Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: mount airy (mayberry), NC,
Re: ATTGAT is cooler at 110 degrees
My "experiment" last week was similar. the heat at the outer banks was oppressive. Well into the 90's, high humidity, and no breeze (at the ocean no less, where there's ALWAYS supposed to be at least a breeze). We rode down in pants, mesh jackets, gloves, the usual for us.
Once down there, looking at a day of riding from point to point, short hops, moderate speeds (less than 50mph posted), I decided to go sans gear, except FF helmet required by law and good sense. First day in shorts and t shirt wasn't bad. Lower speeds, less distance between stops. Not bad. Kinda nice other than the thought of crashing in shorts and t shirt. My shins were getting a thorough roasting from the engine heat from the vents on the LT.
Second day was going to be longer ride, so I did put on pants to help insulate the shins. That helped. We were riding the bike as my mother was ferrying kids in the car, with the air on, a cooler of drinks, etc in the car. I shoulda taken my camel bak and realize that fully. This should be known as the day of a lot of mistakes, but God watches over fools. No crashes, but by the end of the day, I was feeling dehydrated, not sharp etc. The Tshirt was beating me pretty good. I was wishing I had my Rocket phoenix. I finally had to stop and just get off bike and rehydrate and rest, before something bad did happen.
IMO, if you can live with the risk, on short hops, little gear isn't bad. Like one poster said, you are pretty miserable at stoplights. But otherwise the full gear is more helpful. Would I do it again? Maybe, if the trips were less than 20 miles at less than 50 mph. I would and have ridden a bicycle at speeds of 35 - 40 in bicycle attire. Yes the bike weight is different, but the speeds are the same, no matter what you are on.
Would I look at a day of riding to get to farther destinations? Even at same speeds, I would wear the jacket and pants, boots, etc. And be sure to hydrate more often.
I learned a lot last week. Another great discussion. Now, if only others would believe....