Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-04-09, 11:42 AM   #1
DnvrFox
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Winds - bah!!

Our temps have been wonderful. But when the winds just blow you around, it really isn't as much fun, and we have been having high winds for several weeks.

And this is Denver, in March - our supposedly snowiest month.

Yes, I ride in it, but, WOW! it sure does blast you.

From today's forecast:


Fire Weather Watch
Hazardous Weather Outlook
Red Flag Warning
Short Term Forecast


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a west southwest wind between 22 and 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a west southwest wind between 18 and 23 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a west southwest wind between 21 and 29 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. North wind between 7 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62. East southeast wind 7 to 16 mph becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 12:03 PM   #2
cranky old dude
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 4,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm trying to empathise DnvrFox, but it just ain't happenin'. We've had a very blowy season here-abouts also. The winds have been wailing through here for the last three or four days with temps threatening to rise above the teens. I'm cold, the wife is cold, even the cat is cold. We took a ride in the little pick-up truck yesterday just to savor the heater...oooooo it felt so nice to be warm.

The temp is supposed to be approaching 50F on Friday (of course I'll be at work all day and I'll miss it), but this is the frozen NorthEast so it won't last. We still have five to six more weeks of cold and snow before our cold rainy Spring starts. Shiver shiver shiver.

On a positive note, the sun is shining. Another thing, I won't be taking Shorty out in this frigid weather so I guess I'll not be breaking any bones soon!
cranky old dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 12:10 PM   #3
maddmaxx 
Small Member
 
maddmaxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
Posts: 7,136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Wind is a problem even when on the trainer...................especially when on the trainer.
maddmaxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 12:45 PM   #4
DnvrFox
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
DnvrFox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Bikes:
Posts: 20,916
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Firefighters hope to get on top of fires burning more than 6,500 acres in El Paso and Teller counties [Colorado] today, but they won't be helped by Mother Nature.

Temperatures are expected to again reach near-record levels in the 70s today and it will be windy with low humidity. Those are the worst conditions for trying to control wildfires.

A 6,500-acre blaze that started on Fort Carson and raced eastward is still mostly uncontained, and a 42-acre blaze at the National Fossil Beds near Florissant in Teller County also poses some danger, considering the weather forecast. That fire, however, was 50-percent contained this morning, a Teller County dispatcher said."


I think I would rather have snow!
DnvrFox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 12:56 PM   #5
Rick@OCRR
www.ocrebels.com
 
Rick@OCRR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Southern California
Bikes: Several bikes, Road, Mountain, Commute, etc.
Posts: 5,963
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
I was fighting the usual head-wind on my after work ride on the local MUP yesterday evening, trying to think "Positive" about what a great training effect the head-wind was providing, really working to get 15 mph . . . when some guy passed me (felt like a 5 mph difference in speed) going into the same wind, except he had aero bars, i.e. the "clip-on" type like triathletes use.

So okay, he was younger and no doubt stronger than me, but I'm thinking about trying aero-bars for future head-wind training. Anyone else here use aero-bars specifically to combat head-winds?

Rick / OCRR
Rick@OCRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 01:12 PM   #6
RDW3261
Senior Member
 
RDW3261's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Illinois
Bikes: Trek 1000, Trek Pilot 5.2 and Trek 7100
Posts: 227
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I rode today with a 15 mph wind, and to make matters worst it was only 29 degrees out. Little chilly.
RDW3261 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 02:30 PM   #7
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Posts: 6,955
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Put the bike rack on the car and have your wife drop you off, say 40 miles, to the WSW. Ride home with the tailwind. Come to think of it, that'd be in the mountains, right? (Or pretty near.) Descent with a tailwind. Sounds like fun!

Meanwhile, I can confirm Cranky's comments about the winds here this winter. I'm resigned myself to the extra training. Especially since my winter gut gets in the way of breathing while using the drops. Boy, now that's a workout.
tsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 02:51 PM   #8
maddmaxx 
Small Member
 
maddmaxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Bikes: Leader home built hardtail, Diamondback Response
Posts: 7,136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
I was fighting the usual head-wind on my after work ride on the local MUP yesterday evening, trying to think "Positive" about what a great training effect the head-wind was providing, really working to get 15 mph . . . when some guy passed me (felt like a 5 mph difference in speed) going into the same wind, except he had aero bars, i.e. the "clip-on" type like triathletes use.

So okay, he was younger and no doubt stronger than me, but I'm thinking about trying aero-bars for future head-wind training. Anyone else here use aero-bars specifically to combat head-winds?

Rick / OCRR
I have tried off and on for about a year and a half to get used to aerobars. I've probably got 4/500 miles on them and I have never become comfortable.........I am an aerobar failure. Their off the bike for good, the bike has been reconfigured as a road bike and I am happier.

Congrats to Hermes and Velodiva and all who can master these beasts but something has forever made me feel like I'm going to wobble right into the path of an 18 wheeler. I could never get a smooth enough pedal stroke to allow me to use any more than casual power. More power, more wobble.

I have to admit that I cannot remaster the childhood thrill of riding without hands anymore either so perhaps there is something wrong with my balance (insert your age and hearing damage here)(1 funny car=139db at 50 ft from centerline and I was the centerline)

I guess it was never ment to be. It has become a fun road bike though.
maddmaxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 03:12 PM   #9
billydonn
Council of the Elders
 
billydonn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Omaha, NE
Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
Posts: 3,761
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Very windy here since November... about three non-wind rides since then I think. I just drop down a couple gears and spin along at 9-10 mph when it is blustery, trying not to get bored. Maybe push up to 12mph for a time and then slow to recover... it isn't too bad. Then coming home I am an awesome pro biking machine! There is also a big park off our main MUP that you can ride into and do a big four mile loop to get some shelter from a big wind.

The drop off for a 100% downwind ride is big fun IMO. Not to be done too often, but it is refreshing. I have a friend who talks about doing a downwind century. We seem to be all in this wind thing together.
billydonn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 04:04 PM   #10
waldowales
Old Fogy
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Murray, Utah
Bikes:
Posts: 1,224
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
High wind warning out for most of Utah today, meaning gusts over 45 mph. Makes riding difficult.
waldowales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 06:01 PM   #11
bjjoondo 
Old, SLOW bike rider! ;)
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Bikes: 1993 Mongoose Switchback MTB
Posts: 1,856
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got lucky and got in a ride yesterday, had to go to the LBS to have a extra spacer in the headset installed, got rid of pain in my neck The day started of with a very FLAT tire, even with having slime installed I have never gotten a NEW bike and NOT had a flat within a weeks time The ride was good and the wind stayed reasonable till after I got home. Today would have been really tough, the wind is gusting up to 40 mph and it's changing directions at will! As Denver Fox has shown we've got BIG grassland fires and it's killing my allergies so riding is gona be tough for the rest of the week. Still it's NICE to see sunshine, we've had a lot of gray, high clouds hiding the sun lately, I'm not good at gray days, seems to mess up my bio-rythems or something Beleive it or not, MARCH is our snowiest month of winter here in Southern, CO. so the fires are a real danger unless we get some snow or rain soon!
__________________
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
B.J. Ondo
1993 Mongoose Switchback Ridged MTB, converted to a "Rail Trail Bike"! :)
bjjoondo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-09, 08:15 PM   #12
HiYoSilver
Rides again
 
HiYoSilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: W. Sacramento Region, aka, Nut Tree
Bikes: Giant OCR T, Trek SC
Posts: 3,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's only a problem when winds are above 25 or 30 mph. think of these days as form days, you get to practice the best aero position for you. More than 30, don't ride.
HiYoSilver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:01 PM.