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Old 10-08-04, 09:25 PM   #1
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3 days and now...

The past three days have been a battle, getting to work. Not because of the bike, but because of the wind. We've a three days of wind out of the W SW, at 10- 12 mph, a devil of a crosswind, and head wind. So today, it was still out of the W but moved to the NW so it was in my face the whole way to work. What a break, huh? Not only was the wind out of the W NW it was blowing at 22 mph, with gusts upto 30mph. My average speeds were drastically killed, I was doing well to keep the gears clicking over at 21 mph, but was more like 17-18 mph. Even downhill, where normally I get 32-35 mph I found myself struggling to get 26. Man that wind was near impossible. My legs still ache from the commute to work.
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Winter is just around the corner and we always have to deal with that nasty NW wind. It does have way of playing head games with you.

Don't forget the cold air is denser, so it becomes harder to travel thur.
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Old 10-08-04, 10:24 PM   #3
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Sounds like a normal day on the bike to me! The wind is always blowing here. Normally very gusty too! I did 30 miles this afternoon. Was nice, warm, and sunny. Wind was SSW at 18 gusting to 34MPH. Nothing like hill climbing into a headwind like that!

Don't let the wind win! Get into your drops, stay as aero as possible and just grind out the miles. Speed has little meaning in such conditions.
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Old 10-08-04, 10:31 PM   #4
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hill climbing sucks with a headwind (G) most of last year I had the wind both ways to and from work.
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Old 10-08-04, 10:37 PM   #5
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Try it on a single speed or a fixed gear, you'll have a great MFin' time.
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Kansas is windy, no hills but windy. I feel ya. There was a few days there when i would hop on my bike and hightail it to work straight into a 30 mph headwind. Never late to work but it cut me close.
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Windy is my most un-favorite kind of weather. Give me rain, snow, heat, humidity - anything but that wind. Seems like no matter which way I turn, it's blowing in my face.
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not just fighting the headwind but what has really bothered me these last few windy days has been the amount of crap flying in my eyes! all the leaf shards and sand making my eyes tear up ugg.. its been a PITA
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not just fighting the headwind but what has really bothered me these last few windy days has been the amount of crap flying in my eyes! all the leaf shards and sand making my eyes tear up ugg.. its been a PITA
Do you not wear any form of eye protection? I have sunglasses that I can swap the lens on...I throw a clear one on at night. Very necessary here, lately, with all the early evening bugs out the past week...
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A little bit of wind is unbearable, but when it's really blowing, like a Santa Ana wind, even when it is in my face, sometimes I have had the best rides ever. I have no idea why because I hate wind in general.
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But I love a good tailwind. Makes me feel like Superman!

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Yeah the wind has been a little harsh lately, but it has been worse.

It will get worse,

Trust me it will get worse...

This is Minnesota after all.
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But I love a good tailwind. Makes me feel like Superman!



When I was commuting 6 years ago in Boise(12 miles) the last 6 miles were in the open desert(after several climbs to get out of the valley). 30+ mph winds with gusts of 45 mph. I would be cussing the whole way. The worst part was the wind would always shift before I went home. Only once did I have a tailwind on the way home, I made 12 miles in 18 minutes.
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Old 10-09-04, 10:09 PM   #15
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Thanks for the support. All I could do last year was gripe about the wind. It sucked, I looked for ways to make it my friend. Nothing.

The windiest parts of the commute are the frontage roads, those wide open expanses of concrete lets the wind whip up, man it's fun. One of the places that is as windy, but I don't mind because of the view are around the lake. On my commute I pass two lakes, and the view is pretty special. The other day there were wind surfers out in the white caps on Medicine Lake. In the winter that lake has para-skaters, that's got to be a blast. I was thinking that someone (me) could figure out a way to para-bike. It probably wouldn't work on a commute, but just for 5hits and giggles on the ice of a frozen lake. Imagine a solid frame MTB with Nokian's super studded tyres, or some homemade studs and a 12 foot parasail hauling you across the open ice? (I think I'll post this idea in winter cycling)

I will have to echo one thing, WEAR EYE PROTECTION. It is well worth the investment. I scratched my cornea on a ride, and it hurt for 3 days, it really was a PITA. I love my Smiths, the ability to change the lens, and buy new lens if they get scratched is a great option, and in the colder weather that is just around the corner they help keep eye from getting too frozen.
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do these interchangeable glasses work with perscription lenses cause that sounds like a fine idea.. especially when they start laing down the salt and sand
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The worst is coming across a bridge with gusts blowing from the side. It can darn near blow you into traffic.
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Don't let the wind win!
Sometimes I think it would feel really good...to hit you over the head with something. *

Alas...the wind is not my friend. The wind HATES me. The wind wants me to fail. There was a time when I thought I could make the wind my friend, but then it slapped me down, called me a b*tch, and talked bad about my sister.

Now, the wind and I are bitter enemies. It comes from the north when I want to go north and from the south when I want to go south. It goes faster when it knows I'll be out there. It hurls obstacles into my path, like leaves and sticks and branches and soccer balls from little boys with wretched aim. (Or possibly very good aim...maybe they hate me, too!)

Still, it hasn't beaten me yet, and only once has it managed to drive me off the lake and into the side streets. And that only because I really didn't want to know if it's possible for a bike to pedal backwards. I was about to find out!

It's true, though, that there's nothing like a tailwind - makes you feel like you've conquered the world.



*just kidding, N7CZinMT! You're an inspiration to me. Some rides when I'm pedaling hard with the wind in my face, I think to myself, "Someday, I will be limber and tough and strong. And then...I will hunt N7CZinMT down and kick his ass!" Makes the ride home that much sweeter.

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Old 10-11-04, 10:12 AM   #19
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Yeah, well I've been to Minneapolis many times and I think Naisme is using selective memory because the wind seems to blow ALL THE FREAKIN' TIME -- not just a few days here and there!

Anyway, good luck and think Khamsin -- you'll need it come winter...
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Yes the wind does blow everyday, it is just some days it seems to be exceptionally dastardly than any previous days. Those days when it kicks up to 30 mph, that's the day the wind is my enemy.
I did try last year to get through it with recalling what didn't kill me made me stronger. You might think of that when faced with a head wind. It works every once and a while for me. but like everything in life, it works sometimes and others it doesn't.
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Exceptionally windy here lately too. Not quite sure why, but on Saturday I did a 40 mile ride and was absolutely, completely wiped out. At one point, I just stopped and yelled into the wind. Not that it did me any good, but it sure felt good to yell back at it! I ended up in bed and asleep by 7:30, I was so wiped out!
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Has anyone else wanted to make a pair of foldable sails for their bike and fly before the wind on one of those days?

I can see rigging the mainsail to my rack, and having a jib on the handebars...go road sailing.
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