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    Hot commute this week.

    Finally blew some dust from the mt. bike this morning and made it to Blue Diamond for some singletrack. With only one ride on the trails since March 9th (the day I broke a few ribs), I expected to have a dismal fitness level. Surprisingly, I felt strong as ever and tore through the 8 mile track. Guess peddling to work everyday and practicing soccer with my boys several times a week has kept my fitness on the level.

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    Not a commute, but a good story that I have to share. Today a friend of mine came over and we headed out on my normal commute route to work. We went to my buddies shop so he could check it out. He was on his SS Scattante CX bike with disc brakes, and me on the Felt. It was a pretty nice day, just humid, and the sun was behind the clouds. We messed around at the shop, I got a lesson in proper chain tension for my bike, my buddy tightened some stuff up and bought a saddle pack. Owner lets us know that a storm was moving our way fast, and we hit the door. Half way home, and the sprinkles started. Got to the MUP, and the ground was soaked like it had rained there already. Sweet!! Uh, no. The further east we went, the more the rain started to fall. The last mile of the MUP it was a steady rain that felt pretty good as it was about 80F out or so. As we hit the last climb right before the MUP ends, the skies opened up, and it poured. As you get to the end of it, at top of the hill, we make a right and climb just a little more to get over the railroad tracks. As we crested that, the rain fell harder. The thunder cracked, and there was lightning. Not ideal for us, not at all. Down the hill on the sidewalk, water pretty much rushing down the cement with us. As we turn into my complex, it starts raining harder. This is an absolute soaking rain. He gets along side of me, and we start laughing like a couple of kids way back in the day on our BMX bikes that are riding home after getting into mischief. It is like we had been friends our entire lives. We had an absolute blast riding back. We couldn't stop laughing as we wheeled into my carport to take some sort of shelter. We waited it out and shot the BS, and he loaded up his bike in his car when it stopped, and headed home. I don't like riding in the rain, especially on slicks on a brand new bike, but this time, it was quite alright with me. That is gonna be one of those days that I remember for the rest of my life. Thanks Chris, I had a blast!
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    ^^ Fun story, I enjoyed it!

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    I would have a similar story from the days before helmets were common (on road bikes) but we hit Nickel sized hail and that ended any chance of fun memories. What I remember now are panic, face welts and riding as hard as I could to a liquor store for cover. My buddy hid under a tree and took a pretty good beating.
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    New tires

    The X'plor MSOs I've been running decided to give up the ghost (barely 2000 miles, mixed surface, mostly road though) by attempting to blow out the rear tire. Felt something weird when I was riding and found on side pointed one way, the other another. So I needed new tires.

    Unfortunately our LBS is small and doesn't have a huge stock but the owner gave me a smoking deal on a pair if Bontrager 29x2.0 tires. They had a tread so I figured I would be slower...wrong. Was just as fast and with the bounce to them instead of the rock hard 40s it was fun again. What little gravel I rode they're going to be a blast in first roads and exploring around here once the rains come and they open the forests. But until then my commute will be a bit more fun I think.

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    Rainy day today, so I took the fixie and rode and rode to the very end of the mups over in the northeast part of town.



    About 70km roundtrip. Part of the goal was to test the new bars, and for a frakenbike it's pretty comfy. This is my usual "rain" bike, but for the first time ever the fenders and tires packed up with gravel and mud, and I had to stop a bunch of times to clean them out to keep them spinning.

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    Good commute this morning. It's going to be hot this week. Mid 90's by Wednesday.

    Yesterday I rode from my house to Concord, MA which is a 45 mile round trip. There was a roadie we were with for a while just blowing every red light and stop sign like they weren't even there. Didn't even slow down. This includes crossing Route 2, which is a 55mph road with 2 lanes on each side. Moron. This is the type of guy who gives cyclists a bad name.

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    My car blew up on Friday so no choice but to ride in this morning. Felt OK, good to be back on drop bars after experimenting with the new old bike last week. One of the roads I've been getting detoured off is finally reopened.

    Between thunderstorms in the area and the world cup starting at 4 I think I'll be working from home tomorrow
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    How was your commute today?

    Ride home from the bar was a blast. Had a great tail wind which allowed me to set a few new PR's on a section of 10 mile stretch that it seems everyone in town rides on. No where close to some of these guys, like my buddy the endurance racer, but it's nice to see a bit of progress.

