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Old 01-04-2013, 01:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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4th of July, noon-ish, EXACTLY midway between Houston and Dallas at the Boggy Creek bridge on "old" 75 my stator comes apart. I eventually push the bitch 6 miles (started out in leathers) while figuring out what the hell is wrong and how to limp it home. Everybody local was either at, or in, a parade or picnic, so there was NOBODY on the friggin road. Nearest Buddy-with-a-truck was 4hrs out. Wound up pushing the bike for a half hour every 20 miles the rest of the way home. Went through all the water in my CamelBack (96oz) and four 16oz bottles well before I hit civilization the first time. I never travel without water and a few tools.
Dont know what the thermometer woulda read, dont really care. That was my hottest ride.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:41 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Had a couple rides well over 100 F last summer. My friend's VFR has a thermometer so he can tell me exactly how hot it is out. We found that if it sits in direct sun it will go up to 120 F and just blink, so no idea how hot that parking lot was.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Two years ago I had a 3 week ride out west and I think it reached 100F every single day. My camelback was a godsend. Every time I took a drink I'd let some water dribble down my neck and get my shirt wet. Worked pretty good for a minute or so until it evaporated. At Arches NP I took what I thought was going to be a 10 minute hike with my riding pants and boots on, carrying my mesh jacket. Turned out to be a 4 mile hike in the baking sun. I thought I was going to die!
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:01 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I have never ridden in hot weather but I am looking forward to it since I cope with it way better than cold weather.

Before I started riding, I thought that summer riding was always comfortable no matter the temp. I guess I will find out for myself though eventually. Even if you are doing like 65-70 and have a little sweat going on you still get hot?
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I have never ridden in hot weather but I am looking forward to it since I cope with it way better than cold weather.

Before I started riding, I thought that summer riding was always comfortable no matter the temp. I guess I will find out for myself though eventually. Even if you are doing like 65-70 and have a little sweat going on you still get hot?
At around 95 degrees or so the only thing the air movement does is switch it from being an oven to being a convection oven.
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Seriously- when it starts to get up near triple digits it doesn't matter that we have low humidity or how open your vents are or what. The air is so hot it's not much better one way or the other.

Sorta like those desert dwellers that wear long, full covering clothes. It's cooler for them to keep the sun off than to 'open up'. I do open every vent, but it's not like the air does much to cool you off; you just sweat your ass off any way you cut it.
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Crossing Death Valley with another loony Ozzy in the US earlier this year. I think it was 46C (115F) at the bottom.
Yeah, it was pretty warm that day jonkster.

Rode my '71 on a 40+ Celsius day, damn thing kept fuel vaporising on me.
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109 in Death Valley last June, 107 in boise the year before. Boise was worse.
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The hottest I've ridden was a year and a half ago when it was 105F in july on a trip to CT. Like a nut I left at 2:30 in the afternoon, and hit rush hour traffic! I believe the index was 120 or so.....very humid! I don't wear a camelback(I do on the MTB), but I stop every hour(approx) and get some gatorade and shade.....
I do work out in the sun, so I'm acclimated, have ridden bicycles in very hot conditions for years, so I'm in tune with what my body is telling me. The key is understanding that, and hydrating, and not pushing the limits....
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