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I rode in to work today, and now I'm thinking I might have to bus it half the way home.  I live about 7 miles from my office which really isn't bad, but man it is hot out there.  I was just wondering if I'm the only one considering wussing out.

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Glad I saw this thread of discussions, because I have allowed the heat to keep me off my bike for a few days.  I'm a recreational bike rider on my way to becoming semi-serious but still very much in the learning stages and wasn't sure about how unsafe it is to ride in 83+degree weather.  But from skimming through the posts it seems doable as long as I slow it down & stay hydrated.  So as I sit here typing this I've decided to give it go.  I'm going to fill the saddle bags hanging on my bikes carrier w/ bottles of water & head out.  One can only ride indoors to nowhere on a Spinning bike for so long; Spinning is great & it burns a lot of calories but I miss the solace of the open road, the fresh air & mini-adventures (biking is like a box of chocolates, when out riding, you never know what you're going to get to see LOL).  Enjoy the day Chainlinkers.  :)

Thanks for being specific :-)

Wolf-Pup said:

Seriously, though, I'm showering a lot, biking slowly (as usual) and keeping my head hair wet.

It's nice out there.

@Wolf-Pup is right, the wet hair thing works; I always have a mini a squirt bottle on hand, required hot weather accessory... 

Wolf-Pup said:

I rode. I wet about 75.5% of my hair before I leave my home/work/etc. If I wet the whole thing it will never dry unless I'm outside for about 3 hours.

 

Seriously, though, I'm showering a lot, biking slowly (as usual) and keeping my head hair wet. I just go to the bathroom sink at work and splash some cold water on my hair/face. It works.

I've also done it mid-ride if I'm overheating. Pouring cold water over your heat, then riding just fast enough to get a good breeze, is a great way to cool down if you're overheating.

Lady Teague said:

@Wolf-Pup is right, the wet hair thing works; I always have a mini a squirt bottle on hand, required hot weather accessory... 

Wolf-Pup said:

I rode. I wet about 75.5% of my hair before I leave my home/work/etc. If I wet the whole thing it will never dry unless I'm outside for about 3 hours.

 

Seriously, though, I'm showering a lot, biking slowly (as usual) and keeping my head hair wet. I just go to the bathroom sink at work and splash some cold water on my hair/face. It works.

I think the key to riding in this type of weather is proper hydration (to include electrolytes...not electric lights, 'h !  LOL !) and proper eating.

I took off this morning on a brisk pace (17mph for me is brisk) and got about 2 miles in before I noticed that my speed had dropped to about 13-14. I didn't eat well last night (due to the heat and extra exercise I did) or re-hydrate. (Just didn't feel hungry or thirsty) Plus, the heat/smell combo had me thinking back to Iraq circa 2003....not good.

However, the day before, I was rocking 22 mph without even realizing it until I hit the Archer bridge (just east of Ashland) and slowed down to 18-19 mph while going uphill. I had hydrated quite a bit the night before and had eaten lots of fruits and veggies with my chicken breasts. I even had some gatorade-flavored water before I left the house.

It doesn't help that as you slow down, the heat wave starts to wrap around you and give you a great big bear-hug !

Keep drinking water out there (and inside) while this heat wave is here.

 

Good Luck.

 

Respectfully,

 

manny

Manny, I think what you describe was part of my problem this morning.  Since we get to try it again tomorrow and maybe Friday, I am going to work on my diet and hydration tonight.
 
Manny FU...Really!? said:

I think the key to riding in this type of weather is proper hydration (to include electrolytes...not electric lights, 'h !  LOL !) and proper eating.

I took off this morning on a brisk pace (17mph for me is brisk) and got about 2 miles in before I noticed that my speed had dropped to about 13-14. I didn't eat well last night (due to the heat and extra exercise I did) or re-hydrate. (Just didn't feel hungry or thirsty) Plus, the heat/smell combo had me thinking back to Iraq circa 2003....not good.

However, the day before, I was rocking 22 mph without even realizing it until I hit the Archer bridge (just east of Ashland) and slowed down to 18-19 mph while going uphill. I had hydrated quite a bit the night before and had eaten lots of fruits and veggies with my chicken breasts. I even had some gatorade-flavored water before I left the house.

It doesn't help that as you slow down, the heat wave starts to wrap around you and give you a great big bear-hug !

Keep drinking water out there (and inside) while this heat wave is here.

 

Good Luck.

 

Respectfully,

 

manny

I rode (slowly) to the Metra and then the Divvy from OTC to Chase Plaza. Granted, I have a tshirt and shorts on today and not a suit like usual so it wasn't that big of a deal for the few blocks each way. Ride home will be much hotter, but is short enough of a ride that I shouldn't heat up too much.

Yes.

But then again, I just look for any excuse to sleep in a little longer. Here is to hoping that the hot weather continues!

I have to admit, this morning I hopped on a bus and cooled off for half of the ride to work.  Le sigh.

ooh squirt bottle!  cool idea!!

Anyone take out their electric bike :))

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