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I have tried to ride around it and thru it. We are close to breaking records for most numb of days above 95°. We are also needing rain. We had a very wet June but since then, barely any thing.

Humidity is now making the real feel way above 100°.

Today has been first day I have not ridden in a while. I think i'll get an early ride in tomorrow morning.

I have forced myself to ride in some very hot conditions and it is difficult enjoying hot air hitting you like a jet engine.

So, I'd ride late in the evening but then have to contend with the bugs.
 

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Mate here it is 365 days a year hot & humid, yes early mornings or late nights are good ...
 

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I feel for ya. Not for the heat but the humidity. It's a real killer. It was 94 and crazy humid for a couple days in Sturgis. I wasn't used to the humidity at all so I really felt it. Give me 120 degrees and 10% humidity any day.
 

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I agree Bob. Most days it is not even as high as 10%
 

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When we hit the upper Adirondack National Park yesterday morning riding down from Malone, NY it was a mere 45 degrees......maybe that will cool you off. ;)
 

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Yeah Dill it doesn't make it fun to ride in. We have the same thing here it isn't something you ever get used to. Yesterday i did about three hundred miles it was hot to say the least.
some of the roads were two lane blacktop thru nothing put pine trees so there was a little shade but the closer i made it to home there were less trees and more open farmland that made it feel twice as hot. The thermometer on the bike started off at 92 went as high as 106 and stayed at 99 to 100 for most of the day.
 

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Yeah Dill it doesn't make it fun to ride in. We have the same thing here it isn't something you ever get used to. Yesterday i did about three hundred miles it was hot to say the least.
some of the roads were two lane blacktop thru nothing put pine trees so there was a little shade but the closer i made it to home there were less trees and more open farmland that made it feel twice as hot. The thermometer on the bike started off at 92 went as high as 106 and stayed at 99 to 100 for most of the day.
You're right about the shade! You get out of it and the heat/humidity can suck all the fun out of racking up the miles.

I finally went out around 9 pm last night to get my fix. Found out that it not only had cooled down some but the bugs seemed to have found somewhere to hang out... bug bar maybe! :p

LAWD Hep Us!!! Whew!
 

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I got a mostly-white full face helmet and a Joe Rocket mesh jacket which function much more comfortably than traditional black gear which is absurd in the heat. Good air management feels better than no gear at all besides keeping flesh off that big black belt sander we ride on.

Next will be an evaporative cooling vest since the mesh jacket will give it airflow to work.
 

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next will be an evaporative cooling vest since the mesh jacket will give it airflow to work.
I wonder if those cooling towels that you soak down will really work. We just bought one from Wallymart for more son who is at band camp this week. Real feel is 100+. Supposed to stay cool for couple of hours. She gave $8 for it. May go get one for me this afternoon.
 

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Those cooling vests are the cats meow! At 100+ it goes on and does a great job. Have used it to 117 in Vegas. Just got back fm Sturgis, yesterday and did not see anything north of 97.
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I feel for ya. Not for the heat but the humidity. It's a real killer. It was 94 and crazy humid for a couple days in Sturgis. I wasn't used to the humidity at all so I really felt it. Give me 120 degrees and 10% humidity any day.
I'm with ya brother.
 

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I wonder if those cooling towels that you soak down will really work. We just bought one from Wallymart for more son who is at band camp this week. Real feel is 100+. Supposed to stay cool for couple of hours. She gave $8 for it. May go get one for me this afternoon.
I have a cooling vest. It only works if you stay moving. They are less effective in the humid weather
 

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We've got 96% humidity on the morning commute into work.

In the afternoon ride home, I'm looking at 103 air temp, with a Heat Index of 107-108 degrees and humidity in the 30%-40% range. I've always been at ATGATT guy, but just last week have decided to eschew the mesh jacket. The full face is enough to give me a good sweat!

Day-um it's hot out there.


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You guys with the high humidity have you noticed more popping now when shifting.
Here in MN. when the humidity gets high I get more popping.
 

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but just last week have decided to eschew the mesh jacket.
I don't care how meshed your garb is or how well vented your helmet may be, this stuff is hell. I'd rather have hot air attempting to cool the humidity moistened skin. When you get to ride underneath some tall trees, you then get a little relief.
 

