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Old 09-22-06, 08:04 AM   #1
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gale force winds. i dont think i'm riding today.

it's actually windy enough to have knocked out my power, which has never happened since i've lived here. i'm actually posting this message from my phone, as i have no other way to get on the internet right now. i think i'll sit today out.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:19 AM   #2
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Yea, I had to buck 25 mph winds on the way home the other day. That was a tough ride.
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Old 09-22-06, 08:34 AM   #3
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the weather report is saying the wind is 36mph right now.
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I rode in some heavy wind the other day... It killed me. I had a great ride into work, felt like a Strongman. On the way home battled uphill into wind so heavy I was cranking out of the saddle on my 46x17 fixed gear and still moving at a crawl. It was brutal.
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We are in a Wind Advisory today. It is 20-25 mph winds now with gusts upwards of 35 mph. It has been that way for two days now. Tough! And to top it off....1 mile into my 12 mile commute home....broke a front spoke!!! I had the wind and a wobble to deal with yesterday.

So today, swapped the wheel from my singlespeed (not gonna ride that bad boy in this weather) and off I go! But man.......out in the prairies of Texas, no matter how the road bends, it always seems to be a head or cross wind!!!

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The experienced cyclist knows that winds are worse than any hill could ever be. I've been on one commute where I was in a deeper gear ratio climbing the hills than I was once I finally got to the top where it was level. The hills shielded me from the wind!

That was hands down my most frustrating and unpleasant commute ever.
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Pshh, you guys should try biking in Oklahoma. "Oooooklahoma, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains..."
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Nice. According to the NWS, when I left the house at 7:50, the wind readings at Sac Exec were 26mph, with gusts to 38. Since it was a crosswind, I had a bit of trouble holding my line.
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I made peace with riding in the wind back when I was about 10. I was living up in Tulsa and it was either that, or don't ride. Got my first road bike out of it though.
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I rode about 90% of the way home in a 30 km/h head wind the other day. I was almost home when the wind changed and it became a tail wind. Once the wind changed, it seemed to be the easiest riding I've ever done.
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I rode in some heavy wind the other day... It killed me. I had a great ride into work, felt like a Strongman. On the way home battled uphill into wind so heavy I was cranking out of the saddle on my 46x17 fixed gear and still moving at a crawl. It was brutal.
Fixed is a blast with a tailwind, it's like your bike is pulling you along for the ride

Into a modest headwind I prefer a fixed gear. Anything over about 12mph tho and it calls for a road bike. At least on a geared bike you can tell yourself to gear down and spin through it.
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Fixed is a blast with a tailwind, it's like your bike is pulling you along for the ride

Into a modest headwind I prefer a fixed gear. Anything over about 12mph tho and it calls for a road bike. At least on a geared bike you can tell yourself to gear down and spin through it.
Yes, indeed. I was cursing my choice of riding the fixie that day, when I have a perfectly good geared 'cross bike gathering dust in the garage
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