Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I'm going to blame that on work and the triple digit, life sapping heat were dealing with, not to mention a little laziness.
Speaking of the heat, a friend of mine went on a short, easy, slow paced ride the other day and ended up stopping off at a bike shop. After doing a little browsing and chatting with the shop's owner he rode back home. While wheeling his bike into the house his wife pointed out something my friend found embarassing. There was a large clearly visible sweaty butt crack mark on his shorts. He was wearing a regular pair of cotton shorts, street clothes, with a pair of bike shorts underneath. He wondered how many customers at the bike shop had noticed and were quietly laughing at his sweaty butt crack.
I've said this before, if you ride in Texas during the summer you will end up a sweaty mess. It's really not a big deal if you are out riding strictly for a workout, but what if you want to stop off at a bookstore, grocery store, or anywhere non-cycling people congregate? How do you combat this, by this I mean the sweaty butts, back, pitts etc.? Blotting yourself with paper towels in the bathroom is futile. The sweat just keeps coming. I suppose you can either attempt to cover the offending sweat stains with some item of clothing or do away with street clothes during the summer in favor of some high tech quick drying fabrics. Maybe the best option is to just carry your helmet around with you so everybody knows the reason for your appearance. Any ideas?
I can't prove it but I think these insects have something to do with creating heat. They are cicadas (or chicharras if you live in south Texas), and their singing always seems to make the days hotter.
Update: Click here for an entertaining discussion on a related topic.