    This morning was good. Been thinking about switching over my treads to possibly some 28's or 32's, instead of my more speed oriented 23's. I really don't have a need for larger tires, it's just something I want.

    The wife and I have been talking about the idea of moving back to Texas. It seems that the economy has rebounded from when we had to leave several years ago, and I have the ability to transfer to another service center within my company, so I know I'll retain employment. I've been investigating the bike commuting culture in D/FW, and what's going on in the cycling scene over that way. It'd be nice to jump on some single track or fire roads on the way home instead of asphalt all the time.
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    55 and sunny at 6:30 this morning. beautiful riding weather today. Trying to let my legs recover from playing in a massive 3v3 basketball tourney all weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    There was a roadie we were with for a while just blowing every red light and stop sign like they weren't even there. Didn't even slow down. This includes crossing Route 2, which is a 55mph road with 2 lanes on each side. Moron. This is the type of guy who gives cyclists a bad name.
    Winner winner, chicken dinner. The problem isn't inherently cycling or car related. The true issue is that people view themselves as exceptional. Like the rules don't apply to them and everyone needs to get on their level. It's all that Ayn Rand BS mentality. Unfortunately, I'm not kidding, that's the real scourge of the earth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Ride home from the bar was a blast.
    Yeah, the ride home from the bar is always pleasant. When I do that I try to time it right by leaving late enough for early birds to be hike and early enough for the late crowd to still be out at the bar. That works surprisingly well.

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    Peddled home at 112F. Summer time in the city.

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    I had a cooler less humid ride home than my ride in (which is really odd in the midwest). On the downside (sort of) I was cutting down a railroad access drive (dirt road along a RR track) and dodging mud puddles when I found myself riding straight into a mud patch about 12 feet in diameter. Sometimes your only choice is to commit fully to the task at hand. I can't remember ever peddling that hard seated, but I made it through some really deep goo. When I cleared the bike was a mess and I could see toe marks from my shoes hitting the mud. Gotta say, that's about as deep in the crud as one can ride without getting stuck. The cheapo Saguros I'm running may not be great mud tires, but they handled today okay (until I rode out then they managed to cling on to enough crap that the bike felt wobbly all the way {11 miles} home).
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegascruiser View Post
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    Riding in today I realized that I've been commuting to the same job (from 4 different homes/apartments) for 30 years. I don't know what that adds up to but I think I'm ahead at least one car.
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    Slow ride in, both because of a hangover and to minimize sweat. Pinhole leak in the rear tire from the last ride (last week), finally got around to checking it out last night, found what looks to be reinforcing wires sticking out of my tire, into where the tube goes. I see no entry wound or even a place where it could have come in through the outside of the tire. Booted it with a strip of a flyer I had sitting on my desk to keep the wire from wearing/poking through the tube again, and I suppose it's time for another set of tires. Are the armored/flat resistant tires worth the extra weight/money?

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    I think that anything that will help with a flat is worth it.
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    Very nice! The new tune up worked pretty well, including a shifter that has been wonky. I think the remaining wonkiness is just due to a much larger spread (up to 32T vs. 28t previously) on this cassette, and an old short throw derailleur. I may just put a different cassette on there. The brakes were working very well, and the new tires (Clement USH) felt great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Where are you going to live now?
    LOL

    Great trail commute this morning! I'm glad to be on the mountain bike again. Summer is in the air for sure, muggy 70s this AM, muggy and around 90 now. I was up early and rode in with RollingRunner but didn't have to be at work for another hour so I got a chance to explore some new trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    I think that anything that will help with a flat is worth it.
    Certainly, but I guess what I wanted to know is whether they'd help with the kind of flats I encounter (though that's not really what I asked).

    Most of my flats are either pointy little rocks, bits of broken glass, or the occasional thin piece of metal - like a staple or a paper clip. No goatheads for me (I had to look them up, they look like nature's caltrops). I expect an armored tire might turn away the rocks and glass, but I'm not sure about the metal bits.

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    HaHa! I was hoofing it to my house so I could change for court and get here on time, and passed what appeared to be an out of town middle aged guy on a santa cruz full suspension. I was pedaling along, grooving to my tunes to hoof by, when he pulls up on the left and tries to Cat 6 me. I let him pass and get over, then just could not take it and dropped the hammer on him for the last mile before home. Juvenile, I know. But I just was not going to take that, and also, he was not going to hold the pace I needed once he passed me. One of my first "Cat 6" experiences.

