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Old 06-07-07, 04:01 PM   #1
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Another no ride day..

Help!
We've got winds at 32 mph gusting to 53mph with another tornado watch.
This is getting ridiculous. I can only spend so much time cleaning the bikes on days like this.
I'm at the point of using q-tips on the brake calipers.
Please help me think of something to do..
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Old 06-07-07, 04:07 PM   #2
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Go online and find a good sale on a good trainer?

Seriously, you have my sympathy. I'd go nuts if I couldn't ride at least every other day. ((hugs))
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Old 06-07-07, 04:10 PM   #3
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Heard about all the tornado watches out that way--sounds like some storms may head this way-I hope not! Supposed to be a decent weekend after tomorrow. Hoping to get a decent ride in then.
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Managed 27 miles with the wind blowing and gusting this morning. Watched my cyclometer dropped suddenly from 20 MPH to 10 MPH. That wind sure has braking power. It was a good ride despite temperature over 85.
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Old 06-07-07, 04:24 PM   #5
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Go online and find a good sale on a good trainer?

Seriously, you have my sympathy. I'd go nuts if I couldn't ride at least every other day. ((hugs))
Thanks.
I tried one of those rolling-pin trainers once; the kind that simulates a free ride.
I stubbornly tried and tried, but just couldn't get it.
I got more injuries from the da*n thing than I ever got on the road.
Also had to repair a wall from the many times the bike slipped off and we went flying....
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That sucks...Trek Cycleops or spin class. Pick the best of two bad ideas.
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Help!
We've got winds at 32 mph gusting to 53mph with another tornado watch.
This is getting ridiculous. I can only spend so much time cleaning the bikes on days like this.
I'm at the point of using q-tips on the brake calipers.
Please help me think of something to do..
Too bad you don't live closer. I have a couple bikes that need cleaning
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Isn't that why they make drop bars, so you can get tucked down and cheat the wind?
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Isn't that why they make drop bars, so you can get tucked down and cheat the wind?
LOL.. That's the theory anyway.
They don't help much in the crosswind where your bike is angled 45 into the wind.
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Sorry to hear of your wind!
AZ had some gusty winds but no tornado watches. Flagstaff got hit with 100 mph winds - never heard of that before. I live in Prescott Valley, where our winds were only gusting to 53 mph. Needless to say, had to skip the ride that day (6-6).
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The solution is a Dremel. Just cut those Q-tips in half and chuck them in the Dremel any you can clean so much better you will forget about riding the bike. You'll just want to see how much you can polish it.
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I went to the start point for one of my club's weeknight rides Thurs, only to find that the organizers had cancelled it because of the weather.

The 5pm National Weather Service forecast had an advisory with the wind velocity at 30 mph and gusts to 45, but the severe thunderstorms were postponed until much later ... so I took off alone thru some hilly wooded areas that were protected from the wind. It was a great ride.

I wonder if the miles count as club ride miles even if I was the only one on the ride?
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Old 06-08-07, 02:03 PM   #13
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I went to the start point for one of my club's weeknight rides Thurs, only to find that the organizers had cancelled it because of the weather.

The 5pm National Weather Service forecast had an advisory with the wind velocity at 30 mph and gusts to 45, but the severe thunderstorms were postponed until much later ... so I took off alone thru some hilly wooded areas that were protected from the wind. It was a great ride.

I wonder if the miles count as club ride miles even if I was the only one on the ride?
My view exactly- You are all phsyced up for a ride so why let a little thing like weather get in the way. Been on rides with 70mph winds- Been with Torrential downpours- Out when Black ice was covering the Roads so went offroad completely. Even on one ride this year- had high winds- was going offroad to do a few hills and it started raining hard. Couldn't do anything about the wind or rain- so I cut the hills and went off through the woods.

Only time I may cut a ride completely is in the winter- Don't mind cold- wind or wet- but all three at the same time before I ride and I will go to the gym- only happened once this winter and I enjoyed the change to a different exercise.

Then if the conditions do worsen during the ride- you can always cut it short- but Not certain about tornado's- that may be a bit too heavy for me.+
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