June 13 Bike Forecast: a bit cooler, wetter

As my skin’s DNA struggles to recover from the sun’s relentless assault Monday, let’s look forward to Tuesday. Cooler, yes, but also wet. Thunderstorms possible!

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Overall: high 85, low 70, cloudy, 40% chance of thunderstorms mid-day

AM: high 60s, mostly cloudy, 25% chance of rain and thunder, moderate wind

PM: 80, mostly cloudy, 15% chance of rain, 8 MPH winds from the southeast


RECOMMENDED RAIN GEAR OF THE DAY:

Consider a babushka to keep you dry and aerodynamic.


DIVVY REPORT: after some closures yesterday, all stations back online.


STREET CLOSURES

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PARTIAL STREET CLOSURES


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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On account of weather threats. Stay dry and enjoy your rides!

June 12 bike forecast: good day for sweat enthusiasts

Monday: the first infernal weekday of the year. Oy. Bike commuting not recommended for the sweat-averse.

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Overall: high 94º, low 70, ~45% humidity, sunny, moderate winds from the southwest.

AM: low 80s, sunny, wind from the SW at 13 MPH

PM: low 90s, sunny, wind from the SW at 12 MPH


Approximation of Predicted Sweatiness:


Semi-Ridiculous Warm Weather Gear of the Day:

 


DIVVY REPORT: several stations down as of Sunday night:

Dearborn St & Adams St

Franklin St & Monroe St

Clark St & Berwyn Ave

Track up-to-the-minute updates here.


STREET CLOSURES

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1.75/4. Really nice! No, just kidding.

June 9 forecast: pretty nice, too

Friday: like Thursday, but not quite as nice. A little hotter, a little windier.

But just wait ’til this weekend. 90 degrees! Oy.

FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 81, low 59, mostly sunny, moderate wind

AM: low 70s, sunny, wind from the west-southwest at 10mph

PMhigh 60s, sunny, wind from the northeast at 10mph

Note the wind direction reversal from AM to PM.


TANGENTIALLY WEATHER-RELATED CAT GIF:

Sunny.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

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3.75/4. Really nice! Enjoy your bike before sweat-fest this weekend.

June 8 bike forecast: perfect.

Thursday: like Wednesday, but better.

Drudge siren?! That means we’re at peak bike commute conditions.


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Overall: high 76, low 62, mostly sunny, not much wind

AM: high 60s, sunny, no wind!

PM: low 70s, mostly sunny, winds from the east-southeast at 9 MPH


FELINE SUN METER:

Sunny enough to put dandelions on a cat’s head.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING: 

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4/4. Perfect. One of the best days of the year.

If you have a bike, ride it. If you don’t, get one!

June 7 bike forecast: extra nice

Wednesday: like Tuesday, but less windy. NEAR IDEAL BIKE COMMUTE CONDITIONS!

WEDNESDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 60, low 64, sunny, winds up to 12MPH from the north-northeast

AM: low 60s, sunny, 9 MPH winds from NNE

PM: high 60s, sunny, 10 MPH winds from NNE


RECOMMENDED SUN GEAR OF THE DAY:

 

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DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

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SPOTTED ON THE ROAD…

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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.75/4. Near peak commute conditions. If you have any decency at all, ride your bike.

June 6 bike forecast: cool, windy

Tuesday: like Monday, replete with dreaded high-speed headwinds from the north.

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Overall: high 68, low 55, cloud-free, annoying gusts

AM: high 50s, sunny, wind from the north at 13 MPH

PM: mid 60s, sunny, wind from the north at 17 MPH


LETTUCE CAT WIND METER:

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Classic. See the lettuce fly off? That’s a marker of high winds.


Recommended outfit of the day:

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DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


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A TALE FROM THE ROAD:

A youngish doofus on a fancy road bike plopped right in front of me at a red light on Devon and Glenwood today. He had been a few blocks behind but jumped ahead while I waited at the red light. This practice is called “shoaling” and it’s very uncouth.

