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Old 06-16-19, 10:16 AM
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Tips for Summer Commute in Tucson, AZ Heat

I recently relocated to Tucson, AZ and live about 12 miles from work. I would love to start bike commuting but I am worried about the Summer heat (mid-day and evening highs of 105-110 F). I would be early enough in the morning for it to be fairly cool, but coming home between 3 and 5 everyday seems like it would be way too hot to ride that distance. Any tips or advice on how to do this safely/semi-comfortably?

Also, any other Tucson commuters who work down by the airport feel free to PM me. I would love to hear about it.
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Old 06-17-19, 08:06 AM
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Google cycling in heat.

I've been riding 15 mi RT in Phoenix the last few years. Acclimatization is key. As the year warms up you just get used to it. Make sure to carry water, preferably cold. Take it easy. "Listen" to your body. If possible start with shorter rides in the heat. Slowly build up the tolerance.

I lived in Tucson back in the 80s. It's a fun town to ride in. It looks like the infrastructure is better now.

Good luck.
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A more active forum you could ask in or Google through is https://forums.mtbr.com/arizona/

There's also a guy in that site's commuting forum who rides in AZ, I recall him from the "best tubeless brew" thread in the 29er subforum.
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Originally Posted by Dallin View Post
I am worried about the Summer heat (mid-day and evening highs of 105-110 F).

I commute year round, west side to east side & back again, roughly 25 miles round-trip.

As for the heat, remember the temps on the news are taken in the shade at the airport. The 'real' temp out in the sun is at least 15-20 degrees hotter. Plus the reflected heat from the pavement, cars, etc.

Originally Posted by Dallin View Post
Any tips or advice on how to do this safely/semi-comfortably?
Drink water. Lots of water. Wear a wide brim hat for the shade & periodically wet it down for evaporative cooling. Keep an eye out for shade and pull up every few miles to cool down and take water. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion & heat stroke and be aware.

Until you adapt to the heat, you might consider getting a bus pass and alternate riding with mass transit. During rush hour the bike racks can fill up so you might have to wait for the next one to get a space.

In the afternoons we will get intense thunderstorms so, again, be prepared to take shelter. They don't last long but the streets can flood out while they are active.

Obviously these are the extremes, 99% of the time you will have little trouble riding.

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