The Dog Days Of Biking

One of the great things about living in a climate with four seasons is that there is always something to look forward to. There are always promises made to the inner self. I can't tell you how many times I've been in a state of panic, due to frozen extremities and said this to myself, "I promise that when summer comes I will take time on a ride to absorb and appreciate the warmth for just a minute...I promise I will". I've kept those promises for the most part, but let's be honest...when the "dog days of biking" come around one can't help but start thinking, "Man, it's hot!". Living in northern Minnesota has kept me from ever saying that phrase out loud, but I have said it when I'm in a different state. I happen to be a believer in Karma and I really wouldn't want Minnesota to 'pay me back' in the winter for thinking that our summers are too hot.

So, if you're from a climate with big seasons, don't fall victim to the "dog days of biking". Get out there and soak it all up.

Couches were made for winter, Lycra was made for sweat. Enjoy your bike, the scenery, and don't forget to stop, look up at the big blue sky and say "Thank you". Your next ride is always waiting for you, no matter what the temperature.

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Tim (Eki) Ek

Tim Ek was born and raised in Duluth, Minn., and still calls it home. He’s always had a passion for competition and seeking his own extremes. Tim's true love is the woods: Out in the wild is where he clears his head and finds his peace, and he prefers getting there by bike. Tim Ek: The Eki Chronicles,


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Elvis. | July 29th, 2011

tim… you need some *heat*

Simpson Desert Bike Challenge.

dgaddis | August 1st, 2011

Did a ride Saturday that finished up at 11am and it was already 95 degrees with about 80% humidity.  A few hours later the temperature peaked out at 103.

I’m ready for winter!!

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CSnyder | August 11th, 2011

This year I decided to sell my car and commute by bike.  Today would have been the 41st day of 100F+ here in Dallas but we topped out at 96F.  There are some days that it is a total beat down, but it has become a huge challenge in itself; beat the heat.  I was almost pissed today when we didn’t get the 100F and get closer to tying the record (42 consecutive days of 100F+).  The heat can beat you down, but I’d rather sweat than shiver any day. 

I just wish we had proper hills here.

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