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Riding in the heat?

Hey SoCali bros, how are you guys doing in the heat? Any special changes you making? Caging? Riding nekkid? Be careful y'all.

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Old 07-26-2006, 07:12 AM
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vented jackets and a cooling vest. you know...peeps in the big state of TX and AZ and others have been living with heat for ages. there are all sorts of vests out there for cooling. some as cheap as $30 some more like $300.

and hydration packs can not be overstated for hydration as well.

but i bet all those michy tires are getting up to temp faster :P

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Hydration is big. Insufficent hydration (and minerals etc) gave me a big scare this last weekend. I chucked down bottle after bottle of gatorade, water, and monster-energy drink during a 6 hour endurance race this last weekend. Wasn't enough. I was pushing pretty hard near the end of my 2nd session when both ends started chattering. It slowed me down enough that both guys behind me (both quicker and no doubt ready to pass anyway) hit me and then ran into the grass. The laptimes showed that in fact my fastest two laps of the weekend were rigth before I tossed it. I and the bike were still in the track and I couldn't move either leg. Used my hands to pull myself off while a cornerworker pulled my bike in. Not being able to move your legs after a crash is super super scary, I can now say. It turns out that I managed to have both sets of quads and calves go into a massive set of cramps. Never experienced anything of the sort in my life, even as a distance runner. Fairly painful, and VERY scary. After about 5 minutes, I tried to stand up twice and went right back down on my ass both times. Cornerwork was convinced I'd broken something and it was just covered up by shock or adrenaline. Glad he was wrong. I should have stayed down.

Lesson, in retrospect, is to pay attention to hydration not only during an event, but before hand. Not just an hour beforehand, but at least 24 hours. I recall thinking I felt unusually dried out and thirsty the day before. If you start a race (especially endurance) but also just a trackday or a ride, already behind the hydration curve, you'll only fall further behind. You'll hose yourself up, and maybe someoneelse.

(2nd lesson, dont' agree to be a fill in rider for a team with ****ty tires, but that's one for a different thread)
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I was really considering getting into the cage, but after the 5 hour stint on the way back from Monterey, a half hour to 45 minutes in LA traffic is no big deal.

Although, traffic came to a standstill this morning just as I got to my exit. I'm not religious (at all) but hopefully St. Peter will let the rider in, all he was doing was trying to get to work in the morning. THAT was quite sobering to see.
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So here we are almost exactly a year later and the heat wave is upon us yet again, except it's all the way up to Oregon and 1000 miles to the East. So, what is everyone doing to ride in this extreme heat? I'm wondering which vests are best (the kind you soak in water). Also, what's the best strategy to get from So Cal to Montana and not pass out during the 1300+ miles to get there? I may be leaving next week and I doubt these 100+ temps will fall much.
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Just returned from a jaunt to the local dealer. Decided that seein' howz it cooled off today (only 107 compared to yesterday's 112 or so) that I might as well see how it feels to ride in the heat. All in all it wasnt all that bad especially as long as I was moving but in reality, it was a relatively short ride.

My impression was that I was better off covered with my normal hot weather riding gear as it seemed to temper the effects of the hot wind blast. I don't think one would last long riding in tee shirts and such as the dry heat probably would suck the water out of the exposed skin faster than one could replace it.....+1 on the hydration aspect.

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Brock, you can borrow my cooling vest if you want to try it out.
It lasted a little past state line last Friday on my way to the Triple Crown Ride. Filled it in Baker and made it to Barstow, topped it off there and once I got to Mojave it was mostly dry, but wasn't needed past that. On way home I put it on in Barstow and it quite sometime between Baker and State line, was getting dark enough I didnt need to refill it though...

The vest I have uses those beads often found in the neck cooling things, absorbs alot of water and it cools you down nicely. I would have to go into the garage to see what brand it is, and its hot out there so not motivated too.. But if anyone wants to know I will go look.

As others mentioned, hydration is huge... Riding through 110-120 for 3 hours beat on me pretty hard. Downed many waters and Gatorades but was still feeling the effect. Living in desert for 17 years I have been mildy dehydrated many times and learned to know when its coming and what it does to my body. If I wasnt familiar with it, it would have scared me I am sure...

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...did 2 days (4th and 5th) on the Milwaukee Iron up in the mountains and the Desert... I have to admit that I decided to do the t-shirt thing... and even that was to hot...

If I am riding the "sportier" bikes, it is full mesh gear... it's kinda like t-shirt but with a little bit more protection (titanium, hardplastic, rubber... nuch like safe sex)

You know, like Ivan always says ADGADT... all da gear, all da time!

I really don't care to much how hot it gets. I go riding anyway...
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I haven't let the heat slow me down. Just got a CamelBak for my Rally II jacket. Best idea of the summer. Now I just sip as I ride.

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Matt, after the mercury dips below 100, ya mind checking that label on the vest for me?
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Jeezo Peezo....its 9:20 pm and the temp is still 98 outside.

Matt, sounds good, one of those vests outta help out in a pinch. I need to check it out...

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Its still reading 104F here on the north side, at 10pm...
But I can manage for the short walk, will bring my water just incase

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After III Crown, how is your frame of mind? Better? Went riding yesterday with Ivan & Shannon. Shannon behind me; corner came up, & she failed to negotiate. 15 feet or so of sliding in soft gravel. I saw it in rear view -- it scared hell out of me! Two girls alone (TM & Ivan up ahead). She was rattled for the rest of the day; she just couldn't shake it. Thought about you. Shannon and bike unhurt. But, are you over your eeebie jeebies?????
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Cyndy. I am getting over them. Riding the bike to work. Trying to get the "as one" feel I used to have with my K bike. I never have gotten the same feeling with the S, probably because I dont ride it near enough. The past year or so has seen very few miles (3 Triple crowns and 2-3 other rides).
Plan to put alot more miles on this year.
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Shannon, Glad to hear you are ok! Hope it doesn't effect your riding.
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Cyndy, sorry to hear bout Shannon but glad she's okay for the most part. Matt, I know what you mean by that 'as one' feeling. Even after only a few days of not riding it still takes me quite a while to get acclimated again.

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