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    I was exhausted on the way in this morning. This week the weather decided to get really hot, plus I did a fast 45 mile ride on Sunday. All those combined = tired Brett. Good thing I'm telecommuting tomorrow and have Friday off.

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    How was your commute today?

    This morning was great. While I didn't set any new PR's, I was plenty fast. I wound up catching a guy on an 80cc motorized beach cruiser on like the last straight stretch of my ride, and he looked just as surprised as I was. Although, I do have an issue with him being in the bike lane. If that thing can hit 30, it needs to be in the street.

    I put out a call to some friends looking for a shorter stem, to see if it might alleviate some of my wrist issues by not being so stretched out, and lessening my wrist pressure at the same time. LBS owners daughter called me and said just stop on in, and we'll switch it out with another from the used box, no charge. Gotta love these guys.

    Ride home was a blast, and that new stem set me up great. Legs are sore, and I started to really overheat when I was almost home. Drained my 2L hydro bladder, and called the wife to run me a cold shower so I could jump in as soon as I got home. Did a world of difference and I was able to get back on track.

    No commute tomorrow, since I'm taking a buddy to Tampa International at 5am, and then going in to work right after. Might have to make up for it with a long ride on Friday...
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    More commute singletrack randomness from the singlespeed!


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    My commute has been numbing. Hands and feet going numb. I am switching to ergon grips with the built in bar ends, had those before and they were great. I switched to a Brooks C17 but I need to adjust it a few more times. If I cant get it right I am thinking about something from fizik.
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    My ride home today was pretty terrible. Left work and it was 91 degrees with 20 mph head winds. 1 mile into my ride I tried shifting into my big chainring and my derailleur twisted. Stuck in the 34T. Not sure if it broke or just wasn't tight enough on the seat tube. 2 miles later I got a huge nail my tire. Almost had to call my wife for a ride. Got the tube changed and my hand pump handle broke off. Managed to sort of get it working. Rode home with maybe 40psi in a 32mm tire.

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    ^ that sucks. Tomorrow can only get better?

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    Commute to work was awesome. I only recently started to commute in earnest. Been averaging 100 miles a week. My 9 year old asked to come to work on one of my commute days. So, I agreed to take him along for the ride into work. Told him we'd do the ride, get some breakfast, and his Mom would pick him up and take him home. He was bummed he couldn't stay the whole day but agreed.

    So, he wakes me up today at 4 am and asks if it time to go.. Was he excited or what? I tell him to roll back into bed and catch a few more zzz's. We left at about 6 am, rolled into work about an hour and ten minutes later. He was so excited. Other commuters coming and going seemed to get a big kick out of seeing him tagging along. He did a great job and wants to do it again. 13.1 miles! To say I am proud is an understatement.

    The ride home was a little less great. The trail I usually ride was closed due to the police shooting a drug dealer in a bust gone wrong. Had to take the streets and they were crowded and it was hot. I kinda don't like riding in traffic anymore. I'm just glad I wasn't riding through the park when the shooting went down. The same park my boy and I rode through this morning.

    Another kool thing is I have new set of Mavic Open pro wheels coming in. Should be here next week. Been needing a new set for while. My old set is 17 years old. I have gotten about as much use out of them as is possible. Looking forward to the new wheels, ones that will support my bulk. When I built the bike I was 60 lbs lighter.

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    Road bike day today. carried only what was in my jersey pockets. The commute was fast.

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    Ride in was sunny and 70F with one hell of a head wind! Felt like my wheels were square, the tires made out of cement and they were flat. In other words, slow. Ride home was pretty nice and fast with the temp in the low 60's. Getting sick of the comments from pedestrians about the bike, the lights, my attire, Lance, whatever. I ride a bike to work, it isn't that big of a deal. Cleared 800 miles for the season so far. I am not really on pace for my goal, however I work the next 6 days and the weather is supposed to be nice for the entire time, so the car will be getting a break, and my legs will be getting a workout.

    Bike shop called me today to see how I was enjoying the new bike, and I will call them back tomorrow to let them know that I love it!

