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Old 05-04-12, 05:21 PM   #1
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So it's a little breezy

A busier than usual schedule has kept my wife and I off the bikes this week. Tonight is the first open night, and probably the ONLY open night until next Thursday. We've made the plan....we are riding tonight! She just popped up on my aim and said the forecast is for 60 mph winds tonight. "OK, is it windy NOW?" "Well, no, but it's supposed to get windy. And you know it will be calm until we get to our turnaround point, then the 60mph winds will kick up, and they ain't gonna be a tailwind!". I'm riding tonight....wonder if I'm going to have company!

What is your wind tolerance?
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Wow. 60mph is far beyond anything I've ever dealt with on a bike. I've been in 30 and 35 mph winds and gusts into the low 40s and, for me, it's doable but miserable. Head winds are bad enough but cross winds that high just suck. It gets hard for me to hold a line and keep my bike out of ditches or traffic. I couldn't imagine riding in 60 mph winds.
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I just checked weather.com and it seems they are in complete disagreement with the local weatherman. Weather.com calls for 8-10mph. I'm thinking we'll live! And in all honesty, 60mph is over my threshold, too!
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Awesome. Safe ride!
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We had 60 mph winds at my house once, and I was really uncomfortable just walking around the edge of the house under the eaves checking for blowing stuff!
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60 mph, I'd definitely stay in. Most of the time, it doesn't stop me much. I might moan and complain as I get ready to ride. Often I cut the ride short because a 1.5 hour ride taking 3.5 hours bugs me, but I do still go out.

This part of Sweden does seem to be getting windier though. My first few years here, windy days seemed semi-uncommon. Now, it's the calm days that are hard to find.
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I ride when I want to ride and pay no attention to the wind. 60 mph would probably keep me indoors though.
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I've never had wind so strong that I didn't want to ride. But the most I've seen is 45 plus 60 mph gusts.

A few forum members went up GMR on a day with 45 and 60 gusts. One lighter rider got blown over an knocked out cold when gust of wind caught him. The advantages of being a clyde!

Even Gina rides in the biggest winds. I've learned to have fun with it but I wouldn't ride on a crowded street with high winds.

One of those 45 mph windy days on the trail. Check out the trees, sand in the air and Gina's hair.



A windy day on Cajon Pass with Gina, again with the hair.

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It was a very mild breeze with a few pretty good gusts by time I got home from work. Wife said she would ride anyway even though she HATES the wind. It turned out to be a good ride, made a little more challenging from time to time (which I like).

On an unrelated note, I rode up to my church Saturday to do some video work for them. Had to leave home at about 6:15am to get there in time. Got up as quietly as I could, sneaked downstairs, made no noise at all as to not wake the house. A few minutes later, my wife comes down stairs telling me that I'm not going riding without her. She know that she'll have to do 1/2 the ride alone, too. So, off we went. She even took the long way home. I'm so proud of her. She's doing GREAT!

Me on the other hand, well, that wasn't pretty. Church is at the top of a very steep driveway about 1/4 mile long (While riding it, I decided it is somewhere between 90 and 180 degrees!!! ). I was committed to not quitting, so I hit the small (tiny) ring up front on the old mountain bike and started climbing. THIS IS HARD!!!!! Hills used to be a lot easier.....when I was in high school. I made it to the top. However, when I went to unclip, that was where the problem started. I chose to unclip my right foot as I came to a stop....or at least that was my plan. That's the leg with no hamstring....and I was beyond exhausted. Two things that just don't go well together! That foot would just NOT come out....and down I went......right in front of the rest of the video crew. And don't think that anybody made any comments about it the rest of the day on the headsets. Nope, not a word. One funny guy laid his camera down on it's side and asked if what I saw on the monitor in the control room looked familiar. Funny boy.
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Nice pix, Beanz.

Where haven't you ridden? Let's see....GMR - Check. Cahon - Check. SART - Check. Anything from the Grapevine? Hey, that could be an interesting loop. Over Cahon, across through Tehachipi, home over the Grapevine. I may need a few more "weeks" to get in shape for that one though!
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