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To those living in warmer climes...(10 posts)

To those living in warmer climes...filtersweep
Mar 1, 2003 4:33 PM
I live in Minnesota- have always hated winter, but find that I am much more productive in winter, can actually save money (when I'm not traveling to someplace warmer), can meet my gym goals, and have much more time for my other hobbies and interests. Frankly, the economy always seems better in the northern states.

I'm curious how the other half lives- those living where "winter bike clothes" simply means a pair of tights and a jacket- where you can comfortably bike all year long.

Do you find yourself burning out more easily? (not that you have anything relative to compare it to).

Help me with my cognitive dissonance- help me fine some negatives to living where it is always warm...
re: To those living in warmer climes...roadcyclist
Mar 1, 2003 8:18 PM
You forgot that we (in warmer climes) also occasionally need toe warmers and cotton gloves. Here in South Florida, winter is about 3-4 weeks long. 40s at night, 50s-60s during the day. Disadvantages? I haven't ridden my rollers or trainer in 7 years (although every year I promise myself to get back on the rollers). I don't ride enough to get burned out. The only other disadvantage I can think of is that sunscreen is so expensive. Oh, and we don't really have a "cycling friendly" area. Today was in the 80s, it's going to be a looong, HOT summer.
re: To those living in warmer climes...DINOSAUR
Mar 2, 2003 8:32 AM
I live in the NorCal foothills below the snowline. I can ride all year round and the only thing that stops me is rain. The problem is not getting wet, it's sharing the road with the 4-wheel maniacs and road debris that rain creates. It's been an unusally warm winter here. I took a trip to the San Jose bay area area last month and was riding in 60/70 degree temps and riding with nothing covering my legs. It was great. I do find myself starting to burn out sometimes. When I get to that point I just cut way back on my miles. The main problem I have is trying to stay consistant as it's hard to stick to a rigid schedule as there are rain days here and there. Winter riding can be very enjoyable here as the summers can get hot (in the 100's). There is not as much traffic on the roads and you don't have to worry about running out of water. I can't really find anything negative to say, I used to cross train when I was younger. Run in the winter and cycle during the summer. An achilles tendon injury put a halt to my running days. Maybe one downside would be shelling out bucks for tires. I usually go through about 3 or 4 sets per year. I'm lucky as I'm retired. Cycling is a big part of my life, glad I live where I do. Guess I could take up cross country skiing or snow shoeing if I lived in the snow country. One downside is it's expensive to live in the warmer climate places as everyone wants to live here and it creates more traffic and things are pricy. But I would put your mind to rest. On my 60 years on this earth I have found that there is no place like home, no matter where it is...
Some negative points...PeterRider
Mar 2, 2003 10:42 PM
- in southern California, if you go biking in August, you have to go really early, otherwise it gets too hot (more than 100F), and easy to get headaches/heat exhaustion/dehydration
- I'm used to take a camelbak... everydime I ride more than one hour, camelbak ! Many people don't like that.
- I'm forgetting what seasons look like. During the fall, I was surprised when seeing trees with leaves that turned red ! Yesterday I saw snow only for the second time this year, and there was not lots of it.
- Nothing is done/built for the rain here. When there is a rainy day, it's like a gigantic flooding in LA, streets are flooded, drivers go crazy fast or crazy slow, electricity doesn't work, it's like the end of the world.

But I must say, there are far more positive points than negative points... for instance, no need to buy trousers, shorts are fine all year long.

Pierre
re: To those living in warmer climes...tarwheel
Mar 3, 2003 8:31 AM
I live in NC, and we can cycle year-round here with a few extra clothes. This year, we've had an unusually cold winter with several snow/ice storms and it's made it much harder to ride -- particularly long rides. However, my legs are feeling fresher than ever, probably because my mileage is down.

The downsides to living in the South include: oppressively hot humid weather during July and August, and sometimes from June through September; increasing number of bad air, high ozone days during hot spells; growing traffic problem from all the Northerners, Midwesterners, etc. moving to the Sunbelt; days not as long in the summer as places further north.

I've ridden with my brother up north in Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, and I'll have to admit that the summer weather is generally more pleasant than down south. However, we typically have the long springs and falls when the weather is ideal, and a number of winter days when the cycling can be very enjoyable with the right clothes. In balance, I prefer the south, but I can understand the attraction of living further north -- particularly if you enjoy sports like cross-country skiing.
give me 100 degrees every dayDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 8:41 AM
I love the heat. I hate cold, especially wet cold, hate hate hate hate hate it. I'd burn out much quicker in 45 degree rides than 100.

Under 50 and I'm miserable, no matter what I'm wearing. You dress all warm, then the first hill you sweat your butt off, then freeze again as all that sweat evaporates down the hill. Repeat several times. I'd almost rather do the Tour de Garage every day.

Negatives? You must drink lots of water and wear sun protection.

Doug
re: To those living in warmer climes...maximum15
Mar 3, 2003 10:00 AM
In southwest florida, the good things are: never gets dark before 6pm in the winter, commute all year round, never use the trainer (it is really hot trying to train in the house), I can think of 7 good bike shops within 10 miles, lots of cycling traffic although a good portion is retirees violating all the rules of the road. The bad side is July and August and the wind in the winter. But here are my thoughts on this. In the north, Jan and Feb are miserable but you kind of get prepared for it in Nov and Dec. Same here, except preparation is in May and June. AND -- hot weather is merely uncomfortable, cold weather hurts.
don't forget alligators and hurricanes nmDougSloan
Mar 3, 2003 10:31 AM
Humidity is my worst factorrussw19
Mar 3, 2003 10:31 PM
I live in Gainesville Florida which is due west of Daytona and 2 hours north of Orlando. It's about 80 miles southwest of Jacksonville.
Gainesville is a wierd place. It is only really cold a total of maybe 14 days a year. usually a few in december, first of the year, then 3 or 4 more cold days in feb. then it gets really nice for 2 months. After that it is unbearable. In the summer (late April to late October) it is really humid. It often hits 100 degrees and has a humidity of 95%. The heat isn't the bad part. It's the humidity. I can ride longer in 95 degree heat with 60% humidity than I can in 85 degree heat with 95% humidity. When it is that humid outside, it just saps the life out of you. You drink and drink and drink and are still always dehydrated becuase you are sweating so damn much....

I heard a stat once that said that Gainesville is more humid than Seattle, and on average of 20 degrees hotter.
I hate this place!

Russ
Humidity is my worst factormaximum15
Mar 4, 2003 9:39 AM
Interesting points. I lived in Hampton, VA for a while and can guarantee you it was more humid there than just south of Tampa Bay. Humidity isn't too much of a problem for me as there is usually a cool breeze off the gulf in the "bad" months. But when the breeze is absent, I sweat so much that...well, I don't have a good description for it. But it still beats being cold.