    "Accidentally" won a 25.4 Thomson stem on a great deal on an eBay auction, so now the search starts for true 25.4 bullhorns. Would love carbon, but will settle for whatever.
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    Que effin calor! The thermometer has been flirting with that third digit, will probably reach it in the next few days. Sure am glad I`m not in Phoenix or Vegas.

    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB View Post
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    I like it. Would be perfect if your Unit were a Dawg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Another kool thing is I have new set of Mavic Open pro wheels coming in. Should be here next week. Been needing a new set for while. My old set is 17 years old. I have gotten about as much use out of them as is possible. Looking forward to the new wheels, ones that will support my bulk. When I built the bike I was 60 lbs lighter.
    Your post had me thinking about my son, great rides and odd reasons I've had to detour (our last Drug Dealer issue in the park was dealer on dealer with a knife) then you brought me back to my first racing wheelset (Open Pros on Campy Super Records - Circa 1983) and BAM, the weight comparison. Now I'm going to be thinking about how I weight 165 when I raced and 208 today on the whole ride in. Geez
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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Commute to work was awesome. I only recently started to commute in earnest. Been averaging 100 miles a week. My 9 year old asked to come to work on one of my commute days. So, I agreed to take him along for the ride into work. Told him we'd do the ride, get some breakfast, and his Mom would pick him up and take him home. He was bummed he couldn't stay the whole day but agreed.

    So, he wakes me up today at 4 am and asks if it time to go.. Was he excited or what? I tell him to roll back into bed and catch a few more zzz's. We left at about 6 am, rolled into work about an hour and ten minutes later. He was so excited. Other commuters coming and going seemed to get a big kick out of seeing him tagging along. He did a great job and wants to do it again. 13.1 miles! To say I am proud is an understatement.
    That's a great story! Must have been a great feeling! I cant' wait until my son is old enough for that! He's 6 weeks now so it will be a little while....

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    Chilly 51 degrees today and a healthy looking Red Fox (not Redd Foxx) on the trail today. Always like seeing non-Coyote/Skunk critters on the trail, makes me think the trail is less impactive to the native species. No real issue with Coyotes, you just don't see healthy ones lingering on the trail often. Real issue with skunks. Trap one almost every year by my front door and I'm tired of dealing with the smell.
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    Y'all lucky. I only got to commute once this week. Took liberties this morning in doing singletrack before work. I got to be the one to go out at 7am and wake up the spiders by going through their webs.

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    Cold front and some storms moved through the area this morning. It was 49F and raining this morning, but should be sunny and 70F again for my ride in. A 16 year old boy was hit on his bike by a car yesterday and is in a drug induced coma from the local news Facebook page apparently. I just added more reflective tape to my helmet and bag, and revamped my lights for more visibility. I currently do not run a blinky on the rear during the day, but I am going to use my Blackburn Flea 2.0 now. I always try to wear either red, orange, yellow or some bright color shirt, and sometimes white which offers a huge contrast to my black and white bag. I hope that the kid pulls through and is OK, but from the sounds of it, doesn't look too good.

    ETA: Here is all I can find aside from stuff on Facebook. Apparently he was crossing when he wasn't supposed to. Damn.

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    Nice Kid

    Anyway recently I got tickets to a preseason football game....lousy game, great evening.

    We rode the bikes over and then looked for a spot to lock them up..

    Damned if every bike stand was "secured" to the ground with a 6 inch piece of rebar....I just pulled them all up???

    One stand was not even secured to the ground.

    Some of these were big enough that it really didn't matter, but Geez get your **** together guys.

    I finally found a well secured one about 3 blocks away near a city run pool.

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    Did a 115F commute home yesterday and a cooler 112F commute today. Thank goodness for this cold front. Seriously, the news is actually calling next week a cool down at just under 110F. To me, just about anything over 85-90F starts becoming uncomfortable. The extra 25-30 degrees just makes it more uncomfortable. Luckily my new commute is only 4.4 miles each way, compared to 7 miles each way last summer. Upside is the bike is running smooth and quiet.

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    ^ how bad do you sweat on days like that? I know that it is bone dry out there, but still, that is effin hot!!!

    Beautiful day for a commute today. Dedicated both rides to the kid hit by the car here that I posted earlier. Not sure how he is doing, but I took a moment of silence before I left for work, and when I left work for him. Hope he pulls through.

