Too Hot To Ride

Discussion in 'West – California, the desert southwest and whatev' started by michaeln, Jun 26, 2016.

  1. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

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    A few weeks ago here. At 9:44 am it was already 112 degrees. No pussyfootin'.

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  2. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    That's HOT!!
  3. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    that'd already be 5 hours of ridin! :jkam
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  4. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    It's been pretty mild here in the foothills this year. Low 90s at most. When it's in the 90s, 1/2 hour ride uphill takes the edge off it real quick. You might even wish you'd taken your jacket liner once you hit 9,000 feet or so.

    I remember a few years ago at about this time of year, I rode to Laguna Seca for MotoGP. It was 115 F in the California Central Valley. I pinned the throttle on my XL600R and rode flat out to try to get across the hot stuff as fast as I could. The heat was like a blast furnace on my face, so I had to close my shield to let my face cool down. I had a temperature gauge oil dipstick on that bike, so I was watching it. When I got to Los Banos, it was still climbing at 325 degrees. I have no idea what is considered high for oil, but since there was only one more number above that on the gauge I thought I should pull over and give it a break. By the time I finished my cigarette (yeah I smoked back then :bubba), the oil had cooled to about 275. I hit it hard again, and finally got over Pachecho Pass to Hollister.
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  5. T4EaterJonny

    T4EaterJonny Not too hip...

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    Ah summertime is almost here. 90+ temps can piss off. That's when I put my bikes away. Ya'll can keep your swamp ass and batwing.
  6. MaddBaggins

    MaddBaggins Having a beer

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    I commute 3-4 days a week on the bike now. 22miles each way on surface streets in Tucson. Yesterday my dash read a cool 106 on the way home.

    My favorite is all the people who see me geared up and ask me “aren’t you hot?”.
    Wtf do you think
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  7. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    LOL
    i used to commute to work on my bike and generally wore the mesh street gear.... this one particular hot summer day here in L.A., i stop at a red light next to a LAPD car, they had their windows down as usual, but i could feel the AC blasting out of their squad car. i looked over and the cop says "you must be hot" and giggled. i said "yeah it's prett hot, but it's best to be safe!" and they both nod like i blew their mind.
    then the light turned green. :ricky
  8. T4EaterJonny

    T4EaterJonny Not too hip...

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    Well not only that but Traffic+heat? My R6 was a hair dryer at stop lights. I only used it in the summer if my car was broken and I was able to carry them home in a backpack on the bike. Or I'd borrow someone else's car lol
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  9. MaddBaggins

    MaddBaggins Having a beer

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    Whew! 111 was my hi dash reading this afternoon. it was a scorcher out there. Just got home and killed half a powerade in about 20 seconds.
    My pants are mesh and I wear shorts underneath. I can feel the sun, thru the holes in the mesh, frying my calf. Next pants I get will be no mesh. My jacket has 2 panels I can open for air but otherwise it's 1000 denier. I wear a shemagh under the helmet like a doorag and it's tucked into my jacket collar so my neck isn't exposed to the sun. I sweat like a racehorse but thats what keeps me from overheating. I'm white as a ghost, I don't like to expose my skin if I can help it. I think the worst are my feet. I have black leather Dianese boots and my feet get really frickin hot when it gets above 100.
  10. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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  11. dzrtracin

    dzrtracin возьми

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    Used these last summer, pretty happy!
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  12. Ol Man

    Ol Man Long timer Supporter

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  13. MaddBaggins

    MaddBaggins Having a beer

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    I only have the Dianese leather boots. If I’m not commuting, I might wear my Danner hiking boots for something lighter and cooler.
  14. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

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    Does it really matter if it breathes well if you are getting blasted with 110 degree wind?

    :nah

    I rather be entirely protected. Can you imagine sliding down pavement right now in a t-shirt? Those no gear guys are fucking idiots. The sun will put a hurtin on your ass.
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  15. MaddBaggins

    MaddBaggins Having a beer

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    Yeah, I'm not too concerned about mesh gear. I scored my pants for free and they are black mesh. I'd rather have solid pants but free is good for now.
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  16. MVP

    MVP Orange County Dirt Noob

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    I disagree my mesh jacket and pants are the bomb. I wear them all the time when it’s too hot. I ride from LA to Laughlin or to Flagstaff and I always appreciate the mesh in the middle of the desert. But I don’t do the T-shirt business. I want to have at least a fighting chance of keeping my skin.

    At what heat does everyone stop dirt biking?
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  17. dino702

    dino702 OFF2BFE

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    Here in Vegas, we start early and end early before the paint starts to bubble off the frame or your plastics start to melt. Middle of June - Middle of September usually.
  18. cyberdos

    cyberdos Easy Bonus Loop ♦♦

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    Everyone is different of course and if it works for you that's great. I have 2 mesh jackets and really like them. Most of the year I commute with them. But normal body temperature is ~98 degrees. If the ambient temperature is past that, you're not doing yourself any favors by letting it in.

    The biggest reason why I use mesh past 100 for commuting is that I don't want to get to work drenched in sweat. If I'm not going to work I prefer to use the 'stich, close all the vents, and sweat.

    I'll add that when going home (time when it's really hot!) the mesh/cooling vest combo is the ticket.
  19. little foot

    little foot seriously not serious

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    Ya it's hot here too.
  20. RAZR

    RAZR u may run the risks my friend but I do the cutting

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    depends, but 90 if no wind. maybe 95-100 if there's a nice breeze.
    yesterday was gonna be a hot one so we met at 6:00AM and finished by noon. but there was a nice breeze all day and we didn't stop much.