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post #1 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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Staying Cool Discovery

We've been having occasional bouts of heat up here in the northland, with some days reminiscent of my Houston summers (mid 90s for temp, mid 80s for humidity), but I'm not letting that prevent me from riding.

I had to take a ride to Buffalo (MN) on an errand, about 2+ hours round trip on the back roads, and forgot that my riding pants and mesh jacket were in the washer. Pulled 'em out and they were still very wet, 'though not dripping. It was already hot outside, so I put 'em on over my wicking outfit (wicking briefs, shorts and t-shirt) and took off. Kept me very cool for about the first 45 minutes of the ride.

I know there are dedicated cooling vests, etc., but I really had no interest as I have yet to get really uncomfortable even in the 90s. But since the jacket and pants are synthetics, there's no harm to wetting them down before a ride, and it really made a difference!

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 01:22 PM
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I found this similar thing last year riding thru pop corn thunder storms.

I missed an opportunity to put my liners in and just rode thru one in full mesh gear with wicking t-shirt & shorts underneath.
I was completely soaked and was actually cold after I came out, but this was a good thing as its was in the upper 90's.

My gear dried in about 30 mins.

This has become my new tactic to dealing with summer pop corn thunderstorms.
I dont even bother with trying to put the liners in anymore and enjoy the cool stretches while drying between storms.

I used to feel like a steamed clam before in the liners and constantly was taking them on & off to keep from having heat exhaustion.

BTW it only works well with wicking underclothes, cotton gets stinky and stays wet in places.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 01:34 PM
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Oh I agree 1,000,000% on the ability to cool you down with a bit of water on the gear while riding.

A couple of weeks ago, after working outside in a heat index approaching 105, I was mounting up and starting to head home. It looked like rain storms would be ridden through. One of the folks asked if I was going to don rain gear and I simply responded, "No, the cooling effect of the rain on my is going to be very welcome!" It was very good to feel the cool rain on me. I had one of those wicking shirts on underneath and it was like riding with the A/C on in a car.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 02:35 PM
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Another good trick is to soak your helmet liners with water when it's really bad. Obviously, you should only do this if you're helmet vents work else you'll just have a hot damp head.

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post #5 of 5 Old 07-20-2007, 02:47 PM
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And when it's really really hot (like over 100F) and dry, put all your gear on, the heavier the better and pour water down your neck. The gear will keep you cooler longer because it will slow down the evaporation but will provide enough evaporative cooling to keep you comfy. 'course, once you stop you need to strip real fast and stay out of the sun.

Learned this a few years ago in the Mojave when it hit 115F. Ouch!
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