    Ride home let me experience 3 deer, 2 stray cats, 1 raccoon, 1 suicidal rabbit that likes to dart out near my wheels, 1 drunk college kid puking by the side of a building, some fog, the awkward wait at a 4 way stop sign because people cannot figure out how they work, and 3 drunk college guys walking down the street and rapping some nonsense but managed to freestyle in "eff that guy on the bike."

    Ride in let me experience nearly getting creamed by a guy who really did not look at the traffic circle. His windows were down, so he heard me scream "Nice move a--hole"
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    I felt some heat last night too. Saw a black cloud of smoke from maybe 1/2 mile away - WTF?? Came upon a detached garage on fire with the flames twice as tall as the garage and only one volunteer firefighter's pickup there so far, and a few cars pulled over and some teenagers looking on. The garage was set back from the road 200' or so, but you could feel the heat on the road. Saw a man and woman walking away from the house supporting an elderly woman between them, and then they set her down on the grass a safe distance from the fire. I think everyone was out, as nobody looked frantically back at the house or garage, but the older woman was clearly spent from the evacuation and stress. I was soon passed by VFDs coming from that town and the next town over...This morning I saw they were able to save the house, which luckily was a good distance from the garage, but only part of the back wall of the garage was left.

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    Super cute photo, Straz!

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    Great ride in, hectic ride home. Lots of firework traffic still dispersing when I got out of work. Just stuck to the main roads since people were going crazy in the neighborhood lighting off fireworks. Had a minivan come alongside me closer than I liked which made me nervous. Took it easy on the rest of the ride home, just enjoying the cooler temps. 55F when I got home a little while ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    ^ how bad do you sweat on days like that? I know that it is bone dry out there, but still, that is effin hot!!!
    Sweat pretty bad for sure cause body is working overtime to keep itself cool. As long as you are hydrating at same pace all is well. I certainly wouldn't go mt. biking for fun at these temps, but for a quick commute home it is very manageable.

    Upside, though, like you said, is it is a bone dry heat with almost no measurable humidity. I am pretty certain that most of you used to 85-95F with 60, 70, 80% humidity commutes would find a dry 115F commute pretty easy by comparison.

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    How was your commute today?

    My afternoon commutes are usually 90+ degrees with 80% or higher humidity. It presents a serious challenge, since the humidity doesn't allow the sweat to evaporate to cool the body. It's easy to overheat in this sort of climate, and I'm starting to think I'm insane for doing it. I don't have the money for jerseys (and I think commuting in a kit is a little ridiculous), but I definitely plan on grabbing some mesh athletic shirts come next payday.

    Busted out 42 miles yesterday before having to call it quits. My bad knee started acting up something terrible and began popping every revolution. I pedaled the last mile to the shop with only my left leg, and iced it down when I got there. Funny thing is, it hasn't given me a single problem since. I'm thinking something to do with saddle height and position. Really need to get together with a buddy and get this thing dialed in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vegascruiser View Post
    Sweat pretty bad for sure cause body is working overtime to keep itself cool. As long as you are hydrating at same pace all is well. I certainly wouldn't go mt. biking for fun at these temps, but for a quick commute home it is very manageable.

    Upside, though, like you said, is it is a bone dry heat with almost no measurable humidity. I am pretty certain that most of you used to 85-95F with 60, 70, 80% humidity commutes would find a dry 115F commute pretty easy by comparison.
    Yep, I remember visiting Vegas a few times, and living in Colorado for 4 years, the humidity was almost non existent. Walking out of the casino at noon in the middle of the summer was like opening the oven door. Blasted with heat, but you didn't really sweat that bad since it was so dry. Biking would be different though I am sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post
    Yep, I remember visiting Vegas a few times, and living in Colorado for 4 years, the humidity was almost non existent. Walking out of the casino at noon in the middle of the summer was like opening the oven door. Blasted with heat, but you didn't really sweat that bad since it was so dry. Biking would be different though I am sure.
    Exactly. Like getting blasted by an open oven door. If you're just strolling back to the car pretty much no sweat at all.

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    We complain about the cold weather as one aspect, and this would be entirely different. Does it get hot enough that you do not commute?
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    Boring. Nothing special, nothing happened. Weather was beautiful. I guess that was a pretty good ride.
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