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    professor- how long have you lived in this hot climate? it takes out-of-towners a while a acclimate.

    drink more water, dress light, and drink other things to help with hydration. take breaks during your ride. eat enough food. I did NOT do any of those things Saturday and paid dearly for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    professor- how long have you lived in this hot climate? it takes out-of-towners a while a acclimate.

    drink more water, dress light, and drink other things to help with hydration. take breaks during your ride. eat enough food. I did NOT do any of those things Saturday and paid dearly for it.
    I've been here 3 years. However, this is the first year I've been biking, and honestly the past few years I've spent the summer in an air conditioned gym.

    About two weeks ago it was very humid and hot on a friday evening and I pushed a little too hard - was miserable for at least the next day. Wondering how I will ever be able to ride for the next 3 months.

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    we all manage. don't wait to start hydrating until you start riding. keep drinking water all the time. I find that Gatorade and that sort of stuff helps a lot.

    I save my epic all-day rides for cooler months, what passes for "winter" in these here parts and keep my summertime rides under 4 hours if I can resist staying out too long. I pushed myself too hard on Saturday trying to keep pace with some friends in BCGB. slow down, if you must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by professoratx View Post
    Ouch. The issue I am having now is the heat and humidity. The fun tends to get sucked right out of a ride these days after about a half hour. Any suggestions on how to keep cool and safe aside from the obvious drink water and go early or late?
    Two words. Two words I say. Night Rides.

    Truely, if you want to ride for any length of time thru the summer, do it when the sun is down. A decent set of lights can be had for about $100 now days. (Do not try to get by with just one light!!!) It is easiest to learn night rides by starting just before dark when it is starting to cool off. As it gets darker you will turn your lights on so it seems 'natural'. Pretty soon you are cruising the trails after dark. Most people love night riding after thinking it was crazy.

    And don't forget starting before dawn and riding until it get hot. You don't get to 'ease into it' like a dusk ride, But that is the coolest time of day.

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    on that note, are any Austin area trails off-limits at night? curfews?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    on that note, are any Austin area trails off-limits at night? curfews?
    I think Walnut is 5AM - 10PM.
    Brushy is half-hour before sunrise to 10PM. Not sure if this applies to the whole hike-and-bike path/trails.

    Not sure about any others.

    Edit: I think most Austin parks are 5am-10pm.
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    All Austin Parks are officially closed 10 PM to 5 AM unless posted otherwise.

    Sunset Valley trails are all officially closed at dark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Most people love night riding after thinking it was crazy.
    I have used these exacts words to tell people about myself and to encourage them to go ahead and try it.
    Just call me The SATN Pimp

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    When my wife asked to go riding with me I started her out in the trail that is in Sunset Valley. This was back in 2011, when we could still ride the hill section (it's closed off now, walkers only... all two of them). But I didn't have her try to ride the hill section, which was a bit twisty to start and then a bit narrow and steep. What I concentrated on was the flat easier sections which we could do in two different directions by making two different riding loops. Both loops had the same short, not too difficult rocky section, about 15 feet long that she would have to walk. But I could also use that to teach her little by little how to ride through it as she gained her confidence. There was also the drop and climb section through the river bed (not the purely rock section of the river bed that's only leads to the backyard of a home, shoot I walk that), and a few short sections with roots. Again, nothing difficult. The other sections are just singletrack or jeep road type trail. Riding both loops made up about five miles in and out from where we lived. Not hard, but you felt like you had been out mountain biking by the time we were finished. We did that for a few weeks and then went out to McKinney and rode the first section (not across the river) which she felt was too easy a ride by that time. And then Slaughter Creek trail opened up and that became our weekday destination. It required her to walk four or five sections, but after a year or so she eventually was able to get through most of it without walking. And by that time we had also included Walnut Creek as a regular Sunday afternoon ride.

    We both stopped riding for a few years, but a couple months ago picked it up again, and I have to say that the trails down her in SW Austin are very good for beginners. There are some hard (for beginners) areas, but it is easy to work out a loop that can easily give you five to ten miles that is beginner and just above level. Especially on the West side of Mopac between Convict Hill and Davis Lane, and on the East side of Mopac between Davis Lane and Slaughter Lane.
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    Thanks everyone for the help and suggestions. We're going to try either Muleshoe or Bluff Creek tomorrow early. Any thoughts either way? Will one be more crowded or better in the heat?

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    Muleshoe has loads of shade and is a lake park so you can easily take a post ride dip, grill some food and have some beverages.

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    I'm gonna be in Austin this weekend while the wife is taking dance lessons. I'm bringing my bike. Anything going on that's worth a bike visit? Anywhere I should avoid parking? Any nearby parks to downtown? I'm bringing my camelbak, two water bottles, snack bars, two spare tubes, and a hand pump. I'm hoping to turn this into a 5 - 6 hr ride.

    Beginner level stuff please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    I'm gonna be in Austin this weekend while the wife is taking dance lessons. I'm bringing my bike. Anything going on that's worth a bike visit? Anywhere I should avoid parking? Any nearby parks to downtown? I'm bringing my camelbak, two water bottles, snack bars, two spare tubes, and a hand pump. I'm hoping to turn this into a 5 - 6 hr ride.

    Beginner level stuff please.

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    You can ride form downtown up to walnut. Its 15 miles each way to the park if you take shoal creek.

    You can ride south to the SATN. That's about 6-7 miles to the drop in. I can shoot you a strava route from DT through the SATN if you want the GPX. For real fun, Ride the GB (intermediate) to the SATN. Then you can come back through the street or even the newly opened bike path/sidewalk that runs from zilker to 290/360.
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    Can you get me maps of each route? I'm VERY interested.

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    It's just under 4 miles, with 270' elevation change, from the Town Lake bike bridge under Mopac to the south end of the new bike bridge over Barton Creek via the paved pathway that runs next to Mopac.
    Just call me The SATN Pimp

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    Imma Google this stuff when I get home

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    Quote Originally Posted by shotgun jeremy View Post
    Can you get me maps of each route? I'm VERY interested.

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    Here is a map - ArcGIS Web Application

    I send people that link because it can be hard to find from the PARD web site.
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    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    Here is a map - ArcGIS Web Application

    I send people that link because it can be hard to find from the PARD web site.
    Huh, this is a very interesting map, thanks for sharing it! First time I've seen it.

    ..Al

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    You can ride form downtown up to walnut. Its 15 miles each way to the park if you take shoal creek.

    You can ride south to the SATN. That's about 6-7 miles to the drop in. I can shoot you a strava route from DT through the SATN if you want the GPX. For real fun, Ride the GB (intermediate) to the SATN. Then you can come back through the street or even the newly opened bike path/sidewalk that runs from zilker to 290/360.
    I'm trying to figure this out by looking at the map that was posted, but I need some clarifications:

    What's GB and GPX? Is SATN one designated area? I thought it was a bunch of parks that have trails trails with routes linking each park. I'll be down there two days, so I plan on checking out this GB one day and the GPX the other day. I hear we may get some rain, so I'll be sure to pack a set of dry clothes for the trip home.

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