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Old 03-05-07, 10:11 AM   #1
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Tough Commute

This morning, facing a 25mph headwind for 3.5 miles in 37 degree (but sunny) weather and heavier than normal traffic (went into the office later than normal) made for an absolutely miserable commute.

In addition to the much heavier than normal traffic (went in at 9:30 instead of 6:30) I was freezing cold - and had to pedal hard on the downhills - I was struggling to maintain 15mph on the downhills while in normal conditions I can hit 25+ mph without even trying (up to 45+mph when I'm pushing hard downhill).

To top it all off I had about 5 text books, a digital camcorder, and my laptop - plus lunch and misc. stuff in my bag stuffed into my basket on my rear rack...making the bike very rear-heavy and tippy...

Just wanted to vent - anyone else in Central VA have a crummy ride this AM?

Anyone have windy-riding tips, or heavy rack load tips (that don't include buying extra gear such as panniers)...

Just wanted to vent some...Thanks...
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Old 03-05-07, 10:30 AM   #2
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Old 03-05-07, 11:13 AM   #3
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try commuting 20miles in with the same conditions except it was only 25F out. Join the club, the weather sucks right now, particularly the wind. Heck, I literally got blown over on the way home from work the other day, right into the snow bank.
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i think this kind of commute qualifies you for the XCC (Xtreme Commuters Club) on this site, if you're not already there.

been there, dude. seen it as bad as +3F, 15mph headwind (a bud calls that "Mother Nature giving us head"), and a trip 18-20 miles round trip. i remember that being kinda painful, but the smile on my face when i got to work cold have lit up the parking lot.
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Old 03-05-07, 06:29 PM   #5
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Just call it extra training. Last friday was 28 miles in 20-30 mph headwinds \ side wind. It was also around the freezing mark. My face was nice and red when I finally showed up at home. On the flip side today was mid 50s with a breeze. Nice and speedy commute back home.

Now if I can just figure out what was with the race comment.
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Old 03-05-07, 08:27 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mjwarner
Anyone have windy-riding tips, or heavy rack load tips (that don't include buying extra gear such as panniers)...
Down shift, get your head down, work on spinning, and get some panniers. How's that for helpful?

I had the same downhill experience coming home today into the wind. Felt like I was pedaling furiously to keep 15 MPH downhill.
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Old 03-06-07, 07:57 AM   #8
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8 mile commute in this morning with a 27mph gusting to 40mph headwind. 16 degrees with the windchill at 0. It was 60 degrees 4 days ago! I guess it could be worse if I lived further north. I was beat by the time I got to work but I can't wait for the ride home with the same wind as my tailwind the whole way.
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Old 03-06-07, 08:32 AM   #9
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If it's any consolation, I can barely average 15mph on my very flat commute. With a tailwind. >.< At least in your case you won't always have a headwind...
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