Heat Wave

It’s the 4th day straight with temperatures in the 90’s here, and humid. So it’s really tempting to just lay around and soak up whatever air conditioning I can find.

Heat Wave

But of course there are things to do. Some think it’s crazy to bike in this weather. Maybe it is, but at least you get a bit of a breeze. Still, it’s tempting to get creative to try and get more of a reprieve.

Heat Wave

But no matter what, biking is still cooler than other modes of transportation.

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9 Responses to “Heat Wave”

  • Island Dave

    Oh Yeah. My bikes are my transportation. Errands, grocery shopping, you name it. It’s been hot here on Martha’s Vineyard, close to 90 but at least there is always ocean close at hand. Yesterday I was fine in my fully enclosed Velomobile cruising along at 30 + mph until I was held up in traffic and started to broil. Ice in my bib shorts is sounding even more appealing. It’s just before 6:00 AM and it is really feeling humid.

  • I’ve certainly felt like riding without clothes! But, at least there’s a breeze. Well done, Ms. Bikeyface.

  • Liz

    There’s construction taking place in our building, and yesterday one of the builders asked me if it wasn’t getting too hot to cycle. I pointed out that while it’s around 25c (77f) in the sun, it’s reaching 90f on the tube, and at least when you’re cycling you’ve got a breeze!

    It doesn’t really seem to matter what the weather is, I’ll always get someone ask me “You biked in this? Isn’t it too sunny/too cold/too windy/too rainy/too dark?” I don’t know what they think would count as suitable weather to bike in…

  • I live in Tucson so I feel your pain. What I do is jump, fully dressed, in the shower for a minute to wet my clothes. It works to help me stay cooler and It dries pretty fast. The return trips are hard though.

  • riding bikes to beaches or lakes has been my go-to coping strategy for this season.

  • Marie

    I have a shirt and bra for biking, and then the ones I change into for work. It doesn’t cut down on laundry, but it improves my daytime smell.

    Also, I’m the girl who said hi to you yesterday. :) I’m still so excited to have met you!

  • I’ve been sitting through quite a few excreble movies just to take advantage of the theaters’ a/c.

  • Uli Bredulli

    I have no problem when I ride, but oh boy, when I STOP.
    Still, some people act like we lived in climate controlled buildings for millions of years and will bur to a crisp, if we go outside in below 80 degree weather.
    Downside is, once you are used to 90 degrees, it suddenly drops to 70 and you freeze your butt off. But until then I wear flouncy skirts and enjoy the breeze.

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