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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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58 years old (yesterday!) 11 mile round trip.  I leave Bucktown around 230AM and leave downtown around 1130AM.  I monitor how well I pay attention to the hazards around me and if I find myself thinking about work or other non-biking things, I take water.  My average speed has been up in this weather!?  The bad time is when I get home and stop moving.  Then my core temp will rise dangerously if I don't water and shade and lately, AC.

BikeBoy5

It honestly never occurred to me to stop biking this week. Maybe 'cause I grew up down south where heat like this lasts for months at a time, rather than days.

 

Or maybe because every day in Chicago where it's not raining and not below freezing is a day to be treasured and celebrated!

The short answer is "YES."  Thursday at 10:30 am is the normal riding time for a group of us Senior Citizens.  Normally it's up or down the Lakefront Trail, and it really is cooler near the Lake most of the time.  This week we had a remote ride scheduled:  train to Joliet and then the Joliet Ironworks - I&M Canal path.  After some discussion back and forth, we decided that this was a no go for this week.  To make a long story short, we cancelled just about everything for this Thursday -- except for a lunch in an air conditioned restaurant.
Amen, brother :)

RP said:

It honestly never occurred to me to stop biking this week. Maybe 'cause I grew up down south where heat like this lasts for months at a time, rather than days.

 

Or maybe because every day in Chicago where it's not raining and not below freezing is a day to be treasured and celebrated!

So -- what did you end up doing? Inquiring minds want to know!

I had a bunch of errands to run yesterday afternoon, and it wasn't too awful. I wasn't out in the weather for more than 20 minutes at a time, and I drank water constantly. If I'd had to ride much longer than that, though, I'd have seriously considered an alternative.

At one point I had to wait in the sun outside an entrance while the person inside put her dog up, and that 30 seconds felt like a week! It had to be over 100 degrees with the heat radiating off the building and sidewalk.

But then I got myself an ice cream cone and it was all worth it!

Not keeping me off my bike. Yesterday was sure a hot one, took an extra 20 min. to get home. I was hot and tired.

What is keeping me off my bike are these dang spokes and keep busting!

i have wimped out a bit lately.

rode home yesterday from the south loop at 6pm - felt like a freakin' blast furnace.

but the hydrant was open across the street from me..so the bike and I got

clean and cooled off before going inside.

 

DB

 

it's not the *heat* ... it's the STUPIDITY

I haven't biked this week, 40% due to heat (I have a 14 mile ride from Evanston), but 60% due to child care responsibilities.

I wound up biking home.  I kind of knew I would. 

 

It was okay, except for the stretch down Belmont from Elston riding headfirst into the wind AND sun AND in stupid rush hour traffic where people act like idiots to get to the highway and don't give you any room.  I actually had to stop in the shade on a side street.  It was just too hot.

 

I didn't ride today, but mostly because I woke up around 2 am with a terrible headache and didn't get much sleep as a result.  I figured extreme heat + extreme headache is just a recipe for disaster.  I'll probably be back on tomorrow, though, as I hate taking the train home.

 

Good luck out there!

 

Madeline Baum said:

So -- what did you end up doing? Inquiring minds want to know!

I had a bunch of errands to run yesterday afternoon, and it wasn't too awful. I wasn't out in the weather for more than 20 minutes at a time, and I drank water constantly. If I'd had to ride much longer than that, though, I'd have seriously considered an alternative.

At one point I had to wait in the sun outside an entrance while the person inside put her dog up, and that 30 seconds felt like a week! It had to be over 100 degrees with the heat radiating off the building and sidewalk.

But then I got myself an ice cream cone and it was all worth it!

I think it was more the hangover that made me wuss out of riding this morning, but once NPR mentioned the high ozone and particle limits and encouraged people to spend minimal time outside today, I found a good excuse.
I agree it was really hard to ride with the wind blowing against you!! GRRR

vxla said:
The worst is the stupid wind this week.

After the ride yesterday, I'm off the bike today. The morning was fine, the afternoon at 5PM not so much. Although when I was on the bike, it seemed fine, I don't want to hurt myself (I tend not to be able to ride slow...I always end up pushing it). Tons of water.

 

As much as it hurts my biker pride, I couldn't do it. Tomorrow I'll be back on.

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