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I don't care how meshed your garb is or how well vented your helmet may be, this stuff is hell. I'd rather have hot air attempting to cool the humidity moistened skin. When you get to ride underneath some tall trees, you then get a little relief.
Actually the mesh jacket works in two very distinct ways. First - it keeps the sun off your skin which will make you feel much hotter; especially when you stop. The sun's radiation will stay in your skin for quite a while continuing to make you feel hot. With the jacket you simply remove it and you are right back to being at a normal temp.

Second - it slows the evaporation of the evaporative vest. Without the jacket the vest will be dry in no time and become more like a warming vest than a cooling one.

The vests work best in dry heat as already mentioned. I have never tried it in a humid environment so I will have to leave that test to someone who does or has.

I like looking cool on the road as anyone else but after getting dehydrated enough times I tried the mesh jacket and never looked back. I don't care if it looks a little dorky to some people. It works and with extreme heat; that's all I care about.
 

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Actually the mesh jacket works in two very distinct ways. First - it keeps the sun off your skin which will make you feel much hotter; especially when you stop. The sun's radiation will stay in your skin for quite a while continuing to make you feel hot. With the jacket you simply remove it and you are right back to being at a normal temp.
Living in AZ I challenge the validity of that last sentence entirely. You are not back to normal temp any time soon. A 15 minute ride the other day with a mesh and it still took 30-45 minutes in AC and drinking water to cool off...and it was a relatively cool 105.
 

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Living in AZ I challenge the validity of that last sentence entirely. You are not back to normal temp any time soon. A 15 minute ride the other day with a mesh and it still took 30-45 minutes in AC and drinking water to cool off...and it was a relatively cool 105.
I need to clarify that. What I mean is your skin temp will feel normal. If you're hot you're hot. It will take as long as it takes to cool off. I'm sure the temp of the environment and the type of cooling such as AC vs swamp cooler and humidity using the latter will have an effect on how fast one cools down. Standing in front of a fan or swamp cooler can help you cool down quicker too.

The mesh jacket isn't magic; it just makes the heat more bearable IMHO. Some people use leather jackets with vents. If that works for you; great.

Also, as we all know, everyone is different and tolerates heat and cold differently. What works and is evident to me may or may not be the same for someone else or work as well. Obvious I know, but just for the sake of clarity; I mention it.

One other thing I have learned from many summers living in temps up to 126 and still riding daily. Pre-hydration is a must. If I try to hydrate after becoming dehydrated; it takes a long time and I risk getting light headed and dizzy from it. By loading up on water or an electrolyte drink ahead of time I feel better in the long run. Again; IMHO. This is what works for me.

I also learned a long time ago to pay attention to how often I pee. If I'm out in the sun riding or just outside in general on a hot day but I don't pee then I know I'm not taking in enough fluids. I learned this from an old timer some 30+ years ago when on a job out in the desert. I wasn't used to the heat or had any experience working in it at the time. This one simple lesson saved my bacon often since then. Also pay attention to how yellow it is. Too yellow also means I'm not drinking enough.

Hope this helps.
 

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OK - I'm gonna tackle a number of replies here, as I was in meetings all day and couldn't keep up.

Dill - By "eschew" I meant that I no longer wear my mesh jacket. Yes, it's hot as hell and humid here and I'll bet the same in MS. I know the whole ATGATT thing, and how mesh moves air across your skin, but I was still roasting so chose to leave the jacket at home a few weeks back. My commute is 15 - 30 minutes, and fairly direct, but still hot as Hades, so I am rolling the dice until we cool back off some in (maybe) November.

Bbob - fantastic tip about hydrating and peeing to see how well you hydrated. I am a marathon training coach, and many of the same hydration tips we give to runners apply to being out with your "knees in the heat"!

visionjohnny - that is so odd that you mentioned the popping. My XC has never popped since I got it. Still have stock air and exhaust on it. But a couple of weeks back I put on Pain's exhaust tips, and in the process cut back my exhaust pipe to about an inch of the muffler. I noticed over the weekend that my bike popped when shutting off after a group ride. I just thought it was the changes to my exhaust pipes. . . but perhaps you are onto something with the humidity. Curious at the least.


Back at home and pounding ice-water, and cold beer. cheers

Dan
 
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