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Looking to start living car-lite in Phoenix

Old 02-18-19, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
I grew up in Phoenix and unless you are living near what you want to do it's got to be challenging to have no car. Where I lived, behind Thunderbird park, it's pretty built out, but it's still 3 miles to any store. When I was a kid, before they built 101 and then some stuff further north, it was five or six miles to anything.

You must not discount the heat on a summer afternoon. It can be miserable.
where I'm living currently I have everything I need within a mile or less (43rd ave and union hills roughly) and work is only 4 miles out. I can see this being feasible.

Never take the heat lightly. I don't care how acclimated you are, this place can and will put you in the hospital for it. I never get in the saddle without at least 30oz of water coming with me.
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Old 02-18-19, 11:14 PM
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Originally Posted by suncruiser View Post
where I'm living currently I have everything I need within a mile or less (43rd ave and union hills roughly) and work is only 4 miles out. I can see this being feasible.
Ha, I went to high school at Deer Valley. Bussed from ~53rd and Pinnacle Peak because there was no high school out there yet. I rode to school once through the pass on 47th
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Old 02-18-19, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Ha, I went to high school at Deer Valley. Bussed from ~53rd and Pinnacle Peak because there was no high school out there yet. I rode to school once through the pass on 47th
my school commute was fun. Was riding ~lake pleasant rd and Williams to cactus high every day from 9th grade to halfway through 12th when I got my first car
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Old 02-19-19, 10:34 AM
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Originally Posted by suncruiser View Post
once the summer heat hits I see less e-bikes than I do normally. I think past about 105F the batteries and electronics start having issues with overheating since there's no active cooling system involved.
Interesting...it never gets close to that hot here so I didn't consider that possibility. Time to hook up some mist hoses to the handle bars, lol.
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Old 02-19-19, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by linberl View Post
Interesting...it never gets close to that hot here so I didn't consider that possibility. Time to hook up some mist hoses to the handle bars, lol.
lol. Not sure that would do much, considering the incessant sun and a matte black battery case. It reaches in excess of 165f in a parked car during the day, I can't imagine the batteries would fare much better with little to no ventilation and the fact that the case just kinda absorbs heat
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Old 03-12-19, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by suncruiser View Post
I actually don't mind riding and commuting in the heat. Had to for a couple months in 17, right when the temps were between 117-122. was kinda brutal but I still made it! I'm a native to Phoenix, the heat is just kinda another aspect of here. Not reason to stable the bikes
Nice try. Obvious fake by the way you talk trying to be billy badass on the internet. Even if you were a native, you're not, that doesn't negate biology. Zip it up and put it away little man, it's not working here. See you again in another 3 months, armchair cyclist.
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Well, I am sure he feels worlds better, having gotten that out of his system.

I have done some hiking and biking in Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona, and it is surprising how much different dry heat feels. I know it is a cliche, but .... 99 degrees at 99 percent humidity in Florida felt close to death, while 115 in Arizona just felt hot. Crossing the Mojave felt hot, but not as hot as ten degrees cooler in Florida. IMO,. of course.
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Well, I am sure he feels worlds better, having gotten that out of his system.

I have done some hiking and biking in Florida, New Mexico, and Arizona, and it is surprising how much different dry heat feels. I know it is a cliche, but .... 99 degrees at 99 percent humidity in Florida felt close to death, while 115 in Arizona just felt hot. Crossing the Mojave felt hot, but not as hot as ten degrees cooler in Florida. IMO,. of course.
My experiences with dry and humid heat are similar: 95-100 with sun and 10% humidity was just lovely for long rides (so long as I had sufficient water), whereas 90, overcast, and 80% humidity brought me close to throwing up in as little as 10 miles.

Commuting in California's Santa Ana systems and Denver heat waves was no problem. It was Alabama summers that got me back in a car (one with functioning AC).
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Ten or so years ago around Labor Day I was visiting my parents on a motorcycle trip and they were on a record string of >110 degree days. That was bad - the air was hot enough that sweating was insufficient. Like riding in a furnace, the opposite of wind chill. I had to stop every half hour or so and take a break in a gas station's AC. I don't think I've ever felt that way on a bicycle in any heat.
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Originally Posted by NeedARealBike View Post
Nice try. Obvious fake by the way you talk trying to be billy badass on the internet. Even if you were a native, you're not, that doesn't negate biology. Zip it up and put it away little man, it's not working here. See you again in another 3 months, armchair cyclist.
Billy Badass? There's a term I haven't heard in a while.
sorry I haven't looked at this thread in a bit, got preoccupied with life. Just because I managed the heat doesn't mean I enjoyed it dude. **** sucks when you've gotta get to work and don't have money for fuel. Kinda in that boat right now, but the temp is still pretty nice so no biggie. Just because you can't handle the heat doesn't mean someone born and raised in it can't.
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