08:13 AM
I guess that I should report in the trail conditions forum that all the snow from last night has melted, so there's no need to use the snow tires today. Sorry that I'm so late in posting that up.

Love,

Pete