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    Tail wind time!

    The wind is kicking up really nicely, and it looks like I'll have a tail wind for the ride home!

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    Same thing here! I rode in with a 6mph wind on my nose, from the north. Was gone from work all day, over in Ft. Myers, and back to my shop just in time to change clothes and get on my bike. 15-20mph wind from the NE was at my back for all but the last few blocks home. Man! I was flying!!! Got behind a guy in a Suburban in my neighborhood, and he was rolling 10mph, ruined my average for the last few blocks as I couldn't get around him. Average speed on the 16.59 mile round trip commute was 17.5 mph.... Good Fun!

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    My avg speed was 17.4 mph over 7.5 miles. Had to stop at 3 traffic signals, so this is amongst my best times. Thank you wind!

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    You must have been heading east. I was going the opposite direction, which blew.

    Sorry couldn't resist

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempe2mesa View Post
    You must have been heading east. I was going the opposite direction, which blew.

    Sorry couldn't resist
    As a matter of fact, I was! Welcome to the forum!

    Here's my route home:

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    This reminds me of a time a while back. A storm had just come in, the wind was blowing very hard and the rain was coming down at a big angle. My co-worker drove his car in that day and asked if I wanted a ride home (he lived about 4 blocks from me). All I could say was, "What!?, look at that (while pointing out the window), that's pure speed!"
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    Last two days the wind speed here in Indiana during my 30 mile rides was sustained winds of 30 mph on day 1 and 40 mph on day 2. I REALLY must have cabin fever 'cause I detest riding in the wind. Maybe we'll have a nice day to ride sometime.
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    Tailwind? What's a tailwind?

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    Where are you guys getting your wind directions and measurements? Is there a site or something you are using or is it just a technique you are using?

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    Well, I judge the wind direction by looking at it and seeing which way it is blowing.

    As for the other stats, there are a variety of ways. A cycling computer does this. There are also GPS devices that can do this. Smart phone apps, and websites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
    Where are you guys getting your wind directions and measurements? Is there a site or something you are using or is it just a technique you are using?
    I like this site.

    Put your zip code in the box at the top to see the present conditions and forecast for your area.

    Then near the bottom you can click on "Hourly weather graph" for an hour by hour forecast for everything, including wind speed and direction. I love this feature, as then I know what to expect.

    Yesterdays ride in: 11.5 mph avg.

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    lol, Ya I more meant the speed. Considering people are giving exact numbers I wasn't sure if you all had a specific device or such to get exact info or was just using general numbers and direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    Tailwind? What's a tailwind?
    +1
    I keep hearing about this strange phenomenon. I think y'all are making this up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
    lol, Ya I more meant the speed. Considering people are giving exact numbers I wasn't sure if you all had a specific device or such to get exact info or was just using general numbers and direction.
    Did you even spend any time looking at the site? Wind speed and direction is given and is measured with precise instruments. True, it may vary slightly if you are several miles away from the recording station, but usually not by all that much. I don't know any better way to get this information other than to build your own weather station... and even that would have inaccuracies.
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    Sorry, I was replying to the previous post about looking at the wind, etc. The website you posted is awesome and will be used by me now. Thanks.

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    ckaspar-
    I don't use anything other than my eyes to tell which direction the wind is blowing.
    I do use a smart phone app called Strava to map out my ride, give me avg speed, etc. I also use a cycle computer at times, which doesn't map my rides, but does give me total distance and avg speed.

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    Sorry both of you for me bieng very vague and the OP for hijacking.

    By speed I meant the speed of the wind not of the bike. I'll shut up now before I confuse anyone anymore based on my vague comments. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckaspar View Post
    Sorry both of you for me bieng very vague and the OP for hijacking.

    By speed I meant the speed of the wind not of the bike. I'll shut up now before I confuse anyone anymore based on my vague comments. Lol
    LOL. It's all good, man! As for wind speed, I don't really bother with that. Knowing how fast it's blowing isn't going to make me any faster or slower, and it'd probably just crap me out!

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    Right on. Maybe it was the 2 commutes of 22 miles round trip this week that has me talking crazy. Lol. It's hard for me to take getting started slow. Only had the bike 3 weeks and have 120 miles or so already. Here is to a safe and sane ride for all of us tomorrow, with a tail wind of course!
    Last edited by ckaspar; 03-08-12 at 10:37 PM.

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    Tailwind!? I've been riding home/to work in crosswinds/headwinds of 26-40 mph (( I almost got blown off my bike the other day
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    Quote Originally Posted by tarwheel View Post
    Tailwind? What's a tailwind?
    Exactly. If I'm slow its because of a headwind. If I'm fast, its just because I'm fast. There is no tailwind

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    PedalElect bikes have a built in tailwind , for when you have to go ,
    into the head-wind.

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    I use one of these when there's a tail wind blowing.

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