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7/1/13 1:17 A

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You can ride in triple digit weather but it's best if you work up to it. Take is slow and make it a short ride the first few times you go out. The tip that worked best for me was to help fill my CamelBack reservoir the night before my ride and put it in the freezer. The day of the ride add cold water to fill up the rest of the reservoir. That chunk of ice resting on my back kept my core nice and cool. Just adding ice to the reservoir just doesn't seem to work as well a having to big block of ice.

I also carry a water bottle but I use it to wet my jersey and my head. That helps to keep my core temperature lower.

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6/30/13 12:32 P

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Agreed, re: listening to our bodies. If we don't pay attention to how we're feeling physically, it's not just the heat but a host of other troubles that will nail us if we aren't in tune with feeling physically "right" on our ride.

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6/29/13 6:17 P

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That all depends on the rider. I've ridden in weather that hot, but I live in a dry climate.

If you do it, absolutely positively listen to your body. If you start feeling light-headed or dizzy, get off the bike and into some shade. Get to air-conditioning as quickly as possible. Even those of us who regularly ride in the heat have days when we should have stayed home.

I had a friend who was an EMT and a motorcyclist. Her boyfriend was also an EMT and a motorcyclist. On a summer ride, the combination of hot temperature, leathers, and the heat coming off her engine was too much. They got to a grocery store. He carried her to the frozen food isle, laid her on the cool tile floor, and poured water on her. Sure, it looked ridiculous, but it probably saved her a trip to the emergency room. And I'm sure people in that town are still talking about it.

Edited by: HILLSLUG98239 at: 6/30/2013 (16:04)
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6/29/13 6:03 P

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So, How hot do you think is too hot to ride? It is 104 degrees outside right now and I am itching to get out and ride........

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6/28/13 4:11 P

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A cotton cycling cap. The infographic mentions a bandana, but a cycling cap is designed to fit under a helmet.

A cotton cycling cap can be soaked in water (including non-potable river or ditch water). The evaporative cooling effect keeps me going far longer than hydrating alone. I live in a high-desert type climate. I have no idea how effective this is in humid climates.

If you're familiar with your route, ditch the hydration pack if you're certain of places to refill your water bottles. (I know every park drinking fountain and convenience store along my common routes.) Plan your breaks at places with shade and grass.

I also have a few jerseys that are incredibly light weight - so much so that I only wear them when it's over 80°. That makes a big difference.

One last tip: no matter how hot the day nor how hard the workout, a brain freeze HURTS. Sip that Slurpee™ cautiously. emoticon

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6/28/13 2:42 P

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Here is a helpful infographic on tips for dealing with the heat on summer rides:

www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/yo
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Anyone have more tips, suggestions?

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