Annoyed, I decided to speed by him when the light turned green. I did this because I was riding my dinky 20″-wheeled folding bike, and I knew it would bruise his ego.

I passed him. It bruised his ego. So he tries racing me down Glenwood. Foldilocks and I hold him off, because folding bikes have heart. But then we reach a stop sign, where a a tractor trailer ahead of us was turning left.

What to do? Like a sane person, I slow down to remain behind the tractor trailer. But the doofus squeezes past the truck on the right while it’s making a left turn. Truck makes wide turns! Very dangerous!

No, he didn’t get smushed. But the point of the story: this guy, bad.


OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3/4. Deja vu. Nice day with unfortunate wind.

June 5 bike forecast: a bit too windy

Monday: cooler than Sunday, thank God. But a little windy, too.

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Overall: high 69, low 52, 70% humidity

AM: high 60s, sunny, wind from the north at 12 MPH

PM: low 60s, partly cloudy, winds from the north at 18 MPH.

If you’re commuting to the north in the afternoon, my condolences.


FELINE WIND REPRESENTATION:

Windy enough to knock a plastic thing off a cat’s head.


RECOMMENDED WIND GEAR OF THE DAY:aero9w.jpg

Why? Because I saw three (three!) people wearing these time-trial helmets around Edgewater this weekend. Do the aerodynamic benefits outweigh the costs? (i.e. being a dork.)


DIVVY REPORT: All stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3/4. So nice except for the wind. Oy.

June 2 bike forecast: Whoa. Again.

Let’s preface this bike forecast by thanking the meteorologico-cycling deities for Thursday. Thanks.

Our take on Thursday?

“A nice climate day for man, a shitty climate day for mankind.”

Now onto Friday… which, luckily, should be just about as nice. Yeah. You heard it here first.

Could it be? PEAK BIKE CONDITIONS? Again?


FRIDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Look at that!

Overall: high 81, low 61, sunny as heck, 40% humidity, not windy

AM: high 60s, sunny, calm winds

PM: mid 70s, sunny, wind from the east-southeast at 8 MPH


How nice is it?

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Nice as these pups.


Also, if you’re a pup, take note:

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The sunglasses aren’t a fashion statement. Because it’s gonna be really sunny tomorrow.


DIVVY REPORT: Bike shortage expected in high-demand areas. All stations operational.


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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.95/4. So close. 

Why no perfect score? High of 81º raises sweatiness prospects a bit too high.

That being said: if you don’t ride your bike tomorrow, you’re a chump.

June 1 bike forecast: the BEST

Thursday. Some thought this day would never come. Which day?

PEAK BIKE CONDITIONS day.

Make no mistake, this is the best day for bike riding so far this year.


THURSDAY WEATHER INFOGRAPHIC:

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Overall: high 71, low 56, nary a cloud in the sky

AM: low 60s, sunny, little wind

PMhigh 60s, sunny, little wind

Tell me that’s not a nice day! You can’t, because it is a nice day.


How nice is it?

This nice.


How sunny is it?

Protective eyewear recommended.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.

But if you’re in the Loop, good luck finding one. Evidence from today, c. 7pm:

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OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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An historic first. 4/4 stars. Jesus Christ, ride your bike.

May 31 bike forecast: REALLY NICE

Wednesday: we approach peak bike commute conditions.

Drudge Siren alert!!!

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Look at that–nary a cloud in the sky, except for that tiny one in the PM.

Overall: high 71, low 54, sunny as heck

AM: 60º, sunny, winds from the west at 8 MPH

PM70º, sunny, winds from the WNW at 11 MPH


How sunny is it?

It’s so sunny that if you have an albino dog, you should apply sunscreen to it.


Recommended Eyewear/Vital Essences of the Day:

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You decide.


LETTUCE CAT WIND METER:

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It ain’t nothing, but not too bad either.


DIVVY REPORT: all stations operational.


STREET CLOSURES

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And, drumroll…

OVERALL COMMUTE RATING:

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3.8/4. REALLY GOOD! A smidgen too windy, but srsly, ride your bike.