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Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check SS, '84 Raleigh Alyeska, '00 Mongoose Crossway
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Breaking Wind: The Sequel
On a different wind-related topic than the recently initiated thread:
Heading into my second year as a bike commuter I'm loving it as much as ever except for one thing: wind. I commute in one of the windiest cities in the country (on an isthmus between two large lakes) and the days of unrelenting 20-30 mph wind (like today, and yesterday, and the day before) are just killing me out there. It never seems to help behind you as much as it hurts in front of you. Some days it feels like I could walk to work about as fast and with half the effort as I'm pedaling.
My commuter bike is a singlespeed Cross-Check with upright North Road bars. Stylistically and from a position comfort standpoint I like the North Roads. But I'm wondering if drop bars would make a noticeable difference against the wind. Also I've been considering a new bike to run FG as more of a fun roadie with thinner tires and less commuter stuff attached and I'm also wondering if something with more of a track geometry would be noticeably better on windy days. The key is noticeably. I know there will be less resistance with drops and/or with different geometry. What I'm asking is, how *much* difference is it likely to make? Enough for an average rider to appreciate, or a small incremental difference that only a speed junkie would care about? And does anyone have other tips for dealing with windy riding?