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post #1 of 32 Old 06-28-2012, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Today in St. Louis the actual temperature was 108. Riding in that kind of heat kinda feels like when you first open your oven to check on whatever you're baking.

What are some ways one can keep cool while on the bike in these kinds of temperatures?

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post #2 of 32 Old 06-28-2012, 08:57 PM
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I feel ya. 104 here in Rolla (100 miles west, south west of St. Louis).

I rode today. It has been my experience that there is no such thing as a pleasant stop light. I found that I was okay during the commute today when I was moving.

One thing I personally find (from my days as a runner and as a motorcyclist) is that my tolerance to temperatures changes with the seasons...in winter I drive down to 10 degrees. I'd probably start sweating in an 80 degree room.

In the summer, 50 is really cold, ect.

So perhaps the solution is to become a roofer for a month?

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I get the whole ATGATT thing but is it cooler to ride without the gear in this heat or does wearing a mesh jacket keep you cooler while moving because the sun isn't directly on your skin?

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Vented mesh summer jackets are great! I wear mine all the time. No sun to speak of reaches my skin.

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Thanks spec. What summer configuration do you have?

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Today in St. Louis the actual temperature was 108. Riding in that kind of heat kinda feels like when you first open your oven to check on whatever you're baking.

What are some ways one can keep cool while on the bike in these kinds of temperatures?
I hear 'ya. I had to give up my commute for awhile because I have to wear a polyester uniform: by the time I even got halfway there, both it and I would be soaked.

I won't ride without gear, so it's back to the Toyota to get to work for awhile until it cools off. I'll still ride otherwise, tho.



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Up here is Newfoundland, we have the other problem, trying to stay warm on a bike even in summer. I only took out my winter liner just last month, so I have no use for one of these but I was wondering if any of you tried it?


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Up here is Newfoundland, we have the other problem, trying to stay warm on a bike even in summer. I only took out my winter liner just last month, so I have no use for one of these but I was wondering if any of you tried it?


http://www.cycleworld.com/2010/07/28...roduct-review/

I've seen those and I suspect they work but I would think it would be more efficient if they were a jacket instead of a vest.

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I weat Firstgear MeshTex jacket and pants. While not like wearing nothing, it is hands down much more comfortable than non-mesh. Wore it last summer on the TWAT (Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail... Get you mind out of the gutter!) with temps in the humid 90*'s and was much more comfortable than a friend wearing a MX armor vest and jersey.

One thing to keep in mind when wearing mesh is that you dehydrate faster due to the wind blowing past you skin. Hydrate or die my friends!

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