Bicycle Culture

Cycle: A Survivor's Guide to Biking in Arizona's Extreme Weather

No matter how much experience or confidence any of us has, the second we step outside we are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

We here at Cycle got a good reminder of this lesson last weekend while mountain biking up north in Munds Park when a three-headed perfect storm erupted without warning while out on what was supposed to be a short ride. Thankfully, some good preparation and level-headedness helped to keep things under control throughout the downpour and lightning barrage so that a safe return home was eventually achieved. Needless to say it made for quite a harrowing afternoon spin.

Because Arizona summers can bring such extreme weather -- from excessive heat to sudden monsoons to the aforementioned thunder and lightning storms -- it is important to make sure that any ride is properly equipped and the cyclist has good, basic knowledge of how to deal with unanticipated changes, just in case.

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Jason Franz
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