Touring - Another windy ride!
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05-03-06, 05:07 PM
Seems the wind has been blowing at 20 mph all spring! Will it ever die down? I don't mind 5 - 10, but 15 - 20 with gusts to 30 or more is getting old. On the bright side I know it is making me strong both physically and mentally. This is the year I do my first unsupported tour and I will need both. Anyone else struggling with the wind on their rides?
05-03-06, 06:08 PM
If I'm just in training mode (don't have a specific touring or errand route to follow) I deal with windy days by either riding flats into the wind on the way out, and "sail" home, OR if there is a significant climb I can do that is WITH the wind, I use that to help the climb, and then use the wind on the ride down to keep my speed in check.
If I have no choice but to deal with a gale in my face, I just gear down, and realize that I'm getting a great workout with very little risk of an accident caused by speed :)
05-03-06, 06:38 PM
15 to 20??? That's just a light breeze by Wyoming standards.
05-03-06, 09:31 PM
Its hilly, its Texas, its windy. Once you accept that its OK.
I did one 3 day tour in February that was chock full of weather. The first day was great. I left after lunch and did 40 miles in mild weather. Day two was 45 miles dead on into a 20-30 MPH solid wind, 40 degree temps, with gusts to who knows what. It took over 5 hours. Day three the temp zoomed to the mid-80's with a 10 mph wind from the opposite direction, almost in my face as I came home.
Anything under 15 mph is considered to be a gentle breeze in these parts.
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