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How hot is too hot to ride?

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Recently retired and moved to the Texas Hill Country with the dream of jumping on the bike whenever I wanted to and go for an enjoyable ride. Well, one thing is getting in the way, HEAT. I've learned anything around the 100 degree point is just to hot to enjoy. There's been a few times recently I'll walk out, put mesh jacket and helmet on, then take it all off and go back inside. So, what's your temp that you decide not to ride for pleasure?
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Personally, I prefer around 65 on a sunny day, and about 70 if overcast. Those temps are OK both riding, as well as stopped for a while without having to remove my gear.
I'm with @faffi here, 60/65 is a great temp when the sun's out and no wind. I enjoy wearing leathers and light to medium gloves. So that gives me the most protection along with comfort. When it gets hot I may only ride with boots, jeans, t-shirt, and helmet. At that point as long as you're moving temps nearing 100 are still bearable. But I don't have many cities to deal with stop and go traffic. If that were the case I'd lower my top end temp.
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This past weekend I rode to Des Moines (~130 miles) to babysit my grandson. Instead of interstate I took the 2-lane roads. It was 90/95 when I rode up and back. Sunscreen to avoid burns to the exposed arms. I mounted a cheap $5 bottle holder for a bicycle on the crash bar. I have a Contigo insulated mug that is great at keeping things hot/cold and doesn't leak even with the vibrations of the bike. I put a couple ice cubes in it and some cold sweet tea and I have something to drink while rolling down the road. Helps on those hot summer days.
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I'm a noob to riding but I'm in Texas and its never been to hot to drive my jeep so i assume the same will be said about riding. Although i don't need to wear all the gear in my jeep.
Probably pretty accurate. The only exception I could see is stop and go traffic. You're not sitting on top of the engine/exhaust in a Jeep.
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