Sorry for the long delay since the last post. I've been distracted... and will continue to be distracted for a few more weeks. And, there's not a lot new to discuss, at least in my scope. However, I continue to faithfully ride my bike EVERY DAY whenever bike and I are in the same town. (I missed 4 days earlier this month, when I was out of town for 6 days.)
I love riding in the summer time! All that winter-time sand is gone from the shoulders of the roads. And it's still a bit early for the peak of Goathead Season. Of course, in these parts you're dealing with the chip-seal crews, out working on sections of road. But they can be avoided.
Strangely, the cyclist population seems to drop off in mid-summer. Except for recreational bike-riders in the parks, on the Greenbelt, etc. I'm guessing that many of the fair-weather riders who hang up the bike in winter are also scared off by the hot weather.
They are missing out! As long as I can stay hydrated, summer is a wonderful time to ride! The bike just seems to roll easier, most likely due to the fact that everything is loose and "viscous."
When I'm riding on hot, I try to fill the radiator before I leave, and have plenty of water to drink along the way. I also soak the shirt when the opportunity presents itself. (I spoke of a "roadside oasis" a couple summers back.) It makes a big difference for 10 minutes or so.
Sometimes you choose where to ride; other times you don't. (Transportation cyclists typically have a destination in mind, and the "where" is the route to their destination. By contrast, if you're on a fitness or recreation ride, you can choose the "where" based on current circumstances.) When I'm choosing, I'll try to pick shade and/or cool, for those summer rides.
F'r instance, last evening I was riding on Overland Road, near Orchard. As I rode past the edge of Hillcrest Country Club - acres and acres of cool, green grass - I felt a very distinct cooling in the air. I bet the temperature dropped 10 or 15 degrees. If you can choose, choose a route near green grass, or lots of water, or shade.
Happy riding! Stay hydrated!