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post #1 of 37 Old 06-30-2017, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hot weather tips for an out of towner

How do you desert SW riders deal with the 95-100 degree heat? I still intend to leave Washington State on Thursday of next week and head for Lake Tahoe. I figured I'll take four days to get there and then overnight for three. I am very conscientious of hydration but on a personal note, I sweat more than anybody I know and get dehydrated pretty easily as well. My goal will be to be on the bike by 7:00 and done by 2:00 or 3:00 at the latest. I typically wear a mesh jacket with a long sleeve polyester shirt that I soak in water two or three times during a ride on a hot day but I have not done ten days straight in 90+ weather. I'll hotel it at lower elevations but intend to camp while in the mountains where it will cool down in the evenings but can afford to pay for AC every night if needed; and if I can find it.

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Get a cooling vest, make sure you drink water with electrolytes or get pills. Stop every few hours in shade. Use a camel back filled with iced water. I filled mine at restaurants/ diners while riding, ice water is free and they are willing to help.

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Get a Cooling vest or jacket. Much better than a wet T shirt.
Edit: Andreas you beat me to it.
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Water, water, water and more water. You should be able to spend a lot of time riding in the higher elevations. I'm leaving Thursday from the High Desert in SoCal heading to Oregon. The first few hundred miles will be desert riding on the 395. Day two will take me past Tahoe up towards Lassen (wanted to go through the park but it may still be closed due to snow on Friday). They just opened Tioga Pass from 395 to Yosemite yesterday.
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A Camel Back works great. Stuff as much ice in as you can and then fill with water, it will last most of the day and feel like a small AC unit on your back ans think how good that ice cold water tastes!
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At least you can ride through the mountain area and that means a bit cooler. Avoid the central valley in Cal. Come down through Shasta and Lassen if you can. A friend just did several days in that area and said it was warm.
The camel backs with the wide opening are nice for filling with ice and water from the local hamburger spot keeps the temps at bay.
Basically it's summer and hot as heck. Enjoy as you may.
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Meh........don't buy into it, plus IB folks aren't out riding to take in the sites and actually enjoying themselves. Mesh does cover up your skin, and also keeps you from getting sunburned. I won't be wearing my Gore-Tex AD1 pants on my big West trip end of July, I will be wearing my mesh icon raiden arakis pants, with my Olympia Switchback II mesh jacket. Will have a 3L Platypus hydration pack, and a cooling towel to wrap around neck and or chest area.
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As said above, no mesh jacket, a cooling vest really works great, soak a dew rag and wear it on your head and one around your neck. Block the wind, that will dehydrate you big time. If you start getting a headache you need to drink and cool down immediately. Head to the high country if you can. I rode around Phoenix at 119 degrees and it was 90 in the mountains. BTW, 100 degrees is nothing in the desert. Sunscreen on face, hands and neck. Camelbak and drink often! Gatorade mix works well. Ride safe, have fun and know the signs of heat and sun stroke!

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Meh........don't buy into it, plus IB folks aren't out riding to take in the sites and actually enjoying themselves. Mesh does cover up your skin, and also keeps you from getting sunburned. I won't be wearing my Gore-Tex AD1 pants on my big West trip end of July, I will be wearing my mesh icon raiden arakis pants, with my Olympia Switchback II mesh jacket. Will have a 3L Platypus hydration pack, and a cooling towel to wrap around neck and or chest area.

I'm a desert guy.

Anything over about 95 you want to block the air, really!

I wear:

Darian jacket all the vents closed and use the cuff zippers to control the air into the jacket.

Evaporative vest under the jacket when it's 100+.

I do wear mesh pants though, Olympia Airglide. There's no airflow on your thighs. They are grey not black!
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