A Scorcher

The normal high temperature for April 21 in Sacramento, California is 73°F. Today’s forecast is calling for a high of 97°F — this afternoon’s commute is going to be a real scorcher! The only bad thing is that the heat came on practically overnight and we haven’t had a chance to adapt to it. The upside was a gorgeous morning commute in shirt sleeves and shorts at 6am.

13 Responses to “A Scorcher”

  • brad says:

    That’s hot! Hey, I noticed that you use the shoulder strap for your Arkel Bug bag and you keep it on the bag while riding (I do the same). I love how they designed the shoulder strap so you can do this without worrying that the strap will hang down below the bag and get tangled up in the spokes. I also prefer using the shoulder strap than the Bug’s built-in backpack straps; it’s more comfortable to me to use the shoulder strap.

    By the way, the Bug is now available in all black as well; I got myself one of those, it’s a little more “professional” looking. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the helmet holster in the front, which doesn’t work as well when the bag is full as when it’s empty.

  • Rob Mackenzie says:

    Man, you are living la dolce vita. Here in Alberta we’re going to hit a high of about 71°F which is waaaaay above normal for this time of year and tomorrow they say we’ll be back to more seasonal weather… about 35 degrees and raining.

  • Alan says:

    I have the new “Metro” arriving from Arkel today. It’ll be interesting comparing it to the Bug. I’ll have photos in a few days and a full report within a couple of weeks. You can see the bag on their site here: Arkel Metro

  • Alan says:


    35 degrees and raining… ouch.

    We’re supposed to be back down into the 60s with a chance of showers by Friday. This is the strangest weather for April I can ever recall.

  • Duncan Watson says:

    It was 48*F when I left for work at 6am. It is now 53* and should hit 67* today. It is nice to see some sun. Later this week we are back in the 50’s with rain.

  • Madness says:

    Man, that’s a perfect picture.

  • Stephen says:

    Hot, but at least dry. When it gets 97 F in Tallahassee, the humidity can suck the life out of whatever’s left over from a day of feeling like a sauna employee. And you have all those nice paths going everywhere where you can ride one of your half dozen boutique bicycles. Here’s a tip (with all due respect): Stop complaining. Every day is a blessing, even if the weather is a bit strange, and it’s doubly so when you’re on a bicycle.

    It was 56 F when I left the house in my civvies on my Heron, and it’s 79 now, but delightfully dry, crystalline sunny, and muy comfy in the shade of our urban forest. I rode half a dozen blocks through the old city with its reforesting vacant lots, idiot drivers, and crappy architecture of the 1960s and 70s to eat a simple lunch in the quiet, sunny courtyard of an ancient Episcopal church next to a gurgling cast bronze wall fountain framed by fragrant jasmine. It’s not Seattle or San Fran, but it beats most cities in this part of the country, and the best of all is that I’m on a bicycle. My health is good, I still have a job, and I have a happy family and am in a house we can afford.

    The heat will come. We’ll move more slowly, like a dog gasping in the heat of a summer day, the cicadas humming insanely, skittering into the shadows to stay out of the carcinogenic UV, and sweating for seemingly months, while you ride in the dusty coolness of the California dusk, wondering what’s happened to Paradise, and trying to guess which rabbit Arnold will pull out of his hat to save your state from ruin…;-)

  • Alan says:


    “Stop complaining.”

    Wasn’t really complaining, just jabbering about the weather… :-)

  • Stephen says:

    Yeah, I know–I was just trying to speak rhetorically. We’ve had a simply stunning spring down here, and today is flat-out gorgeous, but in another month or two, it’s going to be bloody hot and humid until October. Yuck. The older I get, the more zen-like I have to force myself to get through the summers here. I’d move out of state, but my wife has a good job, and busting up the family for my physical comfort doesn’t seem quite fair. (However, Florida’s economy may force the creative class out, at least those who can sell their houses.) And thanks to global warming, it’s hot everywhere. But at least we can ride our “practical” bicycles, while all the other poor suckers sit in traffic, right?

  • Alan says:


    “The older I get, the more zen-like I have to force myself to get through the summers here.”

    Me too.

    My wife loves the heat. I, on the other hand, don’t… LOL. It’s one of the few things we’re not in agreement on.

  • Donald says:

    This has been an odd year. I live in Sacramento, near Roseville where Alan lives. January was such a dry month this year that I took an overnight tour. The Saturday I rode up the bike trail to Beale’s Point State Park it was 70 degrees F. (Though it got to the low 30’s at night.) The weather of the past few days just seems to fit into a year with some wild extremes, for us anyway. The good thing about this area is that our worst days do not even come close to the extreme riding conditions in much of the rest of the country. Ahhh California….the land of milk and honey.
    Sacramento, California, USA

  • Adrienne says:

    It isn’t the heat, so much for me, and that is saying something for a San Franciscan with Scottish blood (both prefer fog : ) The sun is hard! I get burned riding around, which means having to cover up which gets problematic in the heat. You should see how big the straw hat I had to wear was!

  • Croupier says:

    It’s way, WAY too hot in Santa Cruz today. However, I’m dealing with it by making a point of including stops in my bike trips at businesses that have A/C, and by trading in my flask holder for a water bottle cage and my backpack for a front rack and milk crate that I stole from behind a Shoney’s Gainesville.

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